The Northern School of Art

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth

Acting for Stage and Screen

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Course summary

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This programme has been designed by working professionals to allow students to develop the skills required for performing on stage and screen. This joint approach gives experience of both mediums and offers the student a distinct advantage in the job market or to explore further the craft of Acting. Students will develop core acting skills in voice, characterisation and physicality which will be utilised in performances for stage and screen as well as working on contemporary and innovative performance practices. Alongside this skill development, students will work collaboratively with other degrees on brand new material created by the film and theatre scriptwriters to enrich your experience on the programme and give you a large body of work; finishing with a final show-reel and extensive CV with which to enter the marketplace with. Students are treated as ‘Actors in training’ with professional standards expected on all projects. These skills will be developed by working alongside guest lecturers and industry professionals from theatre and film. The programme has strong industry links with regional theatre and film companies which help to shape curriculum and offer an important network of contacts which can lead to future employment opportunities.

Course details


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore: Core Acting Skills 1 • Script Interpretation • Contemporary Practice 1 • Production 1 • Contextual Students 1 In your second year (Level Five) you will develop: Core Acting Skills 2 • Acting for Film and Media • Contemporary Practice 2 • Production 2 • Contextual Studies 2 In your final year (Level Six) you will develop your practice through linked practice and study: Project Research and Preparation • Dissertation/Report • Final Major project • Final Show

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW410
Institution code C71
Campus nameThe Northern School of Art
Campus codeH

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the EU.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points UCAS Tariff points can be made up of a mixture of Level 3 qualifications.
A level CCC - BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE course
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

Additional entry requirements


Please note there is NO audition fee. Eligible applicants will be invited to an audition, where they will be asked to demonstrate their acting skills by performing two out of three contrasting monologues (1 Classical and 1 Contemporary) lasting 2 minutes. As part of the audition you will also take part in a movement session lasting approximately 45 minutes. At the audition/interview you will have the opportunity to present your prepared speeches to the panel, who will then interview you. Your performance may be recorded on video by a member of the panel so that it can be reviewed at a later stage. The actual interview and audition will take about 10 minutes. We look for people who have some experience and knowledge of acting. This practical course is demanding and will appeal to individuals who are dedicated to pursuing acting careers for either stage or screen. When choosing your pieces, it would be beneficial to show a variety of abilities by contrasting the pieces appropriately. In preparing the speeches you should have read and be familiar with the play from which they have been taken so that you understand the character and the context within which they find themselves. You may also be asked questions about your choices and the play they come from in your interview. We also expect you to articulate your views in many different forms and to have the ability to carry out academic research and writing. Please visit our website for more information


More advice and guidance on the interview process will be given after receiving your application. For additional information about how to apply and entrance requirements, you can visit our apply section.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries, scholarships or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact [email protected] Unfortunately The Northern School of Art can no longer accept applicants from students who are not UK residents.
Acting for Stage and Screen at The Northern School of Art - UCAS