An industry-led acting course focusing on the skills you'll need to work in film and television.
A rigorous conservatoire-style course, 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, Bristol.
Part of boomsatsuma's brand new Bristol School of Acting...
Acting for SCreen BA (Hons)
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 training with a minimum of 25 hours a week of teaching by industry professionals, limited to 25 students in a year group.
The course is delivered in association with the Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, giving you access to the region’s most prestigious TV studios. In this professional environment and at our central Bristol rehearsal studios you will build real life experiences and develop your own industry 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.
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The BA (Hons) Acting for Screen modules include 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 TV and film directors as part of the course and leave with a comprehensive showreel, screened to agents and casting directors. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow boomsatsuma students on our Filmmaking BA (Hons) course.
The course 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 ideally 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 Voice and Body 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 continued development of deep character work, applying the "moment-to-moment" work to characters outside of the student's own experience, using the techniques of Sandford Meisner. Voice and Body 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 actors 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.
The year ends as you are cast in a professionally directed short film, to experience the professional process from casting to screening.
The final year of study 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.