BA (Hons) - UCA Farnham - 2019

BA (Hons) Acting, based at UCA Farnham, focuses on preparing actors to flourish, both on stage and screen. Using the camera as a teaching and learning tool, this course offers a uniquely creative springboard for a career in the performing arts.

With a bias towards finding your individual voice through writing and creating, and a dual emphasis on recorded and live performance, you’ll be immersed in learning the core acting skills of voice and movement, along with a range of techniques for camera, microphone and stage.

We’ll encourage you to draw on your own interests and background in your explorations and performances. You’ll also be given the opportunity each year to develop your own ideas through self-directed and written performance, either in groups or as solo projects.

Our partnerships and connections with Farnham Maltings, a local theatre and performing arts venue, mean you’ll benefit from a network of professional theatre makers and extensive resources, including performance and rehearsal spaces.

On campus, you’ll also have access to rehearsal rooms, a cinema, TV studio, sound recording studios and film-making equipment.

You’ll graduate with an acting degree that encompasses all the practical, artistic and academic skills needed for a successful career in the competitive world of acting and performance. The course is practically based with a strong bias towards acting for camera. 

We have a strong track record for producing BAFTA and Oscar winners from across our media disciplines. The Acting course has embraced these links and is able to draw on first-class film and TV studios at our Farnham campus.

You’ll be encouraged to work closely with peers on other courses, including Film Production, Music, Animation, Journalism, Media and Games Arts, ensuring you take your place in our vibrant and collaborative creative community.

From September 2020 this course will change it's name to BA (Hons) Acting & Performance, please see the course page for more details.

Length of study:

Three years full-time


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  • Year 1

    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
    This unit looks at the development of early cinema. You'll develop your contemporary screen acting skills that you have been introduced to. You'll be introduced to filmmaking techniques including editing, shooting, camera, lights and sound. You'll experiment with creating, performing in and making your own short silent film.

    Approaches to Acting
    This module introduces you to both the theoretical and practical approaches to creating a role. It will be the start of you building a toolkit of approaches to acting which will enable you to work with a variety of directors, theatrical styles and screens.

    In Improvisation you look at the uses of improvisation in both theatre and film and explore techniques, as an actor for developing improvised performances. 
    Exploding the Play
    This 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

    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 Studies; Applied Voice Skills and Self Tapes and Creative Writing. 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.

    Violence and Revenge
    In this unit you will look at the influence of two historical theatrical writers and their relationship to contemporary cinema and performance.

    Social Realism
    This unit 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. You'll debate the relationship of Social Realism to politics and how the Social Realist “style” affects your work as an actor on screen. The unit looks at different ways in which practitioners (filmmakers, writers, directors) use real-life stories, events and people to make drama.

    Making a Festival
    This unit gives you the opportunity to devise and realise a large-scale group project. The skills of managing and hosting an event are new and the unit develops the performer/audience relationship explored in the Improvisation Unit as well as employing a range of acting skills for live and recorded work.

    American Theatre
    Using examples of scenes from the plays of American writers, you'll 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.

    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.
  • Year 3

    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.


    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.

    Professional Development
    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.

  • Study abroad

    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:

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,880 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    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.


This course has a dedicated on-campus performance space and study spaces for group working, tutorials, seminars and technical workshops. It also uses the Farnham Maltings - a leading performance venue located in the heart of Farnham with a network of professional theatre makers and extensive resources.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    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.
  • Careers

    Alongside (or as an alternative to) theatre, TV, radio or film work, a portfolio career for the professional freelance actor may also include:

    • Acting in corporate films, and live role-play in business training
    • Forming a company to create and stage your own work
    • Commercials (film or audio)
    • Voicing computer games and animations
    • Creating original material for Image Capture projects
    • Community projects such as theatre in schools
    • Teaching, running workshops, rehearsed readings and workshop productions of new plays.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the UCA International College

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Your portfolio

For this course, there’s an audition stage to the application process. You'll be invited to attend an audition which comprises two activities: 1 - a group workshop: this will include improvisation games and imagination exercises incorporating voice and movement, allowing you to demonstrate your collaborative working skills. 2 - an individual audition piece (for a maximum of two minutes); either: a short piece of contemporary text (play or screenplay); or a piece of Shakespeare; or an original piece you have written.

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