The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Specific areas of study include storytelling, naturalism and American realism, as well as the practices listed above. Acting classes will focus on Stanislavsky and Lecoq.
You will have classes in voice, singing and movement.
Specific areas of study include Shakespeare, comedy and professional development.
Classes in acting for camera will develop your understanding of screen performance methodologies.
You will begin to look at audition and interview techniques and learn the tools necessary to market yourself in today’s creative industries.
Rehearsal projects will include classical text, followed by a comedy project. Recent works for these projects include Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Pericles, and a contemporary comedy project based on Commedia dell’Arte.
At the end of the second year the Rehearsal Project is replaced by rehearsals for your first public performance. Recent productions at this point have included 13 by Mike Bartlett and Bent by Martin Sherman.
This will be followed by a unique contemporary practice project, which may include collaboration with external theatre producers. Last year’s project was led by the Natural Theatre Company.
Much of the final year will be taken up with rehearsals for public performances and the West End showcase. Productions are chosen to reflect the needs and qualities of each year group, as well as engaging with both cutting-edge contemporary writers and challenging classic plays.
Recent productions include:
- The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price, directed by Sophie Lifschutz
- Fanny and Fagott by Jack Thorne, directed by Justin Audibert
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- The Colour of Justice by Richard Norton-Taylor
You will work with external directors who will introduce you to the realities of industry practice. Recent visiting directors include:
- Justin Audibert
- Dan Coleman
- Kate Budgen
- Nikolai Foster
- Lisa Spirling
- Sophie Lifschutz
- Marieke Audsley
- Jules Tipton
You will work on a film project, footage from which will be available to you.
During this year you will undertake a personal assignment that will offer scope for independent practice and a critical evaluation of your learning.
Disclaimer: Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.