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BA (Hons) Acting and Performance

College
WIMBLEDON
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W415

BA Acting and Performance at Wimbledon College of Arts is for students who are interested in acting as an artistic practice and a key driver of contemporary culture.

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Course overview

BA Acting and Performance will enable you to become a creative, confident and articulate performer who can work across a variety of performance forms and contexts. The course will develop your physical, vocal and intellectual skills both individually and in an ensemble. It will also provide you with the opportunity to work with new technologies and innovative performance practices.

The course will make you ready for industry but also ready to challenge it, placing you at the cutting edge of 21st century developments.

What to expect

  • To develop your creative and critical practice in a performance environment
  • To develop the physical, vocal and intellectual skills required to act or perform in a range of different contexts
  • To gain knowledge and experience of acting processes
  • To act in digital, interactive and immersive performances
  • To take part in collaborative and multi-modal productions, which are integrated into the wider art school context, alongside students from other disciplines
  • To learn about different approaches to creating character, presence and persona
  • To gain an understanding of performance in relation to text, technology, image and action
  • To examine global theatre practices and post-colonial narratives
  • To look at performance in a cultural, political and historical context
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities

Mode of study 

BA Acting and Performance is offered in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage consists of 30 teaching weeks. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study. 

Course units

A short description of each unit and what you can expect.

Year 1

Unit 1 - Introduction to Acting and Performance

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

Unit 2 - Acting lab

In this unit you will investigate and critique key acting practices and methodologies. It will provide you with a firm grounding in some of the most significant approaches to acting as an artistic practice. It will give you an opportunity to assess their relevance in the contemporary context.

  • To introduce you to some key theories and practical approaches to contemporary acting and place them in the historical, cultural and artistic context of their development
  • To introduce you to acting as an exploratory process involving working on the self, embodying emotions, interpreting texts, creating images and representing figures
  • To develop your practical experience and critical awareness of acting as a process
  • To enable you to advance and extend your physical, vocal and intellectual skills and creative capacities to encourage

Unit 3 - Theatre in context

The unit will introduce you to some of the key conceptual and practical approaches to studying theatre as a social and aesthetic practice within and across cultural contexts. It will introduce you to a range of inter-cultural, world theatre and global performance practices.

  • Project briefs to focus on conceptual projects tackling questions and challenges around these topics
  • To introduce you to some of the key critical approaches to understanding theatre and performance as an expanded field of cultural and artistic practice
  • To introduce you to studying theatre in a social and cultural context
  • To examine the politics of performance-making processes and practices
  • To enable you to approach theatre as a socially-engaged practice
  • To investigate acting and performance practices from different cultural contexts and traditions
  • To interrogate the politics of inter-cultural exchange and cross-cultural practice
  • To encourage you to explore and critique inter-cultural approaches to training for performance

Unit 4 - Representing the real

This unit will to introduce you to some of the foundational practices and theoretical questions concerning the relationship between reality and representation. It will place them in a historical, cultural and artistic context.

  • To examine a range of theatre forms and acting conventions enabling you to develop your critical awareness and practical experience of different modes of acting and performance  
  • To situate acting and performance within the context of an aesthetic event and scenographic environment
  • To improve and grow your acting and performance-making skills, creative capacities and theatre knowledge
  • To encourage you to develop a personal process of practical investigation and reflective critical enquiry

Year 2

Unit 5 - Performance histories

In this unit you will explore different approaches to acting and performance as cultural narration and storytelling practice.

  • Project briefs will enable you to investigate your own stories, histories and cultural identities
  • To explore the creative potential of acting and performance to tell new stories, to give voice to minority and marginalised experiences and to generate alternative perspectives  

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes: 

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts

Unit 7 - Digital performance lab

This unit investigates the diverse and rapidly developing field of digital performance and its transformative impact on contemporary theatre forms.

  • To provide you with the opportunity to explore performance making for digital environments and platforms, including acting for screen and interactive media
  • To experiment with new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality

Unit 8 - Contemporary acting

This unit looks at a range of contemporary acting practices, directors, theorists and practitioners. 

