BA (Hons) Acting

BA (Hons) Acting

Institution code: N39
Course UCAS code: W410
Course length: 3 years

All courses starting in September 2021 will run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning and will follow UK government safety advice. We may need to adjust course delivery if advice changes. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.​

BA (Hons) Acting will give you expert training as a performance artist who can represent the human condition through the roles you play.

You are passionate about performance and expressing ideas through your voice, movement, and emotions.

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.

At NUA you not only get professional training as an actor in preparation for work in a variety of traditional platforms, but you are also trained as a creative practitioner in your own right.

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. 

Here you will learn to hone your creative instrument, our aim is to help you explore its potential and access your full physical, vocal and 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 your own work in different styles and formats.

Professional preparation

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 gaining representation. 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.

Audition advice

Why we audition

  • To get to understand your creativity and versatility
  • To get a sense of your character
  • To find out how you can play your part in our community

How we audition

We ask you to send in pre-recorded monologues and a questionnaire. The Academic team will follow up with a Skype session, typically lasting 10 to 15 minutes when there will be an audition and you may be re-directed on the monologues you have sent in.

Choosing monologues

  • We ask that you prepare two monologues, a comic and a more serious one.
  • Unless you have lots of experience working with classical plays, we recommend that you stay with contemporary texts. These can be from plays, films, or radio dramas
  • The texts should allow you to demonstrate that something has changed for the character during the course of the performance
  • Choose monologues that you can relate to. Make sure that you connect to the character and understand every word you are going to perform
  • Each monologue should be between 2 and 4 minutes long.

Performance preparation

  • Read the entire play/script that the monologue comes from and consider what your character’s journey is within the story
  • Know what has just happened before your monologue and consider how what happens after your monologue helps you understand your character
  • If the story takes place in another time or environment, do enough research so that you can imagine yourself there, in those conditions, when you perform.
  • Consider what happens in the monologue. What changes? What is at stake for the character?
  • Know who you are speaking to and where they are. Create their responses so that you stay engaged with them as part of your performance.

Rehearsal tips

  • Create a time and space to work that is apart from the everyday and warm-up your body and voice before you begin
  • Think of your performance as a little play with sections that may include shifts in tone, qualities of energy, pace, moods and sense of urgency
  • Consider how you use your voice and your body and make creative choices in line with your character and the situation
  • Think about what your character is doing between the lines?
  • Test out your monologues in front of people to get used to the changes that happen in you as you are being watched and manage nerves.

Monologue delivery

By video

  • Check the lighting to make sure that we can see yourself as you intend
  • Check the positioning of the camera and practice the scope of your movement in the frame
  • Take a moment before starting to get into character and create the atmosphere
  • After the monologue take a short pause before shutting the camera off
  • Remember to consider who you are speaking to and decide where to position them
  • Consider changing the position of the camera so that both monologues do not look the same.

Course Content

  • 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, and film
  • Introduction to text analysis, character work and animal work
  • Contextual study relevant to practical work
  • Year 2
  • Advancing core skills and concepts of acting
  • Working with various acting techniques across contemporary digital contexts
  • Working across disciplines in collaboration with other courses
  • Showreel and industry development
  • Masterclasses in movement, voice, and specialised techniques such as 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 audition 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 or ‘International/EU’, 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 fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). If you’d prefer to speak to NUA directly, please contact

UK 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.

2021/22 Tuition Fees for new entrants

Citizen status




Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)


International (including EU)

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)


Fees will remain the same for each year of your course. 

International students

Find out more about 2021 fees for international students and the scholarships and support available.

Financial support for UK 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 – 2021/22

Tuition fee loans are available for UK 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 £26,575 per year

Maintenance Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

Student Maintenance Loans are available from Student Finance England for UK 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.

Different figures may apply if you are currently based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

How can you find out more?

To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support, visit Student Finance. If you have any questions about fees, please email us:


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). 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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