• BA Acting

91% of UWTSD’s BA Acting students agreed that their course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt – NSS 2017.

BA Acting is an innovative and exciting programme designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills on offer could be applied in a variety of employment contexts.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: W410
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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BA Acting students will follow an intensive programme of practical study which blends the acquisition of performance skills with performance methodology and contextual studies.

The first year concentrates on the student’s development as a performer, with modules in voice, movement and dance, acting and devising, while the second year tests these skills in a variety of theatrical genres and contexts. The final year is entirely production-based with a series of public productions culminating in a final performance project and showcase.

Typical modules include:

  • Voice
  • Musical Performance
  • Acting
  • Improvisation and Devising
  • Movement
  • Theatre Styles
  • Performing Shakespeare
  • Popular Song and Dance
  • Touring Theatre
  • Site-specific Theatre
  • Main-house Performance
  • Performance Industry

There are many reasons to chose this course, including:

  • Graduate student productions at the University and on tour
  • Study abroad available in the Unite States
  • Professional directors and other theatre practitioners are regular contributors to the course
  • Touring theatre companies visit the University regularly
  • Theatre visits to major UK theatres to enhance your knowledge and experience
  • Rigorous training, practical study, a supportive atmosphere and personal attention
  • Excellent facilities including the 375-seat Halliwell Theatre with its accompanying studios and workshops
  • Opportunities to work with professional theatre companies and practitioners in order to develop your skills and career prospects
  • Extensive team of theatre professionals work within the School as directors, designers and specialist tutors

You will be invited to visit the University to audition. Entry is based on individual merit.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Acting
  • Corporate role play and training
  • Applied Drama
  • Education
  • Postgraduate study/research

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

Programme Specification

The main educational aims of the programme are:

  • To develop students’ acting and performance skills.
  • To nurture graduates able to apply their skills effectively as professional actors.
  • To develop students’ understanding of the history, development and forms of drama and theatre.
  • To nurture graduates able to apply such understanding in their professional practice.
  • To develop students’ understanding of the transferable nature of skills integral to the study of acting.

Programme Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:

  • An actor’s fundamental resources of vocal and physical expression.
  • Creative improvisation and devising.
  • Dramatic genres.
  • Key practitioners and their approaches to actor, text and audience.
  • Dramatic texts, particularly as blueprints for interpretation through projects and productions.
  • Digital and media-based work.
  • Rehearsal and Production processes.

Practical Skills:

  • Fulfil a project or production brief.
  • Work through consensus in groups to devise `original’ performances.
  • Devise 'original’ drama and realise it in production.
  • Analyse dramatic texts, genres and theatre history.
  • Undertake an appropriate level of independent research to gather, evaluate and use information.
  • Utilise vocal and physical skills in dramatic performance.
  • Plan strategies for the preparation and realisation of performance.
  • Use a range of information technology.

Generic and Graduate Skills:

  • Respond with imaginative flair to creative opportunities.
  • Communicate ideas through oral, aural, physical and visual means.
  • Produce coherent and well-presented arguments in spoken and written forms.
  • Analyse and record the process of their creative practice.
  • Demonstrate skills of negotiation and compromise to achieve group aims.
  • Achieve set goals through self-management and that of others.
  • Reflect upon and evaluate the results of their work.