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BA Hons: Course Structure

Teaching is split into our 5 departments with extra classes on Professional Preparation later on in the course. The 5 teaching departments are:

  • Acting/Performance
  • Voice
  • Media
  • Movement
  • Education

Year One

Term 1 (Winter Term)

ACTING - Impulse, Historical text, character, sight reading, approach to text, stagecraft, post-1956 English drama
VOICE - Voice, speech, singing
MEDIA - Intro to screen acting, the recording studio, intro to radio drama, groups and monologue work
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, physical theatre, combat
EDUCATION - Theatre history and visits, Late 20th century political theatre, history of dance, theories of acting, health and safety, intro to written work

Term 2 (Spring Term)

ACTING- Emotional dynamics, historical texts, character, sight reading, approach to text, improvisation, stagecraft, scene work on post-1956 political drama
VOICE - Voice, speech, phonetics, singing
MEDIA - Contemporary and soaps, radio in groups
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, Physical theatre, combat, show dance
EDUCATION - context and research, theatre history and visits, the angry young men, history of dance, theories of acting

Term 3 (Summer Term)

PERFORMANCE - Scene study one
ACTING- Impulse, emotional dynamics, historical texts, character, sight reading, text into performance, improvisation, stagecraft, scene work on pre-1956
VOICE - Voice, character voice, speech, phonetics, singing
MEDIA - Detectives and medical, radio in groups, audio books
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, Laban, physical theatre, combat, partner dance
EDUCATION - context and research, theatre history and visits, early 20th-century drama, theories of acting

Year Two

Term 4 (Winter Term)

PERFORMANCE - Scene studies two and three
ACTING- Emotional dynamics, historical texts, character, improvisation, stagecraft.
VOICE - Voice, accents, speech, singing
MEDIA - Situation and sketch comedy, poetry, Radio ads, Promos.
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, Laban, physical theatre, combat, show dance
EDUCATION - Verse drama
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Sight reading for auditions.

Term 5 (Spring Term)

PERFORMANCE - Scene studies four (American) and five (heightened language)
ACTING- Impulse, character, storytelling, improvisation, stagecraft.
VOICE - Voice, accents, speech, singing
MEDIA - Period drama, documentary, voice over and continuity, dubbing, lip synch, animation, corporates, English language training.
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, physical theatre, combat, flamenco
EDUCATION - Theatre history, Chekhov and Stanislavski, 20th century American theatre, technical and stage management.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Sight reading for auditions.

Term 6 (Summer Term)

PERFORMANCE - Chekhov, Shakespeare histories and tragedies, Devised.
ACTING- Emotional dynamics, storytelling, the Shakespearian text (please note that beginning your training with a regional/national dialect is a not a barrier to classical training), improvisation, stagecraft.
VOICE - Voice, accents, speech, singing
MEDIA - Period drama, Shakespeare, dubbing, lip synch, animation.
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, animal, physical theatre, combat, period movement.
EDUCATION - Theatre history, Shakespeare workshops and tutorials, Shakespeare.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Sight reading for auditions, photos and castings

Year 3

Term 7 (Winter Term)

PERFORMANCE - Clown, Shakespeare comedies, Pantomime, Cabaret, Showcase.
VOICE - Voice, speech, rhetorical speech, singing
MEDIA - Dubbing, lip synch, animation, voice over agents and commercials
MOVEMENT - Movement, combat, creating your own choreography
EDUCATION - Theatre history, Pantomime, Entertainments.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Auditions, Interview techniques, Corporate role play, CVs and letter writing, the agents and the profession.

Term 8 (Spring Term)

PERFORMANCE - Mask, Restoration, Graduating production one.
VOICE - Voice, speech, singing
MEDIA - Film project, radio ads., showreel.
MOVEMENT - Movement, combat, dance, dance auditions for actors.
EDUCATION - Restoration workshop.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Auditions, Interview techniques, Mock auditions, singing auditions, Sight reading at auditions, commercial auditions, letter writing, arts funding, work week, spotlight.

Term 9 (Summer Term)

PERFORMANCE - Graduating production two (Ensemble), graduating production three.
VOICE - Voice, speech.
MEDIA - Film project, commercials, showreel.
MOVEMENT - Movement.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Auditions, Interview techniques, Mock auditions, sight reading at screen auditions, commercial auditions, the actor’s finances, spotlight.

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