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BA Hons in Acting | Three Year Programme

BA Hons Acting: ALRA alumnae (acting ba) performing on stage in a production for the Three Year Professional Acting Degree

Course Leader Aly Spiro
Course Location Wandsworth, London / Wigan, Greater Manchester
Study Level Undergraduate
Study Mode Full Time
Course Length 3 Years
Application £45
Awarding Body St Mary’s University, London
Validated from 2017 to 2022
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The BA Hons Acting (Three Year) is a programme of study that is suitable for those determined to become professional actors working in today’s Theatre, Screen and Audio industries. Combining practical actor training with theoretical study and research methodologies, this vocational course aims to equip you to operate effectively in a highly competitive artistic industry.

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  • Film Trailer 1 South 2017

    Diploma in Acting, Level 6 (Three Year) students showreel 1

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    Diploma in Acting, Level 6 (Three Year) students showreel 2

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In Year 3 you attend a mock audition panel with leading agents and casting directors, work with an influential casting director on your Showcase and have industry lectures, from keeping accounts to finding an agent, and you will also receive casting information.

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Dates
  • Admissions and Assessment


You can find details of all our professional acting courses in our prospectus – available for download here.

      • Building Performance – Devised Work and Scene Study; you will work on a variety of texts – Shakespeare, Greek, C19th Realism, American Classic, Tragedy, TV Comedy, Contemporary writers. 
      • Acting Studies – Classes in: Acting Technique, Screen Acting, Acting for Radio, Improvisation, Skills building.
      • Voice Studies – Classes in: Voicing Text, Technical Voice, Articulation and RP, Choral.
      • Movement Studies – Classes in: Creative Movement, Body, Movement Studies, Period Movement and Dance, Combat.
      • Contextual Studies – Classes in: Text Analysis & Preparation, Voice Physiology, Physical Theatre Practices, Musicianship, Critiquing, Professional Practice and Industry Opportunities. 

Teaching and Learning

The first year focuses on discovery and exploration – understanding the equipment you have and how to use and develop it.
The second year encourages you to apply your emerging techniques in the acting space, on screen and to the microphone using increasingly complex texts.
In the final year your skills and abilities are tested in the public arena in Live Performance (Theatre), Recorded Performance (TV Drama and Audio), Professional Preparation (Showcase and practice auditions / professional panels) and Contextual Studies – an in depth preparation for character and performance.

Contact time is 36 timetabled hours a week throughout the first two years. Professional hours are worked throughout the final year around production and filming schedules.

ALRA tutors are both trained teachers and professional practitioners. Third year Directors are visiting professional theatre or television directors.

Our acting classes are both practical and theoretical, involving group, pair and solo exercises and rehearsal; you will be asked to research, reflect and share your discoveries in occasional presentations. Rehearsals can be workshops, script analysis and traditional rehearsals.

Building Performance presentations take place twice every term, with studio presentations in Voice and Movement at the end of every term.

Extra-curricular workshops take place in weeks 5 and 11 of each term.

Public Productions

At the end of the second year you will take a Shakespeare presentation into local schools. In the final year you will: 

      • Perform in three plays in the ALRA Theatresupported by our theatre production team
      • Record a 10 minute film which will be streamed on our recorded media channelsshow
      • Make a TV presenting showreel
      • Make an audioreel
      • Perform in a Showcase and audition panels in London and Manchester to industry professionals


Upon successfully completing the Three Year Acting Programme you will be awarded –

      • BA (Hons) Acting (validated by St Mary’s University College)

In addition you will be entitled to Full Equity Membership through our CDET accreditation and join Spotlight at the start of your final year.

Selection is made by audition. 

In addition you must be:

      • 18 years old at the start of the course, although we positively welcome older students
      • Have 112 UCAS tariff points (NB – exceptional ability and/or considerable life/work experience could be taken into consideration; we would expect you to take an intensive preliminary course)
      • If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this).

Course fees

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Three Year Acting North (inc £400 University fee) £0–£7,175~ £9,650* £3,650*
Three Year Acting South (inc £400 University fee) £0–£7,175~ £12,885* £6,885*

Terms Dates

Autumn Term 2016Spring Term 2017Summer Term 2017
From 19th September 9th January 24th April
To 2nd December 24th March 2017 7th July 2017

The audition day will help assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development. We offer you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options. We also offer you opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the day.

For information on our Admissions Policy click here:
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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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