ACTING FOR SCREEN.
An industry-led actor training, focusing on the skills you'll need to work in film and television.
A rigorous conservatoire-style programme, with at least 25 hours a week of contact time.
Taught by film and TV professionals, giving you direct access to industry knowledge and networks.
Delivered in association with The Bottle Yard Studios.
This exciting new degree has been co-constructed with the Acting for Film and TV BFA at Pace University, New York and with our patron, actor Charlie Cox. It has been designed to give you exceptional training, dedicated entirely to the discipline of screen acting.
It’s a rigorous, conservatoire-style programme with a minimum of 25 hours a week of teaching by industry professionals, limited to 25 students in a year group.
The course is accredited by Bath Spa University and delivered in association with The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, giving you access to the region’s most prestigious film and TV studios. In this professional environment and at our central Bristol rehearsal studios you will be directly connected to the industry and develop your own professional networks.
Securing a place on the course will be challenging. You will need commitment to sustain an intensive training programme that constantly challenges your dedication to learn your craft and fulfil your passion for acting. Application is by screen test and interview.
The BA (Hons) Acting for Screen modules cover acting techniques, the connection of physicality and voice, the history and development of acting for the camera, character development, acting for camera techniques, motion capture, voice-over, commercial acting, industry preparation and networking.
You will appear in professionally made films with working film and TV directors as part of the course and you'll leave with a comprehensive showreel, having had a screening of your work for invited agents and casting directors. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow boomsatsuma students on the BA (Hons) Filmmaking course.
The programme will give you the in-depth training required to be a professional actor, through two years of acting classes based on the approaches of Uta Hagen and Sandford Meisner. Acting class is closely aligned with a combined voice and movement class, exploring how these instruments work together, to create truthful characters, in whom the physical is finely attuned to the psychological.
You will develop an understanding of the specific technical processes and working practices of acting for camera and experience motion capture and voice-over recording. You'll research the development of acting for the screen and the psychology of the acting process. Through our tutors, who are industry professionals, you will have access to the latest industry knowledge and networks, leaving you well prepared for auditions and castings.
The first year focuses on training your acting instrument. The course introduces you to the fundamental skills and theories of acting for the camera, as you begin to learn and experience the craft of acting and what it entails. Acting class focuses on foundations based on the approach of opening up, as developed by Grotowski and Uta Hagen, both designed to achieve authentic impulses and spontaneous reactions. The goal is to develop the actor's personal instrument and acting technique, in order to create the life of a character in film and television. Aligned with the Acting class are the Instrument modules, which introduce you to voice and movement synthesised as a single instrument that enables you to play and create.
The first year also introduces you to the technical demands of working in front of camera. You’ll learn about the history and development of screen performance and complete the year with a production project, in which you mirror the preparation an actor makes creating and realising a believable character on screen, then developing the individuality, vulnerability, and intimacy that is essential for screen acting.
Year two focuses on the continued development of deep character work, using the techniques of Sandford Meisner. Instrument modules extend your range of expression and Laban becomes the focus of movement work, giving you a systematic way of linking physical activity and vocal expression with mental and emotional states.
You will develop your ability to analyse text for film and TV and take skills classes in dialects and on-screen combat. Understanding the actor's process when preparing for, and working on, screen remains central to the year’s work, as you learn to build the inner life of characters through imaginative choices and improvisation. You’ll also take a module in understanding the psychology of acting. At the end of the year you are cast in a professionally directed short film and experience the process from casting to screening.
Year three prepares you for a career in the industry. You’ll apply the comprehensive acting skills you have learnt to different styles through a screen comedy module and you’ll learn to adapt your craft whilst keeping the integrity of your process. You’ll learn about casting and acquire the knowledge you’ll need about agents, auditions, and the job of building a career as a working actor. You’ll experience casting for commercials, getting head shots and marketing yourself. You’ll also extend your skill-set to motion capture animation and voice over, learning the techniques of working in these mediated forms of production that will support your employability. The final term is largely devoted to the making of two specially commissioned feature films. You will appear in one, and both will be exhibited at industry screenings to agents and casting directors. You graduate with a professionally edited showreel of your production work.
Sherlock The Abominable Bride - filming at The Bottle Yard Studios
Eleanor Tomlinson films Poldark on set at The Bottle Yard Studios
1. To request a first round audition, register your details here.
For the first round you'll be asked to prepare a contemporary monologue of no more than 2 minutes in length. Choose a piece that's appropriate to your age and experience, use your own accent and consider choosing something regionally specific to where you come from.
In the current conditions you'll be asked to self tape your performance of that monologue and we will send you guidance on how to do that.
You'll also be asked to create a presentation to tell us about yourself and you'll receive details about the format of that.
2. At the same time you'll need to register on the UCAS site and make the Acting for Screen course one of your choices. This is the information you will need:
Bath Spa University Institution Code: BASPA B20
Course Application Code: BS07
Campus Code: Y
3. After we have viewed your self tape audition and presentation you may be invited for a recall audition. Depending on the Covid situation at that point, it will either be an online interview or we will invite you to our base in Bristol. You'll be sent a scene to work on in advance and we'll explore your monologue with you.
4. We will notify you of the result of your audition and you'll also receive a notification from UCAS.
5. Though you are officially applying to us as a Bath Spa University partner through UCAS, and much of your official communication will refer to Bath Spa University, your primary point of contact throughout the whole process should be our Performing Arts Administrator, Michelle England.
Continuous assessment, practical skills assessment, written assessment and self-assessment.
£9250 tuition fee per year (subject to annual inflationary increases). For more information, click here.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis, taking into account any skills and experience that may not be reflected in A-Level scores. The most important consideration is for applicants to have the qualities and potential to succeed.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
A-Levels – overall grades CCC-CDD from appropriate A-Levels with a Grade C in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts preferred.
BTEC Extended Diploma – at least Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) accepted in a related subject.
International Baccalaureate – a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.
20 September – 10 December (12 weeks)
10 January – 1 April (12 weeks)
2 May – 8 July (10 weeks)
To make our audition process as inclusive as possible, ALL AUDITIONS ARE FREE.