Our BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre will appeal if you wish to prepare yourself for the professional demands of todays theatre, film and TV as creative actors. Teaching, which is eclectic and inspired by such practitioners as diverse as Lecoq, Gaullier, Grotowsky, Meisner and Boal, covers fundamentals in acting, improvisation, research, movement, voice and singing. Our course is accredited by the National Council for Drama Training.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Introduction to Acting Theory, Methods and Practice, Development from Self to Character;
Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study;
British Plays from 1956 to 1978;
Improvised Living History;
Music and Singing II; and
Contextual Studies I.
Theatre as a Medium of Expression I: Expressionism, Visual and Physical Theatre;
Theatre as a Medium of Expression II: Forum Theatre, Theatre Meets Film (Multi-Media), Site Specific Classics;
Music and Singing II; and
Contextual Studies II.
Devised Christmas Shows;
Cabaret and Improvisation;
Actor-Led Final Projects;
Voice, Movement, Music and Singing;
Contextual Studies III; and
Professional Preparation and Auditioning Technique.
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"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
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