BA Acting

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Key information:

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Application Fee: £36 GBP; Tuition Fees: See Fees section below
Apply by 4.30pm on 17 January 2024 for September 2024 entry (applications open on 29 September 2023)
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About the BA Acting

Innovative in structure and approach, our Acting programme supports students to connect with their own authentic selves. We are committed to the development of each student’s unique and individual practice.

Our Acting programme is constantly evolving to meet the demands of the 21st century, whilst maintaining a deep commitment to craft training.

We believe strongly in the power of the ensemble, with individual actors working together in a coordinated and complementary way, each contributing to a powerful shared outcome. We work in a collaborative atmosphere and encourage actors to connect with each other, society and the wider world.

We aim to develop actors who are tenacious and versatile, able to move with confidence between stage, screen, digital and audio platforms and classical, contemporary and experimental repertoire. There is a generous staff-student ratio and a high number of teaching hours.

During the programme, you will work with a diverse range of teachers and guest practitioners, all with working knowledge of the industry, exploring a broad range of practices and repertoire.

All practitioners are chosen for their particular experience and practice, but we work as a committed team with a common purpose. Together, we work alongside you as an individual (and in groups and productions) to help define, develop and articulate the practices which are most useful to you.

Programme Structure

Years 1 and 2

The first two years concentrate on acquiring fundamental skills and experience. Your time will be divided between class and project work. In the first two terms most of your time will be spent in classes, with more time on projects as the programme progresses.

Both class and project work focus on developing and integrating the following main areas of study:

Year 3

Year 3

By the third year you will have developed your own working processes. Most of your time will be spent rehearsing and performing to the public and to industry professionals in productions and showcases. You will work on a variety of productions of differing scale, style and genre. You will also have the opportunity to write and perform your own work, and a variety of bespoke showcase opportunities.

Preparing for the industry

In your final year, you will receive support and guidance on starting out in the industry, with regular talks and workshops by directors, agents, casting directors, tax advisers and Equity representatives. You will be mentored by actors currently working in the profession, and the programme provides a specialist Industry Consultant to assist you in the transition from training to professional life. Students who have the right to work in the UK are eligible for student membership of British Actors’ Equity, the actors’ trade union, and for full Equity membership on completing the training.

After training

Guildhall Acting graduates can be seen in a wide variety of roles across film, TV and theatre. Many alumni go on to use their training in fields such as education, social care, law and design.. Find out more about out Acting alumni.

Programme Specification

See the full programme specifications, including module specifications and assessment criteria.

BA Acting Programme Specification 2023-24.pdf
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Our facilities

Live productions take place in our three distinctive theatres, offering an exciting mix of industry-standard performance spaces to explore: Silk Street Theatre, a large versatile space; Milton Court Theatre, a proscenium arch theatre; and the intimate Milton Court Studio Theatre. In addition, we create productions made for digital platforms, screen and live-streaming.

Staff, Students and Alumni

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Our Acting Graduates include some of the most high-profile names in the business and a host of award-winners, in theatre, film and television.

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Meet the full time and freelance staff working in our Drama department.