BA (Hons) Acting

BA (Hons) / Level 6 Diploma

Course Overview

ArtsEd offers inclusive, detailed contemporary, BA actor training for Stage, Film, Television and Radio. Preparing you to become world-leading artists, theatre-makers and performers in all genres, by focusing on the ever-evolving developments in the creative industries.

Our tutors are inspiring, passionate industry professionals who are committed to work with you to craft the core skills you will need as an actor.

Dynamic, diverse and rigorous, this vocational three-year BA (Hons) degree in Acting course will develop your technical skills through practical classes, workshops and performances, motivating and challenging you to become an inventive and imaginative actor. By exploring imagination, improvisation, story-telling, play, text analysis, character realisation, vocal technique and movement skills you will discover how to develop a truthful, responsive and resilient individual acting process.

Applications for 2021 entry will open in October 2020.

Duration 3 years (full-time)
Academic year September 2021 - July 2022
Application deadline March 2021
Course Leader: Julie Spencer, Director of the School of Acting
At a glance
  • Only 32 students are accepted each year
  • Maximum class size is 16, many classes are smaller
  • A minimum of 35 contact hours per week
  • Teaching delivered over three terms (35 weeks)
  • One-to-one sessions with personal tutors and specialist practitioners.
Year 1

Self – Finding yourself in the context of the craft of acting

A person with no imagination has no wings – Mohammed Ali
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere – Albert Einstein

Skills

  • Acting approaches – Stanislavski, M. Chekhov, Hagen
  • Text Analysis
  • Acting for Camera – Hendricks, Meisner. Leigh. Lee
  • Improvisation – Lecoq, Wright, Viewpoints
  • Voice – Original pronunciation and sound recognition
  • Sight reading
  • Movement – Laban, Lecoq, Grotowski
  • Singing
  • Radio
  • Stage Combat (BADC Examinations)
  • Contextual Studies – reflection on acting process

Performance projects

  • World Stories
  • Verbatim Theatre
  • Contemporary Physical Theatre
  • Chekhov
Year 2

Yourself with others

For me, our job as artists is to serve the story, serve the director, and serve the fellow actors. And if you do that, by osmosis you’re serving yourself because you’ll get the best out of yourself. – David Oyelowo

Skills

  • Actor & Text
  • Screen Acting
  • Self-Taping
  • Voice
  • Accents
  • Sight reading
  • Movement & Dance
  • Singing
  • Radio
  • Stage Combat
  • Audition Technique – Stage & Screen
  • Contextual Studies – reflection on acting process
  • Professional practice – Career Development
  • Script Creation – commissioned new writing

Performance projects – primarily directed by external Directors

  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Iconic American
  • Comedy of Manners
  • Shakespeare
Year 3

You and Beyond: The Profession

Why, then the world’s mine oyster – Shakespeare (Merry Wives of Windsor)

Skills

  • Professional practice – Business Preparation
  • Contextual Studies – reflection on acting process
  • Vocal
  • Movement

Performance projects

  • Public performances
  • New Writing Stage performances
  • West End Showcase
  • TV Showreel
  • Original Short Films
  • Recorded Voice

Fees

Audition Fee £45 Audition fee waivers are available
Course Fee 2021-22: First Year Students £15,210 p.a. (2022-23 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2021)
Course Fee 2021-22: Second Year Students £14,910 p.a (2022-23 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2021)
Course Fee 2021-22: Third Year Students £14,620 p.a
BA (Hons) Validation fee £547.50 City, University of London. Fee reviewed annually
Acceptance Deposit £350 UK / EU Students
£2,000 Overseas Students

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to ArtsEd.

Fees are subject to annual review and may increase in years two and three in line with inflation. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Additional Costs

  • Accommodation and living costs – ArtsEd does not offer on-campus accommodation.
  • Black active wear for skills classes, dance shoes and practice skirts for female period roles
  • Books and stationery
  • Professional headshot (2nd Year)
  • Spotlight entry (3rd Year)
  • Cost of hiring Graduation attire or photographic/videographic services.

Find out about Funding & Scholarships.

