Acting (Professional Placement Year) Bath Spa University

Undergraduate

This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.

  • This course aims to produce physically and vocally versatile, creative and employable performers.

  • Over three years in our prestigious acting course, you work with our dedicated staff in a variety of genres and repertoires, from classical to contemporary.

  • Innovative collaborations with Theatre Production, Music, and Film, Television and Digital Production students will enrich your experience.

  • Work with directors, practitioners and industry professionals in both live performance and recorded media.

  • Develop professional working relationships and vital networking skills.

The intense professional focus of the course makes this a highly specialised award for students seeking careers in the industry and equips you with the with the rigorous academic knowledge required for postgraduate study. BA (Hons) Acting offers you the essential practical and creative skills for becoming independent thinkers, motivated artists and freelance practitioners.

Regular technical classes develop your voice, singing, movement and comedy skills to a professional level. Acting classes and performance projects explore the key processes and practitioners that inform contemporary approaches to acting. Acting for camera training is practical, skills-based and industry-aware. Underpinning the practical work is an emphasis on the vital interaction between academic research and acting processes.

More about the Professional Placement Year
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time with year in industry

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    4 years


Course details

Modules

Year one introduces you to the key practitioners and processes that underpin actor training. Technical classes will develop professional-level movement, vocal and comedic skills that will enable you to work effectively both as an individual and as a member of an ensemble.

Year two develops the interpretation, analysis and performance of text. Equally, as an actor/creator, you’ll develop an understanding and application of a range of theatrical approaches to make meaningful and imaginative work of your own.

Year three is your apprentice year. You become a member of OnSet productions, a professional company that produces work across a range of live and recorded media. Skills classes prepare you for entry into industry; you’ll develop a professional profile involving digital and personal presentation skills, headshot, CV, audition technique, casting breakdowns and self-taping.

For more information please refer to our website.


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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code RTFD
Institution code B20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level C C C
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended Diploma Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in a related subject.
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.

Speech & Drama qualifications or evidence of experience in performing arts outside of formal education will also be considered from applicants who have not studied Acting or Drama qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

We invite all eligible candidates to attend an audition.

Auditions begin at 9am and run to around 5pm. There are seven elements to the day:

Brief welcome
Movement workshop
Text workshop
Monologue presentations
Q&A about the programme
Campus tour
Interview
Candidates must prepare a contemporary monologue. You’ll receive further information if you are invited to audition.

The audition panel consider the academic reference, academic qualifications and personal statement of each candidate, as well as the work in the sessions. In the interview, the workshops and monologue presentation elements are considered and the panel score each candidate against the following criteria:

Responsiveness to ideas and direction;
Creativeness of responses;
Spontaneity demonstrated in tasks;
Proficiency of skills;
Depth of comprehension; and
Approachability.
Overseas students must present two contrasting monologues on a region 2 format DVD or via the internet in Windows or Quicktime compatible video. The monologues should be performed and recorded for the specific purposes of audition and not be edited work from other videos. The panel will also interview the candidate via phone or Skype. We do not charge a fee for auditions.

Interview

Included as part of formal audition programme.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Whole course
England £9,250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9,250 Whole course
Scotland £9,250 Whole course
Wales £9,250 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.