Acting & Performance BA (Hons)

Acting & Performance BA (Hons)

Course overview

Delve into the practical, artistic and academic aspects of acting and performance on our BA (Hons) Acting and Performance course at UCA Farnham, and become a confident and assured performer in front of the camera and on stage.

We pride ourselves on giving you the complete package in a course that covers all the different aspects of the craft. And thanks to our close links with Farnham Maltings, you’ll benefit from the venue’s extensive resources, large performance spaces and network of arts professionals, as well as the opportunity to see live and screened performances.

You’ll also make use of UCA Farnham’s extensive facilities – including its first-class Film and TV Centre, sound recording studios and film making equipment – and work collaboratively with fellow students on courses in Film Production, Music, Animation, Journalism, Media and Games Arts, ensuring you take your place in our vibrant and collaborative creative community.

Length of study 3 years full-time
Campus Farnham
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2021, Sept 2022
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code W410
Course details

Course details

Your first year of study will involve exploring the many facets of performance, both physically and theoretically, and examining the connections between stage and screen acting.

Acting Skills 1
You’ll be introduced to a basic set of skills to provide a robust foundation for the course. Movement and voice workshops, practicing various approaches to text and stage combat form the basis of this unit.

Stage Screen Connections
In this unit, you'll develop your contemporary screen acting skills and 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. Alongside these skills, you will be introduced to the lenses of critical theory to begin your analysis of film and stage work.

Approaches to Acting
You’ll learn the theoretical and practical approaches to creating a role and begin building a toolkit of approaches to acting, which will enable you to work with a variety of directors, theatrical styles and screens.

Exploring the Play
You’ll explore the uses of improvisation and techniques, as an actor, for developing improvised performances. This unit gives you the opportunity to undertake a self-directed piece of work in small groups.

Acting Skills 2
You’ll develop your practical approaches to acting from Year one, advancing your creative and technical skills and learning how to connect with your audience. Movement studies continue, you’ll be introduced to applied voice skills (singing and recorded voice) and creative script writing.

American Theatre
Using examples of scenes from the plays of American writers, you’ll explore the underlying themes and methods writers employ to create meaning and depth in their work. You’ll explore how you, as an actor, interpret and translate these intentions into performance.

Social Realism
The different ways in which filmmakers, writers and directors use real-life stories, events and people to make drama, and it relates to you as an actor, is explored in this unit. You’ll debate the relationship of social realism to politics and how it, as a style, affects your work.

Violence and Revenge
This unit introduces you to speaking Shakespearian verse involving the most violent and vengeful scenes Jacobean theatre has to offer. These are performed in a festival style which you will be producing. Alongside this, you will be studying violent films from the viewpoint of cultural debate and active citizenship.

Study Abroad (optional)
Students may choose to study abroad during the latter part of the second year.

Your final year is about ‘making it your business’ and sustaining your career after graduation – you’ll make a short film and finish the third year with a live performance.

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 creative industries. You will create a website and a personal or business plan including 30 opportunities for work, either as an actor or as a small company.

After choosing a subject related to your course, you’ll undertake a period of thorough and sustained research on that subject, towards the production of a structured written piece. This is an excellent option for those wishing to pursue an academic career.


Practice as Research
As with the dissertation, this is a sustained research project however, this project involves you making work as part of your research. This option is suitable for those wanting to make work after graduation.

Led by professional directors, you will work on a film performance and a stage performance. These productions and films will be the culmination of your journey from Year one to Year three.

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:

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

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.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


This course has an on-campus performance space and study spaces for group working, tutorials, seminars and technical workshops. It is also in partnership with the Farnham Maltings and the larger performances are housed there. The Maltings is a leading performance venue located in the heart of Farnham with a network of professional theatre makers based there and regular live and screened performances which give Acting and Performance students a valuable live/screen experience every week.


Acting & Performance student workshop


Black Box Studio


Acting & Performance course space


Recording studio

Course connections

Course connections

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).

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.

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

Jamahyl Chan-Ellis
Jamahyl Chan-Ellis

"The course has been an amazing, invigorating experience especially the whole university journey as a whole from moving from London to Farnham and adapting to a new environment and engaging with new peers"

Entry requirements

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 / BTEC National 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.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online audition via your UCA Applicant Portal. The online audition will be an individual 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. More details about what we require and how to upload your audition will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

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 International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 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

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