Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Acting & Contemporary Theatre Making - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0038-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

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
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree


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Entry Requirements

We have a range of entry requirements and are keen to assess each application individually, recognising that our applicants have a range of backgrounds and qualifications. Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition (if relevant) and any experience.

To read our higher education entry guide, click here.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

Your tuition fee status is based on your UCAS application and any additional information you provide to us. This status determines the fees you pay and your eligibility for student finance.
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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.

Years 1 and 2 include 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.

FdA is awarded after the first two years, after which the third year is optional. Click here for more information about the optional BA top-up year.


You will be given numerous opportunities to perform at our own 160-seat theatre and at the Brighton Fringe Festival, as well as a variety of other venues such as 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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On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the third year BA degree top-up, or enter employment.

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.

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