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BA (Hons) Degree in Acting

Northbrook College DEgree in Acting UKStep into the Spotlight: Master the Art of Acting with a BA (Hons) Degree at Northbrook College. This course focuses on different aspects of acting: the actor-performer, the actor-director, the actor-activist, the actor-producer and the actor on film.  

Collaborative activities between courses are invaluable in building the interdisciplinary relationships needed within the creative industries.

UAL

UAL Accreditation:
Our degrees are accredited by the University of the Arts London (UAL), a leading authority in arts education known for nurturing creativity and innovation.   

Course Overview

  • Location: Northbrook College, Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • UCAS code: W410
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Application deadline: 15 July 2024
  • Start date: September 2024
  • Fees: £16,500

Entry requirements

2 A-Levels and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)
OR
1 A-Level, a Foundation course (or equivalent) and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)

A portfolio of work or audition is also needed to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.

Contact us to compare overseas qualifications to the UK education system.

English language requirements

IELTS certificate or equivalent with an overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub-elements.

The assessment of your application will include a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Course Information

Ignite your passion for acting and refine your craft in our rigorous BA (Hons) Acting program. Master a diverse toolkit of techniques, empowering you to become a captivating performer for stage and screen. 

BA Acting Degree UAL

Course Content

Course Content

This challenging 3-year acting program explores diverse training methods to develop well-rounded, critical actors who can perform, analyse, direct, and even create their theatrical work. You will have many opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines, make choices about the work you will make and present to audiences.
The Acting course runs independently but in parallel with the seven other creative theatre degrees in the College.

Teaching Method

Teaching Method

We use a variety of teaching methods, including: 

  • practical and creative studio-based workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures/seminars
  • tutorials
  • small group study
  • self-directed study
  • study trips

Key Features

Key Features

  • Live performances and commissions throughout your training.
  • Collaboration with our theatre design and technical theatre students to mirror industry practice.
  • You’ll have numerous opportunities to perform in our 160-seat theatre and at external venues.
  • Take part in Fringe performances and residencies.

Course Structure

Year One

Year One

In the first year (level 4) Acting students work on vocal, movement and expressive skills while interrogating their discipline. You will be introduced to different practitioners and actor training systems while examining underpinning theories and ideologies. In examining what your discipline is, you can adapt, stretch and practice skills in directing, performing, analysis and collaboration. Your training consists of an eclectic choice of practitioners and practices, study of texts and staging approaches and the ideas in context unit which helps interrogate and situate your practice in wider cultural contexts alongside your peers from other disciplines. The focus of the first year is on interpreting existing work for stage so that you can then move on to creating and producing your own work in level 5.

  • Unit 1: The Actor Student
  • Unit 2: Ideas in Context: Performance and Everyday Life
  • Unit 3: The Actor’s Body
  • Unit 4: The Actor Director
  • Unit 5: Live Project 1
  • Unit 6: The Actor’s Craft

Year Two

Year Two

At Level 5 you will continue to work on performance training but with further independent practice and more available choices. Further contexts for your practice are introduced, including the digital actor, the actor-activist and creating original work for a public audience.
The ‘Optionality’ unit allows you to work autonomously and independently in cross-discipline pathways. With limited guidance from teaching staff, you can develop and create your project in line with five differing briefs. The opportunities that open up within this unit when disciplines mix are limitless.
‘Critical Thinking’ is the Level 5 equivalent of ‘Ideas in Context’. Contextualising to a higher academic level again working with students from all courses within the Creative Industries pathways. This unit prepares you for the Level 6 study equivalent which is the Dissertation.

  • Unit 7: The Digital Actor
  • Unit 8: The Holistic Performer
  • Unit 9: Live Project 2
  • Unit 10: Ideas in Context: Theatre and Performance Ideologies
  • Unit 11: The Actor Activist

Year Three

Year Three

At Level 6 Acting students focus on working collaboratively and making choices that are suited to their skills, interests and ambitions. The collaborative unit offers the opportunity to work with others and make choices on who, what, where and for whom to make work for. The professional discipline practice unit offers the opportunity to design your own project, pitch, negotiate and complete. The professional practice is forward-facing, interrogating, focusing and producing work that will make up their artistic statement and portfolio for entry into the creative industries. This year focuses on creating new work for specific contexts and audiences, exploring, challenging and interrogating your subject and preparing for the industry.

  • Unit 12: The Skilled Performer
  • Unit 13: Professional Development
  • Unit 14: Dissertation
  • Unit 15: The Actor Practitioner
  • Unit 16: Live Project 3