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BA (Hons) Screen Acting and Creative Technologies

 

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Institution C58

UCAS W600

Bognor Regis campus

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 – 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC - BCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM
  • GCSEs: Mathematics (C/4 or above) 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Fees:

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

All applicants are required to audition for this course.

Course content

1st for Overall Satisfaction, Learning Community and Academic Support

 (The National Student Survey 2020)

Course Overview

During the Screen Acting and Creative Technologies degree you will have an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with dedicated crafts people and makers from across the creative industries.

You will be taught by a team of highly qualified professional practitioners and current industry figures including award winning directors, producers, actors, writers, editors and composers from the fields of Film, TV and Games.

Our approach gives aspiring screen actors the real world experiences and employability skills needed to develop their acting careers in a range of screen based creative industries.

Why this degree?

The programme is a highly relevant course for the current and future needs of the screen industries. Acting Craft classes explore classical and contemporary play and screen-play texts, acting methods, physicality, character psychology, improvisation.

  • Drama & film production
  • Motion capture
  • Action performance (horse riding, driving, climbing, weaponry, combat)
  • Audio work

Audio skills can be developed for virtual characters, radio drama, voice over and ADR, and factual acting is considered by introductions to TV Presenting, Advertising and Scripted Reality.

Industry focused modules cover agents, auditions, film festivals & freelancing, and those wishing to explore the actor/writer dynamic can opt to take a number of screenwriting and storytelling modules.

Screen Acting & Creative Technologies students have exclusive access to a wide range of additional acting and performing opportunities from within the department, with numerous drama, performance and voice related projects completed every year by fellow students, staff and professional associates.

Alongside aspiring filmmakers, writers and animators, you will collaborate across the department to gain an exceptional understanding of production practices and technology application, enhancing an extended range of vital employability skills needed to build a successful career.

Opportunities to study the history, theory and cultural relevance of screen based content gives you the chance to investigate a range of interests throughout your degree beyond applied practice.

The department runs field trips to international film festivals, professional film shoots and industry conventions on a regular basis, and by working with professional associates and on staff projects you can develop early career profiles on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base).

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Creative & Digital Technologies team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 

Our facilities

The department of Creative and Digital Technologies is based in the new Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

These exciting facilities provide access to professional industry standard equipment and hands on practical learning. 

Tech Park

 CDT Facilities

The Tech Park facilites include:

  • A 300sqm film production studio and sound stage
  • 9 post production edit suites with‘soho’ standard dubbing
  • An 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work
  • Professional recording studios with Mac and PC suites

Learning Resource Centre 

   LRC Bognor Campus

Our Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis is based at the heart of the campus. It hosts:

  • Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans
  • Costa Coffee

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

 

Where this can take you

Our Screen Acting & Creative Technologies programme can open the door to careers in

  • Television
  • Film
  • Games
  • Animation
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Screenwriting
  • Producing
  • Stand Up Comedy
  • Directing
  • Stunt Work
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

Work placements

You’ll have the option to undertake a Placement module in your second year. Lecturers will introduce you to issues affecting employment, and individual tutorials and group meetings to discuss your progress support your learning.

People you'll meet

Victoria Scarborough, Programme Co-Ordinator & Senior Lecturer in Screen Acting & Creative Technologies

A classical actor, Victoria trained at RADA between the years 1986-89. During the nineties and early 2000’s her established theatre, TV and Film career has seen her play many leading and support roles for costume and contemporary drama.

The Royal National Theatre (London), Hampstead Theatre (London), The Royal Hammersmith (London), The Royal Exchange (Manchester), The New Vic (London) and Leeds Playhouse were some of the theatres she regularly performed at during those years. In rep. she played at the Minerva and main house for Chichester Festival Theatre. Other main house and studio performances were for the Birmingham Rep, The Glasgow Citz, Leeds and Nottingham Playhouse, and The New Victoria Theatre (Stoke-On-Trent).

Favourite classical plays and roles have been …in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Ophelia), Othello, (Desdemona), Sophocles Electra ‘Electra’, The Winters Tale (Hermione), Middleton’s Women Beware Women (Bianca), and Venice Preserved (Aqualina), Molière’s, The Hypochondriac (Toinette), La Ronda (All female parts), Noel Coward’s, Gilda in Design For Living and Sybil in Private Lives; Restoration drama includes: The Rivals (Lydia Languish), Love for Love, (Rosina), The Barber of Seville (Rosina), and many more…

Creative media projects have seen her employed as the Queen of Hearts for a Tom Jones music video - and more recently, as Gloria Swanson in a music video for Mark Almond. V/0 work has been for an award winning documentary ‘Snapshots from Reality’ by Johanna St Michaels; more recently voice-over artist for an international campaign called ‘Socializing the Genome’. In 2018, she was 'herself' in an art-house documentary film about the internationally acclaimed, singer songwriter Matt Johnson: The Inertia Variations.

Directing projects include: Speed Date, which won a selection of awards for Love Story Festival, Micro Film London Festival, Miraban Festival, Fisheye Film Festival - including 'Best Ensemble acting', 'Best UK short-film', and 'Best Music Composition'.

Last year she directed a new play for the RADA theatre festival called, Time Alone, written by Hollywood film producer, Alessandro Camon. In post-production is Hysteria; a film she directed and produced starring Chichester screen-acting students, filmed, and edited by CDT's production and post-production students.

She is also an associate producer for a new feature length film, by Tim Pope, called Drone which hopes to go into production with Tim Burton's producer, Derrick Frey.

Her acting T.V and Film Credit list between the years 1990 – 2008 are in the IMDB link attached: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0769107/

Indicative modules

The modules available on the course are as follows:

All 15 credits unless otherwise stated

Level 4

Semester 1        

Introduction to the Art of Acting

Level 4, Semester 1’s programme of study will be focused towards developing the sense of ‘company’. Movement work, vocal work, concentration and trust games will help to develop an open and creative work environment enabling the trainee actor to engage with specific acting methods and a range of classical and contemporary play text, also introducing some simple devising method and practice, in preparation for their Devising Story module in Level 5. Exploring such acting practices, methods and texts, students will begin to understand the potential of their own voice, physicality, emotional range, imagination, and creativity. Towards the second half of the semester, students will be introduced to working with cameras; basic acting techniques needed for screen acting.

Screen Acting Introduction: History & Practice

This module serves as foundation training for developing a range of screen acting craft skills and an understanding of key screen acting theories and professional practices.

Digital Film Operations

This module serves as foundation training for developing a range of professional technical and procedural skills in video production. As such it draws from a broad range of production practice and aims to introduce and develop processes involved in the manufacture of conventional audio-visual productions. It aims to develop transferable skills in team work and planning (time management).

Foundations of Story

The aims of this module are to introduce students to some of the processes used in creating original screen-works through character design and ideas development. The module will also explore some of the key concepts of story and screenwriting theory, and focuses on the relationships between story, character, structure & plot. It aims to develop transferable skills in creativity and critical analysis.

Semester 2        

Developing the Art of Acting

This module’s programme of study builds on Introduction to the Art of Acting and will continue developing actor movement, voice and speech. Character study and acting methods will be used to explore and develop more in-depth scene work and camera work. The sense of company will be encouraged through rehearsal as preparation for a live studio performance as part of their summative assessment.

Rehearsals, Casting & Auditions

(Module information to come)

Green Screen & Compositing

The module will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the role chrome keying plays within the field of multimedia and digital film production. Students will engage with chroma keying concepts as an essential part of the practice of creative digital media. The main emphasis of this module is on core concepts and their practical application. A mixture of exercises and briefs are used in order to investigate the structure and processes involved in affective chroma key production.

Filming Performance

This module examines various methodologies relating to single camera programming, giving students experience of pre-production, studio/location operation and post-production techniques relating to performance.

Level 5

Semester 1

Costume Drama

Working with Classical and Contemporary Screen-play and play text, students concentrate on speech and physicality and engage with professional style rehearsal with the opportunity to show rehearsed scenes to an invited private audience.

The Audio Actor

Students explore the more creative and performance related aspects of voice acting: characterisation in animation and video games, replacing dialogue in film and TV contexts, and ensemble or solo work for performance in radio.

Directing Actors 1: Single camera

The module will provide students with the opportunity to explore the craft of directing actors. Focusing on the relationship and communication established between director and actor, students will be expected to engage with analysis and practice throughout. The module will consider the different styles and approaches used in the forms of cinema and TV Drama, and students will be expected to apply this to their own work.

Writing the Short Film

This module aims to develop creative skills in audio visual storytelling through an exploratory approach to the methods, processes, styles and structures involved in the writing of a short (6-7 minute) narrative film. It will concentrate mainly on conventional, rather than avant-garde, approaches. It aims to develop transferable skills in pitching.

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Drama Craft

This module builds upon the knowledge and experience students gained in Script to Screen and explores in more depth, techniques that apply primarily to drama production. Areas such as teamwork, cinematography, art direction & set construction, directing and sound design may be explored in more detail, enhancing workplace skills. It aims to develop awareness in audio visual technology and production health and safety. Students will be expected to be effective and reliable team members throughout.

Semester 2        

The Devising Actor

The programme of study will embrace the idea of devising character for 'screen-play story’. Students build on acting methods developed in L4, embracing deeper research into character psychology, improvisation and creative writing; 'script ready' students will have the chance to pitch, produce, act and direct their work later in the year.

The Virtual Actor 1: Motion Capture

The aim of this module is to develop a technical overview and performance knowledge of a typical film and multimedia motion/performance capture process for actors. Students will have the opportunity to develop a range of professional and procedural skill sets and expectations. The module draws from a broad range of motion capture performance practice and aims to introduce and develop knowledge of the processes involved in the manufacture of a body motion capture artefact and the physical demands required for authenticity in a virtual environment.

The Factual Actor: TV Presenting, Advertising and Scripted Reality

This module builds upon the knowledge students gained at level four and explores in more depth the fundamental skills and techniques required for screen performance in factual mediums, including television presenting, corporate film and docudrama. Through theoretical analysis and intensive practical exploration, the module aims to equip students with essential practical skills in areas such as autocue, live direction, interviewing, acting for docudrama and factual re-enactment.

Writing the Feature Film

The module aims to introduce students to the process of research and development when creating a Feature Film concept for cinema release. Throughout the module students will explore the opportunities available to UK based writers when developing feature films ideas. The constraints and issues faced by screenwriters in this highly competitive market, and the need to be imaginative, original and distinctive in their work will also be a constant theme. The module will give students the opportunity to explore the industrial context of development and how to generate cinematic treatments for commercial exploitation. It aims to develop transferable skills in packaging and selling creative work.

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Short Drama

This module builds upon the knowledge gained in Drama Craft and explores in more depth recent technical developments in the fast-changing landscape of the media and creative industries. The module will introduce students to advanced filmmaking techniques as they adapt scripts from Writing the Short Film. It aims to develop transferable skills in producing creative work in a professional manner.

Level 6

Semester 1

Final Creative Project + 3 from 4

Final Creative Project (45 credit Dissertation)

This dissertation level project allows students to build on the practical skills and subject knowledge developed at Level Five. It gives students the opportunity to work across a range of areas to demonstrate their acquired performance and/or technical knowledge through the production of a creative portfolio. Students are expected to undertake sustained practice/s, developing understanding, application and critical processes of practice within the discipline through an extended range of experience. Crucially, students are expected to work professionally to produce a range of visual performance artifacts with high standards of content, presentation, and development. It aims to develop transferable skills in identifying commercial opportunities for creative practitioners.

The Virtual Actor 2: Facial Motion Capture & Head Rigs

The aim of this module is to develop a range of performance, technical and procedural knowledge and an understanding of the core concepts of optical motion capture in the context of the Film, TV and gaming industry. Primarily focused on performance, the module utilises facial capture technologies and covers topics such as head mounted cameras, 3D face scanning and audio & ADR.

Enhanced Trade Craft 1: Weaponry & Stunts

This module will enhance professional practice by providing the student with a range of specialist industry training in combat and weaponry. Students will gain an assortment of practical skills and knowledge, essential for pursuing careers as professional stunt performers, or as actors wishing to deliver safe and convincing onscreen performances.

Directing Actors 2: Multi camera

‘DIRECTING’ is a creative and technical skills based module that will introduce students to the hands-on production methods of TV production. With a focus on how to create and deliver a multi-camera, studio-based TV show, this module is designed to prepare students for professional, working life in the broadcast industry.

Industry Engagement and Film Festivals

This module offers students the opportunity to learn about the dynamic and rapidly changing ways in which films are consumed in the public arena. Festivals are a key element of the filmmaking market place, where films are sold by independent producers and bought by distributors. But they also offer audiences the opportunity to experience a rich variety of cinema, such as animation, shorts and documentaries. This module will encourage students to engage with the world of the film festival, the industry networking opportunities they offer and apply analysis to both audio-visual content and Festival management.

Semester 2

Final Creative Project + 2 from 3

Final Creative Project (45 credit Dissertation)

This dissertation level project allows students to build on the practical skills and subject knowledge developed at Level Five. It gives students the opportunity to work across a range of areas to demonstrate their acquired performance and/or technical knowledge through the production of a creative portfolio. Students are expected to undertake sustained practice/s, developing understanding, application and critical processes of practice within the discipline through an extended range of experience. Crucially, students are expected to work professionally to produce a range of visual performance artifacts with high standards of content, presentation, and development. It aims to develop transferable skills in identifying commercial opportunities for creative practitioners.

Enhanced Trade Craft 2: Riding, Driving and Climbing

This module builds upon the knowledge gained in Enhanced Trade Craft 01, providing the student with a range of specialist skills in driving, climbing and horse riding. The module will introduce students to advanced training and knowledge, essential for delivering convincing onscreen performances, as they learn how to effectively develop their acting craft skills.

Resilience and the Freelancer

This module serves as an introduction to the wide range of skills required for survival in the modern creative and media industries. Self-employment is increasingly considered the norm and this module will prepare the student for a freelance career. The module will provide a toolkit to help students develop competencies in three key areas.

Business of Production

‘Business of Production’ is a technical, creative business skills module that will introduce students to modes of business practise in our ever evolving film and TV industry. With a focus on how to establish and run a film / TV / digital production company, this module is designed to prepare students for professional, working life in the creative screen industries. Students will develop a professionally focused ‘toolkit’, enhanced by theoretical and practical knowledge of the requisite skills base the contemporary screen production industry demands.

Please note that the modules given above are indicative and based on the current academic year.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

There will be a range of creative and practical assessments which will include:

  • Short films
  • Audio tracks
  • Video essays
  • Creative portfolios
  • Pod casts
  • Presentations
  • Reflective writing
  • Skills observation
  • Continuous assessment

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Contact Us

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