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Course summary

If you believe all the world’s a stage, our degree will prepare you to land that leading role by giving you the training, techniques and entrepreneurial skills you need to succeed in a competitive business. Using a range of approaches from plays and multimedia performance to physical and musical theatre, you develop your skills and gain wide experience through both performing established repertory and devising exciting new works. You are also given a foundation in drama theory and trends in performing arts, and are encouraged to think, write and talk about how this theory informs your work. Each year, you perform in a large-scale work made with professional directors, which could be anything from Shakespeare to a cutting-edge contemporary multimedia production. You will also prepare for graduation by forming a company and creating your own work to show in our professional 280-seat theatre. Foundation Year In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree. The course has been designed to develop your skills and to prepare you for entry onto the first year of your chosen course. It provides a balance between content related to your chosen subject and the range of wider skills required for undergraduate study. This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will be required to pass the foundation year in order to progress to the first year of your BA (Hons) degree. This course is ideal for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements or those with a non-standard educational background. It will allow you to graduate with a full undergraduate degree in your chosen subject in four years. Why choose this course?

  • Gain performance experience in our state-of-the-art rehearsal studios and 280-seat professional theatre
  • Benefit from being taught by our highly experienced teaching team as well as learning from visiting actors and directors active in the industry
  • Create a major piece of work for the annual student showcase and performance festival
  • Take advantage of extra-curricular activities including cultural exchanges, societies and trips
  • Learn entrepreneurial skills to help you find and audition for work in the theatre and performance industries as well as apply for arts funding


Areas of study include:

  • Analysing Performance
  • Creating Contemporary Performance
  • The Actor in Performance
  • Understanding Performance
  • Understanding the Performance Sector
  • Working in the Performance Sector
  • Acting in Context
  • Acting Laboratory
  • Teaching and Community Practice
  • Musical Theatre
  • Questioning Performance
  • Practice as Research
  • Professional Practice in Performing Arts
  • Small Scale Production
  • Dissertation
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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants with other qualifications and/or work experience will be considered. If you would like to check that your qualifications will be accepted please contact the university.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

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Acting (with Foundation Year) at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS