- BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen
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- Course length
- Two years full time.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: BS08
- Campus Code: Y
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 stage, film and television productions.
- Train at the Bristol School of Acting as part of a new company resident at the Tobacco Factory Theatres.
- Learn on an accelerated, conservatoire-style acting course with high contact time – taught over two years.
- Study with some of the most experienced acting tutors working in the industry.
This acting degree will give you the in-depth training required to be a professional actor and a creative artist. You'll study as part of an acting ensemble taught by some of the most experienced tutors working in the industry.
The course is an intensive, accelerated degree taught over two years. You'll receive the same amount of contact hours as you would on a three-year course. It is limited to a small number of students, working in smaller groups, with plenty of direct teaching time.
What you'll learn
The core of the course is two years of acting classes based on the approaches of Michael Chekov, Vakhtangov, Laban and Anne Bogart. 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.
Programme modules cover acting techniques, the connection of physicality and voice, ensemble theatre, text analysis, comedy character development, the actor as theatre-maker and acting for camera techniques.
Your first year focuses on training your acting instrument. The course takes you through the fundamental skills and theories of acting, as you begin to learn and experience the craft of acting and what it entails. Acting class focuses on the creativity and invention of the acting process. The goal is to develop the actor's personal instrument and artistic freedom, in order to create exciting theatre.
Aligned with the acting class are the Instrument modules, which introduce you to voice and movement synthesised as a single instrument that enables you to play and create. You'll focus on techniques of Michael Chekov and Vakhtangov and you'll also take a class in building a character. At the end of year one you'll undertake your first performance assignment, making a piece of theatre as an ensemble for a site-specific performance.
Your second year prepares you for a career in the industry with five productions rehearsed in professional conditions alongside acting class and voice and movement class. You’ll apply the comprehensive acting skills you have learnt to different styles 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 and marketing yourself. As well as the theatre productions, you'll appear in a full-length made-for-TV production to bring your acting for camera skills to a professional level. You'll also take part in an agents' showcase.
How will I be assessed?
The course will be assessed through practical workshops, performances and written evaluation.
How will I be taught?
You'll learn through workshops, classes and rehearsals.
You may have the opportunity to take a module in Vakhtangov technique at the Shchukin Institute in Moscow.
Work placements, industry links and experience
You'll be based in a working theatre (Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol) and there will be opportunities to link with the professional companies who use the theatre.
The course could lead to many careers including:
- Theatre maker
- Other theatre-based careers.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
This course is taught at Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Bristol School of Acting.
The co-Artistic Directors of the Bristol School of Acting are:
- Nancy Medina – acclaimed theatre director, and one of the country’s rising stars and the 2018 recipient of the prestigious RTST Sir Peter Hall Award.
- Stuart Wood – director and teacher of acting, with nearly 40 years' experience working in the UK’s leading drama schools.
You'll have access to two fully working professional theatres.
UK students full time
Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.
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Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
We look for candidates with raw talent and a passion for acting that will see them through an intensive and challenging course.
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.
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?
Interview and portfolio guidance
You'll be required to audition for a place on the course.