BA (Hons) Acting
  • BA (Hons) Acting

    Institution code: N39
    Course UCAS code: W410
    Course length: 3 years
    Work-based learning opportunities: Creative Professional Development Year (Level 5 diploma) available between years 2 & 3

    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 will invite you to attend one of our in-person auditions which are taking place on:

    • Saturday 5 February 2022
    • Saturday 19 February 2022
    • Saturday 19 March 2022
    • Saturday 30 April 2022

    You will take part in a group warm up activity, followed by an individual audition with our Course Team where you will need to perform two monologues.

    If you are an international applicant or unable to attend the audition dates, we will be able to arrange an online audition for you. You will need to send in pre-recorded monologues and a questionnaire.

    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.

    All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.

    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.

    2022/23 University fees for new entrants

    NUA will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

    Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning that they won’t have to pay NUA’s tuition fees up front.

    Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

    Fee status Course Fee
    Home Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
    Overseas Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £17,500

    In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2022/23, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X.

    Financial support for UK students in 2022

    Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are usually available to UK and some EU students, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

    Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 Diploma)

    The Diploma in Creative Professional Development has been developed to offer undergraduate students the chance to spend a year, between the second and third year of their course, exploring their employability options through a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning.

    Not just an ‘industry sandwich year’ —

    The Level 5 Diploma in Creative Professional Development is:

    • Designed around your needs as a creative student, particularly if your personal network does not currently reach creative industry.
    • Based on our award-winning Profile skills framework.
    • Co-delivered with industry partners who share our approach.
    • Supporting you with carefully planned interventions and activities before and after their placements, so that you are ready to undertake placement learning and then equipped to derive the maximum insight from the experience afterwards.
    • Opening a wide range of creative roles that you may not imagine you would be able to apply for after your study at NUA.

    It has been designed for:

    • Students who want to work in creative industry but have not yet decided the sort of role they would like.
    • Students who do have a clear sense of career direction but need to develop a structured plan to achieve it.
    • Students who do not have relevant work experience, and want to graduate with a fuller CV.
    • Students who think that business start-up or freelancing may be their preferred option and want to explore it further.

    Find out more about the Level 5 Diploma in Creative Professional Development

    Need help? Chat to our friendly recruitment team

    Book a place on an Open Day, or to find out more about how to apply for a course at NUA, please give us a call.


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