Acting - BA (Hons) Degree

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UCAS code: W410 Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2021 Duration: 3 Years

Why this course?

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A dynamic and exciting course combining strong technical training, creative opportunities and industry experience. You will have the opportunity to train in acting and explore your own artistic practice.

The BA in Acting allows you to develop acting techniques through a series of different approaches to ensure that you are most employable and well placed to critique and contribute to the cultural landscape. The training focuses on different aspects of acting; the actor performer, the actor director, the actor activist, the actor producer, the actor on film.

Key features

  • Live performances and commissions throughout your training
  • Collaboration with our theatre design and technical theatre students
  • Professional-standard theatre on campus
  • Fringe performances, residencies and scratch nights
  • Creative courses collaborate to mirror industry practice
  • Opportunities in Year 2 to specialise in writing, directing, producing, film, transmedia or comedy

You will take part in a varied programme of movement, text, voice and technique classes to hone your training. You will explore how to stage text, create your own original work for a variety of audiences and work with new and emerging technologies and environments. Alongside the training there are opportunities to shape your own path in live and recorded performance and to explore different ways to make work and forge a creative career. Together with dedicated tutors and visiting practitioners and companies you will train in a variety of genres and techniques and take part in an exciting number of projects and shows within the college professional theatre and beyond.

You'll take part in text based and devised shows working alongside the other pathways in hair and make up, production, technical theatre, costume and set design, prop making, musical theatre and dance. A demanding, creative and rich environment in which you can train as an actor and develop as a self sufficient practitioner.

Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)

This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.

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  • alumni Views Acting alumnus
    The course prepared me to not only work with different directors and styles, but also produce my own work

Course requirements

Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:

  • a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • related academic or work experience
  • the quality of the personal statement
Audition and interview

You will also be required to audition and interview for this course. Your audition should include a two-minute monologue from a published source which you have memorised and staged. No props/costumes.

Entry guide

Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).


The course includes physical and vocal training, devising techniques, physical theatre, writing for performance, classical theatre, stand-up comedy and acting for camera.

You will develop skills in creating, producing and promoting your own live and recorded work for a variety of contexts in collaboration with industry directors, venues, commissions, residencies and festivals.

You will be given numerous opportunities to perform at our own 160-seat theatre and at external venues, such as at the Brighton Fringe Festival, St Paul’s Arts Centre, Cellar Arts Club and Hove Grown Festival.
Regular Brighton Fringe slots, commissions, residencies, and Scratch Night curation form the basis for growing your professional practice and skills set. Past projects have included Brighton Festival, Stand up Comedy shows, Shakespeare adaptations, web series, pilot work, outdoor shows, site specific work, collaborations with Hove festival, The Warren, Brighton Open Air Theatre, St Paul’s Arts Centre, commissions and collaborations with theatre companies.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate and produce work with students on other courses such as production teams, prop and costume makers, hair and make-up designers, musicians, film-makers and other practitioners across our creative industries courses.

Company practice explores devised, adapted and scripted theatre with responses to commissions and showcase productions in the 160-seat Northbrook Theatre and regional venues.

The course develops skills in characterisation, improvisation, voice, physicality, acting for film & TV, and self and performance promotion through a graduated programme of workshops, rehearsals, studio productions, festival work and main house shows.

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Potential careers:

  • Actor for theatre, film or TV
  • Theatre company member
  • Director
  • Script writer
  • Theatre In Education performer
  • Arts manager
  • Drama teacher

Graduates gain employment with theatre companies (eg Rogue, Periplum) or gain agent representation. They form their own theatre companies (Pitstop, Fertile, Tarry) run their own training schools, and manage arts projects.

Alumnus story

Performing arts alumnus, Will Austin, starred in the West End play Gods and Monsters and has also appeared in TV’s Casualty and in the films Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Justice League.

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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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