BA Stage and Screen Acting Pending approval

BA (Hons) Stage and Screen Acting

(please note this course is subject to approval)

OverviewIain Davie

 Ambition is everything and this inspiring degree provides contemporary vocational actor training, in a variety of styles, media and venues, with direct entry into year three.

BA (Hons) Stage and Screen Acting is a full-time course studied over two years, and is designed to provide a credible vocational training for applicants who have completed two years of Higher Education.  

Our aim is 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 University), and Edinburgh Napier’s 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.

Our students have worked with such companies as National Theatre of Scotland, The National Theatre, Starz Television Network, Netflix, Traverse Theatre, Channel 4, Lyceum Theatre Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, Visible Fictions Theatre Company and Bard in the Botanics.

Please note: This course is subject to approval. 

Course details

Student of Stage and Screen Acting's showThe 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, having the opportunity to produce and be mentored through a potential run at the Edinburgh Festival. Along with this career-launching run, students leave with a show reel and significant experience in acting for screen.

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 the opportunity of a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

What you study

Year 3
  • 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
Year 4
  • Professional standard 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 and auditions with industry professionals
  • Festival performance
Stage and Screen Acting student showIn 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 in both areas.


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.

Graduates have moved onto:

  • Stage and screen acting
  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Managing and launching small theatre companies
  • Theatre company management
  • Arts administration
  • Various roles in the entertainment industry which require initiative and creativity
  • Teaching

The qualification also provides a platform for further research and study and an academic or teaching career.

Entry Requirements

B in Graded Unit in relevant subject.

Other entry requirements

Audition & application 

Stage and Screen Acting student showYour 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.

The 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)

For each 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

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.

International students

If your qualifications aren’t listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

English language requirements

If your first language isn’t English, you’ll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. If requirements are not mentioned above, our minimum English language requirements will apply.

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.

Admissions policies

We’re committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.