University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Acting for Contemporary and Devised Performance

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Course summary

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Why study this course? Acting for Contemporary & Devised Performance is a conservatoire-style actor training for contemporary performers who want to create their own work. Initially you will be introduced to the foundations of Acting, Voice and Movement. Additionally, there will be stage combat classes & exams, Capoeira, Storytelling, Improvisation, Writing and Acting through song. Building on this foundation, students then go on to study Contemporary & Devised approaches to performance which include physical theatre, immersive, site-specific performance and filmmaking as well as deepening the work on the key foundations of voice and movement. Finally, you will work on six concentrated projects which mirror the industry standard. You will perform as an actor on text-based and devised public performances working with lecturers and visiting directors who have extensive industry experience and knowledge. This programme has over 30 hours training per week for three terms, so you will need to be dedicated, enthusiastic and highly committed. Graduates have gone on to work on stage, TV and film as well as forming their own theatre companies. Other highlights include:

  • Course recognised by Spotlight & Equity
  • Links to prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre
  • Theatre visits & workshops with Industry Professionals*
  • Focus on practical training
  • In 2020, 100% of Acting for Contemporary & Devised Performance BA (Hons) students who took the National Student Survey said: “Staff are good at explaining things and have made the subject interesting”, NSS 2020
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course.**
By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:
  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop** to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK***
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
✱ All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19: ✱ ✱ see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions: ✱✱✱ source: Guardian University League Table 2020

Course details


All modules are compulsory as they work together as a cohesive and holistic creative actor-training programme. STAGE 1: • Actor’s Body and Movement 1 • Acting Methodologies 1 • Vocal Technique for Actors 1 • Creative Theatre Practices 1. STAGE 2: • Media Acting • Vocal Technique for Actors 2 • Creative Theatre Practices 2. STAGE 3: • Negotiated Project • Acting for Social Change • Creative Theatre Practices 3. Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

Most assessments are practical performances, worth 80% of your final grade, but each module has a theoretical component, worth 20% of your final grade, that is either written in essay or rehearsal journal form or spoken in a viva voce examination.

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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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Acting for Contemporary and Devised Performance at University of Northampton - UCAS