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About the course

BA (Hons) Acting and Performance provides the perfect blend between screen and stage, preparing you with the techniques, knowledge and experience to launch a fantastic performance career after graduation.

BA (Hons) Acting and Performance scored 100% overall satisfaction for National Student Survey 2020. 

You will be immersed in a balanced and stimulating programme of study of acting and performance, integrating theoretical and critical analysis and receiving up-to-date contemporary actors’ training alongside building essential skills, such as audition and interview techniques – ready to step up to the challenges of the industry. Optional modules also enable you to specialise in areas such as directing, teaching or applied theatre, broadening career pathways further. 

The course also offers opportunities to get involved in a wide range of recorded screen performance projects alongside live performance practice, enabling you to develop your acting skills in a friendly and nurturing environment.

Thanks to the course teams close links with industry, you’ll have the chance to gain practical experience through working with local professional institutions; working on live briefs, auditions and work experience opportunities. These close links include The Mayflower Theatre, The Point Theatre Eastleigh and the Nuffield Theatre. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of student and professionally directed film projects to expand and develop your screen acting skills and produce a varied showreel.

During your final year of study you will have the opportunity to participate in a showcase to help launch your introduction to the industry and establish networks to support your career development.

As an acting and performance student you will have access to a wide range of resources to support your learning including professional HD cameras, radio suites, multi-camera studios, and professional theatre venues. You’ll also have the chance to work alongside our film and TV production students on live performance work, providing you with the unique opportunity to develop equally in screen and stage performance, helping to support your employability.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Our academics work closely with industry to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date and relevant training for the contemporary performing arts.

What does this course lead to?

The broad nature of this degree prepares students for a career as an actor/performer for stage, screen or radio. 

Who is this course for?

Solent’s acting and performance degree is ideally suited to students who want to develop a career in acting and performing arts, be it to develop your own company, or work with production companies on screen or stage. Applicants ideally will have some previous experience and/or qualifications in drama and will be required to present an audition. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory costs:
Trip to London – Surviving Actors Conference - £50
Movement clothing - £40

Optional costs: 
Year one:
 optional UK study trip £385
Year two: optional European study trips £715 
Year three: optional USA study trip £1,100

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • UK applicants are required to attend an audition, live or recorded, two monologues.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send electronic auditions.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Performance Practitioners and Techniques
    This theoretical module explores the historical development of acting techniques and practitioners, contextualising their impact on the performing arts, and exploring in detail their differences and similarities.
  • The Actor’s Body and Voice
    This module focuses on different techniques and practitioners that will enable you to free, release and develop your physical and vocal apparatus.
  • Discovering Acting
    This module begins the process of honing your acting skills to a professional level.  It’s your opportunity to focus on advanced acting techniques using a range of popular and contemporary practitioners.
  • Performance Histories
    This module helps you to understand where acting and theatre have come from. Focussing specifically on the Western tradition, it explores the history of live performance from early ritual through to the 21stcentury, considering how audiences, performers, theatre spaces and play-texts have changed and developed over time.
  • Directed Production
    This module takes the acting skills and techniques that you have learnt during your First Year and puts them to work through a production process which involves you working with a director and other actors.
  • Screen Practice and Performance
    This module introduces you to a range of screen acting genres and styles whilst developing your awareness and application of the technical challenges associated with working on camera.  

Year two

Core modules
  • Performance and Identity
    You will discover how and why issues of identity are important to the actor and performance maker. You will acquire a basic knowledge of a range of theories relating to cultural identity.
  • Acting and Performance – Live Brief
    You will be making and performing work for specific audiences in specific community environments, in response to a brief which will be set by a professional from outside the University. In this way, you will explore how important it is for performance to be socially engaged.
  • Screen Acting
    You will learn the importance of active listening and responding (rather than hearing and acting) when working on screen, developing your awareness of the need for a heightened inner stimulus. 
  • Contemporary Theatre
    You will learn how digital technologies and social networking have changed the concept of performance – the computer is now the largest virtual stage in the world, watched through the proscenium arch of the screen.  
  • Theatre Production
    This module offers you the opportunity to apply and demonstrate, in an intense scripted stage production project, the skills and techniques that you have acquired so far on the course.
  • Monologues
    This module continues the work began in Discovering Acting in the first year.  We pick up the work on a range of acting techniques and deepen your experience and practice elevating your acting to new heights. 

