Acting - BA (Hons) Degree

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

Theatre production of Hamlet

A dynamic and exciting course combining strong technical training, creative opportunities and industry experience. The course programme involves the study and practice of both traditional and innovative areas of actor training and theatre making.

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

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Degree validated by UAL (University of the Arts London)

  • 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

Audition and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Audition should include a two-minute monologue from a published source which you have memorised and staged. No props/costumes.

Cross-college entry guide

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Click here to read the cross-college entry guide.

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.

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.

Regular Brighton Fringe slots, commissions, residencies, and Scratch Night curation form the basis for growing your professional practice and skills set.

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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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