BA (Hons) Acting
Institution code: N39Course UCAS code: W410Course length: 3 or 4 year options
Our BA (Hons) Acting course, new for 2020, will present a new opportunity to develop as a performing artist and work towards a successful career in film, television or radio.
You are passionate about performance and expressing ideas through your voice, movement, and emotions.
BA (Hons) Acting will give you expert training as a performance artist who can represent the human condition through the roles you play.
You will develop as a practitioner who can work across a range of artistic disciplines: from stage to sound and camera work to emerging performance practices in digital media.
Personal toolkit of skills
Your personal toolkit of skills will grow as you explore different acting methods — from traditional to contemporary techniques; through intensive training in voice and movement, character work and text analysis.
Your body is your creative instrument and our aim is to help you explore its potential and access your full emotional range.
Explore live and recorded performance
As you explore performance you will be encouraged to experiment with different live and recorded settings and gain skills in sound and camera work.
We will encourage you to look beyond how to act to explore what acting does — its role in society and the new possibilities for the craft across different media, genres, and forms.
You will develop as a reflective practitioner and performer capable of creating their own work in different styles and formats.
Professional development is an important feature of all courses at NUA and is taught throughout your studies.
By your final year, your professional preparation will be tailored to the career trajectory of your choice. This will range from headshots, CV writing, showreels and audition/interview skills, to website development, grant-writing skills, networking, and placements with professional bodies. By the time you graduate, you will have developed a showreel formatted and targeted to your intended professional environment.
Why Acting at NUA?
As an actor in training at NUA, you will join a vibrant community that spans creative making and design courses like Fine Art, graphics, architecture, and fashion, to screen-based courses in film, animation, visual effects, and games.
Collaboration is encouraged and as you embark on your creative career, you will be well-placed to win work in traditional fields such as the stage, film and TV and emerging performance practices.
- Year 1
- Introduction to core skills and concepts of acting
- Working from self with workshops in voice and movement for acting
- Introduction to skills for scene study, voice overs, dubbing, radio drama, and film acting
- Introduction to text analysis and character work
- Contextual study relevant to practical work
- Year 2
- Advancing core skills and concepts of acting
- Animal work and character
- Working with various acting techniques across contemporary digital contexts
- Application of skills for documentary narration, voice overs, dubbing, radio drama, and film acting
- Showreel development
- Masterclasses in movement, voice, and stage fighting
- Advanced Contextual study relevant to practical work
- Year 3
- Professional Preparation for career and employability
- Masterclasses in acting for various applications
- Industry engagement
- Showreel, headshots and website as appropriate to chosen career path
- Final research project
- Public performance as part of final project
A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject
BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject
Access to Higher Education Diploma
International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 27 points
NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and audition so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.
If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.
If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.
Fees and Funding
The cost of your course is determined by your status as either ‘UK/EU’ or ‘International’, so it’s important to check your fee status. If you’re unsure, the UKCISA website will help you determine whether you’re eligible to pay a UK/EU fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). If you’d prefer to speak to NUA directly, please contact email@example.com
UK/EU students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning you won’t have to pay your fees up front. Further details about tuition fee loans are provided below. International students are not eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan.
2020/21 Tuition Fees For New Entrants
Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)
Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)
Fees will remain the same for each year of your course.
Find out more about 2020 fees for international students and the support available.
Financial support for UK/EU students
Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries that take into account family income. Find out how to apply for funding.
Tuition Fee Loan for Undergraduate study
Tuition fee loans are available for UK and EU students.
- Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
- You don’t have to pay for your course up front yourself
- Only start paying back when you are earning over £25,725 per year
Maintenance Loan for Undergraduate study – 2020/21
Student Maintenance Loans are available for UK and eligible EU students to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.
- A loan of up to £9,203 may be available if you live away from home.
- A loan of up to £7,747 may be available if you live with your parents.
How can you find out more?
Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.
For new entrants whose household income is assessed as £25,000 or less, the university will offer a contribution towards the costs of studying at NUA (such as equipment, materials and other course-related costs). This will be £200 for new entrants to Year 0 and Year 1, rising to £300 in Year 2, followed by £500 in Year 3. Find out more about bursaries at NUA.
NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount
All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.
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