• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. You may also be interested in our three year BA (Hons) Acting course.

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

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.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: ACT4

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.

Excellent facilities

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?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
  • Introduction to Performing Arts
  • Inquiry Based Learning

Year One 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 Two Modules

  • Recorded Voice Skills
  • Physical Theatre Skills
  • Film & Theatre Production
  • Practice With Research
  • Theoretical and Practical Perspectives
  • Devising and Writing (optional)
  • Acting and Text (optional)

Year Three 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)

Fees

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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

By the time you leave us, you’ll be in a strong position to go after acting work. You could also take your skills and experience into other areas of the arts and media.

You could work in acting for theatre or films, set up your own performance company, work in education or outreach groups, or across a range of areas in the cultural industries, undertake further professional study or pursue research through a Master’s degree.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.