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Course Guide

This dynamic three-year course will develop your individual skills and help you become an inventive and imaginative actor. You will discover how to develop truthful and original characters and make the most of a wide range of performance opportunities.

First Year

The first year concentrates on the development of all the vocal and physical skills that you will need to express your artistic vision. Students are also taught various methods of text analysis and character creation based on the work of Stanislavski combined with the improvisation methods of Mike Leigh. You will acquire performance and craft skills to enable you to work confidently and effectively in film and television. You will also learn how to crew a film as well as create truthful characters who communicate directly with an audience.

Year 1 - HE Level 4 Module Overview

Module BA1

Year 1 Projects

Credit value 15
Core components

Contemporary Theatre

Module BA2

Year 1 Acting

Credit value 30
Core components Acting
Screen Acting

Module BA3

Year 1 Voice

Credit value 30
Core components Voice
Complementary components RP and Sound Recognition
Recorded Voice

Module BA4

Year 1 Movement

Credit value 15
Core components Physical Practice
Stage Combat

Module BA5

Contextual Studies

Credit value 10
Core components Contextual Studies
Year 1 Project Journal


Second Year

You will continue to develop your technical and artistic skills necessary for acting in film, television and theatre and study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner. The second year also includes a thorough exploration and analysis of heightened language, verse texts and contemporary theatre, and classes in Interview Technique and the Recorded Voice.

Performance projects throughout the year provide the opportunity for a practical application of the training in a variety of styles and genres.


Screen Acting One: Single Camera Filming

This covers all aspects of screen craft - from understanding vocal levels of intensity, mastering continuity and shooting out of sequence, to acting preparation, character choices and revealing thoughts on screen. This will enable you to work confidently and effectively in front of a TV or film camera.

Contemporary Theatre

Verbatim and recorded delivery, new writing and devised theatre.

Classic American

Study of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Clifford Odets.

Screen Acting Two: Multi-camera Comedy

This project focuses on recording a wide range of existing screen comedy and takes place in our multi camera studio.


Covers all aspects of Shakespeare's work and influence on theatre today.

Year 2 - HE Level 5 Module Overview

Module BA6

Year 2 Projects

Credit value 50
Core components

Screen Acting 1 – Location Filming
Contemporary Theatre
Classic American Theatre
Screen Acting 2 – Multi-camera comedies

Module BA7

Year 2 Acting

Credit value

Core components Acting
Meisner Technique
Module co-requisites Acting Choices
Shakespeare's Text

Module BA8

Year 2 Voice

Credit value

Core components Voice
Module co-requisites Recorded Voice

Module BA9

Year 2 Movement

Credit value 15
Core components

Physical Practice
Stage Combat

Module co-requisites Dance

Module BA10

Professional Practice

Credit value 15
Core components

Professional Practice Seminars and Workshops
Interview Technique/role play
Year 2 Project Journal

Third Year

You will have the opportunity to present your work to the public through a series of theatre productions and film screenings. You will also receive a comprehensive induction in self-promotion and professional practice.

Professional Business Preparation

Students are given a thorough, all round professional training in how to succeed in a competitive industry. You will have regular lectures from industry professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of all the business and behind-the-scenes aspects of the profession.

You will also receive extensive training in audition techniques, and learn how to present yourself when meeting agents, casting directors, directors and the media. You will be given advice on promotional photographs and how to present your CV and will create a post-graduation action plan. We aim to prepare you thoroughly for your first job.


Each student is cast in two different plays during their final year. The plays are directed by professional freelance directors who audition the students and cast them in suitable roles. The plays are rehearsed and then presented in one of our two on-site theatres.


Showreels - Each student is cast in at least two films from existing scripts, which are filmed on location under industry conditions, directed by a professional director. These are then edited to a professional standard and put on a showreel DVD, which is circulated to agents and casting directors, generating immediate interest.
Watch the 2017 acting graduate showreels here.
New Writing Short Films - Each student is cast in an original short film, chosen from numerous submissions, which is then filmed on a location and directed by a guest industry director. These films are then screened at an industry screening and form part of the student's body of showreel material. 


