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Acting BA(Hons)

Push boundaries to become a progressive actor in a highly creative environment.

Key details
Location
Penryn Campus
Course duration
3 years
Attendance
Full-time
UCAS code
W410

Course overview

Throughout this innovative acting degree, you’ll learn the skills needed to succeed as a 21st Century performer in a fast-moving industry. Based in a vibrant, collaborative and supportive community, you’ll develop an in-depth range of practical acting techniques for theatre, performance and recorded media. Supporting you will be practising staff, who’ll nurture your individual talents, encourage self-reflection and develop your approach to work as an actor.

You will:

  • Learn, develop and apply acting techniques and approaches as you are prepared for a professional career
  • Engage with current working professional practitioners through practical sessions and intensive performance projects
  • Collaborate with students within AMATA as well as those specialising in film, television and games, gaining industry-relevant training
  • Showcase your work through live and digital performances
  • Benefit from AMATA’s year-round performance programme, which attracts world-class artists and performers. Previous events have included Anne McNulty, Gecko Theatre, Michael Grandage Company, Prodigal Theatre and Wildworks
  • Have access to green screen and motion-capture facilities, along with a host of other resources

Course details

Focusing on practical skills, you'll learn from working industry professionals while studying voice and speech, textual analysis, physical expression and behaviour, and imaginative and real interactions with space, set and design.

You'll also study collaborative and ensemble approaches to creative acting and performing.

BA(Hons) Acting course video

During your first year, you'll study physical, vocal and textual techniques, develop character creation skills and storytelling, and learn acting and performance theories and practices. In this way, you'll prepare for studio-based and context-based acting rehearsals and technical instruction.

Modules

The Actor's Instrument

In this practice-based module you'll begin the process of understanding the use of your body and voice to challenge and develop your vocal and physical capabilities. You'll participate in regular vocal and physical/movement-based training to give you the foundation skills essential to an actor or performer.

Performance, Culture & Contexts

This module will introduce you to the role of theatre through the lens of national, European and international contexts and perspectives. Through a series of lectures and smaller seminar groups specific to the course, you’ll focus your study on the areas of the cultural agency of actors and theatre-makers. 

Acting & Story

You'll develop your understanding and the application of your practice as an actor, focusing on the composition and delivery of live narrative-based material in this practice-based module. You'll explore a range of storytelling exercises. employing the tools of body, voice, language and imagination. Central to this is an examination of how storytelling, processes and principles establish the actor-audience relationship.

The Expressive Actor

This module builds upon the skills developed in The Actor's Instrument module, and is delivered through two distinct training areas: 'voice and text' and 'movement skills'. You'll focus on developing your expressive vocal and physical delivery and with support studies in the Acting & Character module.

Contemporary Performance Practices & Concepts

You'll consider 20th and 21st-century approaches to acting and theatre-making in this module. This will include a range of practitioners beyond Stanislavski, to current modes of making and performing. Through a series of lectures and seminar groups specific to your course of study, you'll study the cultural agency of actors and theatre-makers.

Acting & Character

In this practice-based module, you'll develop your process through a range of acting classes and rehearsal projects. Your skills and approach to the text will lead to a focus on embodied characterisation. Rehearsal projects include selection, rehearsal and practical presentations of excerpts from plays within naturalism and psychological realism.

You'll improve your physical and vocal skills with practical acting training, and grow your conceptual and critical skills in research and performance theories. As well as working on a group production, you'll have the chance to learn skills for media, such as digital, radio and voiceover. Following this, you'll use film and television scripts to pursue advanced acting for camera techniques.

Modules

Performing in Recorded Media

Here, you'll focus on performing in recorded media with an emphasis on voice acting. Content may include: acting for radio, animation, games, audiobooks, podcasts and ADR & commercial voice over. Specific skill acquisition will focus on sight-reading, microphone technique, standard script layouts, vocal choices on microphone, continuity, finding your mark, out of sequence shooting and thought process.

Acting & Contemporary Performance

In this practice-based module, you'll explore contemporary theatre and performance-making vocabularies, both dramatic and post-dramatic, which will include a range of current practices together with work on play-texts from modern drama and new writing from contemporary playwrights. Textual material may also include verbatim text, new writing, found texts, material from non-dramatic sources and text derived from improvisation.

