BA(Hons) in Acting


Program Description

Push boundaries to become a progressive actor in a highly creative and collaborative environment. Based in a vibrant, supportive community, you’ll develop an in-depth range of practical acting techniques for theatre, performance and recorded media.


Throughout this innovative acting degree, you'll learn the skills needed to succeed as a 21st-century performer in a fast-moving industry. Supporting you will be practising staff, who'll nurture your individual talents, encourage self-reflection and guide the creation of your own work.

You will:

  • Access cutting-edge green screen and motion capture facilities.
  • Collaborate with students specialising in film, television and games, gaining industry-relevant training.
  • Showcase your work at the AMATA Festival at the end of your third year.
  • Benefit from AMATA's year-round performance programme, which attracts world-class artists and performers, such as Anne McNulty, Gecko Theatre, Matthew Dunster, Michael Grandage Company, Prodigal and WildWorks.
  • Enhance your employability as we prepare you for a professional career in the acting industry.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Can vocalise text, vary tone, and respond to the material.
  • Physically engages with their environment.
  • Is lively and responsive.
  • Thinks independently.

What our graduates do

Our graduates have gone on to work in film, digital media, national theatre companies, advertising, radio, and performance companies of all sizes.

My brother recently landed a feature role in an amateur theatre production of “Singing In The Rain”. Despite what the title infers - there is nothing amateur about it. Production value is high, and the acting takes you out of the auditorium and into your own magical sing-song world. Needless to say - a very proud brother right here.

What you'll learn

Focusing on practical skills, you'll learn from working industry professionals while studying voice and speech, textual analysis, physical expression and behaviour, and imaginative and real interactions with space, set and design. You'll also study collaborative and ensemble approaches to creative acting and performing.

Year one

During your first year, you'll study physical, vocal and textual techniques, develop character creation skills and storytelling, and learn acting and performance theories and practices. In this way, you'll prepare for studio-based and context-based acting rehearsals and technical instruction.


  • The Actor's Instrument
  • Performance, Culture & Contexts
  • Acting & Story
  • The Expressive Actor
  • Contemporary Performance Practices & Concepts
  • Acting & Character

Year two

You'll improve your physical and vocal skills with practical acting training, and grow your conceptual and critical skills in research and performance theories. As well as working on a group production, you'll have the chance to learn skills for media, such as digital, radio and voiceover. Following this, you'll use film and television scripts to pursue advanced acting for camera techniques.


  • Performing in Recorded Media
  • Acting & Contemporary Performance
  • The Integrated Actor
  • Acting & Classical Performance
  • Screen Acting Skills
  • Acting and the Audience: Production 1

Year three

Tackling a full-scale screen-acting project, you'll produce high-production-value material for your showreel. You'll turn research and core techniques into a solo performance project, and put on a full-scale public performance to be shown at the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) festival.

Using your knowledge of both practice and theory, you'll produce an essay about your acting and performance interests. You'll also grow your industry knowledge through master classes, guest speakers and practitioners.


  • Screen Acting Project
  • Show in a Bag: Solo Performance Project
  • The Thinking Practitioner: Student-Led Research
  • Professional Preparation
  • Acting and the Audience: Production 2

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

This acting degree has a strong focus on practical work, so you'll perform from the first year onwards. You'll gain first-hand experience from workshops with international practitioners, cross-departmental collaborations with film, TV and games courses, and regular residencies and performances from new and established companies, ensembles and performers.

Core vocal and physical training approaches to acting, and intensive production projects will help you explore and grow as an actor and performer.

You'll spend an average of 15-18 hours per week in study and in contact with staff, with extended hours during productions, and extra time dedicated to student-led rehearsals. And you'll share lectures and group seminars on acting and performance theories and practices with BA(Hons) Theatre & Performance.

Assessment methods

The practical assessment includes:

  • Showings
  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Studio-based practice
  • Showreels
  • Voicereels
  • A final-year major performance showcase

The written assessment includes:

  • Literature reviews
  • Essays
  • Portfolios
  • Final-year dissertation (extended essay) on research or practice-based topic of choice


You'll be trained, developed and supported by leading actors, directors and scholars, learning from their experience working in the UK industry, as well as in America, Asia, Australasia and throughout Europe. Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member.

"We were impressed by the availability of Falmouth's BA(Hons) Acting students in the work, their attitude to exploring techniques that were completely new to them, and the intelligence of their questions and responses throughout. As a company, we are used to working in conservatoires and we are very excited to see the standard of students and their training at Falmouth's AMATA which is itself a really impressive centre."
Alister O'Loughlin, Prodigal Theatre


  • 11 high-specification performance and rehearsal studios.
  • Two large, flexible theatres with state-of-the-art lighting and sound resources.
  • Smaller rehearsal studios.
  • Three dance studios with Harlequin sprung floors.
  • Recording studio complex.
  • Technical resource store.
  • Professional theatre venue hosting visiting companies and artists.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below. 

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: W410

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. 

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

As a guide our typical offer at an undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.


  • UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration) 
  • Late applications will be considered if there are places available. 
  • International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £9,250 - full-time UK/EU
  • £16,000 - full-time international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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