Acting and Theatre-Making BA (Hons)

Course detail & modules

This innovative course is designed to meet the increasing demand for highly-skilled practitioners who possess a broad range of theatre-making skills. Your studies will form part of a continuous research and development process, in which you experiment with and co-create performance works, showcasing a selection of your choice.

Working effectively as an ensemble in a respectful and supportive environment forms a key part of your training. Our approach towards ‘actor cultivation’ is inspired by the most up-to-date research into the Stanislavsky system and highlights the uniqueness of each performer as conditioned by imaginary circumstances. You will also have the chance to explore physical, political, applied, ritual and post-dramatic methodologies as you progress.

Entry requirements

These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* – C) or Level 2 equivalents.


Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

Compulsory modules

Compulsory modules

Additional studies include dance, contact improvisation, stage combat, singing and performance ensembles.

Level 4

  • Movement Studies 1
  • Voice Studies
  • Acting: Improvisation, Characterisation and Embodiment of Text
  • Song, Dance and Musicianship 1
  • Company Dynamics: Culture and Collaboration
  • Dramaturgy and Critique: Theatre of Illusion


Level 5

  • Movement and Voice: Beyond Realism
  • Acting and Performing: Beyond Realism
  • Theatre Laboratory 1
  • Song, Dance and Musicianship 2
  • Company Dynamics: Forum and Function
  • Dramaturgy and Critique: Beyond Realism


Level 6

You will study all the compulsory modules and will choose THREE of the optional modules

  • New Writing (production)
  • Devised Theatre (production)
  • Career Development
  • Introduction to Screen Acting
  • Theatre Laboratory 2

Study & career progression

The creative industry offers many opportunities in acting, performance and direction. Once you graduate you could go on to work in:

  • direction
  • dramaturgy
  • playwriting
  • academia
  • education
  • journalism
  • arts administration
  • applied theatre.