Our teaching staff are exceptional. We’ve recently been awarded Gold by the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) which assesses the quality of teaching.
Our staff are inspiring teachers, researchers, industry practitioners and technicians who are all here to support you with your studies and help you to achieve outstanding outcomes.
Our recent graduates have appeared in BBC dramas, the West End, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You’ll learn the voice, movement and singing skills you need as a creative artist. You’ll try your hand at everything from classical acting to contemporary performance, on stage and on film. Show business is notoriously demanding. We’ll give you practical insights, and help you build your motivation and self-discipline. Even the strong academic element is approached through practice in order to underline the vocational nature of this course.
Your skills will be in demand even while you’re here.
Our BA (Hons) Film Production, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance constantly draw on our actors. You’ll work with these and students from other courses to create professional film and theatre productions in various locations, including our own studio theatre and other public venues. Your professional networking for industry begins right here, and our production process is what sets our students apart and gives them an edge.
Level 4 (First Year)
Level 4 introduces you to the tools and techniques that will help you create performances for realistic drama on stage and screen.
The work is Stanislavski-based, and you’ll be introduced to the core intellectual, imaginative and physical skills that you will need to learn and develop. Your first year provides a foundation, allowing you to develop a methodological approach to psychophysical acting.
The course provides both practical, studio-based, seminar and lecture-based learning. Throughout your first year you will also attend movement, voice and singing classes. These are highly practical classes that aim to provide you with the specific skills and experiences that will further support your work.
Level 5 (Second Year)
At Level 5, you’ll further develop your acting and investigative skills in relation to the world of the play, and explore the demands of different kinds of dramatic structures and styles of performance.
You’ll learn to see the audience as an integral factor in the creative process and continue to develop a personal methodological approach to acting through units such as Shakespeare, Actor Creator and Applied Theatre.
Practical work takes the form of taught sessions and workshops, leading to performances which will be viewed by an internal audience.
At the end of Level 5, you’ll have developed acting, physical and vocal skills to a higher level; alongside extended skills in investigative techniques and textual analysis skills.
Level 6 (Third Year)
Level 6 encourages you to extend your exploration of the acting process by providing you with a range of creative challenges.
You’ll create professional-quality theatre productions both on and off-site in collaboration with other AUB courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to create your own practical projects.
A key focus of your third year is to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage your future career. In preparation for professional life, this year will include seminars on the business aspects of being an actor such as CVs, photos, auditions, Spotlight and Equity ensuring you are industry ready by the time you graduate.
As part of your course you may also get the opportunity to take part in course trips, previous trips have included:
- The Globe Theatre, London.
*These trips are optional and some may incur additional costs