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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Acting at Bath Spa University

Immerse yourself in an innovative and stimulating artistic environment. We aim for you not only to seek work, but also to create it.

  • Immerse yourself in critically-engaged and rigorous practical training across live and recorded media.
  • Engage with industry professionals: practitioners, directors, theatre and recorded media specialists.
  • Identify your unique creative skills and professional focus.

Acting at Bath Spa University aims to produce physically and vocally versatile, creative and employable performers. Over three years in our prestigious acting school, you'll work with our dedicated staff in a variety of genres and repertoires, from classical to contemporary.

Innovative collaborations with Theatre Production, Music, and Film, Television and Digital Production students will enrich your experience. And, by working with directors, practitioners and industry professionals in both live performance and recorded media, you'll develop professional working relationships and vital networking skills.

Your final year is entirely dedicated to professional development. You'll become part of OnSet, the University's production company, which is supported by Bath Spa Live. Intense professional focus makes this a highly specialised award for students seeking careers in the industry.

Acting alumni

What you'll learn

Overview

This is a challenging course that reflects the considerable stamina and continued application required to become the actor that you want to be. Our excellent teaching and research reputation guarantees rigorous practical training balanced with research and analytical skills.

Daily technical classes develop your voice, singing, movement and comedy skills to a professional level. In acting classes and performance projects, you'll explore the key processes and practitioners that inform contemporary approaches to acting. Acting for camera training is practical, skills-based and industry-aware. Underpinning the practical work is an emphasis on the vital interaction between academic research and acting processes.

Equip yourself to succeed in an increasingly competitive profession. You'll develop creative and transferable skills to become an independent thinker and motivated artist.

Course structure

Year one introduces you to the key practitioners and processes that underpin actor training. Technical classes will develop professional-level movement, vocal and comedic skills that will enable you to work effectively both as an individual and as a member of an ensemble.

Year two develops the interpretation, analysis and performance of text. Equally, as an actor/creator, you'll develop an understanding and application of a range of theatrical approaches to make meaningful and imaginative work of your own. Alongside your technical classes, you'll receive acting for camera training and stage combat classes designed to enhance your skills base.

Year three is your apprentice year. You become a member of OnSet productions, a professional company that produces work across a range of live and recorded media. Skills classes prepare you for entry into industry; you'll develop a professional profile involving digital and personal presentation skills, headshot, CV, audition technique, casting breakdowns and self-taping.

Your core module places you strategically in a series of professionally staged plays, self-generated making projects, film projects (sitcom, Graduate film, Acting for Microphone) and rehearsed play readings.

You can choose either a 5,000 word academic file based on your 'Making Project' or a traditional dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed through performance work, essays, evaluations and presentations. Over the three years, 80% of assessment is practical and 20% is written.

How will I be taught?

You'll learn in a wide variety of settings, including regular practical skills and acting classes, seminars, workshops, tutorials, rehearsals, blogs and journals, group discussion, and collaborative learning.

The course is teaching intensive; over 50% of your 1200 hours are spent in class and you'll have an average of 18 formal contact hours per week. You need to compliment this with equivalent hours of independent study and preparation.

"When necessary, I was supported and guided through every aspect of the course and University life; was given every opportunity to diversify my skills and hone my craft; all with a focus on employability and creativity in equal measure. The staff, students, setting and community of Bath Spa's BA Acting course were simply outstanding."

Alex Knight, Acting graduate

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

We work with professional practitioners, producers in theatre, film and television, as well as innovative theatre companies and established regional and national theatre venues.

The course has a successful professional partnership with The Theatre Royal Bath. Recent collaborators include: playwright Phillip Ridley; directors Ian Nicholson, Matt Ball and Max Barton; Dan Horrigan of Sky of the Bird; Dr Rebecca Loukes from RedCape; Oliver Jones from Creativity Works and Blind Eye Theatre Company; Toby Peach, Associate Artist - Artistic Director of Birds Anonymous Theatre Company; Pigdog Productions; David Glass; and Ed Viney, who was Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre and Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio.

Careers

In 2017, graduating students performed in a national tour by Taking Flight Theatre. Three graduates were chosen by the David Glass Ensemble to perform in the internationally acclaimed "Bleak House", now preparing for an international tour. Several have established successful theatre companies: Nitty Gritty Theatre, Black Dog Productions and The James Company.

Other graduates are working on BBC's "Poldark", a Warner Bros film and voicing a major character in an animated film. Students recently performed at Santa Monica College, USA. We have regular workshops with Redcape Theatre and fantastic partnerships with Lazarus Theatre Company, The David Glass Ensemble and Theatre Royal, Bath.

Our graduates also engage in further study or work actively in allied performance roles, as artistic directors, writers, arts officers and teachers.

Graduate successes

Liam Madden - 2016 Graduate
Part of a national anti-bullying tour. After which he directed an all female production heading for  Brighton, Bath and Camden Fringe in 2017.

Leo Garrick
On tour with English Theatre Company, touring Sweden, Spain, Holland and Belgium so far and heading to Portugal.

Amanda Phippen - 2016 Graduate
Involved in filming for Dawn French's new 4 part comedy Delicious for Sky 1.

Alex Hayes - 2014 Graduate
Artistic Director of Bell Beyond Theatre Company based in Italy.

Will Gibson - 2014 Graduate
Doing a world tour of Taming of the Shrew currently in China, with TNT Theatre Company/ The American Drama Group.

Dominic Thompson and Jess Melia - 2016 Graduates
Artistic Directors of Gritty Theatre Based in The Midlands.

Connor Allen - 2015 Graduate
Artistic Director of Pandemonium Performance - premier of  Fear In The Dark!, a promenade show around Abney Park Cemetery.

Toby Gibbs - 2015 Graduate
Working with a theatre company called PIE currently engaged in a TIE tour

Sam Freeman - 2014 Graduate
Currently in the role of James in 'Our Baby' by Eleonora Fusco at The Bread & Roses Theatre, London.

Stephen Horncastle - 2014 Graduate
Recently performed in the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

  • Commons
  • Fully equipped studios
  • State-of-the art television studios
  • University Theatre
  • Burdall's Yard
  • Additional rehearsal spaces

"I urge anyone interested in acting to look into training here at Bath Spa, you will find yourself and reach goals that you may never think you could reach."

Lauren Burgess, Acting graduate

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £9,250 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We look for artistic and intellectual potential. Are you curious about your subject, hard-working, imaginative and playful? Do you enjoy working with others and are you hungry to learn?

If so, then this is the course for you.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - A level grades  BCC - CCC with Grade B in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 27 points with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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