Birmingham City University Drama
Learn how to become an actor here at the Birmingham School of Acting. Our BA in Acting is designed to advance your practical, personal and professional progress.
This contemporary course will prepare you for an exciting, creative career in front of a live, screen or radio audience. You will receive specialist training in voice, movement and singing, graduating with the skill and aptitude to take on the exciting and dynamic world of the dramatic arts.
This course prepares you to be a professional actor, stretching you physically, personally and professionally. As a vocational actor training course, full attendance for a minimum of 30 contact hours a week, for a minimum of 30 weeks would be expected.
What’s covered in the course?
Study within a vibrant and dynamic environment, alongside your passionate and energetic peers. With a proactive, hands-on attitude you shall train vigorously to achieve a high-standard of skill that is expected of the contemporary actor.
This three-year course will train you to become an actor. Throughout the course you will make a showreel, perform showcases to industry and perform in external theatres. Graduates of this course have gone on to craft successful and inspiring careers, such as Tom Lister – best known for his role as Carl King in Emmerdale and Helen George, who played Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife.
We aim to transform you into an independently-minded performer and practitioner with a diverse skills base. Creating opportunities for yourself through a forward-thinking attitude, you will engage with the course both intellectually and creatively. We strive to help you fully realise your creative gifts and talent. Encouraging you to create a well-informed working process that is supported by practice, theory and reflection.
Your classes will mainly be studio-based sessions, focusing on the practical application of acting, voice, movement and singing. For some modules you will have timetabled rehearsal time, where you will work in groups to produce material.
Your studies will help to influence and shape your career; previous graduates have been commended by industry for their innovative and challenging project work. You will be thrown into the deep-end of a full-time training. The course is demanding and energetic, allowing you to explore your potential in a fun, exciting but challenging environment; applying your passion and paving the way for an exciting and successful career.
“The BA Acting course has given me all the skills, self-belief and preparation needed to enter the professional industry with confidence.” Rianna Ash
Why Choose Us?
- Our industry connections stem from internal and external sources. Birmingham School of Acting staff have vast, and notable experience, both in the UK and internationally. Staff have worked with well-known individuals, projects and companies such as the BBC, the RSC, West End stars, British repertory and festival theatres and much more.
- Here at the Birmingham School of Acting we are proud to be a part of Birmingham City University, where, as a student you are not only part of a Drama School but also an accredited University.
- We are part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM) and the biggest producer of creative professionals outside the South East.
- You will be taught by professional staff, with extensive knowledge, expertise and experience within the acting field. Our team is made up of visiting tutors, and in-house lecturers, all of which have and continue to work in industry.
- Graduates of the BA (Hons) Acting course have successful careers as actors. They are working with programmes such as Peaky Blinders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders, WPC53, Call the Midwife, Holby City, The Royal, and Shameless. As well as TV, they are performing at prestigious venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the National Theatre and many more exciting destinations!
Admission is by audition; in addition we require 64 points from A-levels or equivalent.
Individual offers are made regarding grades in order to secure a place on the course.
Normally 32 students are enrolled onto the course each year.
5+ GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above to include English Language.
The UCAS tariff is changing
If you’re considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it’s important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.