BA SCREEN ACTING (2 YEARS)
- Two-year full-time undergraduate course for students looking for immersive practical training in screen acting
- Gain experience in essential screen acting disciplines that reflect the real business of screen acting through six key areas; story and script, character and performance, acting methods and techniques, behind the camera skills, screen business and employability
- Develop work that includes short form, episodic and long-form productions for film, television and the web
- Collaborate with our BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking students
BA (Hons) Screen Acting is a unique, practical, industry-focused degree course which will allow you to develop the skills necessary to become a professional screen actor. This course has been designed with industry professionals to reflect the real business of screen acting.
Through a combination of lectures, seminars, reflective practice and self-directed learning, everything you learn will be put into practice through a wide range of practical, industry-focused exercises and productions. You will also collaborate with our filmmaking students who will create material which you will have the opportunity to be involved in. You will leave the course with a showreel and CV.
- Career skills. Secure employment in the creative screen industries with first-hand practical guidance from industry professional tutors.
- High-calibre guest speakers and tutors. Learn from the best ‘Industry guest speakers and masterclasses’.
- Immersive and fast. Complete your course in just two years and start working in the industry sooner
The course is divided into six learning themes which focus on a variety of screen acting forms and include collaborative productions with our filmmaking students as well as your own production opportunities. The themes are all woven into the modular structure of the course. These productions include Short Form, Episodic, Genre, Long Form and your Graduation project.
- Story and Script. In these modules, you will explore the fundamentals of good storytelling, create characters, understand how to write and analyse scripts and work with subtext.
- Character and Performance. These modules focus on the element of performance through the role of the character as well as the role of the director. You will develop your voice and movement skills, work with filmmaking students to learn directing skills and understand how to get a performance from an actor as a director. By analysing backstory and the psychology of characters, you will gain an understanding of how to create a three-dimensional performance.
- Acting Methods and Techniques. Throughout these modules, you will analyse notable theories and techniques of screen acting with particular focus on Stanislavski and Meisner. Your understanding of theory will be integrated into practice as you advance through the course from fundamental techniques to advanced skills like improvisation and ensemble work.
- Behind the Camera. Over the course of these modules, you will learn the processes and techniques of filmmaking, develop craft skills in areas such as directing and editing as well as be trained in basic camera, lighting and sound. You will enhance your understanding of the technical skills required in screen acting such as physicality within the frame, understanding shot sizes, speed and pace of turnaround depending on the form and working with the camera team. Editing will provide you with the skills to develop ‘self-tapes’, an essential part of your toolkit.
- Screen Business. These production modules will give you the opportunity to practice your presentation and audition techniques by putting yourself forward for acting roles in the collaborative productions from short form and episodic web series to feature film. Working with filmmaking students, you will enhance your understanding of production and professional practice. If preferred, you will have opportunities to work in production teams, create your own material including a genre piece, and create your own genre short film.
- Employability; You will develop your career ambitions through the course in pitching, presentations, auditions and castings and in later modules you will learn more advanced skills such as voice over techniques and combat skills as well as understanding how digital technology can inform your practice as a screen practitioner through motion capture for example.
BA (Hons) Screen Acting aims to enable you to:
- develop a diverse range of skills and approaches to screen acting and performance whilst understanding the requirements of professional practice and the current screen industries.
- enable you to develop the techniques and approaches to become a screen performer for the 21st century understanding how to be entrepreneurial, employable and proactive.
- clearly identify the skills required for screen acting and performance by incorporating an awareness of current production and industry techniques across a wide range of platforms and production contexts.
- to communicate and deliver creative ideas, both working alone and collaboratively as part of a team.
- to understand the collaborative nature of screen production, to problem solve and learn to work autonomously as well as being a ‘team player’ in today’s evolving screen marketplace.
- develop independent, self-reflective skills which will enable you to critically appraise and evaluate your personal journey and support your journey in becoming a ‘self starter’.
- engage in critical thinking and research to enable you to engage in contemporary rapidly evolving 21stcentury cultural, political, technological and ethical arguments and perspectives relevant to screen acting and the media industries
Dates & Prices
- 27 September 2021 — 20 October 2023
To apply for the BA (Hons) Screen Acting course at the MetFilm School:
-You must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course.
– All students must apply via UCAS. UCAS applications must contain a personal statement. Applicants must satisfy the UCAS points of 100 UCAS points – either as predicted grades or completed qualifications. For information on how to apply via UCAS and how this works, please follow the link here.
– In addition to the UCAS application, all BA Screen Acting applicants are requested to submit either their acting showreel or a filmed duologue, as well as to conduct a script-read at interview stage. This needs to be submitted as a web link to an online video and can be included in the UCAS application itself or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Applicants without a duologue will be considered – we will use other parts of the application to assess your suitability.
-If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.
-If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.
-Please be aware that there are certain costs you will need to budget for in addition to the course fees. You can find out more about these costs here.
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Apply via Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), using:
-Institution Code: M73
-Course Code: W410
-Via UCAS as above
Find out about Application Deadlines.
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