If you want to act, direct or write for actors in stage, radio, film and television, this vocational actor-training course is for you. Studying Acting at Bath Spa University provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in an innovative and exciting artistic environment. The training is highly practical, intensive and professionally focused. You will explore in depth a range of skills, processes and job roles to prepare you for the demands of a portfolio career in the industry as an actor interpreter and actor creator.The course works closely with professionally active writers and practitioners in theatre and recorded media, innovative theatre companies and established regional and national theatre venues. Our professionally active and experienced staff foster creative approaches to performance, and encourage the development of entrepreneurialism to create work, not just seek it!
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
300–320 UCAS Tariff points including two A-levels at minimum BB (one in drama or theatre studies).
Entry is by audition only.
Year 1 introduces you to the foundational skills and building blocks of acting:
Skills classes develop professionally focused vocal, physical and comedic skills.
Context classes explore theatre history through practice and research, to situate contemporary performers within an ancient tradition.
Process Form and Composition classes explore a range of acting processes, enabling you to approach any role; to investigate how drama works and how to create your own work.
Year 2 tests and develops your acting, directing, writing and devising process in theatre and recorded media. Skills, including Stage Combat and Context classes, continue with the same rigor and intensity, while your core module allows you the option to specialise in different areas of acting.
Writing for performance
Text: Comedy and American Drama
Year 3 is your apprentice year. You become a member of OnSet productions, a professional company that produces three seasons of work across a range of live and recorded media. This company presents work supported by Bath Spa Live, the University’s promotion arm that presents all outward facing student work.
There are three modules in the third year:
Context classes focus on a written project and preparation for the business side of the industry
Skills classes prepare you for entry to the profession
Your Core module places you in a series of professionally staged films and plays
The professional profile module prepares you for the world of work
Over the year, students perform in each of the following:
A recorded media project: Sitcom, Graduate Film, Acting for the Microphone
A directed play
A rehearsed play reading
A ´Making´ Project
Students choose between a 5,000 word academic file based on their ‘Making Project’ or a more traditional dissertation model.
The programme prepares you for a freelance career in theatre, film and television. The University’s excellent teaching and research reputation guarantees rigorous practical training, balanced with research and analytical skills. Professionally experienced staff foster creative approaches to performance and encourage your entrepreneurialism to create work, not just seek it! Many industry links with companies - such as the Theatre Royal Bath and Salisbury Playhouse - embed industry practice in all classes.
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