The Integrated Actor

This module encourages the development of the moving voice and speaking body. You'll focus on the development of a deeper and wider awareness of physical and vocal expressive qualities in acting. The module also seeks to explore the interconnection and integration of a body-mind continuum that will serve the psychophysically articulate actor/performer.

Acting & Classical Performance

You'll be developing and demonstrating your ownership of processes by which classical performances may be successfully realised for a contemporary audience. The focus will be on developing your understanding of the delivery of classical texts. Extracts of play texts will be selected, rehearsed and performed. As appropriate, research tasks will be set as part of practical sessions.

Screen Acting Skills

In this module you'll explore the principles and acting techniques pertinent to screen media. You'll work with material such as film and TV scripts and improvised story beats, acting out of sequence, continuity and working with framing. You'll also receive technical inductions to suit the requirements of the specific areas you're working on. These may include skills in camera operating and editing to enable students to self-shoot and to collate and arrange filmed material.

Acting and the Audience: Production 1

Here, you'll work with a director within a mid-scale theatre production. You'll be given directorial, dramaturgical and technical support for this process. As part of the module, you may be engaged with one or several of the following projects: a contemporary text-based play, a participatory performance, immersive theatre or a situated/site-specific performance.

Tackling a full-scale screen-acting project, you'll produce high-production-value material for your showreel. You'll turn research and core techniques into a solo performance project, and put on a full-scale public performance to be shown at the Academy of Music & Theatre Arts (AMATA) festival.

Using your knowledge of both practice and theory, you'll produce an essay about your acting and performance interests. You'll also grow your industry knowledge through masterclasses, guest speakers and practitioners.

Modules

Screen Acting Project

This module will further advance your practical acting skills for film and TV. You'll experience working in industry-standard contexts and environments, culminating in a finished piece of recorded work of high production value. You'll select, rehearse and shoot – in on-site and off-site locations – material from screenplays and TV scripts to generate footage to be used in your professional showreel.

Show in a Bag: Solo Performance Project

In this module, you'll continue to develop your creative independence through the generation of solo performance material. The module aims to create circumstances where you'll nurture your creative solo acting, presented as a 'scratch' performance. The performance work can take any form, for example stand-up comedy, text-based monologue, verbatim theatre or a performance lecture and may include multi-media and interdisciplinary working.

The Thinking Practitioner: Student-Led Research

This independent research project provides an opportunity for you to carry out in-depth research and critical analysis on a topic relevant to the ambition, direction and development of your practice. The module also provides an opportunity for you to develop advanced skills in planning, methodology, structuring, academic protocols and conventions associated with effective academic and discursive writing.

Professional Preparation

The Professional Preparation module is all about student employability and providing you with a detailed understanding of professional contexts, ensuring you're well-equipped for life after university. This module may also include an introduction to equity membership, tax and personal finance, employment law and contracts, audition preparation and etiquette, reviewing and updating promotional material, choice of headshots, CV layout, professional work applications, professional website, arts funding applications and workshops with professional practitioners and potential employers.

Acting and the Audience: Production 2

This practice-based module will facilitate the development of your working processes as an actor within a full-scale public theatre production of a professional standard. You'll work in an intensive rehearsal environment as part of a theatre company and collaborate with a director and creative team to rehearse and perform to the public. This production is a culmination of all the skills gained and developed during the Acting degree.

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

This acting degree has a strong focus on practical work, so you'll perform from the first year onwards. You'll gain first-hand experience from workshops with international practitioners, cross-departmental collaborations with film, TV and games courses, and regular residencies and performances from new and established companies, ensembles and performers.

Core vocal and physical training, approaches to acting, and intensive production projects will help you explore and grow as an actor and performer.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

You'll spend an average of 15-18 hours per week in study and in contact with staff, with extended hours during productions, and extra time dedicated to student-led rehearsals. And you'll share lectures and group seminars on acting and performance theories and practices with BA(Hons) Theatre & Performance.

