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.
What you'll learn
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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