BA (Hons)

ACTING FOR SCREEN. 

An industry-led actor training, focusing on the skills you'll need to work in film and television.

  • A rigorous 3-year conservatoire-style programme, with at least 25 hours a week of contact time.

  • Taught by working professionals, giving you direct access to industry knowledge and networks.

  • ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Equity’ membership in the final year.

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This innovative degree has been designed to address the challenges and opportunities for young actors today. Recognizing the quality and diversity of stories being created for the camera and microphone mediums, this programme offers exceptional training, dedicated entirely to meet the realities of the industry.

It’s a rigorous, conservatoire-style programme with a minimum of 25 hours a week of teaching by industry professionals, limited to 18 students in a group.

The degree is accredited by Bath Spa University and connected into Bristol’s ever-expanding network of film and TV studios and production companies. In this professional environment and at our central Bristol rehearsal studios you will be able to develop industry contacts and build your own professional networks.

Securing a place on the course will be challenging. You will need commitment to sustain an intensive training programme that constantly challenges your dedication to learn your craft and fulfil your passion for acting. Application is by screen test and in person audition day.

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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW.

The BA (Hons) Acting for Screen modules cover acting techniques, the connection of physicality and voice, the history and development of acting for the camera, character development, acting for camera techniques, motion capture, voice-over, commercial acting, industry preparation and networking.

You will appear in professionally made films with working film and TV directors as part of the course and you'll leave with a comprehensive showreel, having had a screening of your work for invited agents and casting directors. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with students at the boomsatsuma school of film.

The programme will give you the in-depth training required to be a professional actor, through two years of acting classes based on the approaches of Michael Chekov and Sandford Meisner. Acting class is closely aligned with a combined voice and movement class, exploring how these instruments work together, to create truthful characters, in whom the physical is finely attuned to the psychological.

You will develop an understanding of the specific technical processes and working practices of acting for camera and experience motion capture and voice-over recording. You'll research the development of acting for the screen and the psychology of the acting process. Through our tutors, who are industry professionals, you will have access to the latest industry knowledge and networks, leaving you well prepared for auditions and castings.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE.

YEAR ONE.

The first year focuses on training your acting instrument; both physically and mentally. Expanding your sense of potential through your body and voice is balanced with examining how we approach the work. Laban technique is used to give you a systematic way of linking physical activity and vocal expression with mental and emotional states. The course introduces you to the fundamental skills and theories of acting for the camera, as you begin to learn and experience the craft of acting and what it entails. Approaching the craft holistically, classes will focus on the pre-expressive, designed to achieve authentic impulses and spontaneous reactions. With modules that focus on the Instrument (body and voice), Acting, and the History of Screen Performance, each module echoes and reinforces this synthesised approach to the craft of acting as the year progresses.

The year culminates in a production project, in which you put all your training together, mirroring the preparation an actor makes creating and realising a believable character on screen, with an individuality, vulnerability, and intimacy that is essential for screen acting.

YEAR TWO.

Year two focuses on the continued development of deep character work, using the techniques of Sandford Meisner and Nikolai Demidov.

Instrument modules extend your range of expression building on the foundations of Laban to explore other practices and techniques.

You further develop your ability to analyse text for film and TV as you build the muscle of working quickly and efficiently. Specific skills classes in dialects, on-screen combat and an introduction into filmmaking expand your creative capacity as well as your marketability. Understanding the actor's process when preparing for, and working on screen remains central to the year’s work, as you learn to build the inner life of characters through imaginative choices and improvisation. You’ll then expand your creative scope a step further with a module in Self Scripting. As with every year, there is a production module that strengthens your comfort in front of the camera and you begin building material for your showreel.

YEAR THREE.

Year three prepares you for a career in the industry. You apply the comprehensive acting skills you have learnt to different styles through a screen comedy module and learn to adapt your craft whilst keeping the integrity of your process. You learn about casting and acquire the knowledge you’ll need about agents, auditions, and the job of building a career as a working actor. You experience casting for commercials, getting head shots and putting together your marketing package. This work culminates in a showcase to agents, directors and casting directors. You also extend your skill-set to motion capture animation and voice over, learning the techniques of working

in these mediated forms of production that will support your employability. The final term is largely devoted to the making of specially commissioned films with public screenings. You graduate with a showreel as part of your marketing package to support you as you start your career.

Meet some of our teaching staff here.

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Our current BA (Hons) Acting for Screen students

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ASSESSMENT.

Continuous assessment, practical skills assessment, written assessment and self-assessment.

COURSE COSTS.

£9,250 tuition fee per year (subject to annual inflationary increases). For more information, click here.

 

TYPICAL OFFER.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis, taking into account any skills and experience that may not be reflected in A-Level scores. The most important consideration is for applicants to have the qualities and potential to succeed.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

 

  • A-Levels – overall grades CCC-CDD

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – at least Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) accepted in a related subject.

  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.

  • IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

UCAS DETAILS.

Course Code BS07

Institution Code B20

When you apply through UCAS, please use the Course Code and Institution Code above.

Our acting degree courses are validated by Bath Spa University. You can apply directly through UCAS now or speak to us first if you have any questions.

HOW TO APPLY.

 

  • All applications for our acting degrees (Acting for Screen or Acting for Stage & Screen) are made through UCAS
     

  • The undergraduate UCAS application deadline is 26th January at 6pm and we strongly submitting your application as early as possible in advance of this date.
     

  • ​For more information on submitting a UCAS application, please visit the UCAS website where you'll find comprehensive guidance on how to complete your application. You will need the relevant Course Code and Institution Code which is listed above.
     

  • In addition to your UCAS application, you also need to apply for an audition with us.
     

  • Please read the PDF below for full details (including dates) of our two-stage audition process and when you feel ready to apply, simply hit the APPLY FOR AN AUDITION button below.

ALL AUDITIONS ARE FREE.

To keep our process inclusive and accessible, we believe that money should not prevent anyone from auditioning.