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.

This course is subject to validation

Our Acting for Stage and Screen course has 100% overall student satisfaction (Source: NSS 2020)

Acting for Stage and Screen has 100% overall student satisfaction

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 on the Costume Design and Construction, Drama, Film and Media, and Theatre and Film courses.
  • 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.

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About the course

This new degree will draw on QMU’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 outlined in the following modules section.


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 back here for any updates.

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. 

Here you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

  • Teaching: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
  • Independent Learning: When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.
  • Placement: Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

  • Exams: Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.
  • Coursework: Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.
  • Practical: Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.


  • Year One: N/A
  • Year Two: NA
  • Year Three: 32%
  • Year Four: 48%

Independent Learning: 

  • Year One: N/A
  • Year Two: N/A
  • Year Three: 68%
  • Year Four: 52%


  • Year One: N/A
  • Year Two: N/A
  • Year Three: 0%
  • Year Four: 0%


  • Year One: N/A
  • Year Two: N/A
  • Year Three: 0%
  • Year Four: 0%


  • Year One: N/A
  • Year Two: N/A
  • Year Three: 14%
  • Year Four: 30%


  • Year One: N/A
  • Year Two: N/A
  • Year Three: 86%
  • Year Four: 70%


The  figures here are for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available.


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. 

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

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

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

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)

Course Overview

2 years full-time (Years Three and Four of an honours degree)
Start Date
September 2021
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

Student Story

Danielle Jam "What stood out to me was the focus on making their students industry ready. I think it can be a daunting idea of stepping out into the world when you’ve been in education all your life so I wanted to be as prepared as possible." Danielle's Story