BA Acting

About the Course

Morn-til-Midnight-Face BA Acting is an innovative and exciting undergraduate programme designed for those students with aspirations towards a career in the performance industry. The degree carefully balances vocational actor training with contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills is significant and applicable in a range of employment contexts.

BA Acting students will follow an intensive programme of practical study which blends the acquisition of performance skills with performance methodology and contextual studies.

The first year concentrates on the student’s development as a performer, with modules in voice, movement and dance, acting and devising, whilst the second year tests these skills in a variety of theatrical genres and contexts. The final year is entirely production-based with a series of public productions culminating in a final performance project and e.showcase.

Award
BA (Single Honours)

UCAS Code
W410

Language Choice
English

Course Length
3 years full-time

Entry Requirements

See introduction

You will be invited to visit the University to audition. Entry is based on individual merit.

Career Opportunities

  • Acting
  • Corporate role play and training
  • Applied Drama
  • Education
  • Postgraduate study/research

Department

School of Performing Arts

Campus

Carmarthen Campus

Typical modules

  • Voice
  • Musical Performance
  • Acting
  • Improvisation and Devising
  • Movement
  • Theatre Styles
  • Performing Shakespeare
  • Popular Song and Dance
  • Touring Theatre
  • Site-specific Theatre
  • Main-house Performance
  • Performance Industry

Key Features

  • Graduate student productions at the University and on tour
  • Study abroad available in the USA
  • Professional directors and other theatre practitioners are regular contributors to the course
  • Touring theatre companies visit the University regularly
  • Theatre visits to major UK theatres to enhance your knowledge and experience
  • Rigorous training, practical study, a supportive atmosphere and personal attention
  • Excellent facilities including the 375-seat Halliwell Theatre with its accompanying studios and workshops
  • Opportunities to work with professional theatre companies and practitioners in order to develop your skills and career prospects
  • Extensive team of theatre professionals work within the School as directors, designers and specialist tutors

Why study at this University?

  • Rigorous training, small teaching groups, a supportive atmosphere and personal attention
  • Excellent facilities including the 375-seat Halliwell Theatre with its accompanying studios and workshops
  • Opportunities to work with professional theatre companies and practitioners in order to develop your skills and career prospects
  • Extensive team of theatre professionals work within the school as directors, designers and specialist tutors

Programme Specification

The main educational aims of the programme are:

  • To develop students’ acting and performance skills.
  • To nurture graduates able to apply their skills effectively as professional actors.
  • To develop students’ understanding of the history, development and forms of drama and theatre.
  • To nurture graduates able to apply such understanding in their professional practice.
  • To develop students’ understanding of the transferable nature of skills integral to the study of acting.

Programme Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding

  • An actor’s fundamental resources of vocal and physical expression.
  • Creative improvisation and devising.
  • Dramatic genres.
  • Key practitioners and their approaches to actor, text and audience.
  • Dramatic texts, particularly as blueprints for interpretation through projects and productions.
  • Digital and media-based work.
  • Rehearsal and Production processes.

Practical Skills

  • Fulfil a project or production brief.
  • Work through consensus in groups to devise `original’ performances.
  • Devise 'original’ drama and realise it in production.
  • Analyse dramatic texts, genres and theatre history.
  • Undertake an appropriate level of independent research to gather, evaluate and use information.
  • Utilise vocal and physical skills in dramatic performance.
  • Plan strategies for the preparation and realisation of performance.
  • Use a range of information technology.

Generic and Graduate Skills

  • Respond with imaginative flair to creative opportunities.
  • Communicate ideas through oral, aural, physical and visual means.
  • Produce coherent and well-presented arguments in spoken and written forms.
  • Analyse and record the process of their creative practice.
  • Demonstrate skills of negotiation and compromise to achieve group aims.
  • Achieve set goals through self-management and that of others.
  • Reflect upon and evaluate the results of their work.