BA (Hons)


Actor training, re-imagined.

  • Not just training but a working acting company.

  • Resident at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol.

  • A partnership with the prestigious Shchukin Institute, Moscow.

The way theatre works as an industry and who it speaks to and for is changing and actor training programmes need to reflect this. No longer can actors be trained to be a blank canvas to create another’s reality, rather they must be creative artists who bring themselves, their experience, their culture and their perspective to their work. That’s how we will achieve genuine diversity and change. Students joining the course will be part of that change.

The concept is that students work in an ensemble – a training company – and have an input into how that company is run. In the first year you explore acting skills with an emphasis on practice that encourages the development of the actor as creative artist; Michael Chekov, Vakhtangov, Laban and Meyerhold. We also have an international partnership with the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow, which was the Moscow Art Theatre’s Third Studio and you will, international circumstances permitting, be able to study a module in Russia, working with tutors there at one of the world’s most famous centres of actor training.

The second year is all about productions, including a TV production and a London agent’s showcase and it is in this year that the course really benefits from its partnership with the Tobacco Factory Theatres. The course will be a resident acting company in training at the theatre; the first of its kind in the country.


We’re delighted to be embarking on this uniquely symbiotic relationship between a professional theatre and a drama school. The partnership will enrich and empower the training experience for students - who will collaborate with renowned artists in our spaces - and embolden our theatre’s mission to provide impactful, innovative and inclusive pathways into the industry.




You’ll be taught by some of the most experienced tutors working in the industry- Acclaimed theatre director, Nancy Medina, one of the country’s rising stars and the 2018 recipient of the prestigious RTST Sir Peter Hall Award , is co-artistic director of the Bristol School of Acting; Stuart Wood, with nearly 40 year experience as a director and teacher of acting in the UK’s leading drama schools, is the other.


BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen is an intensive, accelerated degree taught over two years, with 43 weeks of teaching per year. You receive the same amount of contact hours as you would on a three-year course, but save around £5,000 in tuition fees and a year’s living costs. It is limited to 30 students, working groups of 15, with at least 25 hrs per week of direct teaching time.

The course will be opening for applications in November.

Register for an audition here.

To make our audition process as inclusive as possible, ALL AUDITIONS ARE FREE.



Trimester 1

6 September – 9 December (14 weeks)


Trimester 2

3 January – 8  April (14 weeks)


Trimester 3

2 May – 29 July (13 weeks)


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