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Acting for Stage and Screen

BA (Hons)

Showcase your talents

Take part in our third year Manchester industry showcase

Get connected

Take advantage of industry links with broadcasters, theatres and production companies

Become experienced

Act in at least two full scale public theatre productions as well as in filmed projects

UCAS code:
W431
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
14 September 2020
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Come and train on our dynamic and versatile degree in Acting for Stage and Screen, which builds your skills both on-camera and onstage. This 80% practical degree introduces you to acting techniques via practical workshops, with assessment being built around performance and filmed work.

The aim of our Acting for Stage and Screen degree is to create skilled actors with an ability to work across all performance mediums, balancing acting for TV, film and digital media alongside theatre work.

Practical acting workshops form the basis of your course, with further classes developing your critical and evaluative skills. We teach current acting practice of embodied and psycho-physical acting techniques, drawing upon the specialist work of practitioners such as Demidov, Chekhov and Merlin amongst others.

Our team of lecturers is made up of experienced actors, directors and practitioners. We have links with many local, regional and national media, theatre and arts organisations, and encourage you to take up an industry placement as part of your degree,. You could even spend a semester abroad in your second or third year, training in one of our partner Universities. 

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

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

Course content

This course consists of a combination of acting workshops, rehearsals and filmed and live performance, ensuring practice is underpinned with relevant theory. Assessment is through presentations, productions, films and other coursework– there are no formal exams!

A truly diverse course, in your first two years you’ll be taught fundamental principles of acting for all mediums using a range of contemporary and classical texts, as well as being introduced to other areas of the industry such as writing and directing to broaden your skill base.

We’ll also teach you the specific techniques required for recorded media such as MoCap, commercial voiceovers, animation voiceover work and acting for radio drama. You will also have the opportunity to act in several public staged productions in your second and third years.

The modules you’ll study in your final year are unique to you. You can tailor your course from a range of numerous options and play to your interests and strengths. This may include acting in a major film project, acting in a classic play or exploring digital performance practice in the University’s state-of-the-art Motion Capture studio. You could choose to write a screenplay or one act theatre piece, write and perform your own monologue or explore dynamic rehearsal techniques as an actor which lead to further public performances.

Our third-year showcase is held each year in Manchester for industry guests, including casting directors and agents.

This course consists of a combination of acting workshops, rehearsals and filmed and live performance, ensuring practice is underpinned with relevant theory. Assessment is through presentations, productions, films and other coursework– there are no formal exams!

A truly diverse course, in your first two years you’ll be taught fundamental principles of acting for all mediums using a range of contemporary and classical texts, as well as being introduced to other areas of the industry such as writing and directing to broaden your skill base.

We’ll also teach you the specific techniques required for recorded media such as MoCap, commercial voiceovers, animation voiceover work and acting for radio drama. You will also have the opportunity to act in several public staged productions in your second and third years.

The modules you’ll study in your final year are unique to you. You can tailor your course from a range of numerous options and play to your interests and strengths. This may include acting in a major film project, acting in a classic play or exploring digital performance practice in the University’s state-of-the-art Motion Capture studio. You could choose to write a screenplay or one act theatre piece, write and perform your own monologue or explore dynamic rehearsal techniques as an actor which lead to further public performances.

Our third-year showcase is held each year in Manchester for industry guests, including casting directors and agents.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice.  The first and second year are taught in ‘blocks’ so that you are immersed in a particular topic and area for several weeks.

Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules in your third year. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice.  The first and second year are taught in ‘blocks’ so that you are immersed in a particular topic and area for several weeks.

Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules in your third year. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Acting One 30 credits
Acting Two 30 credits
Movers And Shakers 30 credits
The Actor As Collaborator 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Acting For Recorded Media 30 credits
Explorations In Rehearsal 30 credits
Heightened Text 30 credits
Play Production: Acting 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 16 optional modules
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via an audition workshop.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via an audition workshop.

Facilities

Careers

This degree will prepare you for a variety of professions associated with performing arts. Many of our graduates now work as actors and directors.

Our graduates are also successful in related areas, such as drama and English teaching and drama therapy, following relevant postgraduate study. Other drama department graduates have applied their skills and now work as stage managers, youth theatre directors, independent practitioners, arts administrators and theatre managers.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

In this course “learning through doing” underlies how we teach. Also, the work you undertake will reflect the collaborative nature of acting in a blocked timetable approach, meaning you can immerse yourself in your projects and performances without too many distractions.

Workshops

Workshops will develop your technique and help hone your craft. The majority of your first year is taught through workshops. As well as your acting classes, voice and movement workshops will be scheduled, as well as tuition in particular performance techniques, such as Combat for Stage and Screen in your second year. You could also opt to do your Level 1 BADC Stage Combat exam during your time with us.

