Acting BA(Hons)

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UCAS Code
W410
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
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.

Acting at Falmouth has a distinctive and contemporary ethos. We offer a holistic approach emphasising sustainable skills for the 21st-century actor. Training approaches seek to develop a creative and progressive actor – the actor as interpreter, creator, and entrepreneur. This training-based course is designed to allow development of skills as an actor through voice and body-based skills and acting techniques, performing in recorded media, screen acting, classical and contemporary performance, solo performance, and critical inquiry.

Benefits

  • Workshops with international practitioners
  • Cross-departmental collaborations with film, television and games courses
  • Regular residencies and performances from new and established companies, ensembles and performers

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. 

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 live theatre, studio, situated environments, TV, film, radio and new media.

What you'll do

Each part of the course and each module you take will be focused on one of three learning strands:

  • Training - skills and techniques (vocal, psychophysical and textual)
  • Thinking - theories and contexts (histories, contexts and critical analysis)
  • Doing - performance and production (the process of rehearsal and prepared 
performance), performing in a range of different contexts for different audiences.

Year One

The first year of the course introduces you to three strands of practice:

  • Physical, vocal and textual skills and techniques to provide a foundation for acting
  • Acting techniques to develop the craft of character creation and embodied storytelling
  • Lectures and seminars on theories and practices of acting and performance. These are shared across the BA(Hons) Acting and BA(Hons) Theatre & Performance courses, with group seminars for each.

You'll be developing performance skills and techniques to form the foundation for studio-based and context-based acting rehearsals and technical instruction.

By the end of first year you'll be able to:

  • Engage effectively in individual and group rehearsal processes
  • Identify and articulate the focus of your practice in relation to other specialisms
  • Locate your practice within a critical/theoretical and historical context.

Year Two

The second year of the course advances the core skills and knowledge gained in first year. You'll deepen your physical and vocal engagement with acting training and develop conceptual and critical skills in contextual research and theories of performance. You'll refine your acting technique and develop a collaborative group production.

Opportunities are presented to learn specific techniques for acting in recorded media, including tuition for acting in digital media, radio and voice overs. You can progress to more advanced acting for camera techniques using TV and film scripts.

By the end of second year you'll be able to:

  • Articulate your individual identities as performers both independently and in groups
  • Locate your work within broader issues and aspects of contemporary performance practices
  • Have a broad understanding of the diverse elements of the industry and the specific skills necessary to succeed.

Year Three

The final year of the award extends and develops that understanding towards a pro-active, independent practitioner, able to manage a sustainable career and create opportunities.

You'll engage in a full-scale screen acting project which will result in material of high production value for use in your industry showreel. You'll develop a solo performance project that draws upon contextual research and core techniques learnt in first and second year, together with a full-scale public performance that will be shown at the AMATA festival.

You'll use your practical and theoretical exploration and research to produce an extended essay articulating your specialist interests in acting and performance. You'll also extend your knowledge of industry via a number of master classes, guest speakers and practitioners.

By the end of final year, you will:

  • Be an independent and autonomous actor with experience of a range of disciplines
  • Have an excellent working knowledge of professional contexts, practices and opportunities.

Facilities

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

Staff

BA(Hons) Acting is designed and delivered by leading actors, performers, practitioners, directors and scholars. Staff have international reputations for their contribution to the practice and development of acting in the 21st Century.

Your core team of lecturers have professional skills, knowledge and industry experience in every area of the curriculum, including voice and body-based skills and acting techniques, performing in recorded media, screen acting, classical and contemporary performance, solo performance and critical inquiry. Staff are experienced teachers and provide a safe, supportive environment in which to explore and experiment as we help you find your voice, your practice and your career.

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

Assessment

Students are assessed through practical and written coursework, with an emphasis on practical assessments.

Practical assessment includes:

  • Showings
  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Studio-based practice
  • Showreels
  • Voicereels
  • The final year major performance showcase

Written assessment includes:

  • Literature reviews
  • Essays
  • Portfolios
  • Final year dissertation (extended essay) on a research or practice-based topic of choice

Careers

  • Actors in touring, repertory and national theatre companies
  • Actors in film, television and radio
  • Actors in advertising, promotional films, voice-overs and digital media
  • Work on diverse projects as a freelance actor/ performer
  • Initiate or join small, mid or large scale performance companies
  • Work as a teacher or academic

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 studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk