Term Dates 2020/2021

Induction Week
14th Sep – 18th Sep
Autumn Term
21st Sep – 4th Dec
Spring Term
11th Jan – 26th Mar
Summer Term
26th Apr – 16th Jul

These are the 1st year of the Three Year Acting Course dates. Other course dates may slightly vary so please check the course pages.

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BA Hons Acting: ALRA alumnae (acting BA) performing on stage in a production for the Three Year Professional Acting Degree
Course Leader: Aly Spiro and Jayne Courtney
Course Location: Wandsworth (London), Wigan (Greater Manchester)
Study Level: Undergraduate
Study Mode: Full Time
Course Length: 3 Years
Application: £35 (Norh) £45 (South)
Awarding Body
St Mary’s University, London
Validated from 2017 to 2022

The BA (Hons) Acting programme of study is suitable for those determined to become professional actors working in today’s Theatre, Screen and Audio industries. Combining practical actor training with theoretical study and research methodologies, this vocational course aims to equip you to operate effectively in a highly competitive artistic industry.

In year 3 you will attend a mock audition panel with leading agents and casting directors and work with an influential director on your Showcase. You will have industry lectures on topics ranging from keeping accounts to finding an agent and casting information.

  • Module Map

    You can find details of all our professional acting courses in our prospectus – available for download here.

    This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

    Each module is worth a specified number of credits and you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

    Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue which is available to students once they are enrolled and in module guides which are also available to current students both digitally and in print.

    All modules are compulsory and worth 20 credits with the exception of the final year thesis element. This is entirely practical and includes a digital reflective component which combined are worth 40 credits.

    Level 4

    (this level must be passed to access level 5 but the marks are not weighted toward the overall degree grading)

    Rehearsal 1 & Rehearsal 2

    These modules introduce students to the process of rehearsal encouraging the development of basic characterisation skills and developing working relationships with directors and the ensemble.

    Acting 1

    This module looks at various approaches to the acting process on screen and stage establishing skills in mask, improvisation and play.

    Actor Voice 1

    The process of freeing the natural voice and engaging the mind and body into fundamental actor voice skills is considered through experiential skills classes.

    Actor Movement 1

    The process of relaxing and energizing the actor’s physical being is explored through the study of the animal and other related movement systems.

    Contextual Studies 1

    Fundamental skills in analysis, reflection and knowledge of the acting industry are explored throughout this module.

    Level 5

    (This contributes to 30% of the degree module unless the overall average of level 6 is considerably higher).

    Rehearsal 1 & Rehearsal 2

    These modules extend students ability to apply rehearsal skills to complex texts encouraging the development of detailed characterisation skills.

    Acting 2

    This module looks at various approaches to the acting process on screen and stage establishing advanced skills in audition with a focus on actor wellbeing.

    Actor Voice 2

    The process of exploring the fundamental skill of vocal production in connection to complex text is developed throughout this module.

    Actor Movement 2

    Detailed physical characterisation is explored encouraging an autonomous physical process that is linked to the preparation for vocal delivery.

    Contextual Studies 2

    The business of acting is developed as a complex synthesis of the artistic and commercial practices of the industry. Establishing a clear practice in both areas is encouraged throughout the module.

    Level 6

    Performance 1: Live

    Performances in three public productions will be undertaken in different genres of theatrical style.

    Performance 2: Recorded

    A detailed scene for camera directed by a professional film maker will be rehearsed and recorded.

    Performance 3: Professional Practice 1

    A public performance of industry facing showcases, audition panels and industry professional related seminars will be explored.

    Performance 4: professional Practice 2

    The use of self-tape will be explored and practiced, voice reels will be created and advanced seminars in the business of acting will be undertaken.

    Contextual Studies 3

    This involves the development of a personal research project focusing on a play, radio play or film script. An accompanying reflective vlog, blog or podcast will be used to support the creation of this piece.

    Teaching and Learning


    You are taught through a combination of rehearsal, experiential workshop and lectures/seminars enabling you to discuss and develop your understanding of acting in groups of around 14-17 students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard facilities and access a world class training curriculum throughout your course.

    At level 4 and 5 you have around 34 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

    • 2 hours of lectures
    • 11 hours of rehearsal
    • 21 hours of experiential lessons
    • 30 mins of tutorials

    Independent Learning

    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.

    Your independent learning is supported by access to printed texts, DramaOnline, Digital Theatre Plus and the Royal Court’s writing catalogue ALRA also subscribes to the Theatre, Dance and Performance journal.

    There are regularly organised trips to nationally celebrated libraries.

    At level 6 you engage in 5 day rehearsal processes for live performance and shorter days of calls for film recording. This will require self-discipline and organisation as you build your professional ethos ready for entry to the professional world.

    Overall Workload

    Level 4:
    • 90 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 1000 hours
    • Independent learning: 200 hours
    Level 5:
    • 90 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 1000 hours
    • Independent learning: 200 hours
    Level 6:
    • 65 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 600 hours
    • Independent learning: 600 hours
  • Selection is made by audition. Find out more here

    In addition you must be:

        • 18 years old at the start of the course, although we positively welcome older students
        • Have 96 UCAS tariff points (NB – exceptional ability and/or considerable life/work experience can be taken into consideration. If you do not hold 96 points we will expect you to take an intensive preliminary course and follow the Non-Academic Admissions route)
        • If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this We need a level 6.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System).
  • Fees for 2020 EntryTermAnnualDepositTOTAL
    BA (Hons) Acting North £3,367 £10,100 £400 £10,500
    BA (Hons) Acting South £4,500 £13,500 £400 £13,900

    Funding Information for the BA (Hons) Acting and all ALRA courses can be found in Fees & Funding.

    Terms DatesAutumn Term 2019Spring Term 2020Summer Term 2020
    From 23rd September 13rd January 27th April
    To 06th December 27th March 17th July
  • The audition day will help assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development. We offer you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options. We also offer you opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the day.

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