Professional Acting BA (Hons) Advanced acting for all media.


Professional Acting BA (Hons)

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ⓘ Please note that applications for BA Professional Acting are made through UCAS Conservatoires and not UCAS Undergraduate. The UCAS course code is BOV1 and the institution code for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is B65.

Course overview

This BA Hons level programme provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in Acting for all media including Theatre, Television, Film and Radio.

A summary document with key course information for 2021 entrants can be found on the policies and procedures page.

ⓘ Where Covid-19 control measures impact our ability to deliver this course as described for the 2022-23 academic year, we will update offer holders by email and confirm teaching arrangements at least four weeks before term begins.

Female and male actors stood facing each other in rehearsals

Year One

In the first year, you’ll concentrate on the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement. Through these, you’ll work on a wide range of skills such as text interpretation, improvisation, acting to camera, singing, accent and dialect, vocal interpretation, stage combat, clowning, dance and period movement. You’ll also become familiar with theatre history and work on projects using a variety of texts. The course aims to familiarise you with the thoughts of all the major drama practitioners, whilst also helping you find your own, personal approach to your work.

Years Two and Three

In your second year, you’ll continue to work on acting, voice and movement. The focus of this year will be on preparing you for public performances, which might include honing your craft of storytelling through productions for school or family audiences, and by the summer term, performing in a production for the wider public. This work will expose you to contrasting venues and provide experience in a range of theatre traditions, in turn developing both your resilience and the rigour with which you approach your work.

Your final year will be structured around full productions in theatres across Bristol, which may include venues as diverse as Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continually-operating theatre in the English-speaking world; the urban chic of Tobacco Factory Theatres; or the splendour of Circomedia, a repurposed Georgian church. You’ll also spend time creating radio and film work at our dedicated studios, as well as preparing for industry showcases for agents and casting directors.

 The Theatre School continually enhances its courses to ensure our curricula remain informed by the latest industry developments. The structure and modules of the BA Professional Acting course are currently undergoing review. If you are made an offer for this course, you will be kept informed of any anticipated changes.

Olivia Colman

Launching Your Career

You’ll dedicate time in your final year to preparing for life as a professional actor through work focused on self-presentation, marketing and career management. Our students have an exceptional track record of graduate employment, achieving success in theatre, film, TV and radio. In recent years, new graduates have taken part in touring productions of shows across the UK, performed at the Globe and the National Theatre, appeared in national TV shows and had roles in critically-acclaimed films.

Many of our acting graduates have become household names, recognised through Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAS and Olivier awards. Professional Acting graduates include Olivia Colman, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis and Naomie Harris, amongst many others.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice