BA validated by the University of East Anglia | Diploma validated by Trinity College London
BA and Diploma accredited by Drama UK
An engaging and thorough training in the craft of acting that prepares students for work in contemporary theatre and its associated industries. Study is carried out through direct engagement in practical work. No one learned to be a good actor just by reading a book: experiment, practice and performance are the key.
The focus of the first two years is on practical exploration of the many skills required of an actor. Students work in small groups exploring the full potential of their natural abilities and expanding their range of physical, imaginative, intellectual and performance skills.
Training includes regular classes in:
Acting | Acting for Camera | Actor and Text | Animal Movement | Clown Work | Dance | Improvisation | Movement | Radio Technique | Sight Reading | Singing | Stage Combat | Verse Speaking | Voice
In the second year students work on a number of performance projects including contemporary writing, Shakespeare, European and American drama which are presented to colleagues. Students also have the opportunity to devise and create original work for the theatre.
Students receive feedback on their work throughout the course, with performance strengths and weaknesses examined and advice offered on areas of future development.
Public performance is the focus of the third year and students present a range of productions and a professional showcase to agents, casting directors and other industry figures as well as the general public. Roles are cast to highlight individual talents with students given a range of different-sized roles over the year.
Opportunities to engage in film work and a musical are included in the final year’s repertoire to prepare students for a diverse performance career. Third year students also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison team to hone their CVs, create a showreel and prepare for agents’ interviews and auditions.
Qualification assessment is based on the final year’s performances. Students are also marked on a working notebook in which they reflect on and examine their practice.
Students who receive a Dance and Drama Award, funded by the Education Funding Agency, will follow and be awarded the Trinity College London Diploma in Professional Acting in addition to completing the BA (Hons) in Performance.