PA5007 - Workshop Practice and Facilitation

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will develop skills and understanding required to facilitate a workshop in specific settings, and it will also ask you to prepare a project plan which will demonstrate how clearly you can present your work to the outside world. You will be introduceds to facilitation methods for a range of drama, script and performance specialisms. You will learn to deliver workshops with specific groups of participants in a range of contexts, such as young people in schools or youth groups, the elderly or for corporate training, for community or health groups or as artists sharing their own practice or in a skills-based setting such as a theatre engagement programme.

You will build a range of methods of appropriate communication and explore how to establish good techniques for working with diverse groups. You will learn about related workshop approaches and develop expertise in facilitation of drama and theatre. You will develop appropriate frameworks and vocabularies for critiquing your own work and that of others. You will be introduced to the ethical and practical considerations of health and safety in a workshop context. You will also consider the practical needs of budgeting such a programme of work and possible sources of funding.

In support of this you will attend specialist presentations and demonstrations from practitioners and industry partners who will give insights into their own practice. You will be introduced to a number of funding organisations and introduced to the skills need to apply for funding from them.
This will enhance your learning and support links with regional professionals to enhance future employment opportunities.

How will I learn on this module?

You engage in practical drama workshops from the outset alongside presentations, readings and demonstrations. A structured programme of facilitation activities will help you build knowledge of the subject. Alongside you will be exploring the industry through some individual research and the opportunity to meet industry professionals and fund holder.

You will be supported to design and undertake a sample workshop which will be individually assessed. Classes will combine a workshop model of group tasks and exercises with sharing of work in progress an integral part. The sessions will be supported by material on Blackboard, the e-learning portal, with preparatory tasks and supporting information or additional research relating to the sessions
The module creates space in class for discussion and debate with your tutor, allowing you a chance to develop your knowledge and consolidate your learning. The programme of reading and practical sharing of ideas of work means you receive a steady stream of formative feedback both from your tutor and from your fellow students. You will receive individual formative feedback on your developing skills at the mid-point of the module.

In addition to the formative facilitation exercises you will design and lead a workshop as part of a group and submit supporting documentation for your planned workshop series. Your project plan will give you important experience in learning how to budget a project and write summaries and statements which can be used when applying for funding or for marketing your work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will have the opportunity to discuss the relationship between facilitation approaches and the rest of your studies in order to consider how to build your developing drama knowledge and skills gained in other modules. The elearning support will enable you to understand the context for the module activity and provide additional areas for personal investigation and research. The specialist external input to this module will give you a direct link to industry and valuable insight into how to prepare yourself for the world of work.
The module also creates space in class for discussion and debate with your tutor, allowing you a chance to develop your own opinions and consolidate your learning as well as directly questioning the tutor. The programme of reading and sharing ideas of work means you receive a steady stream of formative feedback both from your tutor and from your fellow students.
This module allows you to lead a workshop for students from the first year providing you the opportunity to model a client group.
To support you in preparation for your workshop assessment task you will be given regular guidance and feedback on your proposed selection and presentation of topic. Your workshop plan is reviewed by the tutor at an appropriate stage prior to assessment to allow you to build the work following tutor feedback.

Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstration of core skills and methodologies in the facilitation of drama, performance, theatre and script workshop approaches.
2. Knowledge of sound practical and theoretical base for delivering and reflecting on facilitation of workshops.
3. Demonstrate the ability to summarise the practical and artistic elements of the project In a way suitable for marketing or obtaining funding.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Ability to critically evaluate own practice and that of others through a framework for continuing professional development in facilitation and engagement

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Show awareness of the ethical responsibilities of facilitation and engagement in workshop settings

How will I be assessed?

Tutor feedback on facilitation leadership skills and workshop design.
Peer feedback on workshop activities (1, 4)

Design and facilitate a drama workshop for your own choice of context and participants as part of a group with supporting documentation about the workshop series. (30 mins per group of 4 students) 70%
(1, 2, 4, 5)

You will write a Project Plan. This will summarise the aims, objectives and practical considerations for realising your project and could form the basis of a funding bid or marketing material. (Six Pages) 30% (2, 3, 4, 5)
Summative Feedback
You will receive written feedback within 20 working days from the date of your workshop.





Module abstract

This module is a practical investigation of approaches to facilitation in drama, theatre and performance contexts. This module will help you gain an understanding of facilitating a range of drama, theatre, script and performance workshops. You will have an opportunity to encounter leading practitioners working free-lance or with theatre companies which will give you an insight into routes into work as well as advice about how to present yourself and your work when seeking employment. You will deliver a student group-designed workshop as well as a project plan which will summarise the artistic aims and objectives of your project and the practical considerations needed to realise it. You will receive direct feedback on these which will enable you to build your practical expertise and enhance future employability.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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