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Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Performer for theatre, TV and/or film
  • Writer or Director for theatre, TV and/or film
  • Musician, Poet or Comedian
  • Theatre Technician (including design and management)
  • Arts Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Community Arts Practitioner
  • Entertainment or Artists’ Agent

Who is it for?

The course intends to encourage you to be multi-disciplined, academically curious, employer-experienced, and able to not only perform in the works of others but also create your performance work and engage with the business aspects of the performer’s life.

You will also be introduced to a range of performance-making disciplines, including:

• Acting Technique and Active Analysis
• Naturalistic Scripted Performance
• Developing Screen Acting
• Directing and Devising
• Performing Shakespeare
• Writing for Performance
• Performance Practice-as-Research
• Physical Theatre and Ensemble Practice

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to stage at least three full-length productions – some of which will be to a fee-paying audience in a professional theatre setting, collaborating with your peers across the programme as well as those from other courses to stage and perform the highest quality of performance work. The course is delivered across three sites, each optimised to provide state-of-the-art resources relevant to your modules. This includes a home-from-home at Peterborough’s prestigious The Key Theatre, where you will be welcomed as a resident of the venue. You will engage with local, national and international industry through our team of research/industry-active expert staff, guest practitioners and several industry-focused modules. These will support you as you develop into a versatile, multi-disciplined performer capable of creating your performance pieces or working with others.


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What is covered?

Year 1 - Level 4

  • Performance Skills: Acting Technique
  • Performance Skills: Actors Voice
  • Interpreting Live & Recorded Performance
  • Performance Skills: Music, Masks & Play
  • 20th Century Practitioners
  • Performance Skills: Introduction to Screen Acting
  • Directing and Devising
  • Naturalistic Scripted Performance

Year 2 - Level 5

  • Performance Skills: Developing Screen Acting
  • Performance Skills: Performing Shakespeare
  • Performance Skills: Physical Theatre and Ensemble Practice
  • Writing for Performance
  • Applied Performance and Employability
  • Performance Practice as Research
  • Ensemble Performance

Year 3 - Level 6

  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Professional Theatre Performance
  • Contemporary Practice
  • Professional Preparation
  • Contemporary Performance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To be eligible for this acting degree, applicants need to have 88 UCAS Points, which should be from a related subject, and at least 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and Maths. Additionally, prospective students must undergo an audition as part of the application process.

Mature students or those who do not meet these standard entry requirements are encouraged to reach out to our admissions team to discuss alternative qualifications or relevant work experience that may be considered. The admissions team can be contacted on 01733 214466 or via email at

Further details on qualifications from the EU and overseas, the UCAS process, accreditation of prior learning, and guidance for those who do not meet the entry requirements are available at

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities. Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee). There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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