Acting BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

This specialised course will enable you to become a trained actor in a climate of creative energy, constructive challenge and support.

We are accepting Clearing applications for this course.
Call 01326 213730 to make an application.

You'll develop core skills in acting, voice and text for live and recorded media and your professional development will be enhanced by masterclasses and workshops from a prestigious list of guest speakers and industry practitioners. You'll also benefit from collaborative projects with Falmouth's School of Film & Television. This industry-focussed practical course will culminate in a fully realised public production and showcase at the AMATA Festival.


  • 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 at AMATA
  • Access to The Cabinet - a unique world theatre archival resource
  • 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 hours 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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     


Course outline

Our course explores dynamic creative tensions between voice and language, the body as expressive material sign, and the imaginative and embodied interaction with theatrical space. It also explores affective, collaborative and ensemble approaches to the work of the creative actor and performer.

Core vocal and physical training, approaches to acting, and intensive production projects, will help you to explore, extend and fully engage as an actor and performer. BA(Hons) Acting prepares you for work in a range of contexts including theatre, studio, situated environments, TV, film, radio and new media.

What you'll do

Year One

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 Two

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 Three

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 research project, a professional preparation project and perform in a major final full-scale professional public production, 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 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 mentors can be reached on the BA(Hons) Acting Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself. 

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for mature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to