If you’re looking to break into acting, this degree is an excellent launch pad – with an equal focus on both screen and stage, and lots of opportunity to test out different performance styles and techniques.
You’ll get to fine-tune and extend your acting skills, working on live briefs and diverse projects – and build the contacts and entrepreneurial ability essential to securing work as an actor.
Learn the theory and the practice
Through practical workshops, and looking at the relevant literature, we’ll take you through different acting styles and techniques, including method acting, physical theatre, postdramatic styles and more abstract approaches.
Working with our professional experts, you’ll consider a range of acting methods from the last 100 years, and try out different styles and ideas you can integrate into your own performances.
We’ll support you to find a performance approach that’s uniquely yours, and set you up with the real-world skills you need to secure acting work when you graduate.
An education that inspires you and makes you think
You’ll create your own performances, including your own shows, films and short scenes – and take things in the direction that interests you, whether that’s directing or devising, or focusing on a particular theory, piece of research or playwright.
In your final year, you’ll manage your own significant screen or stage-based production, from conception to venue booking, marketing and performance.
You’ll also set up your own artistic company, and learn about all the elements involved in that, from budgeting and funding applications to promoting yourself as a professional artist.
Prepare to work on both the screen and stage
Unlike many acting degrees that focus primarily on the theatre, this course covers on-screen acting, too. With a lot of acting work coming from on-screen avenues, we’ll get you ready to capitalise on film, TV and online opportunities as well.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have the entrepreneurial flair, and strong grasp of both stage and screen work, to position yourself confidently as an inspiring and creative practitioner that people will want to work with.
Who is it for?
This degree is for anyone interested in pursuing a career in acting, theatre or performance.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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Our team of experienced academics and acting professionals will nurture your learning and professional skills throughout your time with us.
We’ll work with you to ensure you gain:
- a good knowledge of different acting styles, ideas and approaches
- the skills to perform powerfully on screen and stage
- an understanding of how to manage your own artistic company and initiate your own projects
- the ability to present your ideas and work well with others.
You’ll use our drama studio on site, with moving lights and fully-equipped sound system and projection. We also use the professional venue at Wycombe Town Hall, which is less than two minutes from our campus.
A hive of collaboration
As well as taking part in joint workshops, you’ll collaborate with students from other courses. You could work on projects with students studying film and TV production, creative advertising, audio and music, and even nursing.
Perform at professional venues
Drawing on our strong industry links, including our partnership with the High Wycombe Swan Theatre, you’ll perform at professional venues.
There’ll be lots of other performance opportunities open to you, as well. Our students regularly perform beyond the University, with several going on to join the National Youth Theatre.
Bucks students have also performed at the National Student Drama Festival, and Modupe Salu won the Buzz Goodbody Student Director Award and the Spotlight Most Promising Actress Award there in 2016.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
Suitable candidates will receive an audition invitation
All suitable candidates will be invited to discuss their work during an audition and interview that will last approximately 15 minutes. The interviewing tutor will be looking for:
- the ability to articulate your views on your own work
- a commitment and enthusiasm for the subject
- the potential for sustained professional development
- the ability to form and present opinions on other performing art work, either as a performer or audience member.
Your audition piece
At interview, you will be required to perform one short monologue (either modern or classical) lasting between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. You should prepare your piece from a published play of your choice. The chosen piece needs to be prepared in advance of the audition so it is ready to be performed on the day. The audition is an opportunity to show your skills and development potential in these areas. However it is more important that you display the correct attitude, rather than aptitude. All candidates will also need to display their motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic.
What you must bring with you
For the audition please ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothes and footwear. Formal attire is not required.
Information for overseas students
Please note, students who live overseas and are unable to attend an interview/audition should submit a YouTube/Vimeo link in place of attending in person. The chosen piece needs to be prepared in advance, recorded and sent over to us electronically at least one week before your interview slot.
Your audition piece can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A telephone or Skype interview will be conducted during your allocated slot. Please ensure that you email the contact details that will be used to carry out your interview to email@example.com along with your electronic portfolio.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Voice Skills
- Movement Skills
- Introduction to Devised Production
- Introduction to Scripted Production
- Actor Training and Theory
- Performer Training and Theory
- Approaches to Acting and Screen
- Approaches to Acting and Performance
Year 2 Modules
- Recorded Voice Skills
- Physical Theatre Skills
- Film & Theatre Production
- Practice With Research
- Theoretical and Practice Perspectives
- Devising and Writing (optional)
- Acting and Text (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Strategic Professional Practice - Applied Arts
- Strategic Professional Practice - Professional Portfolio
- Independent Production
- Transferable and Employability Skills
- Viva & Research Proposal
- Acting Practical Dissertation (optional)
- Acting Written Dissertation (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks