• Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W410
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

  Please note this course is only available for year three (level six) entry only.

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

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 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field trips - £1000 - All Performing Arts students will have an opportunity to partake in the bi-annual trip to New York, costs vary according to cohort size and programme of events but can be expected to be in the order of £800 - £1,000. There will be opportunities to attend Musicals and Theatre performances in London and across the UK, recent examples: Hair, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent

Additional Events/Performances - £250 - Final performances and productions are by individual design as as such costs in this area are difficult to quantify. Potential spend areas: venue hire; props; costumes; choreographers; sets etc

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

Applicants are required to hold 120 credits at Level 4 and Level 5 (for Year 3 entry) from either a HNC/HND or a Foundation Degree in a Drama or Acting related subject.

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/.

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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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