In order to develop your own approach to acting, you will study the core disciplines of acting, physical and vocal skills and rehearsal exercises. Many of the activities in these disciplines are concerned with finding your voice as an actor. Through practical exercises, theoretical seminars, workshops and rehearsals, you will engage in a dialogue between you own personal view of the creative process and inherited tradition.
Unit 1: Introduction to Study in Higher Education
Unit 2: Foundation, Exploration and Work on the Self
Unit 3: Rehearsal Methods for Realism
Unit 4: Analysis 1: Archetypes and Storytelling
In Stage 1, you will be introduced to the principles that underpin the whole of your training. You will begin to undertake the systematic study of the essential skills of an actor. This will occur through a series of practical classes in acting, voice and movement, together with an introduction to the theory of character analysis, also known as movement psychology. From the beginning of the course, you will be encouraged to think of the actor as part of the society in which you live and function. You will be expected to read widely, to visit exhibitions, theatre, film and other performances and to engage with current events.
Unit 3 consists of three rehearsal exercises, which are practical investigations of a play text. These are designed to develop the actor's ability to apply a methodological approach. Unit 4 will provide a contextual framework for the study of theatre and acting as an art form. You will acquire a solid, practical grounding through the research, construction, participation in and observation of project work. You will also have seminars, workshops, tutorials and discussions.
Unit 5: Expansion, Consolidation and Work on the Role
Unit 6: Character Analysis and Composition
Unit 7: Rehearsal Methods for the Classical Actor
Unit 8: Analysis 2: Renaissance, Realism, Internationalism
In Stage 2 you will continue to participate in practical classes in acting, voice, speech and text, movement, ballet, music and singing. You will now develop your ability to be at ease in front of the camera and to understand technical functions in the television studio. You will also be introduced to the opportunities and demands of voice-recording. There is an increased emphasis on the demands of the classical stage and the expressive use of heightened dramatic text both in verse and prose. You will look at the identification of form and the acting choices it leads you to make.
Unit 9: The Skilful Actor
Unit 10: The Professional Actor
In the final stage of the course, you will demonstrate ownership of your acting process. You will continue to refine your technical skills through productions and projects. Additional, text-specific skills will be developed for public performances during the year. Your ability to integrate skills into fully achieved, assured performances, both on stage and in front of the camera and your confident presentation of yourself to the profession are at the centre of this part of the course. There will be opportunities to test out audition skills in front of outside professionals and in mock audition workshops for television and theatre. You will also collaborate with MA Directing students on their projects.
Mode of study
BA Acting runs for 99 weeks in full-time mode. It is divided into three stages over three academic years. Each stage lasts 33 weeks.
You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each stage (level).
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the stages for a BA are: Stage 1 (Level 4), Stage 2 (Level 5) and Stage 3 (Level 6). In order to progress to the next stage, all units of the preceding stage must normally be passed: 120 credits must be achieved in each stage. The classification of the award will be derived from the marks of units in Stages 2 and 3 or only Stage 3, using a dual algorithm.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4 (or 120 credits), or a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) following the successful completion of Level 5 (or 240 credits).