All students are involved in a showcase of short scenes. This is presented at a London theatre for industry professionals and DVD showreels are made available for agents and casting directors at this event.

Year 3 - HE Level 6 Module Overview

Module BA11

Public Productions and Films

Credit value 100
Core components

Film Production 1 - Showreels
Theatre Production 1
Film Production 2 – Original Screenplays
Theatre Production 2

Module BA12

Professional Employment Skills

Credit value 20
Core components

Seminars and mock auditions
Production Journal
Professional Practice Portfolio


Teaching and Learning

Course Structure and Delivery

Each year is taught in three terms:

  • Autumn: September – December
  • Spring: January – March
  • Summer: April - July


You will be taught through a combination of workshops, acting classes, technique classes, rehearsals, lectures, seminars, screenings and tutorials.
Most sessions will take place in groups of 10-15 students and some tutorials are offered on a one-to-one basis.

Independent Learning

When not attending timetabled classes you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading plays and books, learning lines, working on individual and group projects and undertaking research in the library. Your independent study is supported by a range of facilities including the ArtsEd specialist library, City, University of London library and Digital Theatre Plus.


Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, some independent study and performance/assessments.

The following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course:

Year 1

Teaching, learning and assessment: 885 hrs
Independent learning:  315hrs

Year 2

Teaching, learning and assessment:   1,012.5 hrs
Independent learning:  287.5 hrs

Year 3

Teaching, learning and assessment:   924 hrs
Independent learning:  276 hrs

Academic Support

Staff will provide academic support in the following areas:

  • Study skills
  • Learning strategies
  • Academic writing
  • Research skills

Our Disability Officer also helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as learning difficulties, organisational issues and mental health. Additionally, students may contact our Health & Wellbeing Officer, and Equality, Inclusivity & Diversity Officer when required.

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise is closely matched to the content of the course and who all have industry experience. Industry professionals, directors and workshops leaders also contribute to the teaching. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


Assessment and Feedback

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments/performances that count towards your final mark.


Year 1

Projects in Year 1 are assessed 100% on rehearsal process.  You are required to achieve a grade of 40% or above for your rehearsal process in each project. 
You must also achieve a grade of 40% or above for your classwork, and to pass your Project Journal.
To pass Year 1 and progress to Year 2, you must have acquired 120 credits and passed each module.

Year 2

Projects in Year 2 are assessed 50% on rehearsal process and 50% on performance.  You are required to achieve an overall grade of 40% or above for each project. 
You must achieve a grade of 40% or above for your classwork, and to pass your Project Journal.
To pass Year 2 and progress to Year 3, you must have acquired 130 credits and passed each module.

Year 3

Year 3 is assessed 100% on performance.  You are required to achieve a grade of 40% or above in each component, and to pass the Production Journal and Professional Practice Portfolio.
Professional Employment Skills are marked pass/fail.  You must pass all three components.
To pass Year 3 and qualify for the award of BA (Hons) Acting, a student must have acquired 120 credits and passed each module.


Each year you will be required to submit one piece of written work in the form of a Project Journal. In addition, in Year 3 you will also complete a Professional Practice Portfolio. Written assignments are assessed as pass/fail – you are required to pass them but no marks are awarded and the written work carries no weighting in your final degree mark.

In Year 3 the Plays take place in the evenings, and usually play from Tuesday to Saturday evenings. In Year 1 you will be expected to be a front-of-house usher for some of these performances.

All modules are compulsory. The minimum pass mark for each component or module of the course is 40%. 

In order to qualify for the award of BA (Hons) Acting, you must satisfy the pass requirements for all modules within the programme and achieve 370 credits overall.

The overall aggregate degree marks for the Honours degree will be calculated as follows:

  • Average of the four percentage marks achieved for the Year 3 Performance module: 80%
  • Final mark for Year 2: 20%

The class of the award of an Honours degree shall normally be:

BA (Hons) Acting Minimum Overall Aggregate Mark
Class I 70%
Class II upper division 60%

Class II lower division

Class III 40%

An award of Ordinary Degree is not available for this programme.


You will receive regular feedback on all classes and projects, either verbally or in writing. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. After assessed projects and final performances we aim to provide written feedback within 10 days.