Acting BA (Hons) | 2019/20 | CU Scarborough
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Acting BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

W410 - Degree
W141 - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

To be confirmed

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

01723 336700


Overview

The BA (Hons) Acting degree, in partnership with the world-famous Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, aims to produce proactive professional actors.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) is a professional producing theatre, was Britain’s first theatre in the round, and has premiered over 80 of the plays of acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

In this unique partnership, CU Scarborough students will work with SJT professionals at points throughout the programme - including mentoring, observation of professional rehearsals, and participation onstage in a professionally-directed piece for theatre.

Students completing the course will leave with a full suite of skills, experiences and contacts that will allow them to be fully industry-ready.

Why CU Scarborough

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed.

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Partnerships

This course is delivered in partnership with the following bodies.

Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre offers a unique, intimate experience in their renowned theatre-in-the-round as well as the more traditional end-on McCarthy theatre and cinema. Home to first-class drama, music, films, comedy and live streaming, the SJT are known for their commitment to new writing, including Alan Ayckbourn’s 80+ world premieres. In this unique partnership, students will work with SJT professionals at points throughout the programme - including mentoring, observation of professional rehearsals, and participation onstage in a professionally-directed piece for theatre.

Course Information

The course is dedicated to making acting an accessible and rewarding occupation for all, regardless of background.

Over the three years, students will acquire a secure grounding in the skills needed to replicate human behaviour at a realistic level, insight into research-informed performance versatility, and a familiarity with recorded media.

They will graduate with a comprehensive portfolio of experiences and knowledge, enabling them to be ‘industry-ready’ at a high level.

Modules

Overview

Within the first year, students learn in turn to move, speak, plan and then perform. At this stage the course aims to give a practical grounding in physical movement and in the use of an actor’s voice, both drawing upon the work of influential practitioner Rudolf Laban. Students will gain a foundational understanding of their personal methods and styles of communication, helping to locate them as an expressive human.

Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Acting.

Modules

  • Moving

  • Voice, Speech and Silence

  • Preparing to Act

  • Live Learned Performance

Overview

In the second year, the course broadens to include training as a facilitator working in a range of settings, and also expands to include acting for recorded media. Performance project work covers different venues and students will encounter a variety of audiences. At this stage students will develop more sophisticated story telling skills and will draw on their deepening awareness of the communication skills of themselves and others to become more versatile as a performer. The second year will culminate in a performance at the SJT.

Students who complete year two are awarded a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Acting.

Modules

  • Shapeshifting Acting

  • Acting for Recorded Media

  • The Actor as Facilitator

  • The Actor at Work

Overview

In the final stage, students will explore contemporary contexts of performance, creating work for public presentation and working on a project as a producing theatre company, creating a public performance to test their ability to manage their own learning. Students will create online professional profiles and explore issues related to self-employment. The course will culminate in a London and regional graduation showcase for invited industry professionals. Students will be able to synthesise theoretical aspects of acting with practical work. This will ensure students graduate with a command of skills at a professional level whilst recognising the need to continue their development as an actor throughout their career.

Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting.

Modules

  • The Actor-Producer

  • Acting in Emerging Contexts

  • The Professional Stage

  • The Freelance Professional

13th

Coventry University is ranked 13th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which is ranked 13th best University in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Coventry University were also awarded Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our Careers & Employability department.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

The BA (Hons) Acting course will offer development of acting skills in parallel with the skills in entrepreneurship required of a self-sufficient professional actor. It aims to produce professionals who have the necessary qualities and skills for employment in the acting industry in its widest sense. Students of the course will be:

  • Able to create effective performances in a range of live and recorded media
  • Confident self-promoters in terms of understanding their own talents and capabilities and communicating these to others both in and outside of audition situations 
  • Flexible in adapting their skills to a range of associated industries e.g. drama facilitation with young people, creating and leading workshops for corporate industry
  • Prepared industry practitioners who have an understanding of how to create, market and produce their own work.  Experienced in the workings of a professional working theatre, with informed knowledge of the producing theatre sector
  • Adept independent business people who understand the many ways they can create and be employed in the acting industry and related fields of work
  • Given the opportunity to develop links with universities in other countries.

The course will be delivered in conjunction with Britain’s prestigious Stephen Joseph Theatre. This collaboration will facilitate high-level networking with industry professionals, and will ensure that the students’ learning and experience is embedded within the context of the real professional theatre industry. The final module of each stage includes a major live performance opportunity. 

This course is available as a full-time three year course. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication, study skills, research methods, self-promotion, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

Our teaching methods are varied with a number of teaching styles to suit different students, so in addition to lectures, we also teach via online mediums, workshops and group work.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, tutorial tasks and assessments, which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • Coursework 80%
  • Presentations 10%
  • Exams 10%

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand your personal methods and styles of communication, and apply them to the process of acting.
  • Effectively market yourself as a professional in a versatile range of contexts including commercial live theatre, recorded media, and educational and community settings. 
  • Understand research-informed performance versatility, and a familiarity with recorded media. 
  • Apply a comprehensive portfolio of experiences and knowledge, enabling you to be industry-ready at a high level.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 1:30pm-5:30pm

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Contact time with staff is high and group sizes are kept small. We don’t teach in huge lecture theatres filled with hundreds of students.

Entry Requirements

Acting Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

Acting BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Acting Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

Acting BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Acting Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

Acting BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Scarborough. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Scarborough. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Scarborough.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Scarborough their firm choice.

CU Scarborough has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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Fees & Funding

The fees that you pay with us are lower than those at many other comparable institutions. We price our courses competitively to ensure higher education is accessible for everyone, regardless of your background. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services. 

Each academic year we review our fee structure, to ensure we're offering value for money to all our students. the 2019/20 fees are currently under review and will be available in Autumn 2018. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years. 

Funding

As a full-time or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough from Student Finance England.

Career prospects

The collaboration with the SJT ensures that employability is embedded from the outset and exposure to creatives and industry professionals will facilitate high-level networking, enhancing professional opportunities and prospects following completion of the degree.

The course provides skills training in the art of acting and the business of acting, in a versatile range of contexts including commercial live theatre, recorded media, and educational and community settings. From a business perspective students will be introduced to business concepts including marketing, budgeting and entrepreneurship, in order to ensure that graduates are able to market themselves as professionals.

Disclaimer

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.