BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Media

University of W London

Validated by University of West London.

In addition to participating in modules such as, Contemporary Musical Theatre, Classical Acting and Performance for Media, you will work with professional directors, work within fringe theatre and have the opportunity to participate in other shows. Likewise, a research-informed and practical-based dissertation will ensure you leave us with a marketable professional piece of work of your own. The focus of this degree course provides performers with a broad range of skills and disciplines required to work in this industry.  

Introductory information

UCAS Code: WP43

Location of study: Kingston College (Kingston Hall Road and CIC – Creative Industries Centre) 

Awarding body: University of West London  

Course duration: 3 Years Full Time 

Academic year dates: 9 September 2019 until 01 July 2020  

Days of the week: You will be expected to attend for 3 days a week, Including evenings for rehearsals and performances. 

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course leader. 

Course leader: Catherine Trenchfield  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0208 268 3081 

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points (GCE A/VCE) or Level 3 Extended Diploma – Merit, Merit, Pass Profile, plus successful audition and satisfactory reference.

Auditions will comprise a workshop, and performance of a contemporary monologue (2 minutes) and a classic monologue (2 minutes) of your choice.

Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.

Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required.

 

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course through auditioning.

 

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6.  For further information please visit our Credit Transfer page. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page

Students can enter or complete their studies at all levels of the programme. APL entry is possible at Level 5/6. Students with criteria mapped HND’s, HNC’s, and foundation degrees can enter at the appropriate level after a successful outcome at audition/interview.

International Student Entry Requirements

All Kingston College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 in each of the 4 papers.

International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.

Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.

Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.

Audition via Skype or recorded video may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.

Course overview

“Act, Create, Innovate”

  • Laban, Neutral Mask, Commedia & Period Dance
  • Estill Voice Training and Singing
  • Acting for Stage and Screen (Method, Meisner, Chekhov)
  • Puppetry Skills

In addition to participating in modules such as, Contemporary Musical Theatre, Classical Acting and Performance for Media. In the final year of the BA, you will work with professional directors, work within fringe theatre and have the opportunity to participate in other shows. Likewise, a research informed and practical –based dissertation will ensure you leave us with a marketable professional piece of work of your own. The focus of this degree course provides performers with a broad range of skills and disciplines required to work in this industry.  

Module information

Year 1 focuses on developing the skills and knowledge a modern actor needs for work on the stage and in the studio. There is a strong emphasis on Movement and Voice. As well as appearing on stage and screen, you learn the arts of filming and editing.

 

Level 4 Modules taught are as follows:

  • Body in Performance 1 (Level 4 = 10 Credits) You will learn how to assess your own potential and limitations in movement. You will work to develop the abilities to concentrate and relax, gaining also knowledge of basic anatomy to support your understanding of the body’s potential. You will learn how to harness and channel physical and emotional energy. You will also use the neutral mask as a tool to explore the link between mind and body. The concepts of external and internal space will be explored and the capacity to become a critical spectator developed.
  • Body in Performance 2 (Level 4 = 10 Credits) The module builds on the work undertaken in The Body in Performance 1 in the first semester, developing a greater range of skills and applications, including basic stage combat and mask. There are opportunities to synthesise all the acquired and developed skills in individual and group contexts.
  • Creative Collaborative Performance (Level 4 = 20 Credits) This module will introduce a range of contemporary theatre practice, performance art and installation, developing student’s creative abilities to see themselves as artists, theatrical collaborators as well as performers. Throughout the semester students will be introduced to, and explore key practitioners, artists and devising companies, analysing their creative practice and critiquing the work generated.
  • Expressive Voice 1 (Level 4 = 10 Credits) The body and the voice are the two essential tools through which the actor’s creativity and imagination can find expression. Work on both of these is spread through Level 4 of the course. Although these elements clearly will be linked in much of your work on the course, your early training isolates them so that specific skills can be learnt.
  • Expressive Voice 2 (Level 4 = 10 Credits) This will expand on the work completed on Expressive Voice 1, this time exploring and supporting your creativity within the module Creative Collaborative Performance.
  • Investigating Modern Text (Level 4 = 20 Credits) This module will examine how to create a believable, naturalistic character on stage. It will examine the work of Stanislavski and ‘The System’, considering the acting theories of his followers including; Lee Strasberg, Meisner, Michael Chekhov and Uta Hagen. The module will also explore the development of naturalistic plays, starting with the ‘New Wave British Playwrights’ from the 50s, and progressing with seminal yet challenging work from noted British playwrights from the 20th and 21st century.
  • Performers and the Moving Image (Level 4 = 20 Credits) This module which deals with how actors appear on the big screen, the small screen – and, increasingly in front of the blue screen. It introduces you to aspects of Film, Television and Digital Computer Performance through a consideration of the issues of genre, narrative/story-telling and what the elements of great screen-acting are – and aren’t.
  • Stagecraft (Level 4 = 20 Credits) This module which deals with the stagecraft of how actors work. It introduces you to aspects of performance in various forms through time constrained practical projects and an analytical evaluation.  You will gain a sound understanding about the techniques and procedural elements of performance as an actor.

Course overview continued

Level 5 Modules taught are as follows:

  • Contemporary Musical Theatre (Level 5 = 20 Credits) Musical Theatre is a specific genre of performance, which has evolved during the 20th century and established itself as a popular form in a variety of cultures. By investigating particular examples in depth, we will explore the basic principles of the genre and develop the necessary skills in rehearsal and performance to enable you to become a performer with insight into how musical theatre works. We hope you enjoy it and find it stimulating!
  • Creative Physicality (Level 5 = 20 Credits) When studying to become an actor, you will embark on a range of training including both voice and movement; these skill sets are fundamental in becoming an intuitive and responsive performer. Creative physicality is aimed at giving the actor the necessary tools to embody a wide range of characters with confidence and truth.
  • Creative Voice (Level 5 = 20 Credits) Creative Voice extends and supplements the groundwork of learning provided by 'Voice 1' and 'Voice 2' in the first year of study. These previous modules have served to cultivate a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the voice in practice, and in using interventions within practical work to achieve greater efficiency.
  • Media Performance 1 (Level 5 = 20 Credits) This module which deals with how actors work and present on radio and television. It introduces you to aspects of television through a consideration of the issues of genre and codes of professional practice and of performance in various media through time-constrained practical projects with a series of analytical evaluations.  You will gain a sound understanding about the technical and procedural elements of media performance.
  • Screen Acting (Level 5 = 20 Credits) Through weekly lectures and seminars, supported by workshops, the module will provide a broad awareness of film acting, while allowing individuals to develop their own style or technique. Self-reflection through screenings and analysis will help students to set themselves personal targets. The assignments will reflect the value of performing and professionalism.
  • Workshop Production (Level 5 = 20 Credits) This module should provide you with the opportunity to develop as an actor. Production is always the acid test of an actor’s preparation work. This production should enable you to create a role (or roles), as well as giving you the chance to participate in a workshop production to professional standards.

Course overviewcontinued

Level 6 Modules taught are as follows:

 

  • Investigating Text (Classical) (Level 6 = 20 Credits) The first section of the module deals with the preparation necessary for the performance of a Shakespearean text. Students research allocated plays, and attend seminars and workshops equipping them with the necessary skills. Extracts from these plays are rehearsed, performed and discussed. Students are then introduced to Restoration texts and trained in the appropriate techniques and skills involved in delivering these successfully in a modern context. Finally, students undertake research and performance work on more modern texts broadly in the ‘comedy of manners’ tradition. The work culminates in an extended essay.
  • Final Major Production (Level 6 = 20 Credits) This should be an exciting module, as it is the culmination of all your work as an actor on the course. Your final production should enable you to create a role, as well as participating in a full-scale production to professional standards.
  • Fringe and Community Performance (Level 6 = 20 Credits) In this module we look at an area of the performing arts that many of you may find your first job in (a number of recent graduates from the course have found their first jobs in Fringe and Community Theatre). The aim and focus of the module is to provide a practical performance platform where devised public performance can occur.
  • Innovative Project (Level 6 = 20 Credits) This module enables students to pursue and develop a particular interest in the field of performance for stage or media. Projects may be individual or small-group: where they are the latter, the individual contribution must be clear in both written and performance elements.
  • Media Performance 2 (Level 6 = 20 Credits) Through weekly workshops, carefully selected readings, seminar discussions and related activities, the module allows you to further develop your performance and production skills for radio, television and film and to consider your place within its professional world. It underlines relevant and significant concepts from the disciplines of performance and production in media.
  • Professional Practice (Level 6 = 20 Credits) This module will support your transition into the creative industries, enabling you to assess your own position and career trajectory, and to present yourself effectively both on paper and in person at interviews and auditions. You will consider the wider creative industries and explore your specialism within this through reflective practice and in your course work.

 

Teaching and learning

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to labs and library facilities throughout your course.

 

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

 

Assessment

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;

All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on e.g. practical write ups.

 

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

 

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: £7250
  • Overseas/International students: £9500

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Use of facilities/rooms for rehearsal space
  • Use of editing/media facilities

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
  • Theatre trips and excursions (information will be given at the start of the academic year)

 

Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.

 

Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.

 

Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

Past students have progressed into the Performance industry and some have successfully secured agents. Our alumni can be found treading the boards at venues such as the National Theatre, Sheffield Crucible Studio, The Etcetera, The Landor and The Jermyn Street Theatre.  Our past students have also produced work for national festivals including Edinburgh, Camden, Brighton and Kingston.

Career options include:

  • Actors (Stage, Film & TV)
  • Directors/Producers
  • Casting Industry
  • Festival Administrators
  • Theatre in Education Practictioners
  • Drama Teacher/Therapists
  • Recent graduates include:
  • Sophie Wardlow – TV Actor (Call the Midwife)
  • Parry Glasspool - Hollyoaks
  • Nigel Allen & Alex Sycamore – Warhorse (West End and Tour)
  • Chloe Penycate – Panto national tour
  • Paul Ferguson – 5* awarded playwright at Edinburgh
  • Paul Comerford – Production Manager UWL
  • Howard Charles - Three Musketeers

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