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Acting BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    W410

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time

  • Starting:

    Sept

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:

    Innovation Centre

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UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

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+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


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.

You’ll spend 30 hours per week for 30 weeks in practical training, showing your dedication and commitment and our programme is recognised by both Equity and Spotlight, ensuring that the training provided is relevant, current and of an excellent industry level standard.

We follow the ethos of craft, artistry and performance application while encouraging the continual journey of self-discovery, curiosity and the employment of your imagination in truthful characterisations.

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. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 24/11/2020

Highlights


    • Conservatoire-style teaching in dedicated specialist studios.
    • High profile guests delivering world class workshops throughout the year.
    • One of 8 institutions in the world to have Estill Voice International Education Affiliation status.
    • Links to prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre.
    • 3 years full-time, and students are entitled to full Equity status upon graduation.
    • Home to the Midlands Voice Conference with links to industry world leaders.
    • 100% overall student satisfaction, NSS 2020
    • Final year showcase in London to industry professionals.*
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
    • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students**(*All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions.  See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19) (**see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

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Course Content


  • All three years have the core acting, vocal and movement pathways central to them; Year 1 tackles key concepts and core skills and equips you with the fundamental tools you need to be successful in the industry. Year 2 introduces new skills such as acting for TV, Film and Radio alongside beginning to hone your artistry and apply the craft you learned in Year 1 towards public performances.

    The final year will see you further develop your artistry with more autonomy as you define your artistic identity and take part in 5 different performance projects with professional directors, culminating in the opportunity to be part of a final showcase at a London theatre with an invited industry audience. We always strive to produce artists who contribute meaningfully to the industry whilst moving the craft of acting forwards.

    The first stage of your studies focuses on the fundamental craft of acting, vocal and movement techniques including; character analysis, scoring the text, improvisation, Estill voice training (only one of 8 institutions in the world with accreditation), singing, pure movement, animal study and stage combat.

    Year 1

    In Year 1 you have the opportunity to gain certification both in stage combat with the APC (Academy of Performance Combat), recognised by Equity, and Estill voice training which can be added to your Spotlight CV, putting you a cut above the rest. You will be involved in one main production and small studio-based performance tasks throughout the year.

    Year 2

    Stage two develops your performance range and artistry, including acting for the camera and radio, including voice-overs for commercials and animation and radio dramas. In addition, you will deepen your core acting, vocal and movement strands in exploration of; movement psychology, classical acting techniques, accent and dialect work, rhetoric skills, mask work and further pure movement skills, acting through song and you will continue your stage combat classes in which you will have the opportunity to take a higher level certification. You will perform in a public Shakespeare performance which will be professionally directed at the end of the year.

    Year 3

    The final stage begins with refining your core skills and supplementing them further with guidance in how to write and produce your own work with the opportunity to take it to a professional fringe festival. You will learn the nuancing of multi-rolling through vocal and movement skills to truly embody multiple characters. From here you switch from studying acting to preparing for all aspects of employment. You will perform in 5 performances throughout the year including forming your own theatre company as part of the annual Flash Theatre Festival. We will teach the key aspects on preparing for life as a professional actor; acting CV, headshot, showreel, self-taping, website, and meetings with professional agents and casting directors.

    At the end of the course, you may be invited to perform at our London Showcase in front of agents and other key industry representatives.

      • Module code: ACT1001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to explore the body and voice together as one expressive and creative tool. The module provides students with the opportunity to explore some of the basic elements of actor training which are necessary to master before the craft can be developed further.
      • Module code: ACT1002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop an actor?s core vocal skills both technically and artistically. It's a blend of practical and critical analysis of voicework and designed to allow the voice to release the actor and their creativity. Students learn to use their voice safely appropriately and artistically.
      • Module code: ACT1004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is provide a basic introduction to actors body and movement training. Students will be led through a programme of movement training that focuses on physical health strength awareness and neutrality. These will culminate in a creative exploration in performance.
      • Module code: ACT1005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a foundation in the study of theatre and performance history and theory especially in relation to the craft of acting. The module will develop students' skills in theories and analysis of performance and the relationship between theory and practice.
      • Module code: ACT1007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to explore the skills and techniques of improvisation when working with extant or devised scripts.
      • Module code: ACT2002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop and apply their vocal practice artistically critically and socio-politically within the demands of performance material. Students will be expected to demonstrate further autonomy and complexity in both research and practice.
      • Module code: ACT2004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to explore practically the skills required by performers working in screen and radio. It will develop appropriate performance skills and techniques and develop an understanding of the actor's professional role in media performance processes.
      • Module code: ACT2005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to learn about the relationship between an actor and a Director and how to respond to directorial demand through working with a professional director on a studio-style production at a professional venue.
      • Module code: ACT2007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to engage students in deep textual analysis with classical and Shakespearean and occasionally contemporary texts enabling students to realise those complex texts through rehearsal and performance.
      • Module code: ACT2008
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to engage students in movement training and to encourage them to move into deeper and wider investigations into the craft of movement for the actor allowing opportunities for these explorations to begin to integrate within performance.
      • Module code: ACT3001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to prepare students for a career in the professional performance industry focusing on the essential business and administrative requirements of the acting profession.
      • Module code: ACT3008
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to apply nuanced extended vocal work to performance. Students are provided skills in practical application and critical analysis to widen their understanding and practice. Students will be expected to demonstrate further autonomy and complexity in both research and practice.
      • Module code: ACT3010
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to deepen their skills in movement for performance and to refine their ability to create nuanced characters with detailed and situation specific movement languages.
      • Module code: ACT3011
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to create an independent practical project resulting in the creation of work that is relevant for fringe venues.
      • Module code: ACT4003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give students opportunities to work with professional directors in order to realise industry standard levels of performance.
  • How will I be taught on Acting BA (Hons)?

    Classes are largely studio-based and practical in nature stretching you physically and personally whilst preparing you professionally. You will have over 30 hours of practical sessions per week. The acting industry is competitive and we aim to equip you for it by teaching you a wide range of skills. You will also work with inspiring and creative professional directors who are active in the industry.

    How will I be assessed?

    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 reflective sketchbooks, journals and industry relevant tasks such as character studies and funding applications, worth 20% of your final grade.

    Will I have access to any specialist facilities?
    • Six bespoke rehearsal rooms that are stimulating and at the same time practical, safe and ideal for learning the craft of acting
    • Lecturers with professional experience as actors and directors;
    • Direct links to the prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre who also audition students for their main house productions;
    • Student Equity card
    • Talks and workshops by directors and actors from Royal and Derngate theatre and other industry figures. In recent years actors such as Samantha Bond and Lesley Joseph have spent time with our students
  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    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. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • A typical offer would be in the region of BBC at A-Level or DDM at BTEC, in conjunction with an extensive audition.

    We welcome applications from a range of non-traditional education or professional qualifications.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home- Full Time: £9,250
    • Home- Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International: £13,000
    Additional Costs
    • Theatre Trips: £90 (paid at the start of 1st and 2nd year)
    • Show Reel: £120 (approx)
    • Head shots: £70 (approx)
    • Spotlight membership: £100 (not compulsory)
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home/EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • Home/EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International: £12,900
    Additional Costs
    • Theatre Trips: £90 (paid at the start of 1st and 2nd year)
    • Show Reel: £120 (approx)
    • Head shots: £70 (approx)
    • Spotlight membership: £100 (not compulsory)

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

     

  • Each year Martin Lawrence MBE sponsors The Martin Lawrence Acting Award which helps to fund the best actor and best actress from the programme into the profession.
    As part of the training you have the opportunity to receive your Level 1 and 2 Estill Voice Certification, putting you a cut above the rest. You also have the opportunity to gain beginners, intermediate and advanced stage combat certification with the APC (Academy of Performance Combat), recognised by Equity and Spotlight, adding to your employability prospects on graduation.

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Careers and Employability


Acting students

Our graduates go on to work in all forms of performance, No.1 Touring companies, No.1 Venues such as Nottingham Playhouse, Royal and Derngate Theatres, Feature Films, radio drama, commercials, BBC Drama and more. Equally our graduates know how to create work for themselves to create their own opportunities.