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BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen

Subject Area
Performance & Production
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
2 Years
£8,660 per year
Entry Requirements
32 UCAS Tariff points or relevant experience
Validating partner
The Open University

The BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen is an intensive training course. Students will take classes in both stage and screen acting throughout the two years alongside specialist classes in a wide range of voice, movement, rehearsal, performance and employment skills. Students will have regular contact with visiting professionals including numerous workshops with our partners at York Theatre Royal and Screen Yorkshire. Students will have regular contact with the in-house tutors, alongside workshops led by industry professionals.

Students will take part in work placement blocks within the industry and will appear in several public performances. The course is accelerated over two years in order to provide maximum value for money and an early entry point into the profession.

UCAS Code: BA45

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Fundamental Acting Technique Developing Acting Technique Advanced Acting Technique
Fundamental Voice Technique Developing Voice Technique Advanced Professional Development
Fundamental Movement Technique Developing Movement Technique Industry Facing Performance
Fundamental Professional Development Developing Professional Development Recorded Performance
Performance 1 Performance 3 Live Theatre Performance
Performance 2 Performance 4 Creating My Own Work

Entry requirements

32 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Successful applicants will be invited for an auditions and interview. Each applicant is asked to prepare two monologues - a contemporary and a classical monologue. Applicants will also take part in a movement workshop.

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed through grading of final performances (both live and recorded), and through critical reflective work in a variety of forms.

Skills you will learn

Students will develop skills in acting technique, vocal performance, movement, physical theatre, characterisation, text analysis, rehearsal technique, screen acting, dramatic combat, presenting, classical performance, audition technique and professional preparation. Academic skills will include, research skills, reflective practice, critical and creative thinking, interpersonal skills, team working and analytical response skills.

Method of delivery

The BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen is a highly practical course which is taught face-to-face through rehearsal, workshops, seminars, tutorials, work experience placements and masterclasses. Critical thinking work is presented using a range of approaches including blogs, vlogs, digital portfolios etc. It is reflective and research based and designed to support your practical training. Students have 30 hours of contact time per week. Classes will be approximately 12-16 students and learning will take place in rehearsal studios, theatre spaces, film and media suites and on work placements. Independent learning is expected outside of contact hours and will include learning lines, text analysis work, character and contextual research, professional development activities and reflective practice.

Additional costs

There may be travel costs related to work placements. A reading list will be supplied which students will be expected to purchase. Students must come to classes in practical movement clothing (details to be supplied on successful application). There may be occasional additional costs for students to experience bespoke industry workshops/masterclasses and to travel to access valuable opportunities.

Your next steps

The course aims to prepare students for careers as actors working in the theatre and stage industries. Modules in audition preparation, professional practice, self-taping and creating showreels will all assist students to make their initial steps into the professional industry. Students are actively encouraged to make industry links whilst on the course. Industry links will be made throughout the course through work placements, guest lecturers and industry led workshops, participation in a final industry showcase and the production of professional showreels.

Students may choose to progress on to the MA Acting degree where students can build even further on the skills developed here by participating in their chosen MA specialism, such as theatre production, recording a film or performing in showcases etc.

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“I chose to study this degree because I’d love to be a professional actor and I love learning about all things human nature. This degree offers intensive drama school training and many links with the professional world, as well as in-depth actor development on so many levels that will help me grow, not just as an actor, but also as a person with a deep self-awareness on a physical, mental and emotional level."

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen
Course leaders and tutors:
Programme Leader and Acting Lecturer: James Harvey

James has been a Performing Arts Teacher for the past 12 years. He trained as an Actor at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) before going on to work variously as an Actor, Singer, Director, and Producer. After completing a Master’s in Writing and Performance at the University of York, he has worked as a Playwright and Librettist. He maintains industry involvement through his writing and is currently developing a musical with West End collaborators. James has also recently been appointed a member of the Pilot Theatre’s Learning Advisory board and as an External Advisor on Performance in Practice for the University of Hull and The Sheffield College. He has recently directed BA Acting students in productions of The Pearl at the York Theatre Royal and Separate Tables & Constellations
at York College.

Voice Lecturer: Yvonne Morley

Yvonne has expertise in vocal health and hygiene, vocal power and projection, physical ease, breath support, resonance, tone, accents and dialects and vocal characterisation. She trained at The Webber Douglass Academy of Dramatic Art and The Central School of Speech and Drama and is the former Head of Voice at the London Academy of Dramatic Art.

Current industrial experience as an Associate of the Royal National Theatre, RSC and The Globe Theatre Voice Departments. Recent theatre production work for York Theatre Royal, Young Vic, Royal Court, Southwark Playhouse and Royal National Theatre (including One Man, Two Guvnors and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime West End Transfers). Yvonne has also worked in film, television and recorded media for BBC, Channel 4 and Independent Production companies.

Movement Lecturer: Gemma O’Connor

Gemma has expertise in physical theatre, contact improvisation, pilates, yoga, contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, character and commercial, with particular interest in the work of Graham and Cunningham.

Gemma trained at Dance City in Newcastle, where she worked with companies such as Ballet Lorent and Siobhan Davies. Gemma teaches on the Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre courses at York College, specialising in contemporary, physical theatre and jazz. She achieved her IDTA teaching certificate and continues to perform as a member of the Terpsichoring dance company.

James Thackeray

James trained as an actor at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has recently been shooting ‘Gentleman Jack’ (Season 2) for BBC/HBO/Lookout Point, directed by Edward Hall & Irvine Welsh’s adapted novel ‘Crime’ for BritBox directed by David Blair. He also recently filmed a guest lead role in “Doctors” for BBC. He has worked with renowned theatre companies such as the Birmingham Rep, Citizens Theatre Glasgow and Theatre 503, playing leading roles in productions such as Trainspotting, Wind in the Willows and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Module Tutor for Screen Acting: Kate Chappell

Expertise in Screen Acting, Voice, Movement with particular interest in the approaches of Laban, Chekhov, Stanislavski and Alfreds.

Current industrial experience as a professional Actress and founder of Salt Box Theatre.

Kate also lectures at MetFilm School, Leeds and at YAFTA. She recently directed BA Acting students in the short film The Freedom Bomb, produced with Screen Yorkshire and Enon Films.

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