BA (Hons) Acting for Screen - Bath Spa University

Acting for Screen

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course BS07

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Acting for Screen
Taught by
Boomsatsuma
Course length
Three years full time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: BS07
Campus Code: Y

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC.

View 'typical offers' for more information.

An industry-led acting course focusing on the skills you'll need to work in film and television.

  • A rigorous conservatoire-style course, with at least 25 hours a week of contact time.
  • Taught by film and TV professionals, giving you direct access to industry knowledge and networks.
  • Delivered in association with The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol.

This acting course will give you the training you'll need to be a working screen actor. It will focus on the distinctiveness of acting for film and television, not as a branch of theatre acting but as a unique discipline in its own right.

Course content includes 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 insight and networking. You'll also appear in professionally-made films as part of the course, and leave with a comprehensive showreel screened to agents and casting directors.

The course accepts around 24 students per year and is delivered in association with The Bottle Yard Studios, giving you access to one of the UK's most prestigious film and TV studios.

What you'll learn

Overview

The course will give you the in-depth training required to be a professional actor, through two years of acting class based on the approaches of Uta Hagen and Sandford Meisner and a combined voice and movement class exploring the techniques of Laban to create characters where the physical is finely attuned to the psychological.

You'll develop an understanding of the specific technical processes and working practices of acting for screen and experience motion capture animation and voice-over recording. You'll take in depth investigations of the development of acting for the screen and the psychology of the acting process.

Through the tutors, who are industry professionals, you'll have access to the latest industry knowledge and networks and you'll be prepared for auditions and castings. You'll apply your skills in a professionally-made short film and feature film as part of the course.

Course structure

Year one

The first year focuses on training the acting instrument. 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. Acting class focuses on foundations based on the approach of opening up as developed by Grotowski and Uta Hagen, both designed to achieve authentic impulses and spontaneous reactions. The goal is to develop the actor's personal instrument and acting technique in order to create the life of a character in film and television. Aligned with the Acting class are Voice and Body modules that introduce you to voice and movement synthesised as a single instrument that enables you to play and create.

The first year also introduces you to the technical demands of working in front of camera. You’ll learn about the history and development of screen performance and complete the year with a production project in which you mirror the preparation an actor makes creating and realising a believable character on screen and developing the individuality, vulnerability, and intimacy that is essential for screen acting.

Year two

Your second year focuses on continued development of deep character work applying the "moment-to-moment" work to characters outside of the student's own experience using the techniques of Sandford Meisner. Voice and Body modules extend your range of expression and Laban becomes the focus of movement work, giving you a systematic way of linking physical activity and vocal expression with mental and emotional states.

You'll develop your ability to analyse text for film and TV and take skills classes in dialects and on-screen combat. Understanding the actors 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 also take a module in understanding the psychology of acting.

The year ends as you are cast in a professionally-directed short film and experience the professional process from casting to screening.

Year three

Your final year prepares you for a career in the industry. You’ll apply the comprehensive acting skills you have learnt to different styles, through a screen comedy module and you’ll learn to adapt your craft whilst keeping the integrity of your process. You’ll 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’ll experience casting for commercials, getting head shots and marketing yourself. You’ll 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 second semester is largely devoted to the making of two specially commissioned feature films. You'll appear in one and both will be exhibited at industry screenings to agents and casting directors. You'll graduate with a professionally-edited showreel of your production work.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed mainly through practical project work with a written research project and skills profiles.

How will I be taught?

You'll learn through workshops, rehearsals and seminar classes.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and experience

The course is delivered in association with the Bottle Yard Studios.

Careers

The course could lead to many careers including actor, voice-over artist, teacher, writer and director.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at Boomsatsuma rehearsal studios and the Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Securing a place on this course will be challenging. You'll have the commitment to sustain a rigorous training that constantly challenges you, the dedication to learn your craft and a passion for acting.

Typical offers

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 from appropriate A-levels with a Grade C in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts preferred.
  • 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.

All applicants will be invited to an audition. You'll be sent sides of script and a character brief and be asked to prepare a scene for the audition.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

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

How do I apply?

Interested in applying? Please send any queries to admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

You'll be required to attend an interview and audition. You'll be sent sides of script and a character brief and be asked to prepare a scene.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk 
Course leader: Stuart
Email: stuart@boomsatsuma.com

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