This acting and performance course will build on key skills gained on the NC course in Acting and Performance and is in effect years two and three of three years of continuous training.
What will I learn?
- Text and performance
- Theatre history
- Acting methods and practitioners
- Workshop skills
- Creating drama scripts
- Professional development for actors
Please note that during production blocks you will be required to work out-with the normal college day. Assessment will be continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments.
Previous students have performed in a wide range of productions such as The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Animal Farm, Scenes from the Big Picture, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth.
Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.
Employer and industry links
We offer additional workshops with industry professionals to broaden the students learning and create networking opportunities. Students will also have the chance to work with clients in TIE projects, which involves local schools and charities. There is always a variety of external opportunities from year to year. These opportunities include professional casting sessions, drama festivals, conferences and events.
University of the West of Scotland
- BA (Hons) Contemporary Screenwriting
- BA (Hons) Performance
Jobs and further study
If successful, you may progress to drama school for further study.
Former graduates have continued their professional training at the following institutions:
- Rose Bruford
- Central School of speech and drama
- Napier University
- Queen Margaret University
Entry requirements (minimum)
- NC Acting and Performance
- Entry is by audition. (During the pandemic, you may be asked to submit an audition self-tape) Please note that priority for places is given to our own NC Acting and Performance students. Places for direct entry at this level therefore are very rare and dependent on our own students not taking up the places offered.
- If you have a relevant HNC, it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND if places are available. Please contact us directly, as units held need to be compatible with units offered by us.
If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:
- You will only be considered for entry into what is in effect second and third year of our three continuous years of training if you currently have an NQ Acting and Performance qualification.
- You will be asked to prepare and perform two contrasting monologues.
- Each monologue should last between one and three minutes.
- There will be a short interview after the performance of your monologues.
The first audition sessions will be in February/March. The result of the selection process will be emailed within five working days of the audition. Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information for example, student funding and joining information.
You are expected to dress appropriately for the audition in black loose clothing with little make-up or jewellery. Appropriate footwear should be worn. Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example, student funding information.