Acting - BA Hons Degree (Subject to Validation)
Course Code: VP1HE50
UCAS Code: W411
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The BA (Hons) Acting degree is a course intended to prepare you for lifelong careers in the performance industry. This includes providing you with a forum to develop practical skills, knowledge, confidence and experience. The Creative Arts are a major part of Britain’s identity and Blackpool has been at the heart of entertainment for many decades: the town is synonymous with traditional performance formats as well as innovative, exciting and…perhaps….eccentric creative work. We think this is a perfect environment for you to develop your creative voice while also learning the key craft skills needed to be an actor.
The degree is designed to look both backwards and forwards: backwards by drawing on a culture that is steeped in great writers and traditions and enriches communities and countries. Not only this, but emphases on long-standing performance crafts and approaches that have been the foundation for actor training – evolving where appropriate – for a long time. Forwards by embracing the ever changing aspect of performance, especially in an increasingly online and digitised culture in which the definition of what performance means and what a performer can do is being challenged year by year.
A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:
- CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline
- MMM from Extended Diploma or DD from Diploma in an appropriate discipline such as Acting, Performing Arts
- Merit from UAL Art and Design Extended Diploma in an appropriate discipline such as Acting, Performing Arts
- Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
- Attendance at workshop or forwarding of electronic portfolio
- Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component
Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Modern Performance Techniques 1890 Onwards||VP4MD039||20||Mandatory|
|Physical Theatre Clowning Acting||VP4MD040||20||Mandatory|
|Vocal Skills in Theatre Practice||VP4MD041||20||Mandatory|
|Improvisation and Play||VP4MD045||20||Optional (most common)|
|Engaging the Archive||VP4MD047||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Commercial Stage Performance||VP5MD035||20||Mandatory|
|Shakespeare in Action||VP5MD036||20||Mandatory|
|Communication Media Acting for Camera||VP5MD038||20||Mandatory|
|Advanced Singing Technique||VP5MD039||20||Optional (most common)|
|Ensemble Performance Collaboration||VP5MD040||20||Optional|
|Performance Comedy||VP5MD041||20||Optional (most common)|
|Stage History Jacobean Restoration||VP5MD042||20||Optional|
Level 6 Modules
|Professional Performance Realisation||VP6MD038||40||Mandatory|
|Engaging with the Industry||VP6MD041||20||Optional (most common)|
|Advanced Media Techniques||VP6MD042||20||Optional (most common)|
|Avant Garde and Experimental Theatre||VP6MD043||20||Optional|
|Group Innovations Artistic Development||VP6MD044||20||Optional (most common)|
|Singing for Industry||VP6MD045||20||Optional|
|Independent Research Project||VP6MD047||20||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.