BA Acting (in collaboration with New College Lanarkshire)

The BA Acting course at New College Lanarkshire (in collaboration with Queen Margaret University) is aimed at those with excellent acting skills who are looking to become professional actors in theatre, film and television.  All our expert teaching staff retain close links with the industry and will provide you with the necessary training to develop the skills and versatility needed to meet the vocal, physical and artistic demands placed upon a modern working actor.

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

Why study this course?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to undertake internationally recognised Estill voice training
  • Annual performances and showcases are held at prestigious theatre venues in Glasgow and give you an opportunity to perform in professional surroundings.
  • Many industry practitioners including performers, agents and casting directors carry out professional workshops throughout the year.

About the course

You will be provided with a wide range of performance opportunities underpinned by practical training and critical thinking and analysis. Subjects include Advanced Acting skills, Repertoire and Audition Technique, Showcase and Performance Project.

You will have opportunities to work with closely with the industry through a series of workshops, casting events and mock auditions.   In the past, students have had the opportunity to work with theatre, film and television companies, artistic and casting directors such as the BBC, The National Theatre of Scotland, The Citizens Theatre, The Traverse Theatre, Bard in the Botanics, Visible Fictions, Vox Motus, Surge, Blood of the Young Theatre Company and Khaleen Crawford Casting.

As the first recognised Educational Affiliate of Estill International, our specialist lecturers deliver some of the best vocal training in the UK.


The course is modular and delivered full-time over one year.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The focus of the course is to shape and enhance your existing skills and knowledge, build your confidence, develop your business skills, and prepare you for a successful career in performing arts

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and tutorial groups allowing for more in-depth discussion of the topics being studied. The course includes a large number of practical learning opportunities. These allow you to put the knowledge and experience gained in the classroom into practice in a real-life environment and better prepare you for your future career. In addition to your classes, you will also be required to undertake self-supported learning, making use of online resources and those in the Learning Resource Centre to complete independent research or work on group projects.

Assessment will take place in a variety of ways, including written, oral and practical examinations. There is an emphasis on continuous assessment such as a reflective log, group work and presentations.


  • Advanced Acting Skills
  • Audition and Repertoire
  • Showcase
  • Performance Project

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2019) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2020. Please check the website for any updates.



Exchange opportunities


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: HND Acting and Performance or an HND in a related subject (e.g. Musical Theatre). Higher English is strongly recommended.

English Language Requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no element lower than 6.0 

Auditions: There will be an audition that will involve both practical and academic activities to enable a realistic assessment of your suitability for the course.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

Teaching Staff: Our staff ensure that they are up to date with the latest knowledge, thinking and developments in performing arts and retain strong links with industry and professional bodies. Some continue to practice professionally and you will also have the opportunity to work with a wide range of industry professionals throughout your course.    

Class Sizes: Due to the highly practical nature of the BA Acting course and the emphasis on gaining experience with a wide range industry professionals the class size is kept to between 16 to18 students maximum.                                                                                                                 

Timetables: The BA Acting course at New College Lanarkshire is divided into three 12 week blocks.   Block one, which covers Advanced Acting Skills runs from August to November, with a one week break in October. Block two (Repertoire / Audition Technique and Showcase) runs from November to February with a two week break for Christmas and block three (Performance Project) runs from February to June with a two week break for Easter.   Blocks are a mix of on-going, continuous assessment based on the course work you will be undertaking and set assessment deadlines for the written elements taking place at the end of each block which run alongside the practical assessments.

During term time, teaching is usually between 09:00 and 17:00 depending on the required days for that block. Timetables are available from mid-July (but subject to change). While efforts are made to make the timetables as student friendly as possible, teaching can take place at any time during the teaching week, and may not be consistent on a week-to-week basis.   There is also an expectation for additional class time depending on the project being undertaken and students may be required for extra rehearsals in evenings and at weekends. Although we try to keep this to a minimum, students will be informed of these additional periods in advance.

Awarding body



This course prepares you for a career in professional acting or postgraduate level study.


Teaching mainly takes place at New College Lanarkshire, Coatbridge campus. However, depending on the element of the course being undertaken, teaching, workshops, mock auditions and performance opportunities may take place off campus and often in professional theatre spaces in Glasgow City Centre.

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. More information on brexiteu-student-funding-update.

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

QMU is in the top 3 in Scotland for student satsifaction in Drama

QMU is in the top 3 in Scotland for student satisfaction in Drama (includes QMU’s Drama, Costume Design & Construction and Acting for Stage and Screen courses) (Source: NSS 2020)

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Course Overview

1 year full-time
Start Date
August 2021
Mainly at New College Lanarkshire
Study Abroad
Subject Area
Fees & Funding