Undergraduate

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 provides vocational and industry-relevant training that prepares you to work on stage, screen and beyond.

Why QMU?

  • QMU has been training actors since 1971 with 2021 marking the 50 year anniversary of our teaching in this area.
  • 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.

About the course

This new degree draws on QMU’s rich and highly respected teaching expertise within the performing arts. We focus on intensive stage and screen actor training with additional 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 provide a distinctive and complementary course of actor training in the conservatoire tradition and 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 use practical and 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, on stage and screen and media work.

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.

Structure

You can opt to study for an ordinary degree, completing one year of this course or an honours degree, completing two years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.

Teaching, learning and assessment

A large portion of your course will be delivered through skills-based workshops, you will 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.

Below 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.

 

 

Modules

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 

Options 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 correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here 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.

Professional registration/ accreditation

N/A

Careers

Successful completion of the course gives 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 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’.

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Duration
2 years full-time (Years Three and Four of an honours degree)
Start Date
September 2022
Location
At QMU
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
W410

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