BA/BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

What is acting for stage and screen?

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.


About the Course

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.

Course Structure

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 below, each year.

Entry Requirements

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

Auditions: Final selection will be on the basis of an audition

International: IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0


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


NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


Successful completion of the 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.

Quick Facts

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

Learning and Teaching

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.

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Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

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.


Course Overview

2 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding