Acting & Creative Practice BA (Hons)

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Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Innovation Centre
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 07/11/2018

This programme provides knowledge, skills and vocational training to become a professional actor able to work successfully on stage, screen, in voice-over work and collaborative performances. Including training in stage combat, acting through song, and movement. You will tour and create either text-based or original work, plus have a creative social media presence. This programme has over 30 hours training per week for three terms, so you will need to be dedicated, enthusiastic and highly committed.

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.

Course

Highlights

  • Links to prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre.
  • Theatre visits and workshops including West End and Shakespeare's Globe.
  • Focus on practical training.
  • Guaranteed paid internship.*

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

End of year performances

You will be involved in performances at the end of each year, forming your own theatre company and performing in a venue of your own choice for the annual Flash Theatre Festival.

Course Details

The first stage introduces you to the fundamental techniques forming the basis of your studies – how to act with a text, how to create text from character, how to improve vocal strength and health, and how important the body is to the craft of the actor.

Your second stage will develop your fundamental acting skills and challenge you to adapt and apply them in contexts such as acting for TV and film, radio acting, approaches to Shakespearean text and physical theatre. Creative work continues with opportunities to create a contemporary piece of theatre and a scene for film/TV. There are two public facing performances during the year.

Read more…

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

As a graduate you will be equipped with the skills you need to work in your own companies creating work for stage, screen or radio. You will also be able to work for directors who wish to engage creative actors able to devise material and work closely with texts. Transferable skills equip you to be employed as a workshop leader, animateur and theatrical development worker to name a few related areas.

If you wish to develop a further specialised area of performance you might consider studying for an MA in The Arts.

Student Story

Freya Mawhinney

Freya is currently studying our BA (Hons) Acting & Creative Practice programme. She dreams of becoming a working actor in a touring theatre company and is convinced that the standard of training she is receiving is preparing her for the journey ahead.

“The Performing Arts industry is ever growing, and with so many universities and conservatoires generating hundreds of graduates every year, the game is getting tougher. My course has provided me with at least five days a week of training for the past two years, and I feel very prepared already with one year still to go. We are taught about how the industry works and the level of professionalism required to get through it healthily and with a thick skin.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

 

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Content

The first year introduces you to the fundamental techniques that form the basis of your studies – how to act with a text, how to create text from character, how to improve vocal strength and health, and how important the body is to the craft of the actor. We will introduce you to the supporting skills you will need as actors, such as stage combat and singing.

  • Acting Methodologies 1 (40 Credits)
    Module code: ACT1001
    Core Module Y
  • Creative Theatre Practice 1 (30 Credits)
    Module code: ACT1006
    Core Module Y
  • Actor’s Body and Movement (20 Credits)
    Module code: ACT1004
    Core Module Y
  • Vocal Technique for Actors 1 (30 Credits)
    Module code: ACT1002
    Core Module Y

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.



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • eight bespoke rehearsal rooms that are stimulating and at the same time practical, safe and ideal for learning the craft of acting
  • dramatic and adaptable performance environments
  • fully equipped television and radio studios includind sound and video editing studios
  • lighting and theatre technology
  • 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
  • theatre visits and workshops which typically include the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, London’s West End productions and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London
  • 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
Reading List
  • Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
  • Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus by Marina Calderone

Research

at the University of Northampton

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

Opportunities Available

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

Additional Costs

Students are required to pay an annual Fee of £95 to cover theatre trips.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500

Additional Costs

Students are required to pay an annual Fee of £95 to cover theatre trips.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000

 

Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Updated 07/11/2018

  • This programme provides knowledge, skills and vocational training to become a professional actor able to work successfully on stage, screen, in voice-over work and collaborative performances. Including training in stage combat, acting through song, and movement. You will tour and create either text-based or original work, plus have a creative social media presence. This programme has over 30 hours training per week for three terms, so you will need to be dedicated, enthusiastic and highly committed.

    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.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Links to prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre.
    • Theatre visits and workshops including West End and Shakespeare's Globe.
    • Focus on practical training.
    • Guaranteed paid internship.*

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • The first stage introduces you to the fundamental techniques forming the basis of your studies – how to act with a text, how to create text from character, how to improve vocal strength and health, and how important the body is to the craft of the actor.

    Your second stage will develop your fundamental acting skills and challenge you to adapt and apply them in contexts such as acting for TV and film, radio acting, approaches to Shakespearean text and physical theatre. Creative work continues with opportunities to create a contemporary piece of theatre and a scene for film/TV. There are two public facing performances during the year.

    Read more…

    Additional

    Information

    End of year performances

    You will be involved in performances at the end of each year, forming your own theatre company and performing in a venue of your own choice for the annual Flash Theatre Festival.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      As a graduate you will be equipped with the skills you need to work in your own companies creating work for stage, screen or radio. You will also be able to work for directors who wish to engage creative actors able to devise material and work closely with texts. Transferable skills equip you to be employed as a workshop leader, animateur and theatrical development worker to name a few related areas.

      If you wish to develop a further specialised area of performance you might consider studying for an MA in The Arts.

    • Freya Mawhinney

      Freya is currently studying our BA (Hons) Acting & Creative Practice programme. She dreams of becoming a working actor in a touring theatre company and is convinced that the standard of training she is receiving is preparing her for the journey ahead.

      “The Performing Arts industry is ever growing, and with so many universities and conservatoires generating hundreds of graduates every year, the game is getting tougher. My course has provided me with at least five days a week of training for the past two years, and I feel very prepared already with one year still to go. We are taught about how the industry works and the level of professionalism required to get through it healthily and with a thick skin.

  • 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.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • The first year introduces you to the fundamental techniques that form the basis of your studies – how to act with a text, how to create text from character, how to improve vocal strength and health, and how important the body is to the craft of the actor. We will introduce you to the supporting skills you will need as actors, such as stage combat and singing.

    • Acting Methodologies 1 (40 Credits)
      Module code: ACT1001
      Core Module Y
    • Creative Theatre Practice 1 (30 Credits)
      Module code: ACT1006
      Core Module Y
    • Actor’s Body and Movement (20 Credits)
      Module code: ACT1004
      Core Module Y
    • Vocal Technique for Actors 1 (30 Credits)
      Module code: ACT1002
      Core Module Y
      • Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
      • Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus by Marina Calderone

    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.

    • at the University of Northampton

      We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • Opportunities Available

      We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    Students are required to pay an annual Fee of £95 to cover theatre trips.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    Additional Costs

    Students are required to pay an annual Fee of £95 to cover theatre trips.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000

     

    Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Sometimes the most valuable advice can actually come from people who have walked in your shoes.

    We have an Alumni E-Mentoring scheme that does just that. It puts you in touch with other University of Northampton graduates who in turn can offer a number of mentoring services. From CV advice to the possibility of job offers, sign up to become a mentor or a mentee.

*Course data provided by Unistats

Is this course
for you?

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Acting BA (Hons) >

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Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

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360° Tour