Leeds Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Hull


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Course summary

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The BA Acting programme at Leeds Conservatoire offers rigorous, practical, conservatoire training for a career as a professional actor. Through practical skills training and individualised artistic development, you will acquire the skills to sustain a career as a working artist in theatre, television, film and recorded media - serving the performance industry now and in shaping its future. Over three years you develop your skills in acting, movement, voice and performance-based research. Training is practical, physical and intensive. You are required to be fearless, as you acquire new skills and challenge those you arrived with. Training includes ensemble skills classes, 1-1 coaching, skills in context, seminars and rehearsals; culminating in a final year season of performance that serves as an industry introduction. Storytelling is a collaborative artform and collaboration is at the core of all we do at Leeds Conservatoire. Acting students spend their first weeks of training developing an ensemble practice that transforms a cohort into a collaborative theatre company. Throughout training, students are given the opportunity to collaborate with theatres, creative partners and leading artists in the region. We actively encourage cross programme collaboration with artists from other disciplines. Our ambition is for students to establish a creative network in training, originate live performance and take both with them into the profession.

Course details


This course is a full-time, high-contact, vocational training programme which is taught in six academic terms over three years. Contact time averages 30 hours a week, across 30 teaching weeks. The course has two core strands; Skills Training and Artistic Development. Time assigned to each adjusts each year to promote the transition from learner to independent artist. All modules on the programme have been developed around key themes at each level: Self and other (Level 4) Style and Character (Level 5) Public performance and transition to the industry (Level 6) Year 1 (Level 4) Compulsory modules: Acting Skills: Acting Technique Acting Skills: Spoken and Sung Voice Acting Skills: Movement Acting Skills: Research for Performance Artistic Development: Self as an Artist Year 2 (Level 5) Compulsory modules: Acting Skills: Rehearsal Practices Acting Skills: Voice in Context Acting Skills: Movement in Context Artistic Development: Arts industry Project 1: New Work and Adaptation Project 2: Established Repertoire Year 3 (Level 6) Compulsory Modules: Artistic Development: Live Performance Artistic Development: Recorded Performance Artistic Development: Self in the Industry Module specifications can be found via the Leeds Conservatoire website: http://bit.ly/LC-Acting-UCAS

Assessment method

The course is assessed via practical assessments and performances, coursework, portfolios, technical tests, presentations and written work. Formal assessments tend to take place over a period at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments with deadlines halfway through a semester.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/international-applicants/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C or above or equivalent. IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) (or equivalent where the applicant does not require a Tier 4 visa to study) where an applicant’s first language is not English.

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Additional entry requirements


Acting applicants will need to attend an audition. Audition guides can be found on our website: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition


Applicants are required to attend an audition for this course. Further details will be sent when your application has been received.


Audition, Interview and Portfolio guides can be found on our website: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)65.5 in each component (IELTS Academic)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17500 Year 1

Additional fee information

If you are an EU national starting in September 2021 your fee status may be Home or Overseas, depending on your circumstances. We are still waiting for the UK Government to announce what the rules for student funding will be from next academic year onwards following the end of the Brexit transition period. It is expected that there will be some provision for those with settled or pre-settled status, however there is no guarantee of this or what it will look like at this point.
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