BA (Hons) Acting

On this degree you will explore a range of approaches to acting and develop a Professional Acting portfolio. You will learn how acting can be a transformative experience by performing in plays and ensemble works. You will also work on solo pieces where your talent is at the heart of your performance. Use your imagination to develop personas and characters to tell your unique stories.

You will learn in our dedicated studio facilities on campus, including our new 200 seat theatre. Supported by your lecturers and support staff who are all experienced theatre practitioners, writers and researchers.

When you study Acting with us you will join our thriving arts culture on campus and in the community. You will have the opportunity to become involved in projects and partnerships including:

  • Working with York Theatre royal, who are key partners in our Acting degree
  • Working with visiting artists and performers who share their work with us
  • Engaging with the contemporary work of an international theatre programme hosted on campus
  • Writing and editing for our Theatre Pages magazine.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.


If your application is successful you will be invited to provide a digital audition.

Career Prospects

This degree will give you the skills and experience needed to succeed in your chosen career. When you graduate you will have developed new performance skills, an understanding of acting technique and processes, and the ability to critically analyse your work. You will also have had the opportunity to develop your own Professional Acting portfolio.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as an:

  • Actor
  • Community Arts worker
  • Theatre director
  • Theatre stage manager
  • Broadcast presenter
  • Dramatherapist

Course Details

Year 1

Voice Workshop
Making Ensemble Performance
Big Ideas in Performance
Ensemble: Political Performance
Movement for Performance
Spoken Word Performance
Theatre for Social Change

Year 2

Politically Engaged Practice 1
Politically Engaged Practice 2
Physical Theatre
Acting for Screen: The Performer as Auteur
Acting Vignettes
Politics and the Play
Artist as Witness
Auto/biography and Performance
Children and Young People
Performance in Social Context
Re-Performing Dance Archives
Site Specific Dance
Writing after Beckett
Movement for Performance

Year 3

Contemporary Performance Practice: Research and Development
Contemporary Performance Practice: Actualisation
Independent Practice and Professional Portfolio: Acting

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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