Acting BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Housed within the Academy for Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) BA(Hons) Acting at Falmouth is an innovative and exciting course, which offers students acting and performance training that connects with and extends the Theatre programme.

The course has a distinctive and contemporary ethos and approach - our primary focus is training in, and education through, acting for the creative and progressive actor and performance-maker. The Theatre programme at Falmouth has an impressive record of graduate employment and students on BA(Hons) Acting emerge highly trained and thoroughly prepared for a wide array of professional opportunities.


  • Weekly residencies and performances from new and established companies, ensembles and performers
  • Marketing, promotion and career management
  • Public festival showcase with casting directors and agents
  • Highly subsidised rates to our exciting programme of national and international live performance in the Performance Centre
  • Access to the unique Centre for Performance Research's archive as well as the main library
  • International exchange opportunities with partner institutions and companies
  • Opportunities for internships and work with local and regional arts organisations and companies including Wildworks, Kneehigh Theatre and Hall for Cornwall

How the course is taught

BA(Hons) Acting has a strong focus on practical work and students experience performance opportunities from the first year onwards. The course engages critically with the research and practices of actor training and is informed by current scholarly thinking, historical traditions and contemporary approaches.

Hours of study and staff/student contact time are substantial averaging between 15 - 18 hrs with extended hours during production and additional hours dedicated to student-led rehearsal. Students operate as trained actors in a climate of creative energy, constructive challenge and support.

Course outline

Our course explores tensions between voice and language, the body as material or sign, and the physical and vocal production of performance space. It also explores affective, collaborative and ensemble approaches to the work of the creative actor and performer.

Core vocal and physical training, along with intensive production projects, will prepare you to explore, extend and engage with acting and performance in theatre, studio and situated environments. This ranges from small-scale solo performances to full studio performances, work for screen or radio, new media contexts or participatory and socially engaged settings.

What you'll do

Year 1

In the first year you'll be introduced to three strands of learning. These are the development of physical, vocal and textual skills and techniques that provide a foundation for acting, performing and the production and making of performance. Lectures and seminars shared with the full Theatre programme are based on the theories and practices of contemporary theatre and complement the learning strands.

Developing performance skills and techniques provide the foundation for studio-based acting productions and technical instruction. By the end of the year you'll engage effectively in individual and group performances, identify and articulate the focus of your specialism in relation to other practices, and understand acting and performance within critical, theoretical and historical contexts.

Year 2

The second year provides you with opportunities to deepen your physical and vocal engagement with acting training and hone conceptual and critical skills in dramaturgy and theories of performance. You'll develop a collaborative group production and undertake an acting research project.

By the end of the second year you'll be able to articulate your individual identity as a performer, both independently and in groups, and locate your work within broader issues and aspects of contemporary performance practices.

Year 3

The final year offers modules that enable you to undertake a direction of practical and conceptual exploration and research, motivated by your own specialist interests in acting and performance. Building on the experience gained at the beginning of the year, you'll work on an acting and performance project in a professional, cultural or social context. You'll also prepare for a final dissertation, a major final professional practice project and a complementary practices module, which will springboard your career in acting, performance and the cultural industries.


The Performance Centre includes:

  • 11 high-specification performance and rehearsal studios
  • Two large, flexible theatres with state-of-the-art lighting and sound resources
  • Smaller rehearsal studios
  • Three dance studios with Harlequin sprung floors
  • Recording studio complex
  • Technical resource store


BA(Hons) Acting is coordinated by Klaus Kruse, with teaching input from core staff including Professor Richard Gough (CPR), Professor Gregg Whelan (Lone Twin) Danielle Meunier, Misri Dey, and Debs Price. Teaching is supplemented by a team of associate and visiting lecturers such as Aga Blonska and Michael Grandage.

Our teaching team has experience of working in Asia, America, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada as well as throughout Europe.


Students are assessed through practical and written coursework.

  • Practical assessment includes showings, performances, workshops, laboratory and studio-based practice, and the final year major performance showcase
  • Written assessment includes essays, journals, portfolios, contextual reviews, documentation, performance scores and a final year dissertation on a research or practice-based topic of choice


  • Career as an actor and performer in theatre, film, television, radio and new media contexts
  • Career as a teacher or academic
  • Work as a director or producer
  • Work as a theatre writer
  • Work as a performing arts critic
  • Career as a community practitioner
  • Work in venue management and leadership
  • Work in subsidised arts administration and leadership
  • Work in the technical aspects of theatre and performance production

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Acting group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form