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Course summary

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. You will develop core acting skills in voice, characterisation and physicality for performances on stage and screen as well as contemporary and innovative practices. The course is vocational, with a strong focus on the development of your own practice - not only performance but also the ability to create your own portfolio of work. You will be treated as an ‘Actor 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. You will be encouraged and supported to secure professional opportunities throughout the programme; for example, one of our students has a role in the latest Ken Loach film, alongside work for BBC3. Although a relatively new programme at the School, this course already has strong links to the industry and opportunities for networking, which could lead to future employment opportunities. Core acting skills of voice, physicality and characterisation will be covered alongside work on devised and scripted text for both stage and screen; you will take part in two full theatre productions each academic year to showcase the skills gained. Your skills will be pushed even further during the second year of your studies, where there will be opportunities to explore Classical Theatre, Clowning, and Acting for Media. Your three years of study will culminate in putting together an extensive CV, professional-standard showreel and a solo show at ARC for agents and industry professionals, as well as a full theatre production. Alongside skill development, you will work collaboratively with other students across a range of degree courses – costume, photography, film, television and theatre production, visual effects – to produce brand new material created by film and theatre scriptwriters. This collaborative approach will enrich your experience on the programme and support you in generating a credible body of work.


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • Core Acting Skills 1
  • Script Interpretation
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Contemporary Practice 1
  • Production 1
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
  • Core Acting Skills 2
  • Contemporary Practice 2
  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Acting for Film & Media
  • Production 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 and Portfolio

Assessment method

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

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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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 UK. However, we can accept applications from those have evidence of pre-settled status to live, work and study in the UK. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

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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 and/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]

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The Northern School of Art
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TS24 7EX

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Acting for Stage and Screen at The Northern School of Art - UCAS