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De Montfort University

Acting (Creative Performance Practice) - 2 Year Accelerated Degree

UCAS Code: W413

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE in English grade C/4 or above

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

This will be from at least one full Level 3 A level or BTEC. AS Levels are only counted towards your UCAS tariff in combination with a Full Level 3 qualification. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate ability to study this subject at university level and can evidence relevant experience.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time (intensive) | 2020

Subject

Acting

The course provides an intensive conservatoire-style acting training with a bias towards actors wishing to develop their skills in entrepreneurial, dramaturgical, and broader production expertise. The course will develop your entrepreneurial skills as a theatre maker. The intense nature of the programme, content and learning means the retention of skills (physical, vocal and imagination) will be enhanced.
The programme consists of 16 modules studied intensively over two years which focus on five core strands of performance and performance making; character, rehearsal, body and voice, making work and skills. It is through these modules that individuals will engage with a broad range of concepts, principles, practitioners, techniques and technologies which will inform the essential creative, critical and artistic skills for Acting and Creative Performance Practice.
The programme will provide a curriculum of classes in film, TV and stage acting in a range of styles. There will be a focus on the integration of voice and movement as the core aspect of the training. Drawing on a range of holistic practitioners the imaginative acting work centres on the student’s connection to their psycho-physical and psycho-vocal experience. Dance is explored technically and expressively within the curriculum alongside enrichment skills in stage combat.
The blending of entrepreneurial studies and skills-based modules would be appropriate for applicants who would like to maintain an overall interest in performance but want to explore a wider creative practice than purely acting as a single subject experience.
This innovative course, in terms of design and delivery, represents collaborative practice between three very different institutions – an acting conservatoire, a university renowned for excellent partnership work and an FE College recognised for excellence in the delivery of undergraduate programmes through the award of TEF Gold in 2017. The course will draw on this rich collaboration, and foster new forms of knowledge and practice and encourage innovative delivery, learning and teaching strategies.
This accelerated degree course is delivered by Leicester College faculty members at The Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester. The course is validated and awarded by DMU. The BA (Hons) Acting (Creative Performance Practice) has been designed collaboratively between Leicester College and The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, who support and endorse the programme.

The course will provide:
• A curriculum of classes in film, TV and stage acting in a range of genres
• Supporting classes in voice, movement, dance and stage combat
• An insight into the professional requirements of working actors
• Preparation for further study, professional work and audition technique
• A showreel for each graduate
• A fully equipped professional performance space at The Sue Townsend Theatre where the course is delivered
• Academic support and resources of TEF Gold standard
• Provision of student accommodation, membership of the student union, access to libraries and other resources including enrichment classes.

Modules

First Year: Practical Voices • Rehearsal Methods • Acting 1 • Dance for the Actor • Creative Practice 1 • Physicality in Theatre 1 • Body and Voice • Rehearsal Practice • Acting 2 • Creative Practice 2

Second Year: Dance for Actors 2 • Production 1 - Directed Performance • Production 2 - Devised Performance • Creative Practice 3 • Audition Skills

Assessment methods

The programme teaching and learning strategies aim to: • Deliver a curriculum that reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding of modern theatre-making practices • Guide students through a student-centred approach • Respond to the changing theatre and performance industry and developments in theories and practices for stage, screen, body and voice. The course will be taught through a combination of rehearsals, experiential workshop and lectures/seminars. Technique and skills based learning will be achieved through intensive studio based activity with opportunities to engage in practical research, discussion and debate and reflection on creative and critical practice. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with personal tutors to support your learning, discuss progress and reflect on developing independent projects. Attendance and engagement with live theatre performance, installation, master classes, screenings and local exhibitions are an essential part of the learning experience and will inform the development of your on-going professional practice. You will experience work in and around practical and performance related contexts (both recorded and live) undertaking roles for performance, stage production and camera including research, rehearsal, production and performance. Progressing through the levels of the programme you will engage with tutor/director led learning moving towards increased autonomy in developing creative and critical self-directed projects at level 6. At all levels there will be around 32 contact hours per week, typically consisting of: • 2 hours of lectures/seminar • 9.5 hours of rehearsal • 20 hours of experiential workshop • 30 mins of tutorial When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be learning lines, researching character or reflecting on the different modules learning content through blogging or vlogging.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester College

Department:

Arts, Design and Humanities

TEF rating:
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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.

81%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

97%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£16,640
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Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Acting

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

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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