BA (Hons) in Acting (Creative Performance Practice)

Course Overview

Applications to the course should be made directly to Leicester College using our application (please click on the Apply Now button on the home page), NOT through UCAS. This course is subject to validation by DMU.

The course provides an intensive conservatoire-style acting training with a bias towards actors wishing to develop their skills in entrepreneurial, dramaturgical, and broader production expertise. The course will develop your entrepreneurial skills as a theatre maker. The intense nature of the programme, content and learning means the retention of skills (physical, vocal and imagination) will be enhanced.

The blending of entrepreneurial studies and skills-based modules would be appropriate for applicants who would like to maintain an overall interest in performance but want to explore a wider creative practice than purely acting as a single subject experience.

This fast track degree course is delivered in partnership with Leicester College at The Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester. The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts is creatively invested in the course which is delivered by ALRA practitioners alongside a team of Leicester College faculty members (a TEF Gold-awarded college). The course is currently subject to validated by De Montfort University.

This innovative course, in terms of design and delivery, represents collaborative practice between three very different institutions – an acting conservatoire, a university renowned for excellent partnership work and an FE College recognised for excellence in the delivery of undergraduate programmes through the award of TEF Gold in 2017. The course will draw on this rich collaboration, and foster new forms of knowledge and practice and encourage innovative delivery, learning and teaching strategies.

The course will provide:
• A curriculum of classes in film, TV and stage acting in a range of genres
• Supporting classes in voice, movement and relevant skills
• An insight into the professional requirements of working actors
• Preparation for further study, professional work and audition technique
• A showreel for each graduate
• A fully equipped professional performance space at The Sue Townsend Theatre where the course
is delivered
• Academic support and resources of TEF Gold standard
• Provision of student accommodation, membership of the student union, access to libraries and other resources including enrichment classes.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course offers you an introduction to the basic skills of acting, developing into a more sophisticated and joined up approach to your creative practice. You will experience the development of physical, vocal and imaginative skill sets in relation to theatrical theories that will contribute to your understanding of ideas at the forefront of the profession.

Level 4 modules include:

Body and Voice
Practical workshops focused on developing a strong alignment, stamina and strength in connection with creative self expression and vocal performance.

At level 4, you will engage in two contemporary scene projects and two contrasting approaches to directing scenes.

At level 4 you will focus on the exploration of different approaches to acting that draw on a range of basic acting concepts. Classes will be led in two strands: improvisation and acting traditions and the physical being.

Dance for the Actor
You will engage in 1.5 hours of classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance technique spending one term on each discipline.

You will engage with the various roles that exist in theatre and consider how they influence the creation of performance through lecture and practical workshop. This module will be assessed through a vlog, blog and podcast submitted as course work throughout the module.

Level 5

Body and Voice
You will engage with practical exercises that move from individual to ensemble developing techniques for expression.

You will engage in one classical scene project and one new writing devised scene project using appropriate rehearsal methodologies.

You will focus on Stanislavski and one other acting tradition to develop a focused approach to character development that supports work in a scene performed for both camera and theatre settings.

Combat for the Actor
You will develop skills in dramatic combat leading to an award equivalent to that given by the BADC. This module will explore the history as well as execution of combat for the actor.

Dramaturgy 2
You will engage with the professional practice of the actor considering the stakeholders in an actor’s career. The group will develop a fundraising event for a local charity using knowledge from level 4 to engage a local audience.

Year 2

Year two offers you the opportunity to synchronise ideas at the forefront of acting and creative performance practice through a range of performance settings. You will work with your cohort in directed and devising pieces using your creative performance practice in industry environments.

Professional practice in allied industries to acting will be a core focus of year two, with modules centred around audition and rehearsal skills. You will also work independently to develop your own practical portfolio which will include a performance and reflective work centred on your aspirations upon graduation. Level 6 modules include:

Dance for the Actor 2
You will explore the composition of movement through various industry settings, imparting the skills learnt at level 4 and 5.