How you'll spend your time

Year

Timetabled

teaching and

learning activity

Guided

independent

study

1

29%

71%

2

35%

65%

3

31%

69%

 

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

1

0%

62%

38%

2

0%

62%

38%

3

0%

75%

25%

The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

Assessment methods

Practical assessment includes:

  • Showings
  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Studio-based practice
  • Showreels
  • Voicereels
  • 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

Staff

You'll be trained, developed and supported by leading actors, directors and scholars, learning from their experience working in the UK industry, as well as in America, Asia, Australasia and throughout Europe. Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

Professor Paul Springer

Director

Paul Springer is Director of the School of Communication and a lead for Multigenerational Living + L...

Professor Paul Springer

Matthew Morgan-Stevens

Course Leader, BA Acting

Matthew trained at East 15 Acting School on the Foundation Course in Acting followed by the BA Actin...

Matthew Morgan-Stevens

Agnieszka Blonska

Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Agnieszka Blonska is a theatre director and performer based in the UK since 2003. For the last 18 ye...

Agnieszka Blonska
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Dr Misri Dey

Senior Lecturer, Theatre and Acting

Misri is a theatre practitioner and director, working across contemporary theatre and performance. H...

Dr Misri Dey
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Gareth Farr

Senior Lecturer

Gareth trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to work at...

Gareth Farr

David Greeves

AL Movement

Background; born in Redruth, Cornwall, April 1966, working worldwide in Opera, Bollywood, large scal...

David Greeves

Klaus Kruse

Senior Lecturer, Theatre

Klaus Kruse is a director, scenographer, performer, poet and songwriter based in the UK since 2002 a...

Klaus Kruse

Caroline Jeffries

Senior Lecturer

Caroline trained as an actor and worked in the UK, Europe and Australia before joining the BBC Drama...

Caroline Jeffries

Ciaran Clarke

Lecturer

Ciaran began as a Lecturer at Falmouth whilst studying his for his PhD in 2018, teaching across Acti...

Ciaran Clarke

Paul Joines

Technical Tutor

Since graduating in ‘Broadcast Studies’ from Falmouth College of Arts in 1996, Paul has spent ov...

Paul Joines

Terrie Fender

Associate Lecturer

Terrie trained as an actress at the Drama Centre, London, and spent ten years working in the theatre...

Terrie Fender

Alister O'Loughlin

Associate Lecturer

Alister trained as an actor in the UK and spent two years with an Eastern European laboratory theatr...

Alister O'Loughlin

Gemma Wright

Lecturer in Voice

Gemma joined Falmouth University in 2017. Previous to working at Falmouth, Gemma taught voice and ac...

Gemma Wright

Amanda Collins

Lecturer

Amanda is a theatre director and actor trainer. She trained as a director at Rose Bruford College an...

Amanda Collins

Naomi Schulke

Associate Lecturer of Singing

Naomi is a Singing Teacher, Writer and Interview Coach. She began life as a classical singer, before...

Naomi Schulke

“As someone who wanted an intensive drama school experience but also the uni student experience, I have found Falmouth to be the perfect middle-ground. The lecturers are approachable, committed & come from a variety of backgrounds within the industry so they all know what they're talking about. Workshops push comfort zones, but also give you the support you need to do so. The module plans are built brilliantly, where each session lends something towards the assessment at the end of the module so it is easy to look back and see how far you have come.”

Rebecca Turton, Acting BA(Hons), 2022

Facilities

  • 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.
  • Professional theatre venue hosting visiting companies and artistes.

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Careers

Our graduates have worked as:

  • Film and TV actors
  • Actors within professional theatre companies
  • Creators of touring shows at venues and as part of theatre festivals
  • Workshop facilitators and educators

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2023 through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply now

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our international applications page.

International applications

Course route   UCAS code
Acting BA(Hons) three year degree   W410

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

Course route Entry requirements
BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

For starting your studies in 2023

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Can vocalise text, vary tone, and respond to material.
  • Physically engages with their environment.
  • Is lively and responsive.
  • Thinks independently.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Typical course costs

  • Public Programme season tickets (student rate) costs found: amata.org.uk/livepass
  • Students must come prepared with suitable loose warm clothing appropriate for all practical classes (acting, devising, voice, movement, rehearsals). Approx £70/year
  • General Materials, such as scripts or books. Approx £125/year
  • When identified by a Module Leader: rehearsal skirt and character shoes. Approx £50

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

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