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MA Screen Acting


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Bognor Regis campus

January start - 18 months Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

All students will have to pass an audition process and have performance experience.

  • A 2:1 in a related undergraduate programme
  • Professional experience with a 2:1/2:2 degree
  • Extensive professional career
  • 2:2 with portfolio of previous work for internal candidates


2021/22 UK fee: £8,800

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

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

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


Course content

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Course Overview

This 18-month full time (January start) MA in Screen Acting offers students professional training in acting for a range of screen based industries. 

Students are taught by working industry professionals and great emphasis is placed upon working to ‘real-world’ briefs, to ‘real-world’ deadlines and in a professional environment within a state of the art media technology facility.

For the first 12 months (24 for P/T) students will engage with lectures, research, analysis and skills development classes as they enhance their specialist and collaborative understanding. With a focus on story craft and character development you will continually engage with traditional acting and devising classes as you progress a fuller understanding of screen based narratives and the demands of the numerous forms of screen acting you may be required to collaborate in.

Underpinned by a company mentality and traditional visceral acting methodology classes, students will also be trained in Motion Capture Performance, Combat for the Screen and Voice for the Screen, as they gain a deep applied knowledge of the opportunities for the contemporary screen actor. Working closely with other Masters students they will gain valuable on-set experience through the numerous film production projects produced within the department each year.

This programme recognises the significant place the performer has in MoCap for cinema and gaming, the demands for combat and armoury awareness and the opportunities offered for voicing animated characters, voice overs for advertising and ADR.

Collaborating with students studying Film Production, 3D Animation and Screenwriting, students are encouraged to devise and produce their own work as they prepare to enter this highly competitive professional field.

Analysis and reflection will play a significant role in your training throughout as you learn about the dynamic between Director and Actor, the importance of the ‘frame’ and shot composition and the professional expectations of the screen based professional industries.

Intense and physically dynamic workshops will cover an extended understanding of the implementation in Motion Capture environments that includes using head rigs to capture facial expression and performance. Combat training sessions will introduce actors to the safe use of a range firearms from muskets to automatic rifles, and weapons such as swords and axes. Highly qualified specialist armourers and combat coordinators, with a wealth of experience in film and television drama and re-enactments, lead these training sessions and will introduce students to risk assessment and health and safety, as expected within this highly specialised area.

Audio work related to screen based content can range from voice over for advertising, automated dialogue replacement and voicing characters for animation. You will be specifically skilled within a professional recording environment in these crafts, which will be complimented by vocal lessons and dialect training provided by experienced tutors from this field.

Students will enter into a collaborative practice programme, engaging with industry professionals and drawing on teaching expertise within the Creative & Digital Technologies Department. Important elements of the programme will be supported by external experience at the BFI, International Film Festivals and Conventions.

During the final 6 months of the programme students will engage with self-directed independent study as they create and produce their major research project. 

This project will be supported through mentoring and staged draft submissions and can be a combination of artefacts, a single large-scale specialist production supported by critical reflective analysis or a significant and appropriate dissertation piece.

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

This MA programme will enable you to start your career across a number of industries utilising acting and performance for the moving image in their content.

The creative industries of gaming, TV, film and advertising all require well trained and professionally aware performers for the numerous hours of content produced.

You will also have the opportunity to consider further study and enter the academic research environment through a Professional Doctorate pathway.

Work placements

Our established relationships with a number of commercial companies engaged with, or commissioning, content will allow for you to gain work placement opportunities.

Working collaboratively with both commercial and non commercial partners within the Engineering and Digital Technology Park, students will have direct access to industry on a regular basis.

Indicative modules

The modules available on the course are as follows:

Block 1

  • Research and the Industry (20 credits)
  • Screen Acting Performance Projects (60 credits)
  • Analysis, Practice & Technique (20 credits)

Block 2

  • Research and the Industry (20 credits)
  • Screen Acting Performance Projects (60 credits)
  • Specialist Craft Skills (40 credits)               

Block 3

  • Research and the Industry (20 credits)
  • Screen Acting Performance Projects (60 credits)
  • Specialist Craft Skills (40 credits)               

Block 4

  • Specialist Project or Research Project (40 credits)


International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


You will be taught by a range of experts in the fields of acting, voice, motion capture, combat and weaponry. You will also have access to award winning filmmakers covering a range of craft areas such as screenwriting, animation, directing and producing. Students will get access to industry experts providing mentoring and master classes.

Class sizes are expected to range from 1-2-1 sessions with mentors, 20 in taught sessions, 20-30 in collaborative and research sessions shared with other MA students.

Summative assessment will take the form of written and practical coursework, presentations & screenings, portfolio and project work.

Students must achieve 90 credits in year 1 to progress to year 2. A total of 180 credits are required to be awarded the MA.


Formative assessment in the Creative & Digital Technologies Department is carried out through peer to peer and tutor feedback on work either through submission, workshops or tutorials. Regularly across all modules.

Feedback on submitted work can be accessed through our VLE digitally or by collected hard copies of work from the Administration Office.

We endeavour to complete marking and feedback on all assessed work within a 3 week period though some modules, due to complexity of assessment, may take slightly longer. 

Additional Costs

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us, we will be happy to help.