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BA/BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

UCAS Code: W410

Duration: 2 years

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An actor can be called upon to perform in a variety of venues, media and styles and this course will provide vocational and industry relevant training through exploration, centred on acting for stage and acting for screen, and on the craft and practice of performance.

The course will provide a distinctive and complementary course of actor training in the conservatoire tradition. It provides all the training that you will require to pursue a career in acting on stage or screen. It will bring together the fundamental skills of acting, character work, voice and movement, and explore the ways in which they are deployed and synthesised to create character and performance, and identify the ways in which these fundamental skills can be modified and made appropriate to the constraints of different media, narratives, and places of performance. While the emphasis will be on practice, you will learn the theories of performance in a classroom setting which will underpin practical workshops. Students will be required to interrogate their practice rigorously and, in so doing, begin to create an actor’s toolbox to which they will add over the years. It will serve them throughout their chosen career.

During both years there will be particular focus on style, and on the deployment of style appropriate to medium and genre. Through intensive study of the similarities and differences between the demands of theatrical and screen acting, graduates will have a critical understanding of how they might adapt their
technique to other media and genres.

This course will enable you to convert an appropriate existing qualification into a degree and is equivalent to Years Three and Four of a degree.

The modules listed here are correct as of April 2016, but may differ slightly to those offered in 2017. We will add any updates to this page if necessary.

Year One
Performance Skills I/ Interpreting Text/ Performance Technique I/ Performance Skills II/ Performance Technique II/ Leadership in Creative Industries

Year Two
Performance Skills III/ Advanced Performance Stage Advanced Performance Screen/ Festival Production/ Performance Skills for Professional Practice

You can opt to study for an Ordinary degree, completing one year of this course or an Honours degree, completing two.

You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year and a dissertation in your final year.

- The course is taught across Queen Margaret University, with its expertise in actor training and Edinburgh Napier University, with its well-established reputation as a centre for excellence in screen practice-led courses. There is specialist teaching on the campuses of both Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret as well as in rehearsal and performance spaces throughout Edinburgh.
- In Year Three there is direct class contact time with a tutor or lecturer of approximately 12 hours per week. In Year Four this rises to at least 16 hours per week balanced over the year.

Direct Entry: HND Acting and Performance / Musical Theatre with B in the graded unit. Foundation degrees in appropriate subjects considered. Two years of a relevant degree considered.

Final selection will be on the basis of an audition.

International: IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

Successful completion of the Acting for Stage and Screen course will give graduates the skills necessary to work in the performing arts industry, as well as providing them with a wide range of transferable skills which they can take on into employment in many different fields.

for further information, contact:
Robin Wilson
+44 (0)131 474 0000
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