An established, unique and highly practical Actor training programme, delivered by industry professionals in a diverse university setting.
UCLan’s BA (Hons) Acting prepares you for a range of employment and vocational opportunities as a professional actor in Theatre, TV, Film and Radio/Voice Work along with community arts; the entertainment and media industry; and further academic study. This degree covers key areas such as; movement & vocal techniques, rehearsal processes, textual analysis skills, acting for theatre, radio and screen; professional preparation along with contextual knowledge, research skills and creative and devising skills.
The course is highly practical and all of the work students engage in is directed towards performance, the majority of which is presented in the public domain. You will appear in directed, public performances in your second and third year and in Graduate Showcases in Manchester and London. The BA (Hons) Acting has now established itself within the industry as a unique alternative to traditional drama school training. Graduates from this course are eligible for Equity and Spotlight membership.
Drama at UCLan - ranked 2nd in the North West for Academic Support and 3rd in the North West for teaching on the course.
Preston (Campus code: U)
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
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Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
We welcome students with qualifications in other subjects, but who have shown a significant commitment to theatre performance. All applicants must attend an audition/ interview.
(Over the 3 years there are 7 compulsory modules in total.)
The Expressive Actor
The Contemporary Actor
Acting for Theatre 1
The Professional Actor
The Actor as Creator
Acting for Theatre 2
BA (Hons) Acting, 2011
Aimee Leigh studied BA (Hons) Acting and graduated in 2011. After looking at several universities, she decided that the acting course at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was the one for her and was inspired by the tutors which she encountered.
Since graduating, Aimee has opened her own business and owns the Pauline Quirke Academy in Preston, working with young children and inspiring the next generation.
BA (Hons) Acting 2014
UCLan Acting graduate, Kattreya Scheurer-Smith may only be in the early stages of her career yet she’s already scored an impressive list of credits to her name including a part in an official Coca Cola commercial and the big budget American superhero film, Wonder Woman.
“Working abroad has been absolutely amazing. For Coca Cola, I got two-weeks filming between studio work in Barcelona and location work in Andorra, which was similar to a second Christmas,” said Kattreya.
BA (Hons) Acting, 2009
UCLan graduate, Mandip Gill has landed a prime-time TV role as Doctor Who’s new companion, Yasmin Khan, in the eleventh series of the iconic hit show.
Mandip graduated in 2009, and with the help of her UCLan tutors, secured a top Manchester based agent who immediately started to put her forward for auditions.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.