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BA (Hons) Acting

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.

UCAS code: W410
Duration: 3 years full-time

Entry requirements: 2 A-Levels and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent) plus a portfolio of work or audition to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.
OR
1 A-Level, a Foundation course (or equivalent) and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent) plus a portfolio of work or audition to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.
English requirements: Applicants who have English as a second language and do not have a GCSE in English will be asked to present an IELTS UKVI certificate or equivalent as part of their offer conditions. They will need to achieve an overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub-elements.
Tuition Fee: £16,500

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

BA Acting Degree UALCourse Information

Course Content

Course Content

The BA (Hons) Acting course allows you to develop techniques through various approaches to ensure you are employable and well-placed to critique and contribute to the cultural landscape.

The course is a rich, challenging and exciting three-year programme that recognises and plans for a varied actor training which develops fully-rounded actor practitioners and critical thinkers. You will be exploring actor training ideas and systems and engaging with the many facets of a contemporary actor; the actor performer, the actor activist, the actor thinker, the actor director, and the actor entrepreneur amongst others. You will have lots of opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines and to make choices about the work that 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

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

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 own 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

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