University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Acting for Contemporary and Devised Performance

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Course summary

Why study this course? The BA (Hons) Acting for Contemporary and Devised Performance Programme is a robust and rigorous, practice-based programme for the next generation of contemporary actors and performance makers. Throughout the programme there is a focus on the student’s individual artistic development alongside a collaborative, creative, and challenging process. Fully recognised by Equity & Spotlight, this course creates performers who are passionate, innovative and industry ready. Students on the programme will train for 30 hours per week, and each level of the programme culminates in a Directed Production led by an industry professional. Other highlights include:

  • Practical training takes place for 30 hours per week across 30 weeks
  • Focus on Industry preparation, contemporary performance practices, and devising
  • Access to professional facilities including 6 studios, audio/visual equipment, and venues hired for productions
  • Course recognised by Equity and Spotlight with students entitled to full Equity membership upon graduation
  • Professional Showcase opportunity for graduating students attended by industry professionals
  • Students have the opportunity to gain certification in stage combat (training and certification provided by the Academy of Performance Combat).
  • Links to prestigious Royal and Derngate Theatre
  • Theatre visits and workshops with Industry professionals
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 (
  • 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.
  • 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.
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All modules are compulsory as they work together as a cohesive and holistic creative actor-training programme. STAGE 1: • Foundations of Acting, Voice and Movement • Foundations of Ensemble Performance • Directed Production 1 STAGE 2: • Advanced Acting for Contemporary Performance • Advanced Acting and Devising for Screen • Directed Production 2 STAGE 3: • Negotiated Project • Professional Practice and Performance • Professional Production Module information is quoted for 23/24 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly. 24/25 entry modules will be released in June 2024.

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
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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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

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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