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BA (Hons) Acting (Film, TV and Stage) with Foundation Year

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

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If you’re looking to break into acting, this degree is an excellent launch pad. You’ll get to fine-tune and extend your acting skills, working on live briefs, networking with industry creatives and taking part in diverse projects.
Unlike many acting degrees that focus primarily on the theatre, this course covers on-screen acting, too. With a lot of acting work coming from on-screen avenues, we’ll get you ready to capitalise on film, TV and online opportunities as well.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union has been ranked in the top three in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2020). We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich your university experience. It’s a big deal!

Why study this subject?

Whether you specialise in Film, TV or stage, with this degree you will be able to play a key role in storytelling. Become the protagonist of your career and help create inspiring characters for your audience to fall in love with.

Through this art form you will be able to create relationships with the audience and it will be your artistic flare that will entertain, inspire and comfort them.

Student performance

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

On our BA (Hons) Acting (Film, TV & Stage), you’ll create your own performances, including your own shows, films and short scenes – and take things in the direction that interests you, whether that’s directing or devising, or focusing on a particular theory, piece of research or playwright.

Working with our professional experts and lecturers, you’ll consider a range of acting methods from the last 100 years and try out different styles and ideas you can integrate into your own performances.

As well as taking part in guest workshops, you’ll collaborate with students from other courses. You could work on projects with students studying film and TV production, creative advertising, audio and music, and even nursing.

We’ll support you to find a performance approach that’s uniquely yours and set you up with the real-world skills you need to secure acting work when you graduate.

With London’s theatre world only a short train journey away, we are perfectly placed for acting and performing arts. It also means we can bring in industry professionals to run a range of masterclasses.


There’ll be lots of other performance opportunities open to you, during and after you graduate. We frequently draws on our strong industry links, including:

  • Swan Theatre, High Wycombe – students from each year perform in this professional theatre every year.
  • Courtyard Theatre, London – this leading fringe venue hosts our final year showcases as well as our second-year productions.
  • Court Theatre Training Company – this leading drama school is a partner institution of the university, and we share industry practice with them.
  • Out of Joint – this leading UK theatre company has hosted workshops and talks with our students, and Catriona Craig, a permanent member of Bucks staff part time, also works as Literary Manager for the company.
  • Paines Plough – James Grieve, Artistic Director of the company was awarded an honorary MA in 2016 for his work with our students, helping advise lecturers on texts, and organising opportunities for our students to interview leading playwright Alistair McDowall.

Students regularly perform beyond the University, with several going on to join the National Youth Theatre.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the entrepreneurial flair, and strong grasp of both stage and screen work, to position yourself confidently as an inspiring and creative practitioner that people will want to work with.

What facilities can I use?

You’ll use our drama studio on site, with moving lights and fully-equipped sound system and projection. We also use the professional venue at Wycombe Town Hall, which is less than two minutes from our campus. Check out our facilities section for more information.

What will I study?

Through practical workshops, and looking at the relevant literature, we’ll take you through different acting styles and techniques, including method acting, physical  theatre, post-dramatic styles and more abstract approaches.

In your final year, you’ll manage your own significant screen or stage-based production, from conception to venue booking, marketing and performance.

You’ll also set up your own artistic company, and learn about all the elements involved in that, from budgeting and funding applications to promoting yourself as a professional artist.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Our team of experienced academics and acting professionals will nurture your learning and professional skills throughout your time with us.

We’ll work with you to ensure you gain:

  • a good knowledge of different acting styles, ideas and approaches;
  • the skills to perform powerfully on screen and stage;
  • an understanding of how to manage your own artistic company and initiate your own projects;
  • the ability to present your ideas and work well with others.

Assessment is varied, catering for different learning styles and enabling students to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills.

These include solo performance, group performance, group presentation, written project proposal, written reflection on creative work, and essay. Through Artists’ Manifestos students will be asked to outline their creative ideas in a theorised way, demonstrating their grasp of the interface between theory and practice.

Throughout the course, an attempt is made to connect practical and critical work, with an understanding of the links between theory and practice evidenced in written work. These contribute to the overall aim of turning graduates into thinking practitioners.

This understanding culminates in the work done through a practical dissertation and production projects.

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Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Documents

BA (Hons) Acting (Film, TV and Stage) Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility

Introduction to Performing Arts

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Voice Skills

Movement Skills

Introduction to Devised Production

Introduction to Scripted Production

Actor Training and Theory

Performer Training and Theory

Approaches to Acting and Screen

Approaches to Acting and Performance

Year 3 Modules

Recorded Voice Skills

Physical Theatre Skills

Film & Theatre Production

Practice With Research

Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Devising and Writing (optional)

Acting and Text (optional)

Year 4 Modules

Strategic Professional Practice - Applied Arts

Strategic Professional Practice - Professional Portfolio

Independent Production

Transferable and Employability Skills

Viva & Research Proposal

Acting Practical Dissertation (optional)

Acting Written Dissertation (optional)

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We will also help you to find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

By the time you leave us, you’ll be in a strong position to go after acting work. You could also take your skills and experience into other areas of the arts and media.

You could work in acting for theatre or films, set up your own performance company, work in education or outreach groups, or across a range of areas in the cultural industries, undertake further professional study or pursue research through a master’s degree.

We will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities such as:

  • Actor/ Actress
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Performance Company owner
  • Teacher.

You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study a postgraduate course, such as our full-time or part-time MA Performance (Live and Digital).

Jeremy Kelly
Dr Jeremy Vincent Kelly
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Catriona Craig
Dr. Catriona Craig
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Dr Nic Fryer
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