Performance (Acting) at Bath Spa University - UCAS

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Course summary

Take your acting career to the next level with our practical, professional MA Acting course.

  • Enhance your acting skills through a variety of workshops, masterclasses, off-site visits and productions.
  • Be part of our in-house production company, and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate and connect with industry professionals.
  • Join a vibrant community of creative artists working as directors, producers and performers and collaborate to create new work.
The acting business is always changing. This Master’s in Acting is designed to take your performance skills to the next level while teaching you about the contemporary demands of the industry. We’ll show you how to find and create opportunities, such as in voiceover work for gaming, audiobooks and radio, alongside acting for stage and screen. As a performer, your career will be collaborative. We give you plenty of opportunities to connect with people at every level, in every discipline. You’ll explore a range of skills, such as producing and directing, and become confident in the entrepreneurial demands of a portfolio career. You’ll take part in actor training, build a theatre company, and perform at indoor and outdoor theatres on our campus, as well as at professional venues in Bath. Throughout the MA in Acting, you’ll develop your professional profile, hone your skills and grow your network of contacts, so that when you graduate, you’re equipped to take on the challenges faced by the contemporary actor, and thrive.


Trimester one From the start of this Acting Master’s course, the Skills module immerses you in the practical training necessary to develop your professional practice as an actor. The Professional Practice module will allow you to strengthen your practice while developing your personal process and approach as an actor. Being able to talk about your approach to acting and the specific methods you use is crucial for those all-important conversations with fellow professionals and future employers. We’ll ensure that you’re skilled in, and knowledgeable about, the latest issues and practices within the industry, so that you’re able to take the next step with confidence and professionalism. Trimester two You’ve laid the foundations for developing your own skills; now you turn your attention to how to apply these in collaborative projects – in teams, in companies, and with artists and other professionals. You’ll build on the skills and performance practices you established in Trimester One, and apply them to more ambitious performance projects. These projects provide opportunities to enhance your professional portfolio. You’ll work on your audition skills, showreel, CV, website, series of headshots and tapes. Alongside this, you’ll develop a theatre company with fellow MA students and create public performances, with opportunities to work on SparkFest, the festival we run in collaboration with Bath Festivals. Trimester three During this last phase of your MA, your main focus will be your final dissertation, which can be performance-based, written, or a mix of the two, and is supported by our knowledgeable lecturers and specialist facilities. It could include a range of work, such as:

  • narrated ads, radio performances, and audiobooks
  • short films, sitcoms, and stand-up comedy shows
  • a play or script that you write or produce.
Previous students of Bath School of Music and Performing Arts have produced plays, been cast in productions, delivered workshops and undertaken research into stage and screen productions as part of their dissertation.

Assessment method

You’ll mostly be assessed through performance projects. Other assessments may include essays, reviews, rehearsals, blog posts, written and practical dissertations, reflective journals, presentations and portfolios. We may also assess you on practical tasks such as leading a workshop.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

Entry requirements

We’re looking for creative individuals who have a clear focus for professional development. Training is hands-on, so you’ll need energy, drive and the motivation to transform your ideas into finished projects. Generally we look for a good honours degree or higher, in an area relating to performance, or equivalent professional experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8825 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8825 Year 1
International £17065 Year 1
EU £17065 Year 1
England £8825 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8825 Year 1
Scotland £8825 Year 1
Wales £8825 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Performance (Acting) at Bath Spa University - UCAS