This course is designed to provide a credible vocational training for applicants
who have completed two years of Higher Education. Our brief in designing the
course was to create an exciting pathway for the many people who have completed
HND, Foundation Degrees, Associate Degrees or two years at the Higher Education
level in any subject area, and want a training course that is of equal value to
more traditional conservatoire courses. Our close ties with Scotland’s only
Screen Academy (housed at Edinburgh Napier), Queen Margaret’s history and
expertise in actor training, close links with the industry and, our proximity
to, and involvement in, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival give this course a context
that cannot be matched elsewhere in the UK.
The Degree works in two phases:
students begin with a year of intensive teaching, then move gradually toward
more independent work in their final year: forming companies, working with
playwrights, screenwriters and film makers, learning to produce and have the opportunity to be mentored through a full run at the Edinburgh Festival. Along with this
career-launching run, students leave with a show reel and significant experience
in acting for screen.
While training, our students have worked with National Theatre of Scotland, Gridiron Theatre company, Lyceum Theatre company, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Bard in the Botanics.
The degree is designed to help
students make the transition from student learning to independent freelance
artist as smoothly as possible.
Given our Edinburgh location, you’ll be working in some exciting venues, with professional directors and teachers, and the course culminates in potentially a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
This is a full-time course studied over two years.
What you study
- Intensive training in voice, movement and acting
- Approaches to sustained performance and theories of performance
- Stage and screen performance technique
- Advanced techniques for performing classical texts
- Entrepreneurial business skills appropriate for a freelance career in the entertainment industry
- Professional productions on stage and screen
- Critical approaches to acting and performance
- The integration and practice of skills in public performances
- The application of acting techniques appropriate to a particular style of performance
- The development of a personal portfolio showcasing the individual’s work
- Workshops with industry professionals
- Festival performance
In both years there will be particular focus on style and the ability to adapt performance to specific medium. Through intensive study of the similarities and differences between the demands of stage and screen acting, you'll gain a critical understanding of your own acting process and confidence in your ability to work easily in both areas.
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
This course will give you the skills necessary to work in the performing arts, as well as a wide range of transferable skills you can take into employment in other fields.
Previous graduates have moved onto:
- stage and screen acting
- managing and launching small theatre companies
- theatre company management
- arts administration
- various roles in the entertainment industry which require initiative and creativity
Over 50% of our graduates have secured agency representation and student destinations have included Dundee Rep, Carriage Works Theatre Leeds, Pipe Up Productions, Bespoke Theatre, Edinburgh Literary Pub Tours, Waterloo Road (Shed Productions), Outlander (Starz Network), and many others.
The qualification also provides a platform for further research and study and an academic or teaching career.
Minimum year 3
B in Graded Unit in relevant subject.
Other entry requirements
audition plays a big part in the selection process, but we are looking for a
demonstrated interest within acting, whether it be in subjects at school or
clubs, societies etc. We're looking for passion, self-motivation, strong
imagination and a willingness to be open to new ideas. If you show potential in
the audition, and can meet the academic criteria, then we will be able to offer
a place on our course.
Audition will be in 3 parts:
A Classical speech (Shakespeare) of which we will
send you a selection to pick from
A two minute devised piece that might reflect
something about yourself
A song which would be sung a cappella (pick your best
16 bars of music)
part of the audition, we're looking for an imaginative connection to the world
of the piece you've chosen. Our advice is to come prepared: understand and learn
all your material - inside and out. Otherwise nerves will prevent you from
performing to the best of your ability.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 6.5 overall and no element below 6.0. For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
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