School of Performing Arts


BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

This course aims to combine the intellectual exploration of acting and the practical development of skills.

This course aims to combine the intellectual exploration of acting and the practical development of skills.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W410
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

This course aims to combine the intellectual exploration of acting and the practical development of skills. It will develop the actor as collaborator – able to exercise his/ her craft and to contribute to the creation of work.

The course will equip you to work with explorative companies such as Stan’s Café, Talking Birds, Knee High, Forced Entertainment as well as in more conventional performance environments such as repertory theatre, film and television. You will also be equipped to seek employment in applied drama contexts, directing, writing and arts marketing.

What happens on the course?

You will complete actor training in vocal and physical skills. In addition you will work on the skills that will make you a creative actor and collaborator.

You will have a unique opportunity to work on production modules during the degree which are taught full time and exclusively to other modules for a 3 week intensive period.

As part of your studies you will form companies to negotiate appropriate marketing strategies to promote your work to a public audience as well as prepare your audition portfolio, cv and showreel.  

You will develop your acting skills for the stage, screen and radio and apply a range of skills, techniques and new technologies to enable creative engagement with different performance/acting contexts.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of forms, practices, traditions, texts, theories and histories of drama, performance and theatre in their cultural, historical and contemporary contexts

You will complete a substantial final year project in an area of your choice which will enhance your future employability.

The balance of assessment work is 60% Practical and 40% Theory.

Modules you will study:

Year 1

  • Performer training: Voice
  • Performer training: Physical
  • Performance: The Public Performer
  • Applied Drama: Setting the Context
  • Text: Challenging Conventions
  • Performance Analysis

Year 2

  • Creative Performer
  • TV and Radio Acting
  • Theatre Movements: Practitioner’s Perspectives
  • Business theatre
  • Performance Analysis
  • Text: How Play’s Work

Year 3

  • Performance: The Independent Producer
  • Solo Acting
  • Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • Showcase
  • Professional Project

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

As a graduate of the course you should be able to work as an actor/performer for the theatre, TV and radio. You will be able to set up your own company as well as work for established ones. You can work as a playwright, director, casting director, acting workshop facilitator and seek work in a variety of applied theatre contexts.

You can also progress onto postgraduate study including our MA in Contemporary Theatre and Performance, other MA courses in Acting/Directing, PGCE and PhD courses. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

    • The purpose built Performance Hub which houses The Black Box Theatre, one of the best equipped small theatres in the country
    • The building you will study in has 5 large studios, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and the campus library
    • You will be taught by members of staff who are experts in their fields and work in the industry nationally and internationally (professional actors, directors, writers, scenographers, , musical directors, singers, etc.) as well as publish research and present at international conferences

    The member of academic staff who leads this course is Gabriela Curpan


  • Vocal – voice control and delivery
  • Physical skills such as stage combat and physical theatre
  • TV and radio acting specific skills
  • Playwriting skills
  • Ability to work as a creative collaborator; improvisation and devising skills
  • Ability to respond to a brief in the context of business theatre
  • Research, Writing and Presentation skills

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts grade D
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Read further information on the audition process here

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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