You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, tutor and student led seminars, group work, practical workshops and self-directed study. You will be assessed through a variety of different methods to develop a range of skills including through group and individual performances, professional practice logs, oral vivas, mixed media presentations, and professional production opportunities.
The first year provides you with a range of practical skills and combines performance-based understanding of working with through the body and voice and with written texts. Culminating in a performance festival, the first year will focus on the development and use of foundational skills in acting and performance.
In your second year you will broaden your acting skill development through engagement with both historical and ground-breaking contemporary performance methodologies including heightened language and working in digital worlds. You will also focus on the development of subject specific skills, such as Stage Combat, Dance for the Stage, and Accents and Dialects to help you stand out as a unique performer. At the end of the year, students will have the opportunity to develop performance material for professional festival settings such as the Edinburgh or Brighton Fringe Festivals.
The final year of your studies focuses on industry readiness, supporting you in developing showreels, video creative portfolios, and headshots, alongside developing skills in reflective individual practice and audience/space engaged community work. The final year concludes with two professional performance opportunities, a live, full-length production and a showcase, open to industry leading professionals and agent to kick start your career in the Creative Industries.
Our Acting teaching staff have expertise in a range of fields, including: Shakespeare in performance, Restoration Theatre, Popular Performance including Stand Up Comedy, Commedia dell’Arte, Clowning and Burlesque, Applied and Community Drama, Directing, Language and Performance, Digital Performance, Performer Training including body, voice and text. Performance and documentation, performance and the body, gender and performance, live art and contemporary performance practice. Your learning will also be supported by visiting lecturers, actors, practitioners, directors and theatre companies further enhance your skills development.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, studios, group work and self-directed study. You will normally attend around 16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (workshops, technical training, warmups and tutorials) each week and an additional 4 hours of self-directed rehearsal, and we expect you to undertake at least 30 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.