Screen Acting MA Theory meets technique
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Full Time Professional Training Courses

Screen Acting MA

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🛈  Applications for 2024 entry will open on 1 September 2023. We are not currently able to consider applications from international students for this course. If you are classified as an international student, please check back in the autumn to proceed with your application. If you require further information, please contact the Admissions Office. 

This is a highly specialised course for experienced actors who wish to undergo professional training to refine their skills in screen work.  

The course focuses on exploring approaches to acting that are particularly suited to screen performance. You will have the opportunity to analyse notable theories and techniques of screen acting, and an understanding of theory will then be integrated into practice.

The technical aspects of screen acting will be introduced throughout the course, across a wide range of platforms and production contexts. You will experience industry standard ‘on-set’ conditions and will practise a high level of on-set protocol at all times. You will gain an insight and working knowledge of camera work, sound and editing.

There is a particular emphasis on self-directed learning. You will learn industry requirements and protocols specific to the filming environment.

This course will also teach you to identify and pursue opportunities for professional development and employment as a screen actor.

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Career Prospects

Graduates of this course will have explored the subject of Screen Acting both practically and theoretically. You will have applied Acting methodology to performances for the screen and will have critically evaluated its effectiveness. You will have gained extensive experience of working on set and will have developed a high professional skill set with the relevant technical knowledge related to a screen context.

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Theory meets Technique

This course will give you the opportunity to analyse notable theories and techniques of screen acting including but not limited to: Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Meisner and Viewpoints.

Successful graduates will be confident in analysing different scripts and genres and will be able to successfully prepare a text for performance. Working with a range of directors will mean graduates have experience of adapting performance to suit different approaches. Talks and masterclasses with industry professionals will aid your learning and help you to develop your abilities.

Industry ready

Successful graduates will have developed a mastery of techniques that create and support the delivery of unique and assured performances on screen. You will grow your confidence as an independent artist ready for entry to the screen industry.

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About the Structure of the Course

As part of the Course you will typically study acting for the screen, voice, movement, screen combat, improvisation, script analysis, acting methodology, acting for motion capture, editing, self-taping, Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) and audition technique. You will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in a variety of screen performance scenarios including filmed and edited scenes for a public showing and inclusion in a showreel.

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  • ‘The tutors are so passionate and supportive.
    It’s more of a family than a school.’

  • ‘The intensity and quality of the course means that you will get more from a year’s training than you would think possible.’

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Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design