Theatre Performances

Staff and guest directed public performances in your second and third year of both contemporary and heightened text plays will allow you to apply your craft, alongside a continued development of core acting skills. These full-length public performances will allow you to rehearse using contemporary rehearsal techniques. You could also choose to be an assistant director on these projects.

Film Shoots

Staff directed films, written specifically for you by professional screenwriters, are used to develop your screen acting skills.  By allowing you to apply your knowledge and techniques to a short feature film shot in your final year, as well as multi-cam studio work and location shoots in your second year, you will feel confident in your ability to act on camera.

Visits and Placements

As well as our optional trips to New York and Switzerland, your experience is enhanced by a range of visits which take part throughout the year enabling you to understand more about live performance. You also have the opportunity to undertake a placement module where you can work either in a production or outreach role in theatres, or in an educational environment, or a placement of your choice. You could even opt to study abroad for a Semester.

Context sessions.

You will also have contextual sessions which cover areas of theatre and film acting history, key theories and practitioners, set texts, films and provide historical context. A range of teaching strategies may be used such as: discussions, debates and practical exploration, screenings of extracts from plays and films and self-led enquiry.

In this course “learning through doing” underlies how we teach. Also, the work you undertake will reflect the collaborative nature of acting in a blocked timetable approach, meaning you can immerse yourself in your projects and performances without too many distractions.

Workshops

Workshops will develop your technique and help hone your craft. The majority of your first year is taught through workshops. As well as your acting classes, voice and movement workshops will be scheduled, as well as tuition in particular performance techniques, such as Combat for Stage and Screen in your second year. You could also opt to do your Level 1 BADC Stage Combat exam during your time with us.

Theatre Performances

Staff and guest directed public performances in your second and third year of both contemporary and heightened text plays will allow you to apply your craft, alongside a continued development of core acting skills. These full-length public performances will allow you to rehearse using contemporary rehearsal techniques. You could also choose to be an assistant director on these projects.

Film Shoots

Staff directed films, written specifically for you by professional screenwriters, are used to develop your screen acting skills.  By allowing you to apply your knowledge and techniques to a short feature film shot in your final year, as well as multi-cam studio work and location shoots in your second year, you will feel confident in your ability to act on camera.

Visits and Placements

As well as our optional trips to New York and Switzerland, your experience is enhanced by a range of visits which take part throughout the year enabling you to understand more about live performance. You also have the opportunity to undertake a placement module where you can work either in a production or outreach role in theatres, or in an educational environment, or a placement of your choice. You could even opt to study abroad for a Semester.

Context sessions.

You will also have contextual sessions which cover areas of theatre and film acting history, key theories and practitioners, set texts, films and provide historical context. A range of teaching strategies may be used such as: discussions, debates and practical exploration, screenings of extracts from plays and films and self-led enquiry.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

The Acting teaching staff regards feedback as a key aspect of your learning. The team operates within a framework which comprises four elements:

  • The opportunity to receive verbal feedback from tutors during continual assessment and after assessed performances (both live and recorded)  and presentations.
  • The opportunity to receive verbal feedback from tutors when work is collected.
  • Provision of commentary comprising of a) annotated engagement with the student’s text; and/or b) written summary of overall strengths and weaknesses.
  • The return of marked written work and feedback to students within a maximum of 20 working days of submission.

The Acting teaching staff regards feedback as a key aspect of your learning. The team operates within a framework which comprises four elements:

  • The opportunity to receive verbal feedback from tutors during continual assessment and after assessed performances (both live and recorded)  and presentations.
  • The opportunity to receive verbal feedback from tutors when work is collected.
  • Provision of commentary comprising of a) annotated engagement with the student’s text; and/or b) written summary of overall strengths and weaknesses.
  • The return of marked written work and feedback to students within a maximum of 20 working days of submission.

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, drawing on both professional practice and research that informs their teaching. 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 workshops under the supervision of the module leader.

Robert Marsden
Robert MarsdenCo-Course Leader

Robert balances his work at Staffordshire University with that of being a freelance theatre director. His expertise is in the theory and practice of directing and acting, musical theatre and pantomime.   

 

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Paul Christie
Paul ChristieCo-Course Leader

Paul trained on the BA Acting Degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before going on to work extensively as a professional actor for ten years performing across theatre, television and radio. He then trained as a theatre director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before going on to work as a freelance director and lecturer.

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For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

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Amit Shah
Actor

Graduate, Amit Shah has enjoyed a meteoric rise into performing arts which has seen him star in television, film and on stage. His recent TV roles include Stag (BBC2) and Crashing (Channel 4). Amit also starred in the 2014 film The Hundred Foot Journey with Dame Helen Mirren.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
14 September 2020

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