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Acting (Professional Placement Year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-C,C,C

A Level - grades BBC-CCC including a Grade C in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts preferred.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

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 30 at merit or higher) with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

A minimum score of 27 points with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.

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

DMM

Extended Diploma Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted in a related subject.

T Level

M

Grade Merit is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subject

Acting

**BA (Hons) Acting trains you to become a versatile, creative and employable performer, with skills spanning stage, screen, television and radio.**

- Develop your expertise in classical and contemporary actor training in live and recorded media.

- Work with industry professionals to develop valuable relationships and key networking skills.

- Gain extensive technical skills (voice, movement, singing, comedy, acting for camera) to give you the edge in your chosen career.

This highly diverse professional training course provides you with the key practical and academic skills required to be at the forefront of emerging opportunities in the performing arts industry.

As a student on the BA Acting course, you’ll be part of the prestigious Bath School of Music and Performing Arts - a flourishing creative hub of ideas and collaborative practice. You’ll benefit from innovative collaborations with other courses in the school, including Theatre and Digital Production, Film and Music students.

Our goal is for you to not only seek work, but also to create it. Bath Spa Acting graduates work in acting, performing arts, regional and commercial theatres, television productions and feature films. Others are also running national and international theatre companies, heading up national arts programmes, working as producers and creatives, or have gone on to further, specialised study on one of our postgraduate courses.

**More about the Professional Placement Year**
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where you undertake a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between your second and final years of undergraduate study. You can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) yourself, with support from the Careers team.

Modules

Year one introduces you to the key practitioners and processes that underpin actor training. Technical classes will develop professional-level movement, vocal and comedic skills that will enable you to work effectively both as an individual and as a member of an ensemble.

Year two develops the interpretation, analysis and performance of text. Equally, as an actor/creator, you’ll develop an understanding and application of a range of theatrical approaches to make meaningful and imaginative work of your own.

Year three is your apprentice year. You become a member of OnSet productions, a professional company that produces work across a range of live and recorded media. Skills classes prepare you for entry into industry; you’ll develop a professional profile involving digital and personal presentation skills, headshot, CV, audition technique, casting breakdowns and self-taping.

For more information please refer to our website.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
for the whole course
EU
£9,250
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£9,250
for the whole course
Scotland
£9,250
for the whole course
Wales
£9,250
for the whole course

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

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?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
med
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.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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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