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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 are correct at time of posted (Mar 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.

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.

Special Information for EU Applicants

The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.

  • 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 pr actice-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.

  • This course scored 100% for overall satifcation in the most recent National Student Survey.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

    Ruth George
    BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction

    "Being naturally creative, art was my favourite subject at school and I knew that I wanted an artistic career of some sort. After leaving school I went on to do a one year
    foundation art course at my local college which introduced me to costume design. Combining my love of sewing and creativity, I soon realised that this was the career route that
    I wished to pursue. On completing the course, I took a year out and spent it working with local amateur dramatics groups to gain more experience in costume - but I wanted
    to pursue my studies further in this area. I was unsure whether I wanted to be a costume designer or a maker, but the course at QMU was unusual: it allowed me to study
    both design and construction together and that was why I chose it.

    I most enjoyed the teamwork aspect of the course. I not only worked with fellow costume students, but I also got to work with students on QMU’s other performing arts
    courses as you work together to put on real shows. This gave me a taste of what I would face in the real world and developed my practical and teamwork skills in ways that a
    paper-based course would never have done. The lecturers were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable - although I did enjoy the latter years of the course too when learning
    became more independent.

    In Year Three I went on two placements: working as a costume trainee on a film in Ireland and working in the hire department at Angels, a large well known costumier
    in London. In Year Four, I costumed a musical for the ‘Bohemians Lyric Opera Company,’ which was performed at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. I also got myself a parttime job as a dresser at the King’s Theatre and the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, so I managed to gain lots of useful experience.

    Since graduating I have worked on ‘Treasure Island’, a two part TV feature film starring the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard and Rupert Penry-Jones. One of the cutters that I
    worked with on that production put my name forward for the George Clooney and Sandra Bullock film ‘Gravity’. This fantastic recommendation enabled me to work as a stitcher
    alongside a team of cutters and designers to develop the space suits worn by Clooney and Bullock. The backstage and teamwork skills I developed at QMU gave me the
    confidence and ability to work in a professional environment and instantly fit in, despite being newly qualified.

    During my time at QMU I decided that my ultimate job would be as a costume cutter and maker and focused my studies to help me develop skills in this area. I was
    exceptionally lucky in getting my dream job so soon after graduating: an assistant maker on a film, costuming principal actors! The construction methods and sewing
    skills I learnt during my time at QMU were invaluable in enabling me to do this work.”

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