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Course summary

Train to be a professional actor and set yourself apart from other students by working with experts from the University and the Theatre Royal Plymouth, one of the UK’s largest regional theatres. Become part of a tightknit community and tread the boards with local, national and international actors at the Theatre Royal, in the Plymouth Fringe, or at our very own May Festival. Learn by doing and build your acting portfolio, fully supported by a dedicated team of academics who know you by name. See the impact performance can have on addressing pressing social issues and effecting change. Perform in the University’s award-winning theatre, The House, which allows you to hone your craft in world-class facilities. As a performance venue, The House attracts some of the best national and international theatre companies to the city, providing you with opportunities to build professional networks as you study and experience master classes from renowned performers. At Plymouth, your degree really is what you make it. From the second year, you can choose to add in modules from across any of the School of Society & Culture’s 17 disciplines. You can learn how to protect your creative intellectual property, or produce your own script with a module in Creative Writing.

  • Professional drama training. Approved by Equity and Spotlight.
  • Train with Theatre Royal Plymouth professionals.
  • Showcase. Perform in five productions, including a Final Year industry showcase at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • Placements. Access to our dedicated Placements Officer and Theatre Royal Plymouth's professionals, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities. 154 placements this year for directors, producers, practitioners and performers including with paid placements with Jermyn Street Theatre (West End), Kneehigh and at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • Facilities. Rehearse and train in world-class and fully accessible award-winning theatre and studio space. Access all areas of theatre with our dedicated Tech team.
  • Your degree will be taught by passionate people with experience from a wide range of academic and industry backgrounds who are driving real change in their fields.

Modules

In your first year, in your first module you will work with a Theatre Royal Plymouth director, learn foundational acting skills and work closely with the Head of Voice and Head of Movement to develop your actor’s toolkit. In your second year, you will take on new acting challenges performing for audio, podcast and voice-over. You will learn audition techniques and play The House main stage in two productions. In your final year, you will learn how to perform for and edit showreels, hone your audition skills, network with professionals and practise the skills you need to get an agent while performing in two shows, including an industry showcase at Theatre Royal Plymouth. 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.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Please contact the institution at [email protected] or 01752 585858.

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 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a 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

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Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
100%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages at www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
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