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.

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 programme consists of 16 modules studied intensively over two years which focus on five core strands of performance and performance making; character, rehearsal, body and voice, making work and skills. It is through these modules that individuals will engage with a broad range of concepts, principles, practitioners, techniques and technologies which will inform the essential creative, critical and artistic skills for Acting and Creative Performance Practice.

The programme will provide a curriculum of classes in film, TV and stage acting in a range of styles. There will be a focus on the integration of voice and movement as the core aspect of the training. Drawing on a range of holistic practitioners the imaginative acting work centres on the student’s connection to their psycho-physical and psycho-vocal experience. Dance is explored technically and expressively within the curriculum alongside enrichment skills in stage combat.

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 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.

This accelerated degree course is delivered by Leicester College faculty members at The Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester. The course is validated and awarded by DMU. The BA (Hons) Acting (Creative Performance Practice) has been designed collaboratively between Leicester College and The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, who support and endorse the programme.

The course will provide:
• A curriculum of classes in film, TV and stage acting in a range of genres
• Supporting classes in voice, movement, dance and stage combat
• 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:

Practical Voice
The module will expect students to embody a basic vocal technique that connects to their imagination and impulse. Key areas of the module’s work will focus on freeing tension, releasing the jaw, improving articulation, resonance, connection to breath, relationship between sound and movement.

Rehearsal Methods
This module aims to equip students to understand the process of engaging in rehearsal. You will understand what it is to work with text from the very early stages of a rehearsal process and take this through into performance.

Acting 1
This module aims to give you a toolkit of different approaches to acting and development of character that draw on a range of basic acting concepts, allowing you to respond to differing directorial approaches and to apply personal techniques to solve particular acting problems encountered during the rehearsal process. Classes will be led in two strands: improvisation and acting traditions. Camera technique will be introduced in this module.

Dance for the Actor
Dancing frees the actor, both mentally and physically and develops a strong, flexible, tension-free body whilst increasing fitness levels. Within this module you will engage in technical classes in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.

Creative Practice 1
The module aims to increase the student’s awareness of the contributing artistic and stage management expertise that support the craft of acting. Module content essentially develops the student’s understanding of the skills required to develop as an artist, establishing the framework to take on projects and lead them autonomously.

Physicality in Theatre 1
This module aims to give students an experience of a range of actor movement styles that allow them to release physical tension, recognise habit and develop their skills in constructing and performing in physically driven material.

Level 5
Body and Voice
The aim of this module is to explore the connection of vocal and physical technique in line with the principles explored at level 4. Students will engage with practical exercises that move from individual to ensemble developing techniques for expression.

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

Acting 2
Building on the level 4 Acting module students will engage with more complex approaches to scene work and improvisation. The overall aim of the module is to develop complex characters that students are able to sustain within both live and recorded settings.

Creative Practice 2
Students 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 community.

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 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
This module will focus on the skills developed through partnered dances and ensemble set studies whilst continuing to free and strengthen the body.

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.

Creative Practice 3
Through tutorials the student will engage in a sustained and deep engagement with a personal research project exploring a performance specialism of their choice to create a solo or ensemble presentation for assessment at the end of the module. Students will be encouraged to use the literacies established in the program content to immerse themselves in the potentiality of their creative artistic process.

Audition skills
Students will explore the process of auditioning for various industry settings including song, dance, voice over, physical theatre and self-tape. The module will include visiting lecturers, casting directors, agents and guest directors allowing the learner to establish industry ready skills.

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 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.


How you will be assessed

The programme teaching and learning strategies aim to:
• Deliver a curriculum that reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding of modern theatre-making practices
• Guide students through a student-centred approach
• Respond to the changing theatre and performance industry and developments in theories and practices for stage, screen, body and voice.

The course will be taught through a combination of rehearsals, experiential workshop and lectures/seminars. Technique and skills based learning will be achieved through intensive studio based activity with opportunities to engage in practical research, discussion and debate and reflection on creative and critical practice. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with personal tutors to support your learning, discuss progress and reflect on developing independent projects. Attendance and engagement with live theatre performance, installation, master classes, screenings and local exhibitions are an essential part of the learning experience and will inform the development of your on-going professional practice.

You will experience work in and around practical and performance related contexts (both recorded and live) undertaking roles for performance, stage production and camera including research, rehearsal, production and performance. Progressing through the levels of the programme you will engage with tutor/director led learning moving towards increased autonomy in developing creative and critical self-directed projects at level 6.

At all levels there will be around 32 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
• 2 hours of lectures/seminar
• 9.5 hours of rehearsal
• 20 hours of experiential workshop
• 30 mins of tutorial

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.

A diverse range of assessment methods are used to recognise the wide spectrum of learning and abilities of students. To embed the principles of Universal Design for Learning (DMU UDL) a variety of assessment tools enable inclusive practice to be demonstrated at module level supporting a wide range of learning needs.

• 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 will 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.

Approximate additional costs will include:
Practical kit: £50
Key Texts: £50
Trips / Performances: £125

Disclaimer

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.

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Course and Career progression

This accelerated professional programme will deliver the necessary industry related skills to allow graduates to either enter the industry or progress on to relevant study at Masters Level.

As the BA (Hons) Acting (Creative Performance Practice) is endorsed by ALRA, progression to their MA Professional Acting or MA Directing programme will be made available subject to standard interview/audition processes. Successful graduates may also apply to other MA programmes including the MA Performance Practice at DMU.

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