How to apply

Am I Eligible for the BA (Hons) Acting course?

Applicants must be aged 18 or due to have turned 18 by the time the course commences.

In addition, the following qualifications are normally required:

  • Passes in two subjects at A-level or a BTEC HND
  • Passes in three subjects at GCSE or equivalent
  • Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their proficiency by having either an ELTS overall score of 7 or a TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 6 or equivalent

If an applicant fulfils the audition criteria, but comes from an unconventional academic background, the academic requirements may be waived, although good spoken English is a requirement for all our courses.

At ArtsEd we are committed and are active in maintaining equal opportunities, all who apply will receive comparable treatment and no applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, ethnic origin, disability, age or religion or any other equivalent factors. All successful applicants will be selected solely on the basis of their abilities.

What next?

Applications for September 2020 now closed.

We hold auditions in London and regionally from November to May each year.

At ArtsEd, we believe that you cannot truly see a person’s potential from a two-minute monologue, which is why the first part of the audition process a full day experience. During your time with us, you will have an opportunity to see the school in action, participate in skills workshops and meet current students and tutors who will welcome your questions about the course and life at ArtsEd.

Regional auditions are led by ArtsEd tutors and alumni who will are able to give you an authentic insight into ArtsEd and our unique offer.

During the audition process, all candidates will be considered for our full-time one-year Foundation Course as well as the three-year degree course.

You can find out everything you need to know about auditions here.

Course Guide

Click here to view the full Course Guide for BA (Hons) Acting

ArtsEd is one of the top Drama Schools in the UK. Expert performing arts training from Day School & Sixth Form to degree courses.

Careers

Leo Woodall (2019)

Leo graduated ArtsEd in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Acting & has been travelling all over the world shooting a feature film 'Nomad' where he plays the lead.

Finn Jones (2009)

Finn has gone on to appear in huge TV Shows & Movies including Game of Thrones & Marvel's Iron Fist

Lashana Lynch (2010)

Most recently Lashana has appeared in the new James Bond movie: No Time To Die. Aswell as Captain Marvel, Ear for Eye (Royal Court), Educating Rita (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Tuppence Middleton (2008)

Graduating in 2008, Tuppence has appeared in Sense 8, Fisherman’s Friend, Downton Abbey: the Movie, War & Peace, Dickensian

Laura Haddock (2006)

Laura's most recent film roles were Viviane in TRANSFORMERS 5 & Meredith Quill in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. She also appeared in BBC's The Capture.

Raxyia Ojo (2016)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Ruthxjiah Bellena (2016)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Annabel Baldwin (2015)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Cash Holland (2018)

Homos, Or Everyone in America - Finborough Theatre

Eddy Westbury (2018)

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery UK Tour & West End

Tyler Dobbs (2018)

Calendar Girls Musical UK Tour

Gabrielle Creevy (2018)

In My Skin (BBC3) & Welsh BAFTA Award Winner

Tony Clay (2013)

Eastenders, BBC

Calum Gulvin (2018)

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Union Theatre

Sarah Seggari (2017)

Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre

Islam Bouakkaz (2018)

Letter for the King, Netflix

Thaddea Graham (2018)

Letter for the King, Netflix

Safiyya Ingar (2017)

Summer of Rockets, BBC2

Callie Cooke

Britannia on Amazon, Strike on HBO, The Stranger on Netflix & Adult Material on Channel 4

FAQs

What is the difference between the BA (Hons) and the Level 6 Diploma in Acting?

BA (Hons) and Level 6 Diploma students study together, on the same three-year course. The difference is only in the way that they are funded. The Trinity College London Diploma is awarded to those students who have received scholarship funding through the Dance and Drama Awards scheme. These students can voluntarily register for the degree, which incurs an additional cost of £547.12. See fees and funding.

Are you able to audition via video?

No – we need to see you in person.

Do you need any specific exam results or grades to be able to apply?

No.

When do you hold BA Acting auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Thursdays from November to June during term time. If we offer you a date, please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances such as illness or an exam commitment.

You can find more general FAQs here.