Acting at De Montfort University - UCAS

Course summary

This is an exciting and forward-looking actor training programme that reflects the rapidly changing nature of the acting profession and the next generation of professionals that seek to work within it. Designed to train actors who are adaptable and skilled enough to work across multiple media, the programme delivers all the fundamental skills and techniques required for acting on stage, screen, spaces beyond the studio and digital environments. We aim to create passionate, innovative and industry ready graduates who will be equally adept on stage as they are acting for microphone and for camera. You will: • learn a range of approaches to creating theatre and techniques in performing texts as solo artists and as part of a collective • develop your career path through an understanding of performance-based industry practices and application/audition processes • gain a wide-ranging skill set including the technical workings of productions, using cameras and microphones, creating promotional materials and developing professional portfolios The core teaching team is made up of professional playwrights, performance makers, dancers, community practitioners, writers for radio and academic writers. Beyond this, you will engage in masterclasses, presentations and talks from visiting specialists. Central to the course is our longstanding partnerships within the city (Leicester) and regional theatre-makers and companies, such as Bamboozle Theatre, Spark Arts for Children, Soft Touch Arts. The Little Theatre, Upstairs at the Western. You will have regular access to rehearsal space at Curve Theatre and Curve employees contribute to the skills element of a number of modules with a particular emphasis on preparing you for graduate entry to the industry (show reels, casting, auditions, head shots). The course is a celebration of diversity and inclusivity, and we encourage anyone with an appetite for acting and a desire to engage with the professional industry to apply.


Year one Block 1: The Playful body Block 2: Actor’s Toolkit 1 Block 3: Vocal Points Block 4: Performance Festival 1 Year two Block 1: From Grave to Stage Block 2: Acting in Digital Worlds Block 3: Actor’s Toolkit 2 Block 4: Performance Festival 2 Year three Block 1: Going Solo Block 2: Collective Encounters Block 3 and 4: Professional Production and Showcase

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, tutor and student led seminars, group work, practical workshops and self-directed study. You will be assessed through a variety of different methods to develop a range of skills including through group and individual performances, professional practice logs, oral vivas, mixed media presentations, and professional production opportunities. The first year provides you with a range of practical skills and combines performance-based understanding of working with through the body and voice and with written texts. Culminating in a performance festival, the first year will focus on the development and use of foundational skills in acting and performance. In your second year you will broaden your acting skill development through engagement with both historical and ground-breaking contemporary performance methodologies including heightened language and working in digital worlds. You will also focus on the development of subject specific skills, such as Stage Combat, Dance for the Stage, and Accents and Dialects to help you stand out as a unique performer. At the end of the year, students will have the opportunity to develop performance material for professional festival settings such as the Edinburgh or Brighton Fringe Festivals. The final year of your studies focuses on industry readiness, supporting you in developing showreels, video creative portfolios, and headshots, alongside developing skills in reflective individual practice and audience/space engaged community work. The final year concludes with two professional performance opportunities, a live, full-length production and a showcase, open to industry leading professionals and agent to kick start your career in the Creative Industries. Our Acting teaching staff have expertise in a range of fields, including: Shakespeare in performance, Restoration Theatre, Popular Performance including Stand Up Comedy, Commedia dell’Arte, Clowning and Burlesque, Applied and Community Drama, Directing, Language and Performance, Digital Performance, Performer Training including body, voice and text. Performance and documentation, performance and the body, gender and performance, live art and contemporary performance practice. Your learning will also be supported by visiting lecturers, actors, practitioners, directors and theatre companies further enhance your skills development. Contact hours You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, studios, group work and self-directed study. You will normally attend around 16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (workshops, technical training, warmups and tutorials) each week and an additional 4 hours of self-directed rehearsal, and we expect you to undertake at least 30 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
International £15750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
Acting at De Montfort University - UCAS