Acting and Performance Practice - BA (Hons) [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Performance and Production Arts

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W410

Overview

The BA Honours Acting and Performance Practice has established strong industry links and developed work placements for students through close connections with companies such as Northern Stage, Alphabetti Theatre, Live Theatre, Vivid Theatre Company and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

These connections enable course tutors to continually review and refresh course content to ensure it is industry relevant. Teaching staff have extensive experience in industry and continue to work with local theatres and film companies such as Live Theatre, Arc Stockton and Northumberland Theatre Company. The course teaching is underpinned by our knowledge of industry expectations and requirements.
We get a range of different workshops from superb actors, directors, practitioners and companies with national reputations. Alongside these opportunities we run a Classical Acting group to perform modern, contemporary versions of classic texts and a script lab where students can bring works in progress to be read by peers and receive feedback to develop the work further. Students are given a wide number of performance opportunities at local theatres and alternative performance spaces. We also run a comedy night ‘Slightly Inoffensive’ where students produce sketches, comedy songs and take part in improvisational comedy.
 

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

The programme has strong links within the industry not just locally but nationally and internationally with companies such as Northern Stage, Zendeh, Open Clasp, Abandon Hope and Live Theatre. Previous students have enjoyed work placements with Northern Stage, Zendeh and Open Clasp, receiving exceptional feedback.

This year six students were able to gain placements and were cast as part of Northern Stage’s main house Christmas show ‘James and the Giant Peach’. They were given the opportunity to perform to packed houses on a 42 show run alongside their main programme receiving rave reviews.

This BA (Hons) Acting and Performance Practice will prepare you for a career on the commercial and public stage within theatre, film and television. Former graduates have progressed to work professionally and been invited to participate in national and international projects and performances. We have a number of students who have recently been part of Northern Stage’s in house company ‘North’ performing at Northern Stage and Edinburgh.

Former students have also gone on to set up their own companies such as ‘Overcoming Theatre’. Academic progression is also available as a number of our recent graduates have achieved places on Masters Courses at the top Drama Schools in the country.

Who the course is for

The BA (Hons) Acting and Performance Practice programme caters for those who wish to perform, write, direct, teach and work in the industry. The vocational nature of this programme ensures you will learn by doing in an environment that mirrors current industry trends.

Combining intensive, practical performance training with relevant academic and creative study, this course is suited to those who are highly driven and want to succeed in what is a difficult industry.

Sessions are technical and performance based that is designed to develop the skills required for a career in Performing Arts. Performance classes throughout the year help build your technique and your industry contacts.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will receive a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting and Performance Practice by NCG.


Industry Average Salaries

There is no set income for actors. Only the most well-established actors earn a high income.

Most actors are self-employed, and are paid a fee for each contract or performance.

Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers. It negotiates with employers to set minimum rates of pay for actors. Rates of pay will depend on who you are working for and the setting you are working in. For example, as a performer in theatre you may earn around £420 a week.

How to Apply

Apply 

Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email international@ncl-coll.ac.uk

Course Content

Year one

The emphasis is on skills development, including voice and physical/movement techniques which continue to be developed in the second year of the course.
Physical theatre and practice enrichment build on the textual analysis skills, vocal and physical skills developed in specific vocational areas.
The study of Great Practitioners and Work-Related Learning allow the application of techniques learnt in a range of possible working environments. As part of the course, you will perform two pieces in our fantastic 250 seat Peter Sarah Theatre directed by one of our team.
Personal and Professional Development
This module will help you to set targets and reflect on your work as a practitioner.

Training Techniques 1 (Great Practitioners)

Creating Theatre 1 (Devising)

Staging Theatre 1 (Directing)

Physical Theatre

Voice

Work Related Learning (2 Full Productions)

Academic Skills

Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning


Year two

The skills in voice and movement from the first year will be utilised in modules in classical acting, creating and staging theatre, acting techniques for media applications and work-based learning.
At the end of your second year, you will perform as part of our theatre festival ‘Live Across Newcastle’, performing at a number of external venues around Newcastle. You will analyse the impact of your application of new knowledge and understanding.
In Acting Techniques for Media Application, you will work alongside a film company to produce a short film which can be used as a calling card for your first steps into the industry.
You will evaluate and discuss the application of a range of methods to solve more complex problems and to participate effectively in interdependent learning activity, and function effectively as an independent learner.

Training Techniques 2 (Classical Acting)

Acting for Camera (Film & TV)

Alternative Practitioners

Staging Theatre 2 (Applied Theatre)

Work Based Learning (New Writing and Classical Production)

Professional Development


Year three

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills further and perform in two contrasting shows at external venues in Newcastle as part of Alternative Performance Techniques and Modern Performance Techniques. There is also the opportunity to further develop your own areas of interest in Work Based Learning. This student-led project can be New Writing, Physical Theatre, Film or creating a series of workshops with you being in charge whilst still being mentored by one of the course team.

Alternative Performance Techniques

Modern Performance Techniques
Work Based Learning (Student Project)

Dissertation

Learning Methods

You’ll learn through practical technique classes, creative workshops, seminars, formal lectures, classroom activities and self-directed training, rehearsal and study. Assessment methods include practical demonstration and application of skills, technique exercises, practical and creative tasks, reflective journals, research projects, academic essays, reports and creative and academic portfolios. The BA Hons Acting and Performance Practice programme is a practical course aimed at developed you as an actor and so we believe the best way to learn about Acting is to do it!

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include practical demonstration and application of skills, technique exercises, practical and creative tasks, reflective journals, research projects, academic essays, reports and creative and academic portfolios.

Progression Opportunities

This BA Hons Acting and Performance Practice will prepare you for a career on the commercial and public stage within theatre, film and television. Former graduates have progressed to work professionally and been invited to participate in national and international projects and performances. Academic progression is also available as a number of our recent graduates have achieved places on Masters Courses at the top Drama Schools in the country.

Career Opportunities

This BA (Hons) Acting and Performance Practice will prepare you for a career on the commercial and public stage within theatre, film and television. Former graduates have progressed to work professionally and been invited to participate in national and international projects and performances.

We have a number of students who have recently been part of Northern Stage’s in house company ‘North’ performing at Northern Stage and Edinburgh. Former students have also gone on to set up their own companies such as ‘Overcoming Theatre’.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 - 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design).

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.

Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

 

Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at gov.uk/studentfinance or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.