De Montfort University

Acting (Creative Performance Practice) - 2 Year Accelerated Degree De Montfort University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The course provides an intensive conservatoire-style acting training with a bias towards actors wishing to develop their skills in entrepreneurial, dramaturgical, and broader production expertise. The course will develop your entrepreneurial skills as a theatre maker. The intense nature of the programme, content and learning means the retention of skills (physical, vocal and imagination) will be enhanced.
The programme consists of 16 modules studied intensively over two years which focus on five core strands of performance and performance making; character, rehearsal, body and voice, making work and skills. It is through these modules that individuals will engage with a broad range of concepts, principles, practitioners, techniques and technologies which will inform the essential creative, critical and artistic skills for Acting and Creative Performance Practice.
The programme will provide a curriculum of classes in film, TV and stage acting in a range of styles. There will be a focus on the integration of voice and movement as the core aspect of the training. Drawing on a range of holistic practitioners the imaginative acting work centres on the student’s connection to their psycho-physical and psycho-vocal experience. Dance is explored technically and expressively within the curriculum alongside enrichment skills in stage combat.
The blending of entrepreneurial studies and skills-based modules would be appropriate for applicants who would like to maintain an overall interest in performance but want to explore a wider creative practice than purely acting as a single subject experience.
This innovative course, in terms of design and delivery, represents collaborative practice between three very different institutions – an acting conservatoire, a university renowned for excellent partnership work and an FE College recognised for excellence in the delivery of undergraduate programmes through the award of TEF Gold in 2017. The course will draw on this rich collaboration, and foster new forms of knowledge and practice and encourage innovative delivery, learning and teaching strategies.
This accelerated degree course is delivered by Leicester College faculty members at The Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester. The course is validated and awarded by DMU. The BA (Hons) Acting (Creative Performance Practice) has been designed collaboratively between Leicester College and The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, who support and endorse the programme.

The course will provide:
• A curriculum of classes in film, TV and stage acting in a range of genres
• Supporting classes in voice, movement, dance and stage combat
• An insight into the professional requirements of working actors
• Preparation for further study, professional work and audition technique
• A showreel for each graduate
• A fully equipped professional performance space at The Sue Townsend Theatre where the course is delivered
• Academic support and resources of TEF Gold standard
• Provision of student accommodation, membership of the student union, access to libraries and other resources including enrichment classes.

Course details


First Year: Practical Voices • Rehearsal Methods • Acting 1 • Dance for the Actor • Creative Practice 1 • Physicality in Theatre 1 • Body and Voice • Rehearsal Practice • Acting 2 • Creative Practice 2

Second Year: Dance for Actors 2 • Production 1 - Directed Performance • Production 2 - Devised Performance • Creative Practice 3 • Audition Skills

Assessment method

The programme teaching and learning strategies aim to: • Deliver a curriculum that reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding of modern theatre-making practices • Guide students through a student-centred approach • Respond to the changing theatre and performance industry and developments in theories and practices for stage, screen, body and voice. The course will be taught through a combination of rehearsals, experiential workshop and lectures/seminars. Technique and skills based learning will be achieved through intensive studio based activity with opportunities to engage in practical research, discussion and debate and reflection on creative and critical practice. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with personal tutors to support your learning, discuss progress and reflect on developing independent projects. Attendance and engagement with live theatre performance, installation, master classes, screenings and local exhibitions are an essential part of the learning experience and will inform the development of your on-going professional practice. You will experience work in and around practical and performance related contexts (both recorded and live) undertaking roles for performance, stage production and camera including research, rehearsal, production and performance. Progressing through the levels of the programme you will engage with tutor/director led learning moving towards increased autonomy in developing creative and critical self-directed projects at level 6. At all levels there will be around 32 contact hours per week, typically consisting of: • 2 hours of lectures/seminar • 9.5 hours of rehearsal • 20 hours of experiential workshop • 30 mins of tutorial When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be learning lines, researching character or reflecting on the different modules learning content through blogging or vlogging.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

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Course code W413
Institution code D26
Campus name Leicester College
Campus code G

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants from non-European Union / EEA nationals should contact the International Office directly( to discuss your application options on the basis of your likely visa status. International applications will be considered on an individual case by case basis. More information for international applicants is available at: International fees are to be confirmed

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points This will be from at least one full Level 3 A level or BTEC.
AS Levels are only counted towards your UCAS tariff in combination with a Full Level 3 qualification.

We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate ability to study this subject at university level and can evidence relevant experience.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE in English grade C/4 or above

Additional entry requirements


Selection is made by audition. Audition days will be held at the Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester. For your audition, we need you to prepare a short devised piece of work of your own making (with a maximum length of five minutes). The piece may contain elements of the spoken word, physical theatre, dance, voice etc. and should demonstrate your creative courage, ability and understanding of the nature of performance.

We do not wish to prescribe any particular content but advise that in order to show the full range of your creativity you carefully consider the material you perform.
We are looking for these qualities:
• Truth
• Preparation
• Evidence of thought, feeling and emotional freedom
• Ability to communicate thought, feelings and ideas.
• Self-confidence, focus and concentration


During the interview, you will be asked to evaluate your devised piece.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must be able to prove a certain level of English proficiency - a level 6.0 in the IELTS

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Approximate additional costs will include: Practical kit: £50 Key Texts: £50 Trips / Performances: £125

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