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Acting for Screen

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-C,D,D

A-level – overall grades CCC-CDD accepted.

Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 15 at merit or higher).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

BTEC – Extended Diploma – Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) accepted.

T Level

M

Grade Merit is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

80-96

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Acting

**Taught by Bristol School of Acting**

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.

This acting course will give you the training you'll need to be a working screen actor. It will focus on the distinctiveness of acting for film and television, not as a branch of theatre acting but as a unique discipline in its own right.

Course content includes 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 insight and networking. You'll also appear in professionally-made films as part of the course, and leave with a comprehensive showreel screened to agents and casting directors.

The course accepts around 24 students per year and is delivered in association with The Bottle Yard Studios, giving you access to one of the UK's most prestigious film and TV studios.

Modules

The first year focuses on training the 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 that introduces 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 and developing the individuality, vulnerability, and intimacy that is essential for screen acting.
Year 2 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 and experience the professional process from casting to screening. Year 3 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. Semester 2 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.

Assessment methods

The course will be assessed mainly through practical project work with a written research project and skills profiles.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bristol School of Acting

Department:

School of Music and Performing Arts

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Acting

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

61%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,016
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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
55%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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