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    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time
  • Immerse yourself in acting and develop a versatile skillset in line with the demands of the modern industry. Our cutting-edge vocational acting course combines theory with practice in the well-appointed surrounds of the purpose-built Desmond Tutu centre.

    With a grand 300-seat theatre and black box studio theatre, you’ll enjoy weekly skills classes in voice and movement, as well as plenty of opportunities to secure parts in professional public performances and touring productions for valuable first-hand experience. Our strong working links with respected bodies including Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Barbican Theatre, and Symbiotic Theatre among others, help our Acting BA students build valuable links for a prosperous future in the arts. 




    The course marries a range of technical disciplines with intensive, practical learning. From live theatre to location-based film, you’ll absorb masses of process-driven skill, plus you’ll be given a timely opportunity to select your specialist area.

    Your final year will balance the practical side of finding gainful employment and presenting yourself for auditions and casting, with a creative focus on developing, managing and producing your own performances.

    You will also become a company member of The Actor's Wheel who professionally produce three touring productions each year.

    • Year 1 - Regional Tour
    • Year 2 - International Tour
    • Year 3 - National Tour


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All modules are compulsory and build each year upon your knowledge and skills:

1st Year
  • The Complicit Actor
  • The Roots of Theatre
  • Academic Skills
  • The Shakespearean Actor 1
  • 20th Century Text in Performance
  • The Shakespearean Actor 2
  • Acting for Camera

 You will be cast in a professionally produced and directed show, open to public audiences and is toured regionally.

2nd Year
  • Popular Forms
  • The Community Centred Actor
  • The Creative Actor
  • The Global Actor
  • Contemporary Text in Performance
  • The Actor's Specialism

You will be cast in a professionally directed production for a short international tour.


3rd Year
  • Professional Profile
  • New Writing in Performance
  • Theatre Production
  • The Working Actor

Your degree will culminate in a professionally directed and produced national tour, launching you into the industry.


Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

This course has very strong industry links and will prepare you for working in a highly competitive market, with practical experience of alternative approaches to finding/creating work. 

You will gain a degree, a working CV, a show reel, a voice reel, as well as numerous contacts with industry professionals, providing a strong network from which to launch your career. 

Your working CV will be enhanced by touring professionally produced, directed, managed and designed performance under the company name The Actor's Wheel.


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Course Leader

Led by Kevin Johnson, an associate artist for Theatre Royal Plymouth, the course team fosters creative minds and equips them with the practical skills to succeed as emerging professionals in the performance industry. As active professionals in the industry, the Acting BA teaching team possesses that valuable combination of theoretical knowledge and real-world involvement.


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    Training Company Model

    By studying with us students automatically become a company member of - The Actor's Wheel. This is the company brand which all of our professionally produced public work trades under.

    We aim to recruit between 16-24 trainee actors in each cohort, creating a small supportive ensemble. We intentionally keep numbers small in order to enable our person centred approach to training, each student benefits from regular one to one tutorials in order to ensure their progression is tailored to the individual.

    Approach to Teaching and Assessment

    Every lecturer teaching on the course is also a practicing professional in their field, which ensures students are taught the most current trends in the industry and enables students to start creating their incredibly important professional network. We firmly believe in learning through praxis (a cyclical learning through ‘doing’ and reflecting – a merging of theory and practice) therefore the majority of the course is taught practically through workshops and followed by reflective discussion.

    Weekly contact hours with staff vary greatly dependent on whether in rehearsal for a production or developing your own work. The average weekly hours of contact time across the year is approximately 23 hours. sometimes this is less and other times (such as production weeks and touring) in excess of 40 hours. In quieter periods students are fully expected to make up the hours with their own independent studio practice.

    The vast majority of assessments are practical assignments, which are often supported by some written reflection either in the form of a journal, an essay or portfolio. There are no written exams.

    Extra-Curricular Opportunities

    In addition to the structured course elements there will be numerous additional opportunities to develop your practice and CV which are actively encouraged.

    • Numerous additional workshops from visiting specialists and companies.
    • Castings and auditions for film and theatre roles as they arrive.
    • Theatre visits and film screenings.
    • Numerous work experience opportunities as and when they arrive.


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