Production 1 – Directed Performance
You will take part in a filmed production experiencing all aspects of crewing as part of this near industry module. The rehearsal and filming process will be guided by a professional director over a four week period.

Production 2 – Devised Performance
At level 6, you will engage in a five week devising process establishing a cross-artform performance that is director led. This will culminate in a performance in the theatre space with invited industry guests.

Applied skills – Practical Portfolio
Through tutorials the you will engage in a sustained and deep engagement with a personal research project exploring a performance specialism of your choice in order to create a solo or ensemble presentation for assessment at the end of the module through performance and vlog, blog or podcast format.

Audition skills
You will explore the process of auditioning for various industry settings including song, dance, voice over, physical theatre and self tape.

Entry Requirements

Selection is made by audition. Audition days will be held at the Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester. The details and requirements of the audition process will be made available to applicants.
In addition, you must:
– Have 112 UCAS tariff points. (NB – exceptional ability and/or considerable life/work experience could be taken into consideration. We positively welcome older students.)
– If English is not your first language you must be able to prove a certain level of English proficiency. We need a level B2 in the CEFR system (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages); a level 7.5 in the TEEP system (Test of English for Educational Purposes); or a level 6.0 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System).

Audition Requirements:
For your Leicester Audition we need you to prepare a short devised piece of work of your own making (with a maximum length of five minutes).
The piece may contain elements of the spoken word, physical theatre, dance, voice etc. and should demonstrate your creative courage, ability and understanding of the nature of performance.
We do not wish to proscribe any particular content, but advise that in order to show the full range of your creativity you carefully consider the material you perform.
We are looking for these qualities:
• Truth
• Preparation
• Evidence of thought, feeling and emotional freedom
• Ability to communicate thought, feelings and ideas.
• Self-confidence, focus and concentration

During the interview you will be asked to evaluate your devised piece.

Provisional audition dates for 2018 are as follows:
31 January
28 February
7 March

How you will be assessed

You are taught through a combination of rehearsal, experiential workshop and lectures/seminars enabling you to discuss and develop your understanding of acting in groups of around 14-17 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard facilities and access a world class training curriculum throughout your course.

At levels 4 and 5 you will have around 34 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
• 2 hours of lectures
• 11 hours of rehearsal
• 21 hours of experiential lessons
• 30 mins of tutorials.

Independent Learning
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be learning lines, researching character or reflecting on the different modules learning content through blogging or vlogging.

Overall Workload (as an indication)
Levels 4 and 5
• most of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
• Teaching, learning and assessment
• Independent learning

Level 6:

• Half of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment
• Independent learning
• You are assessed through performance in groups or alone, portfolios, viva voce, blogs, vlogs and podcasts. There is no requirement for essay or journal based assessment.
• Assessment is weighted around performances and/or portfolios which is an intense learning experience, allowing you to apply skills and strategies acquired on the module and indicating suitability to practice as an acting and creative performance practitioner.
• Formative assessment tasks which happen throughout the module are not marked. This is to encourage you to focus on the experiential and experimental nature of the work over the need to achieve impressive marks. This may take the form of presentations, observed rehearsal, peer marking or discussion.
• As is usual in theatre training, you are given constant formative feedback in practical classes as well as more formal feedback on your written assignments and practical projects in tutorials.
• All public performances and studio performances are recorded.
• All summative assessment work is second marked (sometimes through sampling).

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £9250.00

Additional Costs

The course fees are £9,250. Students will be able to access the full amount through the Student Loans Company.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

Learn more about fees

Course and Career progression

You will have the potential to leave the course with a range of pathways open to you. The accelerated professional programme will deliver the necessary industry-related skills to allow you to enter the industry or progress onto an MA programme.

ALRA will offer four students accelerated pathways to their MA Professional Acting and also the opportunity to be considered in year two for the MA Directing prior to audition.

View your prospects on Careers Explorer

Careers Explorer is an online tool which lets you discover the variety of occupations within your chosen field and how much they earn on average.

Go to Careers Explorer Speak to our Careers Advisors

Print Course Information

View our related courses