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The BA Acting for Stage and Screen is an intensive training course, created and run in close partnership with ALRA. Students will take classes in screen acting throughout the two years, alongside specialist classes in a wide range of acting skills, voice, movement, and dramatic combat. Students will have regular contact with ALRA staff alongside the in-house tutors. 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. 

Our Approach

This is a highly practical course which is taught through rehearsal, workshops, seminars, tutorials, work experience placements and masterclasses. Written work is reflective, and research-based and designed to support your practical training. Students have 26 hours of contact time per week. Classes will be approximately 10-14 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 consist of learning lines, text analysis work, character and contextual research and reflective practice. 

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Successful applicants will be invited for an audition and interview. Each applicant is asked to prepare 2 monologues - a contemporary and a classical monologue. Applicants will also take part in a movement workshop.

Students must be over the age of 18 to apply.

Course Length

2 years full time

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021 until July 2023.

Course Modules

Level 4 

Acting Fundamentals 

Acting for Screen 



Rehearsal Techniques 

Professional Development 

Level 5 

Work Placement  

Acting Process 

Movement Technique 

Voice Technique 

Presenting for Screen 

Dramatic Combat 

Professional Development 

Level 6 

Classical Acting 

Rehearsal and Performance for Stage 

Rehearsal and Performance for Screen 

Audition Preparation 

Professional Practice 

Advanced Movement 

Advanced Voice 

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. 

  • Acting technique
  • Vocal performance
  • Movement
  • Physical theatre
  • Classical performance
  • Characterisation
  • Dramatic combat
  • Presenting skills
  • Audition technique
  • Professional preparation
  • Research skills
  • Reflective practice
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Team working

Career Progression

Students will be considered for the MA Professional Acting Degree at ALRA. This is a 15-month full-time course where students can build even further on the skills developed here by participating in a theatre production, recording a film and performing in showcases and panels in both London and Manchester. 

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. 



No cost for auditions.

Students can apply to Student Finance England for a loan to cover these costs. There are also a range of funding opportunities available nationally to drama students depending on their circumstances. 

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.


James Harvey, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE

James has been a Performing Arts teacher for the past 11 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 Masters Degree 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.

Kieran Sheehan 

Kieran is Vice Principal (Curriculum) at ALRA with responsibility for overseeing the academic vision, training and partnership development. He is currently undertaking a professional doctorate exploring arts based educational research and reflective practice and regularly works as a consultant for other arts organisations. Kieran is also a movement director. Recent productions and publications include: Lancastrians, directed by Liz Stevenson (National Tour, ACE: 2019), Mina, directed by Nataly Lebouleux (national Tour, ACE: 2019), presenter, Teaching and Learning Conference (Advance HE: 2019). 

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