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Acting BA (Hons)

Falmouth University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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Falmouth University

Program description

Acting BA (Hons)

Throughout this innovative acting degree, you'll learn the skills needed to succeed as a 21st Century performer in a fast-moving industry. Supporting you will be practicing staff, who'll nurture your individual talents, encourage self-reflection and guide the creation of your own work.

You will:

  • Access cutting-edge green screen and motion capture facilities
  • Collaborate with students specialising in film, television and games, gaining industry-relevant training
  • Showcase your work at the AMATA Festival at the end of your third year
  • Benefit from AMATA's year-round performance programme, which attracts world-class artists and performers, such as Anne McNulty, Gecko Theatre, Matthew Dunster, Michael Grandage Company, Prodigal Theatre and WildWorks
  • Enhance your employability as we prepare you for a professional career in the acting industry

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.

As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year one

During your first year, you'll study physical, vocal and textual techniques, develop character creation skills and storytelling, and learn acting and performance theories and practices. In this way, you'll prepare for studio-based and context-based acting rehearsals and technical instruction.


  • The Actor's Instrument
  • Performance, Culture & Contexts
  • Acting & Story
  • The Expressive Actor
  • Contemporary Performance Practices & Concepts
  • Acting & Character

Year two

You'll improve your physical and vocal skills with practical acting training, and grow your conceptual and critical skills in research and performance theories. As well as working on a group production, you'll have the chance to learn skills for media, such as digital, radio and voiceover. Following this, you'll use film and television scripts to pursue advanced acting for camera techniques.


  • Performing in Recorded Media
  • Acting & Contemporary Performance
  • The Integrated Actor
  • Acting & Classical Performance
  • Screen Acting Skills
  • Acting and the Audience: Production 1

Year three

Tackling a full-scale screen-acting project, you'll produce high-production-value material for your showreel. You'll turn research and core techniques into a solo performance project, and put on a full-scale public performance to be shown at the Academy of Music & Theatre Arts (AMATA) festival.

Using your knowledge of both practice and theory, you'll produce an essay about your acting and performance interests. You'll also grow your industry knowledge through masterclasses, guest speakers and practitioners.


  • Screen Acting Project
  • Show in a Bag: Solo Performance Project
  • The Thinking Practitioner: Student-Led Research
  • Professional Preparation
  • Acting and the Audience: Production 2

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2021-22

  • Full-time UK - £9,250 per year
  • Full-time EU - £16,950 per year
  • Full-time international - £16,950 per year

Tuition fees 2022-23

  • Full-time UK - £9,250 per year

  • Full-time EU - £17,460 per year
  • Full-time international - £17,460 per year


What you’ll learn

Focusing on practical skills, you'll learn from working industry professionals while studying voice and speech, textual analysis, physical expression and behaviour, and imaginative and real interactions with space, set and design. You'll also study collaborative and ensemble approaches to creative acting and performing.

Continuing studies

Further study:

This course will also provide preparation for you to engage in further study at Masters level or to pursue further professional training if desired. Previous graduates have used their skills to diversify into such fields as business, psychology, drama therapy, corporate role-play, producing and agencies. Graduates are also well prepared to undertake a PGCE if a teaching career is desired.

Career opportunities

What our graduates do

Our graduates have gone on to work in film, digital media, national theatre companies, advertising, radio, and performance companies of all sizes.

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About this institute

Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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