BA/BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

This two-year course enables those with an appropriate further education qualification to further their studies, providing the training you need to pursue a career in acting for stage and screen and obtain a degree.

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.

See the foot of the page for some student case studies/ staff profiles.

Why QMU?

  • The course is taught across QMU, 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 QMU as well as in rehearsal and performance spaces throughout Edinburgh.

  • The course will help you create an actor’s toolbox which you can add to over the years and which will serve you throughout your career.

  • 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018*

* QMU internal analysis of unpublished NSS 2018 data


About the course

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. It will 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.



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 outlined.



Teaching, learning and assessment


>>Click for more information on 'Learning, Teaching and Assessment'. Please note that this is information relating to entry in 2019. Information for 2020 entry is not yet available.


Year Three

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

Year Four

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

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Jan 2019). The course is likely to undergo — please check back here for any updates.




Exchange opportunities



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.


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 on the basis of an audition.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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
At QMU and Edinburgh Napier University
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding
Come along to a QMU Undergraduate Open Day (21 September or 12 October 2019)

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...