In the first year, you'll tackle the basics of movement and voice, exploring singing, stage combat, self-tapes and voice recording.
You’ll also develop your theoretical understanding of performance, examining the interconnection between stage and screen. The three perspectives and practice units integrate historical and theoretical enquiries by examining early cinema's relationship to theatrical traditions of the time and conversely contemporary theatre that incorporates film and digital techniques.
Acting Skills 1
The unit comprises: Movement and Voice studies; Acting Skills for Stage and Screen; Approaches to Text and Acting and Recording. Together these areas will introduce you to a basic set of skills which will provide a robust foundation for the course and underpin a life-long process of learning for the professional actor and performer.
Stage Screen Connections
You'll explore the development of early cinema and its origins in theatre, and examine the effect of early advances in film technology on performance style and practice. In parallel, you will study contemporary theatre-makers who incorporate film and digital techniques into their work.
Approaches to Acting
This module introduces you to some of the theoretical and practical approaches to creating a role, looking at the theories of Stanislavski and contrasting them to those of Mamet. This will be accompanied by the practical exploration of scenes from Chekov in rehearsal.ImprovisationYou will look at the uses of improvisation in both theatre and film and explore techniques, as an actor, for developing improvised performances.Exploding the PlayThis unit gives you the opportunity to undertake a self-directed piece of work in small groups: Exploding the Play (an intervention into a classic text) and Making Connections (personal research into the use of new technologies in live performance).
Year 2 revolves around the themes of making stories and finding voices. The three perspective and practice units explore these themes across stage and screen.
Acting Skills 2
This unit covers: Movement and Voice Studies; Improvisation and Creative Writing; Radio Techniques and Sight Reading. Developing further the practical approach to acting and performance skills introduced in Year 1, you will advance your creative and technical skills and focus on remote as well as live performer/audience relationships.
You will explore different aspects of social realism in film, theatre and television. Through the units you will investigate different approaches to realism through a series of case studies and performance works for stage or screen. This unit also explores the historical development of social realism and its relationship to filmed drama and how, as an actor, you prepare and work for the screen.
This unit expands on the work that you have undertaken in Perspectives and Practice 2: Social Realism. Using examples of scenes from the plays of American writers you will explore the underlying themes, subtexts and metaphors that writers employ to create meaning and depth in their work and how, as an actor, you interpret and translate these intentions into a performance.Perspectives and Practice 2: ImprovisationYou will look at the uses of improvisation in both theatre and film and explore techniques, as an actor, for developing improvised performances.Making a FestivalThis unit gives you the opportunity to devise and realise both an individual project and a group project.Study Abroad (optional)This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and to deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.
The final year is about 'making it your business'. Year 3 concentrates on addressing your needs in sustaining your career after graduation – you’ll make a short film and finish the third year with a live performance.
You'll undertake a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.
Or Practice as Research
Two periods of sustained, individually negotiated research on subjects which are likely to be related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your chosen areas of practice, towards the provision of structured argument.
This unit is the culmination of your studies. Led by professional directors you will work on a Film Performance and a Stage Performance. These productions and films will be shown to an invited audience of industry professionals and will take place in established venues in Farnham and/or London; there will also be public presentations of your work.
This unit focuses on the business of acting and how to apply your acting skills to practical approaches to help you make your way in the arts and entertainment industry.
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
- International students - £14,800 (full early payment fee)
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Taught by lecturers with professional acting or directing experience, you’ll quickly learn what it takes to be an industry professional. Our degree course is designed by professionals to train contemporary actors, and our valuable industry links include:
- Farnham Maltings
- British Actors’ Equity
- Drama UK (the body that oversees drama training across the country)
- West End venues for showcase presentations.