  • Project briefs will enable you to focus on a specific mode or practice and area of enquiry
  • To investigate and experiment with compositional methods and rehearsal strategies
  • To have the opportunity to work individually, in groups or companies, and to develop new forms and hybrid practices

Year 3

Unit 9 - Performance research

This unit will provide you with a firm grounding in performance research. 

  • To learn how to frame research questions, conduct a critical literature and practice review, identify appropriate research methods and form a sustained critical and theoretical argument, whether in performance practice or through writing
  • To produce a substantial piece of individual practice-based and/or scholarly enquiry
  • To be able to choose the form your research takes
  • To think about the social, economic and political impacts of your research

Unit 10 - Multi-modal production

This unit will provide you with a firm grounding in the practical production of contemporary performance. 

  • To perform in a professional-standard public production, using the contemporary acting techniques and digital performance processes you have explored on the course
  • To work with directors, designers, technicians and other performers

Optional Diploma between year 2 and 3

Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the Diploma in Creative Computing.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Introductions and inductions to university, college and course resources
  • Investigative seminars
  • Lectures and visiting speaker talks
  • Performance analysis of live theatre and digital screenings
  • Performance labs
  • Practical performance projects
  • Practical workshops
  • Production projects
  • Project based learning
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Studio, external venue and other visits
  • Training for performance sessions
  • Use of resource venues and institutions

Assessment methods

  • Critical and creative portfolios
  • Essays
  • Live presentations - pitches, proposals, papers
  • Performance études
  • Performed and digital essays
  • Process workbooks and reflective journals
  • Production roles and ensemble contribution
  • Project proposals, plans and reports
  • Written and performed dissertations
  • Assessment tutorials 

 

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Acting, Performance or Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • Interest in, commitment to and motivation for studying the subject
  • Ability to work imaginatively and creatively individually and in groups
  • Ability to create, develop and respond to new ideas and to work with new creative forms
  • Desire to learn
  • Ability to investigate and develop ideas independently
  • Ability to communicate ideas physically, verbally and in writing
  • Aptitude for creative problem solving
  • Ability to self-direct and critically evaluate work
  • Willingness to think critically about the relationship between performance and public / social life
  • Openness and responsiveness to other’s ideas

Making your application

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W415

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3:

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (year 1 and 2) in the equivalent units or modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Wimbledon College of Arts, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

The event will involve a performance-based workshop and an interview with academics. It will also give you a chance to take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

For the selection events you should bring along an image of either:

  • A performance you have been in or have been involved in making

or

  • A performance you would like to have been in or would like to have been involved in making

We will then discuss your choice at the interview. For example, we want you to think about things such as:

  • What inspired you about the performance?
  • How did it make you think and feel?
  • What did it teach you about performance?

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Wimbledon College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

If you are applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W415

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3:

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (year 1 and 2) in the equivalent units or modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Wimbledon College of Arts, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, You will be asked to upload an image of either:
  • A performance you have been in or have been involved in making

or

  • A performance you would like to have been in or would like to have been involved in making

Once you have uploaded this, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

The event will involve a performance-based workshop and an interview with academics. It will also give you a chance to take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date. We will discuss the image you uploaded. For example, we want you to think about things such as:

  • What inspired you about the performance?
  • How did it make you think and feel?
  • What did it teach you about performance?

Selection for international applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your image that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

  • If you applied through UCAS you will receive the final outcome of of your application through UCAS track
  • If you applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2020/21).

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

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Careers and alumni

Upon completing this course, you will be:

  • Equipped with a range of specialist acting skills and transferrable performance skills. These will enable you to work within the theatre, creative and cultural industries
  • Able to communicate effectively through the medium of performance
  • Confident about your ideas and ability to transfer them into a professional environment.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Connected and engaged with critical communities of performance related debate and research
  • Prepared for postgraduate study

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