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BA (Hons)Acting

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
Tuition fee £15,500 per year
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Learn how to become an actor here at the Birmingham School of Acting. Our BA in Acting is designed to advance your practical, personal and professional progress.

Accredited by Drama UK, this contemporary course will prepare you for an exciting, creative career in front of a live, screen or radio audience. You will receive specialist training in voice, movement and singing, graduating with the skill and aptitude to take on the exciting and dynamic world of the dramatic arts.

Study within a vibrant and dynamic environment, alongside your passionate and energetic peers. With a proactive, hands-on attitude you shall train vigorously to achieve a high-standard of skill that is expected of the contemporary actor.

This three-year course will train you to become an actor. Throughout the course you will make a showreel, perform showcases to industry and perform in external theatres. Graduates of this course have gone on to craft successful and inspiring careers, such as Tom Lister – best known for his role as Carl King in Emmerdale and Helen George, who played Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife.

We aim to transform you into an independently-minded performer and practitioner with a diverse skills base. Creating opportunities for yourself through a forward-thinking attitude, you will engage with the course both intellectually and creatively. We strive to help you fully realise your creative gifts and talent. Encouraging you to create a well-informed working process that is supported by practice, theory and reflection.

Your classes will mainly be studio-based sessions, focusing on the practical application of acting, voice, movement and singing. For some modules you will have timetabled rehearsal time, where you will work in groups to produce material.

Your studies will help to influence and shape your career; previous graduates have been commended by industry for their innovative and challenging project work. You will be thrown into the deep-end of a full-time training. The course is demanding and energetic, allowing you to explore your potential in a fun, exciting but challenging environment; applying your passion and paving the way for an exciting and successful career.

Programme structure

Your first year of study will focus on the development of skill, and you will be assessed through acting, voice, movement and singing. Within the Acting, Voice, Physical Skills and Singing modules you will learn the basic skills and knowledge expected of a contemporary actor. Your first year is very much a technical year. These seemingly separate skills are in truth all linked together, and ultimately will facilitate a seamless integration into acting.

In the Project module you will work towards a presentation of work to an audience of your tutors and peers. You will also learn to research and explore theatre history and context, developing your critical and analytical skills in the module Acting Theory module, alongside Stanislvaksi system of text analysis.

The delivery of your second year will be split evenly between technical and performance modules. The work you produce within your second year will build upon and develop the skills you have accumulated in your first year of study.

Much like your first year you will be taught through a series of modules. The modules Acting Two, Voice Two, Physical Skills Two and Singing Two will bring together your practical skills. You will creatively explore the skills you have learnt in your first year. Pushing back boundaries and making new discoveries you will begin to see the bigger picture of the acting industry. You will also continue to develop your abilities to explore, investigate and research through an individual research project.

Your work will be shown to a public audience in the Workshop module. Along with exploring acting for the stage, you will also learn important techniques for radio and screen in the Acting Two module.

In your second year of study your technical skills will be deepened and developed, and the beginnings of integration between them are expected.

Your final year of study will predominantly be performance based. Your training will come together in live, public performances in the Production module. In addition to this you will perform for screen and radio in the Recorded Media module.

You will learn the art of preparing audition material and the various formats of the contemporary audition. You will perform to an invited audience of industry professionals in Birmingham and London as part of the Professional Studies Module. This module will provide you with the help, advice and professional know-how to start a career, enabling you to set out into your first job with confidence and success.

During you final year of training you will partake in three professional productions out of a season of 10, which take place in external theatres.

Career opportunities

We’re incredibly proud of our graduates, and are committed to offering you a high-level of training to pave the way for your future acting career. Recent graduates are currently employed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the BBC and independent television and in film.

We have a diverse and exciting number of notable alumni from our BA (Hons) Acting course, such as Catherine Tyldesley.

Our graduates have not only gone onto work on screen, we have an impressive number of graduates working in live theatre. Amy Booth-Steel and Iris Roberts have starred in various West End productions, and Jenny Palmer has successfully worked in Austria touring with Vienna’s English Theatre. Our graduates regularly work internationally with companies such as The Vienna English Theatre Company and Whitehorse Theatre Company; and they have also appeared in productions in Chicago, San Francisco and New York, Paris and Berlin.

Throughout your studies you’ll have the chanceto collaborate with students from other arts and creatively-led courses, opening up a wide range of career routes for you. For example, previous graduates have collaborated with students from the School of Media, in the production of radio dramas and students across the acting, stage management course regularly collaborate to produce their own work.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States