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
  • Award

    Professional Acting BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code


  • Duration

    3 years (full-time)

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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 2020 entrants can be found on the policies and procedures page.

Applications can only be accepted through UCAS Conservatoire and not via any third party.

ⓘ Where Covid-19 control measures impact our ability to deliver this course as described for the 2020-21 academic year, we will update offer holders by email and confirm teaching arrangements at least four weeks before term begins.

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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.

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.

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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.

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