Professional Acting BA (Hons) Advanced acting for all media.
Students performing in The Laramie Project at Bristol Old Vic's Weston Studio


Professional Acting BA (Hons)

Key Information Term Dates

ⓘ 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

Applications for 2021 entry are now closed. Check back later in Summer for information regarding 2022 entry.

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 2020 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 2021-22 academic year, we will update offer holders by email and confirm teaching arrangements at least four weeks before term begins.

Due to the ongoing measures to combat Covid-19, all recall auditions for 2021 entry will be held on Zoom, rather than in-person. All applicants will be kept informed of any necessary changes to the audition process.

Male actor portraying doctor in rehearsal Her Naked Skin rehearsal
Actors on stage, one at the front with his arms outstretched, the others in the background looking at him Photography - Mark Dawson

This is a predominantly vocational course

It has high contact hours concentrating on core skills in Acting, Voice, Movement and Singing in the first year, followed by three community tours to school and theatre audiences in the second year.

Core classes in technical skills are maintained throughout the second and final years alongside industry specific training in professional development and audition skills.

The final year consists of three full productions in theatres and other venues within Bristol.

Tutor and students looking at TV screen

Students also produce high quality short films and broadcast radio standard pieces for showreel and promotional purposes.

Students perform at a London Showcase in front of invited industry professionals. This annual event introduces you to casting directors and agents.

Male actor sat down on the floor in rehearsal studio East Photography

Students have the opportunity to work with professionally recognised directors.

These include Sally Cookson, Tom Morris and Bill Alexander.

An ensemble ethic runs throughout the three years. Students have gone on to work at theatres including The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court as well as feature in major roles within film and television productions, both in the United Kingdom and USA.

A copy of the rules and regulations governing the course is available here.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student