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Course summary

BA (Hons) Acting trains you to become a versatile, creative and employable performer, with skills spanning stage, screen, television and radio.

  • Develop your expertise in classical and contemporary actor training in live and recorded media.
  • Work with industry professionals to develop valuable relationships and key networking skills.
  • Gain extensive technical skills (voice, movement, singing, comedy, acting for camera) to give you the edge in your chosen career.
This highly diverse professional training course provides you with the key practical and academic skills required to be at the forefront of emerging opportunities in the performing arts industry. As a student on the BA Acting course, you’ll be part of the prestigious Bath School of Music and Performing Arts - a flourishing creative hub of ideas and collaborative practice. You’ll benefit from innovative collaborations with other courses in the school, including Theatre and Digital Production, Film and Music students. Our goal is for you to not only seek work, but also to create it. Bath Spa Acting graduates work in acting, performing arts, regional and commercial theatres, television productions and feature films. Others are also running national and international theatre companies, heading up national arts programmes, working as producers and creatives, or have gone on to further, specialised study on one of our postgraduate courses. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where you undertake a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between your second and final years of undergraduate study. You can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) yourself, with support from the Careers team.


The first year introduces you to the key practitioners and processes that underpin actor training, alongside the foundations for understanding the interconnectivity between composition, rehearsal, research and performance. You’ll develop such skills as script analysis, breaking down a scene, researching the world of the play, interpreting character, exploring subtext and tools for devised, self-motivated work. This will be balanced by technical classes, which will introduce you to professional-level movement, and vocal and comedic skills that will enable you to work effectively both as an individual and as part of an ensemble. The second year advances your knowledge and application of the interpretation, analysis and performance of text, providing you with industry-focused projects in order to extend your understanding and application of performing in, as well as creating, drama. Alongside your regular technical classes, you’ll receive acting for camera training and stage combat classes, designed to enhance your skills-base and prepare you for production projects in your final year. Your third year is a Professional Placement Year. Your final year is your apprentice year, when we’ll encourage you to take your skills into an outward-facing environment. You’ll become a member of Bath Spa Productions, a professional company that produces work across a range of live and recorded media. All work during this year is designed to encourage your understanding of professional and industry specific opportunities, enhancing your self-awareness of your own creative strengths, and facilitating your expression of ideas within future professional and/or academic contexts. The production environment, focused on live and recorded media during this year, will test your ability to work collaboratively by connecting your acting work with design, technical, management, music and other production elements. Within this collaborative environment you’re expected to meet industry-standard expectations and work within professionally recognised timeframes.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Speech & Drama qualifications or evidence of experience in performing arts outside of formal education will also be considered from applicants who have not studied Acting or Drama qualifications.

Additional entry requirements


We invite all eligible candidates to attend an audition. Auditions begin at 9am and run to around 5pm. There are seven elements to the day: Brief welcome Movement workshop Text workshop Monologue presentations Q&A about the programme Campus tour Interview Candidates must prepare a contemporary monologue. You’ll receive further information if you are invited to audition. The audition panel consider the academic reference, academic qualifications and personal statement of each candidate, as well as the work in the sessions. In the interview, the workshops and monologue presentation elements are considered and the panel score each candidate against the following criteria: Responsiveness to ideas and direction; Creativeness of responses; Spontaneity demonstrated in tasks; Proficiency of skills; Depth of comprehension; and Approachability. Overseas students must present two contrasting monologues on a region 2 format DVD or via the internet in Windows or Quicktime compatible video. The monologues should be performed and recorded for the specific purposes of audition and not be edited work from other videos. The panel will also interview the candidate via phone or Skype. We do not charge a fee for auditions.


Included as part of formal audition programme.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16150 Year 1

Additional fee information

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