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Why study this course?
Entering the Acting profession as a working stage and screen actor requires high-level skills and knowledge, which the BA (Hons) Acting programme at the University of Northampton is designed to help you develop.
We are committed to conservatoire-style training, delivered by highly experienced industry professionals. We have eight bespoke rehearsal spaces, as well as fully equipped television and radio studios. Your training will mainly be practical, with over 30 hours per week for three terms. As part of your training, you'll participate in performances and productions, work with visiting professionals including directors and actors, and form your own theatre companies.
You’ll also have the option to take part in a comprehensive extracurricular programme of theatre trips; typically including the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, London’s West End and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The cost of these trips is covered by an annual fee of £95, payable at the start of term.
You may have opportunities to audition for main house productions at the prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre, where we have close links.
You will also be eligible for student Equity membership.
By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:
If you join us, you will experience student life at the University’s new £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 Hewlett Packard 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 (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).
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.
- 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.
• Acting Methodologies 1
• Actor’s Body and Movement 1
• Theories and Histories of Acting
• Vocal Technique for Actors 1
• Improvisation for Actors
• Media Acting
• Working with a Director
• Vocal Technique for Actors 2
• Acting Methodologies 2
• Actors Body and Movement 2
• Negotiated Project
• Industry Preparation
• Vocal Technique for Actors 3
• Acting Methodologies 3
• Actors Body and Movement 3
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
The course is mainly assessed through practical work, performances and presentations, worth 80% of your final grade, but there is some written work in the form of journals and industry relevant tasks such as character studies and funding applications, worth 20% of your final grade.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 45 credits|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||M2, M3, M3|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||25 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H3|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD||Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.|
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|