Year three

Core modules
  • Final Major Project – Acting and Performance
    This module runs throughout Level 6, and is the culmination of your degree, since you are given the opportunity to develop, rehearse and present a performance which showcases everything that you have learnt.
  • Research Project
    Here you are given the opportunity to delve into an area that excites and stimulates you. By making your choice of what to research, you will form a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of an area that could support your career pathway into the performing arts, building valuable networks and contacts within the industry.
  • Screen Projects
    You will be given the opportunity to put into practice the acting techniques and skills acquired throughout your degree in a screen performance written and directed by a tutor or outside professional. 
  • Actors Portfolio
    Graduation is just around the corner, and now is the time to prepare for your future!  This module will help you develop the skills, tools and information needed to launch your career in the creative industries.  

Options

  • Performing Arts in Education
    For anyone interested in Performing Arts teaching as a career, or in developing skills in leading workshops which you can add to your performance CV, this is the optional module for you.
  • Directing Performers 
    You will be given the opportunity to direct a scene from a play script/musical theatre libretto and present it to an invited audience. This module will give you an insight into the task required of the professional theatre director – working with actors, working with scripts and organising people and time.
  • Music Theatre
    An exploration into Total Theatre, building on the inspiring work of Joan Littlewood through to cutting edge contemporary theatre companies such as Punchdrunk, Kneehigh and Shared Experience, Music Theatre has found its place in leading-edge theatre making.  
  • Stage Combat
    With the growth in the gaming industry and popularity of action films and television series, it is now more important than ever for a versatile actor to be able to carry out a choreographed combat sequence with confidence and safety.  This optional module will prepare you for such demands. 

     

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Russell White academic profile Russell White Head of Subject View profile
Maggie Tarver academic profile Maggie Tarver Course Leader View profile
James Peachey-Baker academic profile James Peachey-Baker Lecturer View profile
Annie Sanger-Davies academic profile Annie Sanger-Davies Associate Lecturer View profile
Michael Goron academic profile Michael Goron Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students have full access to a variety of rehearsal spaces including rehearsal rooms and a dance studio with sprung floor, as well as an additional 200-seat flexi-form space on campus, which can be used for live performances. Final productions take place in a professional theatre venue. Performance students can also use the University's three multi-camera television studios with green-screen technology, additional television studio space and radio recording studios. The University is also in negotiations to further expand resources for the performance degrees by offering a high-quality professional space in the city.

Students will be able to use the University's extensive collection of musical equipment, including a piano, electronic keyboards and portable stereo systems, as well as technical equipment including Panasonic 151 HD cameras, rifle mikes, tripods and monitors, radio microphones, a mixing desk, and dictaphones for interviews and research. Edit suites equipped with Final Cut Pro are also available for use.

On-site library facilities include a range of industry specific books, articles, journals, DVDs and audio-visual resources to support research.

The final year showcase is an opportunity for you to present yourself to the industry and develop networks that will support your career development. 

Your future

Solent’s acting and performance degree will prepare you for a career in the performing arts. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Stage and/or screen actor
  • Voice/radio actor
  • Physical theatre practitioner
  • Devising and creating your own work
  • Theatre/arts administration
  • Cruise ship entertainer
  • Drama teacher
  • Model
  • Theatre in education
  • Drama intern
  • Theatre marketing
  • It was a great pleasure meeting your students. I was hugely impressed by their professionalism, their punctuality, timeliness and conduct during the audition process. It was outstanding and far surpassed any audition we have held in the last 13 years.

    Forest Paget, Director, Solomon Theatre Co

  • The proposed new structure the Made to Stage model will be beneficial for equipping the students as it will not only focus on developing their artistic practice of making a piece of performance, but will also look at the logistics of producing it. The Live Brief posed by a professional performance company or venue will inform the students of the expectations and skills required from them when they graduate and enter the industry.

    Hannah Bevan, Producer, Nuffield Laboratory

  • Attending Solent University was a great decision and one that has opened up many professional opportunities to me. The course lends itself to let you create work to benefit your craft. I gained a strong skill set during my time on the Performance Course and left feeling confident and well prepared. After completion of the course I was inspired to do a postgraduate Master’s Degree in Theatre Directing.

    Tom Kent, Alumni

Industry links

The team work directly with industry to make sure students get the most relevant and up-to-date training for the contemporary performing arts. Our staff offer a broad range of international and national industry experience to ensure that you benefit from professional expertise.

Students have recently benefited from opportunities with; Forest Forge Theatre, Mark Wheeler (Playwright and Director), Zoielogic, Scott Williams (Actors Centre London) and Tristan Bates Theatre.

Recent guest speakers have also included representatives from Equity, Spotlight and The Point Theatre. Earl Carpenter, Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera (also a visiting professor); Elizabeth Healey, playwright; Debora Gearing, playwright and director.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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