BA (Hons) Acting & Performance, UCA Farnham

MA Screen Acting & Performance

Screen Acting & Performance MA

Course overview

Expand and deepen your knowledge and skills in acting and performing in front of the camera on our MA in Screen Acting and Performance course at UCA Farnham.

While you don’t need any formal training in performance to join this course, we are looking for creative students who are keen to challenge themselves, experiment and push boundaries.

With the support of expert staff including Dr Sian Rees, Dr Harry Whalley and pioneering intimacy co-ordinator Pia Rickman, you will explore different aspects of performance and how it is consumed, as well as learning about presenting, developing your professional profile, extending your screen acting skills and completing an ambitious final project.

Length of study 1 year full-time
Campus Farnham
Entry requirements Honours degree and/or relevant work experience
Course entry options Sept 2022
Course details

Course details

Screen Acting
This unit will focus on your skills, giving you many practical exercises to hone your screen technique, including an introduction to the role of the intimacy coordinator.

Digital Performer
In this unit you will be studying on-line performance and how to market yourself within that industry. You will practice your creative response to the needs of the digital industry with industry relevant briefs and experiences.



In this unit you will learn the skills of presenting for television, podcast, and most crucially, on-line platforms. Industry specialists will help you gain confidence in your on-line presence and practice at live (streamed) events will develop your skill set.

Critical Contexts 
The Critical Contexts unit will challenge you to think differently about the content you consume and make. You will explore the contemporary and historical perspectives of recorded and streamed performance. Different forms of content and their relationship to storytelling will be debated and you will gain a critical perspective on the new on-line and screen environments now available.

Final Major Project & Professional Practice
In your final unit you will focus on an area of your professional practice (e.g. acting for film, presenting for television or social media, comedy for social media) to create original content based upon an inquiry about an area of research which will make you an expert in your field. As part of this unit, you will also initiate and populate an online professional profile as you consider your career opportunities and options as an industry professional. You will also have opportunities to meet mentors who will help bridge the transition from the course into industry.


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

  • UK students full-time - £10,400

  • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,800 (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, these will be uploaded here shortly.

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.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

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. On campus there are digital media suites with Macs and PCs with latest programmes for film editing as well as general design work. There is also a modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.


Black Box studio, UCA Farnham


Acting & Performance space, UCA Farnham


Digital Media suite, UCA Farnham


Library, UCA Farnham

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

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. Further information on how to compile and 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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