University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Acting

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Course summary

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Train to be a professional actor with the Theatre Royal and Plymouth University and benefit from a unique partnership. Our vocational course is aligned with Drama UK standards for professional training, offering you key skills and industry expertise. You will be taught in The House, our stunning new theatre, where you will learn to make and promote your own performances, equipping you for a career in today’s diverse theatre industry.

  • Gain professional experience with a course delivered in partnership with the prestigious Theatre Royal Plymouth. You’ll benefit from joint teaching and access to the production of new work at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • Develop and deepen your skills with an average of 30 contact teaching hours per week.
  • Enhance your employability with a vocational course providing professional training standards.
  • Create your own works and perform in purpose-built theatre and studio spaces in The House, our stunning, new performing arts facility where you’ll mix with other music, dance and theatre students.
  • Access industry expertise with the Theatre Royal Plymouth's creative staff, and network with professionals and prospective employers through training and workshops. You’ll be able to apply for volunteering professional opportunities, such as the Theatre Royal Plymouth's Assistant Practitioner scheme.
  • Benefit from highly practical teaching and master acting skills for both stage and recorded media.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you’ll learn the principles of acting and how to put theory into practice. You’ll also experience the process of creating performance, from page to stage. In your second year, you’ll study the different styles of acting in more depth and develop your own practice by participating in the production of performances with industry experts. You’ll learn to craft and market your own performance work, and develop networks of collaborators for your future profession. In your final year, you’ll focus on refining the skills and knowledge of your craft. A strong focus on professional development and employability in the competitive theatre industry will prepare you for a lifelong career. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

20% of assessment is by exam and 80% by coursework.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W411
Institution code:
P60
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above required. The final decision is based on the auditions only. Meeting the tariff points does not guarantee entry onto the course. For further information, please contact the Institution.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

You may choose to come to one of our audition days at our fully accessible studios and theatres or, if you have specific mobility requirements, if the costs of travel are prohibitive for you, if you work full time or if you live abroad, you might like to take part in one of our innovative ‘digital auditions’. Digital auditions are individual, real-time online auditions in which you will work one-on-one with a member of our teaching staff. This option allows us to reach out to talented applicants who are not in a position to travel. Whether you come onsite to audition or whether you audition on line you will have the same welcoming and inclusive experience. All applicants will be asked to perform two, short contrasting theatre monologues. We’re not just looking for talent, we also want to see: a serious, ongoing commitment to an acting career in the professional theatre trainable vocal, physical and imaginative/emotional skills potential that you'll benefit from the study in acting offered at Plymouth an ability to understand, interpret and embody a dramatic text an ability to participate actively in group or ensemble situations a readiness to take risks in creative work, and an open, receptive and enquiring mind enthusiasm and readiness for hard, rigorous work requiring sustained concentration a sense of language and rhythm, and the potential for identification with the thought process of a dramatic text the ability to portray and inhabit an imagined or fictional situation physical, vocal and imaginative/emotional skills with significant theatrical potential. Further details: No props or scripts to be used at the audition.

Interview

You may choose to come to one of our audition days at our fully accessible studios and theatres or, if you have specific mobility requirements, if the costs of travel are prohibitive for you, if you work full time or if you live abroad, you might like to take part in one of our innovative ‘digital auditions’. Digital auditions are individual, real-time online auditions in which you will work one-on-one with a member of our teaching staff. This option allows us to reach out to talented applicants who are not in a position to travel. Whether you come onsite to audition or whether you audition on line you will have the same welcoming and inclusive experience. All applicants will be asked to perform two, short contrasting theatre monologues. We’re not just looking for talent, we also want to see: a serious, ongoing commitment to an acting career in the professional theatre trainable vocal, physical and imaginative/emotional skills potential that you'll benefit from the study in acting offered at Plymouth an ability to understand, interpret and embody a dramatic text an ability to participate actively in group or ensemble situations a readiness to take risks in creative work, and an open, receptive and enquiring mind enthusiasm and readiness for hard, rigorous work requiring sustained concentration a sense of language and rhythm, and the potential for identification with the thought process of a dramatic text the ability to portray and inhabit an imagined or fictional situation physical, vocal and imaginative/emotional skills with significant theatrical potential. Further details: No props or scripts to be used at the audition.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
100%
Student satisfaction
65%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

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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
International £13800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Acting at University of Plymouth - UCAS