BA/BA (Hons) Acting and Performance

This new two-year course enables those with an appropriate further education qualification to continue their studies through attaining an honours degree that provides the training needed to pursue a contemporary career as an actor.

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 that will prepare you to work on stage, screen and beyond.


Why QMU?

  • QMU has been delivering courses in acting and the performing arts for over forty years.
  • You will be part of a large performing arts department, studying alongside students in Costume Design and Construction, Drama, Film and Media, and Theatre and Film.
  • Many of our staff are active theatre makers and bring that experience to our rehearsal rooms.
  • You can select from a range of optional modules that complement your training as an actor and will improve your future employability.

About the course

This new degree will draw on Queen Margaret University’s rich and highly respected teaching expertise within the performing arts. This exciting degree will combine intensive actor training with options that allow you to expand your skills to include areas such as community theatre, playwriting, directing, devising, and creative entrepreneurship. The rich and varied curriculum means that the course will not only provide a distinctive and complementary course of actor training in the conservatoire tradition but will also provide you with the knowledge and skills required for the diverse range of ways in which you might wish to develop your career as an actor.

Our teaching staff will use practice-led methods to explore the ways in which the skills you have already developed through further education can be modified and made appropriate to the constraints of different contexts, media, and performance spaces. Core modules will support you to deepen your knowledge of the fundamental skills of acting, voice, movement, textual analysis, and interpretation, examining the ways in which they are deployed and synthesised to create character and performance.
This course enables you to convert an appropriate existing qualification into a degree and is equivalent to years three and four of an honours degree.


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 each year as outlin

Teaching, learning and assessment

While a large portion of your course will be delivered through skills-based workshops, you will also have the opportunity to undertake student-led research projects, perform in professional standard productions, prepare a personal portfolio to support your career after graduation, and showcase your work to industry professionals. You will be assessed through a range of performances, viva, workshops participation, reflective portfolios and reports.

More details


Year Three

  • Advanced Acting: Skills
  • Advanced Acting: Text and Techniques
  • Advanced Acting: Screen and Media
Year Four
  • Showcasing Repertoire
  • Honours Performance Project
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Project
  • plus options that could include: Playwriting/ Writing for Radio/ Creativity with the Community/ Drama and Education/ Directing, Designing and Performing Shakespeare/ Directing, Designing and Performing Contemporary Plays/Devised Physical Theatre/ Performance Art Practices.

The modules listed here are subject to validation in early 2020. Please check the website for any updates

Entry requirements

Direct Entry: HND Acting and Performance/ Musical Theatre with B in the graded unit for the second year. Foundation degrees in appropriate subjects considered. Two years of a relevant degree considered.
International: IELTS of 6.5 with no element lower than 6.0
Auditions: Final selection will be based on an audition.

Awarding body


Professional registration/ accreditation



Successful completion of the course will give graduates the skills necessary to work as an actor or to apply these skills to a wide range of other roles in the performing arts such as playwriting, community outreach, and theatre in education. Many of our students also go on to establish their own creative business.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

2 years
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Jamie Adams, BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen "I have had the chance to develop my screen acting abilities, which I previously had no experience in, and this is has been excellent in furthering my development and understanding of text and a whole new medium of acting." Read my story...