Actors in a performance

BA(Hons)

Drama and Acting

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
W490
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
Three years full-time; six years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Amanda Penlington
Key fact:
Combine extensive practical experience with underlying theory and graduate confident, creative and ready for an exciting future as a performer.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study drama and acting?

Contemporary acting is competitive. You need know your strengths as a performer and develop them to the highest level possible through practice and direction.

When you audition for a role or drama school, you need to be able to demonstrate your range and ability in as little as three minutes.

Being prepared isn't just about learning your lines, it's about choosing the right one and being ready for changes and questions on the day.

Studying drama and acting prepares you for these challenges so you have the best chance to make an impression.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Drama and Acting is ideal for those who love performing live and appreciate a challenge. You'll develop your performance skills through core modules in acting for stage and screen, and physical theatre.

Work closely with our supportive theatre community to share ideas and work as collectively on productions.

Build your skills in all aspects of performing and gain plenty of practical experience.

Play a part in Bristol's vibrant culture, with regular exchanges between the university and local theatre network. Get support to form your own theatre company, producing your own extra-curricular work and making the most of rehearsal and performance space.

As an actor, you will devise and perform original pieces of theatre. Specialist workshops led by staff and industry professionals will give you the chance to develop skills such as auditioning for theatre, film and television, and you'll showcase your work at the New Performance Festival.

Our City Campus is a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, and home to our City Creatives. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Drama and Acting is based at the City Campus, and uses theatres and specialist spaces at the Arnolfini and Bower Ashton Studios.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and build an impressive portfolio of work.

Our graduates emerge as confident and creative individuals. Equipped with an array of soft skills including collaboration, networking and organisation - ready to thrive in the real world.

Where can it take me?

You'll graduate ready for a career performing for theatre, television, and film.

You may also choose to progress to further study with one of the country's prestigious theatre schools such as the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Actor Training
  • Introduction to Physical Theatre
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Performance Texts and Contexts.

Year two

You will study:

  • Acting for Stage
  • Devising Physical Theatre.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Playwriting
  • New Shakespeares
  • Inventing Modernism.

Final year

You will study:

  • Final Year Project
  • Acting for Screen

Plus two optional modules from:

  • The Creative Writing Project
  • Avant-Garde Theatre
  • Contemporary British and American Drama.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Our staff come from a variety of theatre backgrounds around the world. We're committed to your personal development, and offer a unique curriculum with a variety of teaching methods.

There aren't any lectures or written exams - you'll be taught through three-hour practical workshops.

In your final year, you'll attend workshops dedicated to helping you put together applications and the audition process.

Find out about our academic staff and their areas of expertise.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

The Drama Society

The Drama Society is open to all UWE Bristol students. It stages three or four shows a year, including a traditional pantomime and a large-scale summer production. The latter has previously travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

You'll also be able to audition for musicals produced by the Centre for Performing Arts.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
154%46%0%100%
245%55%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Assessment

The way your work will be assessed depends on which modules you choose.

You can be assessed through live and filmed performances, portfolios of writing, written reflections, presentations and essays. Every performance will be double or triple marked.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
10%35%65%100%
20%36%64%100%
30%47%53%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees and are better prepared for entering the commercial sector. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professionalism through networking, making you a sought after graduate.

Formal placements aren't part of the course but we encourage you to find your own extra-curricular work and provide open access to rehearsal and performance space.

You'll have a wealth of opportunities to develop personally and gain real-world experience through our strong links with Bristol theatres.

Get help to find your placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

BA(Hons) Drama and Acting is based at our City Campus in the heart of Bristol.

City Campus at Arnolfini offers studio and teaching spaces and technical facilities on Bristol's harbourside, as well as access to the ground floor auditorium for performance workshops.

You'll also use the resources available at other City Campus sites. This includes Bower Ashton Studios, which has a working theatre and houses the main library dedicated to the creative and cultural industries, as well as a number of student support services.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

The Drama Society

The Drama Society is open to all UWE Bristol students. It stages three or four shows a year, including a traditional pantomime and a large-scale summer production which has previously travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe. You'll also have the opportunity to audition for musicals produced by the Centre for Performing Arts.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Our graduates go on to a career performing for theatre, television, and film. Many progress to postgraduate courses at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS), the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Central School of Speech and Drama.

You'll be supported in your final year by workshops on applications and the audition process.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Theatre Studies, Arts, Social Science
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Selection process

Please note, as part of the entry selection process, you will be expected to attend an interview and workshop.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

Unistats

UWE Main Campus

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