A practical course training the actors of tomorrow.
Acting (BA) has been designed to develop your skills so that you graduate as an industry-ready professional. You will collaborate with theatre professionals from different disciplines in an extremely encouraging and supportive environment where you can safely explore and experiment.
Exploring practical performance skills, developing connections with industry professionals and fostering entrepreneurship is at the heart of this training.
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100% of UWTSD’s Acting students were satisfied with their course.
- National Student Survey 2020
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Why choose this course?
- All assessments are practical, based on performances – no exams or dissertation.
- Learn from, and collaborate with, experienced, fully trained professionals who have worked on stage, TV and film – gaining connections along the way.
- Explore different genres from contemporary writers to the absurd and Shakespeare.
- Work with other students to create artistic pieces.
- Study abroad available in the US.
What you will learn
The first year of the Acting (BA) programme concentrates on development of the basic blocks of any actor's training: Movement, Musical Performance, Improvisation and Acting, as well as developing study and collaborative skills.
The second year builds on these techniques, as we practically explore how these skills are applied to different areas of work, such as performing Shakespeare, contemporary plays and acting on screen.
The final year concentrates on applying training to a professional rehearsal setting as you perform in public productions. You will develop your skills in small scale projects as well as a major interdisciplinary production and also a site-specific/studio theatre production.
Exposure to these types of processes, along with an Independent project module, is your opportunity to explore your specific career path and will prepare you for your entry into the creative industries and beyond.
Throughout the course, students are supported by tutors and industry professionals as they build their confidence, techniques and cultivate their creativity as collaborators and performers.
Modules at Level 4:
- Musical Performance
- Improvisation and Devising
- Common Module: Study Skills for Success
- Common Module: Collaboration and Teamwork
Modules at Level 5:
- Script, Rehearsal & Performance
- Short Film Production and Performance
- Performing Shakespeare
- Specialised Performance Practice (optional)
- Drama and Theatre in Education (optional)
- Common Module: Game changers – Creativity and Value Creation
- Common Module: Building your Personal Brand
Modules at Level 6:
- Independent Enquiry
- Site-specific/ Studio Theatre
- Major Performance Project
- Professional Practice
Students regularly have opportunities to take part in performances/events, through which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge.
We hold formal, and informal, tutorials throughout the degree. Each student can discuss their work with the module tutor or Programme Director during tutorials. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.
Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.
At level 4 & 5, students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway. At level 6, students write about their work in blogs, forums and short written tasks.
During this course students may be required to explore texts containing themes and issues that might be perceived as challenging.
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You will be invited to visit the University to audition. Entry is based on individual merit and 64 UCAS Points.
Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers and further study, including:
- Acting – theatre, TV & Film
- Corporation role play & training
- Applied drama
- Postgraduate study/research
- Voiceover & narration
Katyana Malcolm, BA Acting Student, Year 3
“The great thing about the acting course at UWTSD is the range of modules available; from classical Shakespeare to absurd and experimental theatre.
“As part of the course, we receive a wide range of in-depth training from specialists in those areas. The tutors are always willing to chat, however, independent learning is also valued. I would encourage you to invest time in making friends with your fellow students on your course. It is important to support each other in the work that you do, and to encourage each other in your endeavours, both in and out of the lectures.
"Carmarthen itself is a lovely place to live, and so get involved in the town, volunteer, explore and learn. I am looking forward to working with professionals next year and exploring the depths of my abilities through the lessons I have learned over the past two years.”
Jordan Nasser, BA Acting Student, Year 3
“I chose to go to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David because of the homely atmosphere; being a smaller campus makes it easier to make friends inside and outside the course.
“Then there’s the quality and content of the BA Acting degree with its range of different modules that are suited to the industry today. Support has always been offered by the tutors on my course, which creates a very friendly atmosphere and builds a good relationship between the students and lecturers.
"The degree also offers many opportunities to get involved in a lot of creative projects within the university and has opened doors through me meeting contacts who have got me involved in other projects outside the university for work experience, setting me up for after the degree.
"Going forward into my third year, I really look forward to working with directors and other industry professionals and putting the things that I have learned throughout the degree, and personal aims built over the degree, to good use.”
Ahne Hovdhaugen, from Norway
"I am very pleased with both my course (BA Acting) and Carmarthen as a campus and as a town.
"The course is very well laid out, and the lecturers are amazing! Being taught by industry professionals is priceless!
"I like that the course is very practical, but also still values written work as a part of the assessment. I feel very 'seen' both by my lecturers and by the University as a whole. Everyone is super lovely and helpful, and I don’t regret applying for this University at all!
"Carmarthen as a town is very safe, welcoming, and not too big for someone who is anxious about moving abroad or away from home. Everything you need is in walking distance, but the taxi drivers are also super lovely if you ever need a taxi ride!"
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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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
Embrace the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at universities in the US or Canada. We have exchange links with the following institutions -
- California State University, Fullerton
- California State University, Long Beach
- Douglas College, Vancouver
- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro