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Acting (Musical Theatre) BA (Hons)

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama United Kingdom

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Acting BA, Diploma

Collarts Australia

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Acting - Berlin BA

Macromedia University of Applied Sciences Germany

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Acting BA (Hons), Cert HE

Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology Germany

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Drama - Acting BFA

University of Alberta Canada

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Acting BA (Hons)

Norwich University of the Arts United Kingdom

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Acting for the Theatre Bachelor Degree

Concordia University Canada

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Acting BA (Hons)

Falmouth University United Kingdom

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Acting BA (Hons)

University of Chester United Kingdom

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Acting BA (Hons)

University of Plymouth United Kingdom

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Studying acting at university will give you the chance to hone your performance skills in a nurturing and encouraging environment. Your course will aid your professional development, allowing you to equip yourself with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for future employment. You will be exposed to both on-stage and off-stage elements of acting, so you can reap the rewards of a holistic higher education.

A degree in acting will give you a good foundation in the theory and practice of acting, public performance, voice and movement, physical skills, audition skills, professional acting skills, and small production studies. These modules will prepare you for a variety of career options.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical assessments and theatre sessions. You may also be presented with opportunities to attend masterclasses with industry professionals in a range of dramatic arts sectors.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to study after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Acting for Film and TV
  • Acting for Theatre
  • Vocal Skills
  • Production and Contextual Studies
  • Recorded Media
  • Rehearsal Skills

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, submit a final major research project, or take part in a final degree show, this will give you the opportunity to further explore a favoured area of acting.

The accreditation of an acting degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or in some cases a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Depending on your career path when you have graduated, you may be presented with opportunities to gain further professional or academic qualifications and certifications.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in acting will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

Prospective acting students may be required to submit a portfolio as part of their application. Your institution will be able to provide more information about what format it should come in, what should be included, and how to submit it. You may also be required to attend an audition as part of the admissions process.

Graduates of an acting degree will find that there are many different career opportunities available to them. You might choose to work in a role directly related to your degree course. This could include becoming a professional actor, working for or setting up your own theatre company, teaching at a performing arts or drama school or as a director.

You will have gained a wide range of transferable skills throughout your degree. These will be useful in the acting industry, as well as highly applicable in other creative arts industries and beyond. Skills gained might include idea development, effective communication, and teamwork.

Graduates of a degree in Acting will have a wide variety of career options available to them within the entertainment industry. These include professional actors in theatre, film, and television, as well as opportunities in directing, stage production, casting, and scriptwriting.

Your degree will be delivered through a combination of practical workshops, lectures, and seminars. Acting programs often emphasise hands-on experience, allowing you to participate in numerous stage productions and film projects. Depending on your course, you may also have the opportunity to take part in industry placements or internships. Modules you study could include:

  • Acting Techniques
  • Voice and Speech for Actors
  • Movement and Physical Theater
  • Script Analysis and Interpretation
  • Stagecraft and Theater Production

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