School of Humanities and Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Acting

Train to be a professional actor with the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Plymouth University and benefit from a unique partnership. Our vocational course provides professional standard training, offering you key skills and industry expertise. You’ll be taught in The House, our stunning new theatre, where you’ll learn to make and promote your own performances, equipping you for a career in today’s diverse theatre industry.

In the 2016 NSS, 95 per cent of students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and 100 per cent of students agreed they were able to access specialised equipment, facilities, or rooms when needed. In the 2016 DLHE survey 85 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing*.

Key features

  • Gain professional experience with a course delivered in partnership with the prestigious Theatre Royal Plymouth. You’ll benefit from joint teaching and access to the production of new work at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • Develop and deepen your skills with an average of 30 contact teaching hours per week.
  • Enhance your employability with a vocational course providing professional training standards.
  • Create your own works and perform in purpose-built theatre and studio spaces in The House, our stunning, new performing arts facility where you’ll mix with other music, dance and theatre students.
  • Access industry expertise with the Theatre Royal Plymouth's creative staff, and network with professionals and prospective employers through training and workshops. You’ll be able to apply for volunteering professional opportunities, such as the Theatre Royal Plymouth's Assistant Practitioner scheme.
  • Benefit from highly practical teaching and master acting skills for both stage and recorded media.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll learn the principles of acting and how to put theory into practice. You’ll also experience the process of creating performance, from page to stage.
    Core modules
    • ACT401 Page to Stage 1

    • ACT402 Page to Stage 2

    • ACT403 Training for Actors 1

    • ACT404 Introduction to Acting

    • THPF403 Performance Praxis 1

      This module comprises both a lecture and a workshop series that surveys the key elements of dance, theatre and performance, including the terminology and discourses that help to develop a critically engaged practice. It includes an introduction to contemporary and historical theories and debates, while offering students an introduction to appropriate modes of study, research, devising and workshop skills.

    • THPF406PP Plymouth Plus: Performance Lab 1

      Offering Dance, Theatre and Acting students the chance to work collaboratively on a site-based project, this module will foreground the city as a rich and vibrant context for the creation of performance materials. Encouraging students to understand the wider socio-cultural positioning of their emerging practice, and encouraging them to build relationships beyond their immediate surroundings.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll study the different styles of acting in more depth and develop your own practice by participating in the production of performances with industry experts. You’ll learn to craft and market your own performance work, and develop networks of collaborators for your future profession.
    Core modules
    • ACT501 Making Theatre 1

    • ACT502 Page to Stage 3

    • ACT503 Training for Actors 2

    • ACT504 Training for Actors 3

    • THPF502 Performance Lab 2

      This module addresses collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. It is a practical and studio-based module that emphasises the development and presentation of student-led work and collaboration across year groups.

    • THPF503 Performance Practices

      This module encourages students to find their creative voice through the exploration and application of a specific performance practice. Students will develop and practically interrogate the skills and understandings that establish specific forms of contemporary performance practice as both skilled activities and culturally significant artistic statements.

  • Final Year
  • In your final year, you’ll focus on refining the skills and knowledge of your craft. A strong focus on professional development and employability in the competitive theatre industry will prepare you for a lifelong career.
    Core modules
    • ACT601 Making Theatre 2

    • ACT603 Training for Actors 4

    • ACT612 Actor's Research

      Students will plan and conduct a research enquiry into a role from the playtext to be used in the Semester 2 module, Making Theatre 2. Students are expected to research the role that they intend to audition for during Making Theatre 2. Through lectures, workshops and tutorial guidance, students develop appropriate ways of collecting, analysing, documenting and organising material to present and evidence their research process and findings. Students will present their findings through a 2,000 literature review and a 25 minute `lecture demo'. The `lecture demo' will be given in the format of a `tablework' presentation, to the other students forming the company for Making Theatre 2, as well as for their assessors.

    Optional modules
    • THPF601 Advanced Performance Training

      The module fosters deep understanding and practical knowledge of a form/approach to performance training. Through expert-lead practice, students will experiment with techniques, strategies and approaches to training that will help them to develop and deepen their understanding of skills germane to a specific style.

    • THPF614 Cultural Embodiment

      Students will pursue research into a topic of contemporary relevance to performance theorists and/or practitioners that consolidates aesthetic, social, historical and cultural products. This approach recognises the interdependency of related disciplines and also the role of theatre and performance processes in the production of culture in its widest sense.

    • THPF617 Applied Practices

      This module offers students access to community-based professionals and work-based experiences within the realm of the student's employability. Through seminars and independent practice, the student will take an initiative in directing their future endeavours regarding employability within the field.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Acting 5222

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

Entry is strictly by audition:

For your first audition, you'll give a rehearsed performance of two contrasting theatre monologues for a panel of staff.

You need to show evidence of: 

  • a serious, ongoing commitment to an acting career in the professional theatre
  • trainable vocal, physical and imaginative/emotional skills
  • potential that you'll benefit from the study in acting offered at Plymouth
  • an ability to understand, interpret and embody a dramatic text
  • an ability to participate actively in group or ensemble situations
  • a readiness to take risks in creative work, and an open, receptive and enquiring mind
  • enthusiasm and readiness for hard, rigorous work requiring sustained 
concentration
  • a sense of language and rhythm, and the potential for identification with 
the thought process of a dramatic text
  • the ability to portray and inhabit an imagined or fictional situation
  • physical, vocal and imaginative/emotional skills with significant theatrical potential.
Interview details:

• No props or scripts to be used at interview or audition.
• Audition and interview will be held in The House theatre, or at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
• Overseas students who aren’t in the country may be offered a skype interview first.

We aim to audition all applicants and all decisions are based on audition, and so we encourage all individuals to apply whatever their qualifications.

English language requirements

You will need fluent written and spoken English (equivalent to IELTS level 7.0). Given the nature of the course, you’ll be expected to read, perform and engage with complex texts and debates for which fluency in English is essential.

View detailed English language requirements.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

If you're applying through UCAS you'll receive full details, but if you'd like to know more, please contact admissions.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

For more information about our fees and funding please visit: www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Douglas Braddon

Be bold. No inhibitions. No excuses. Here's the stage, this is the play. Where is your next role going to be?

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*The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.