Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W431
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Acting and Screen Performance degree combines practical workshops and theory to explore drama, theatre, and screen history as well as theatre production.

This degree creates skilled actors with the ability to work across all performance mediums, specialising in TV and film.

You'll also get to explore theatre production disciplines such as directing and theatre making.

Key features

  • 100% Overall Student Satisfaction (2016 National Student Survey)
  • Our lecturers have worked at the BBC, ITV, National Theatre, Royal Exchange (Manchester)
  • Strong working links with local theatres (Lime Pictures, New Vic, Regent Theatre)
  • Regular guest lecturers from the theatre industry.
  • Industry-standard technical facilities for productions.
  • Theatre visits to London, Stratford-upon-Avon and New York.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Acting and Screen Performance

Course content

This course consists of a combination of acting workshops and studio-based theory. Assessment is through presentations, productions, coursework or take-away papers – there are no formal exams.

A truly diverse course, in your first two years you’ll be taught fundamental principles of acting, as well as being introduced to other areas of the industry such as writing and directing.

You’ll explore creative approaches to filmmaking, and perfect your study skills and creativity through theory-based lessons and industry panel discussions. We’ll teach you the specific techniques required for recorded media, and you’ll explore film and TV in detail; learning about production and editing as well as acting.

The modules you study in your final year are unique to you. You can tailor your course to complement your interests and strengths.This may include creating a film project, writing and performing in a radio play or producing a showreel to market yourself as a performer.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Movers and Shakers Compulsory
Explorations in Acting and Performance Compulsory
Principles and Practices in Theatre and Film Making Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Movers and Shakers Compulsory
Explorations in Acting and Performance Compulsory
Principles and Practices in Theatre and Film Making Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Explorations in Rehearsal Compulsory
Play Production: Acting** Compulsory
Drama: Film/TV Production** Compulsory
Heightened Text Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Acting for Recorded Media Compulsory
Play Production: Acting** Compulsory
Drama: Film/TV Production** Compulsory
Heightened Text Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Media Performance Dissertation Optional
Applied Theatre Practice Optional
Contemporary British Drama Optional
Drama and Theatre Arts Research Presentation Optional
Drama and Theatre Arts Research Project or Media Employment Research Project Optional
Professional Placement Optional
Musical Theatre Optional
One Voice: Theatre Monologues Optional
Advanced Theatre Directing Optional
Small-Scale Theatre Project Optional
Professional Career Planning: Acting/Performance for Screen Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Media Performance Dissertation Optional
Applied Theatre Practice Optional
Contemporary British Drama Optional
Drama and Theatre Arts Research Project or Media Employment Research Project Optional
Professional Placement Optional
Playwriting Project Optional
Staging the Classics Optional
The Russian Connection Optional
Advanced Theatre Directing Optional
Small-Scale Theatre Project Optional
Professional Showreel Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.