Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Acting for Screen

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Course summary

Taught by Bristol School of Acting An industry-led acting course focusing on the skills you'll need to work in film and television.

  • A rigorous conservatoire-style course, with at least 25 hours a week of contact time.
  • Taught by film and TV professionals, giving you direct access to industry knowledge and networks.
  • Delivered in association with The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol.
This acting course will give you the training you'll need to be a working screen actor. It will focus on the distinctiveness of acting for film and television, not as a branch of theatre acting but as a unique discipline in its own right. Course content includes acting techniques, the connection of physicality and voice, the history and development of acting for the camera, character development, acting for camera techniques, motion capture, voice-over, commercial acting, industry insight and networking. You'll also appear in professionally-made films as part of the course, and leave with a comprehensive showreel screened to agents and casting directors. The course accepts around 24 students per year and is delivered in association with The Bottle Yard Studios, giving you access to one of the UK's most prestigious film and TV studios.

Course details


The first year focuses on training the acting instrument. The course introduces you to the fundamental skills and theories of acting for the camera as you begin to learn and experience the craft of acting and what it entails. Acting class focuses on Foundations based on the approach of opening up as developed by Grotowski and Uta Hagen , both designed to achieve authentic impulses and spontaneous reactions. The goal is to develop the actor's personal instrument and acting technique in order to create the life of a character in film and television. Aligned with the Acting class are Voice and Body modules that introduces you to voice and movement synthesised as a single instrument that enables you to play and create. The first year also introduces you to the technical demands of working in front of camera. You’ll learn about the history and development of screen performance and complete the year with a production project in which you mirror the preparation an actor makes creating and realising a believable character on screen and developing the individuality, vulnerability, and intimacy that is essential for screen acting. Year 2 focuses on continued development of deep character work applying the ""moment-to-moment"" work to characters outside of the student's own experience using the techniques of Sandford Meisner. Voice and Body modules extend your range of expression and Laban becomes the focus of movement work giving you a systematic way of linking physical activity and vocal expression with mental and emotional states. You will develop your ability to analyse text for film and TV and take skills classes in dialects and on-screen combat. Understanding the actors process when preparing for and working on screen remains central to the year’s work as you learn to build the inner life of characters through imaginative choices and improvisation. You’ll also take a module in understanding the psychology of acting. The year ends as you are cast in a professionally directed short film and experience the professional process from casting to screening. Year 3 prepares you for a career in the industry. You’ll apply the comprehensive acting skills you have learnt to different styles, through a screen comedy module and you’ll learn to adapt your craft whilst keeping the integrity of your process. You’ll learn about casting and acquire the knowledge you’ll need about agents, auditions, and the job of building a career as a working actor. You’ll experience casting for commercials, getting head shots and marketing yourself. You’ll also extend your skill-set to motion capture animation and voice over, learning the techniques of working in these mediated forms of production that will support your employability. Semester 2 is largely devoted to the making of two specially commissioned feature films. You will appear in one and both will be exhibited at industry screenings to agents and casting directors. You graduate with a professionally edited showreel of your production work.

Assessment method

The course will be assessed mainly through practical project work with a written research project and skills profiles.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Securing a place on the course will be challenging. You will have the commitment to sustain a rigorous training that constantly challenges you, the dedication to learn your craft and a passion for acting.

Additional entry requirements


You will be required to attend an interview and audition. You'll be sent sides of script and a character brief and be asked to prepare a scene.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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