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BA Hons Acting: ALRA alumnae (acting BA) performing on stage in a production for the Three Year Professional Acting Degree
Course Leader: Aly Spiro and Jayne Courtney
Course Location: Wandsworth (London), Wigan (Greater Manchester)
Study Level: Undergraduate
Study Mode: Full Time
Course Length: 3 Years
Application: £35 (North) £45 (South)
Awarding Body
St Mary’s University, London
Validated from 2017 to 2022
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The BA (Hons) Acting programme of study 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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We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.


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

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We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.


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We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.


The BA (Hons) Acting programme of study 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.

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

  • Module Map

    This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

    Each module is worth a specified number of credits and you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

    Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue which is available to students once they are enrolled and in module guides which are also available to current students both digitally and in print.

    All modules are compulsory and worth 20 credits with the exception of the final year thesis element. This is entirely practical and includes a digital reflective component which combined are worth 40 credits.

     

    Level 4

    (this level must be passed to access level 5 but the marks are not weighted toward the overall degree grading)

    Rehearsal 1 & Rehearsal 2

    These modules introduce students to the process of rehearsal encouraging the development of basic characterisation skills and developing working relationships with directors and the ensemble.

    Acting 1

    This module looks at various approaches to the acting process on screen and stage establishing skills in mask, improvisation and play.

    Actor Voice 1

    The process of freeing the natural voice and engaging the mind and body into fundamental actor voice skills is considered through experiential skills classes.

    Actor Movement 1

    The process of relaxing and energizing the actor’s physical being is explored through the study of the animal and other related movement systems.

    Contextual Studies 1

    Fundamental skills in analysis, reflection and knowledge of the acting industry are explored throughout this module.

     

    Level 5

    (This contributes to 30% of the degree module unless the overall average of level 6 is considerably higher).

    Rehearsal 1 & Rehearsal 2

    These modules extend students ability to apply rehearsal skills to complex texts encouraging the development of detailed characterisation skills.

    Acting 2

    This module looks at various approaches to the acting process on screen and stage establishing advanced skills in audition with a focus on actor wellbeing.

    Actor Voice 2

    The process of exploring the fundamental skill of vocal production in connection to complex text is developed throughout this module.

    Actor Movement 2

    Detailed physical characterisation is explored encouraging an autonomous physical process that is linked to the preparation for vocal delivery.

    Contextual Studies 2

    The business of acting is developed as a complex synthesis of the artistic and commercial practices of the industry. Establishing a clear practice in both areas is encouraged throughout the module.

     

    Level 6

    Performance 1: Live

    Performances in three public productions will be undertaken in different genres of theatrical style.

    Performance 2: Recorded

    A detailed scene for camera directed by a professional film maker will be rehearsed and recorded.

    Performance 3: Professional Practice 1

    A public performance of industry facing showcases, audition panels and industry professional related seminars will be explored.

    Performance 4: professional Practice 2

    The use of self-tape will be explored and practiced, voice reels will be created and advanced seminars in the business of acting will be undertaken.

    Contextual Studies 3

    This involves the development of a personal research project focusing on a play, radio play or film script. An accompanying reflective vlog, blog or podcast will be used to support the creation of this piece.

     

    Teaching and Learning

    Teaching

    You are taught through a combination of rehearsal, experiential workshop and lectures/seminars enabling you to discuss and develop your understanding of acting in groups of around 14-17 students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard facilities and access a world class training curriculum throughout your course.

    At level 4 and 5 you have around 34 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

    • 2 hours of lectures
    • 11 hours of rehearsal
    • 21 hours of experiential lessons
    • 30 mins of tutorials

    Independent Learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be learning lines, researching character or reflecting on the different modules learning content through Blogging or Vlogging.

    Your independent learning is supported by access to printed texts, DramaOnline, Digital Theatre Plus and the Royal Court’s writing catalogue ALRA also subscribes to the Theatre, Dance and Performance journal.

    There are regularly organised trips to nationally celebrated libraries.

    At level 6 you engage in 5 day rehearsal processes for live performance and shorter days of calls for film recording. This will require self-discipline and organisation as you build your professional ethos ready for entry to the professional world.

  • Selection is made by audition. Find out more here.

    In addition you must be:

        • 18 years old at the start of the course, although we positively welcome older students
        • Have 96 UCAS tariff points (NB – exceptional ability and/or considerable life/work experience can be taken into consideration. If you do not hold 96 points we will expect you to take an intensive preliminary course and follow the Non-Academic Admissions route)
        • If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this We need a level 6.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System)
  • Funding Information for the BA (Hons) Acting and all ALRA courses can be found in Fees & Funding.

     

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Term

    Annual

    Deposit

    TOTAL

    BA (Hons) Acting North

    £3,367

    £10,100

    £400

    £10,500

    BA (Hons) Acting South

    £4,500

    £13,500

    £400

    £13,900

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Term

    BA (Hons) Acting North

    £3,367

    BA (Hons) Acting South

    £4,500

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Annual

    BA (Hons) Acting North

    £10,100

    BA (Hons) Acting South

    £13,500

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Deposit

    BA (Hons) Acting North

    £400

    BA (Hons) Acting South

    £400

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    TOTAL

    BA (Hons) Acting North

    £10,500

    BA (Hons) Acting South

    £13,900

     

    Term DatesAutumn Term 2020Spring Term 2021Summer Term 2021
    From 5th October 11th January 26th April
    To 18th December 26th March 16th July
    Terms DatesAutumn Term 2020
    From 21st September
    To 04th December
    Terms DatesSpring Term 2021
    From 11th January
    To 26th March
    Terms DatesSummer Term 2021
    From 26th April
    To 16th July
  • Admission follows successful audition and interview – see the Audition Guidelines for more information. Candidates will be contacted as soon as possible to confirm their places. Your audition will help assess which acting course is most suitable for you. You can ask for feedback following your audition and you will have an opportunity to talk to staff and students throughout the day.

     

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