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BA (Hons) Screen Acting and Creative Technologies

Screen Acting & Creative Technologies is a high quality, unique programme, which combines traditional acting training and methodologies with opportunities to develop contemporary tradecraft skills offered by the advances in digital technologies. Whilst studying a range of techniques – Stanislavski, Adler, Meisner, Strasberg – students can also apply their acting to opportunities in Motion Capture, Film Production, Comedy, Screenwriting, Radio Drama, 3D Animation and Gaming. 

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS W600

Course Length:

College 3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offers (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM - DMM      

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit 

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Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

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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.

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Where this can take you

Alumna Profile: Emma Clarke

"Without the close tutoring and support I received whilst at the University of Chichester I would not have had the confidence and skills to pursue a career in the film industry and be currently studying Production Management at the National Film and Television School.”

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Course content

During the Screen Acting and Creative Technologies degree students 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.

With our digital technology facility open in 2018 students will be able to engage with state of the art spaces and equipment including a 200sqm Film Studio, a dedicated Green Screen Studio, professional standard postproduction facilities and Recording Studios.

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.

The programme is a highly relevant course for the current and future needs of the screen industries. Underpinned by Acting Craft classes covering movement, character (psychology & emotions), improvisation, technique and methodologies across the 3 years, students enhance this training through a wide range of opportunities including;

  • drama production
  • comedy
  • motion capture
  • virtual reality
  • horse riding
  • driving
  • stunts
  • weaponry

Skills can be developed in Voice/Speech/Dialect 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, students 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 students the chance to investigate a range of interests throughout their 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 students can develop early career profiles on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base).

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.



At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished.

On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Creative Hub
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

From September 2018 we will be moving to the new Engineering and Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

This exciting relocation will give students access to professional industry standard facilities including:

  • a 200sqm film studio/sound stage
  • 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work
  • post production area consisting of 9 edit suites alongside our ‘soho’ standard dubbing & master suite
  • recording studios
  • Mac and PC suites
  • ideas labs
  • changing facilities

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

Indicative modules

Level 4 Modules

  • Acting Craft 1 (15C)
  • Acting Craft 2 (30C)
  • Foundations of Story
  • Screen Acting Introduction: History & Practice
  • Practice Toolkit
  • Digital Film Operations
  • Script to Screen (30c)
  • Filming Performance
  • Screenplay Structure
  • Media and Creative Industries
  • Hollywood

Level 5 Modules

  • Acting Craft 3
  • Acting Craft 4
  • The Virtual Actor: Motion Capture, Animation & Virtual Reality
  • Voice & Speech: ADR, V/O & Radio Drama
  • The Factual Actor: TV Presenting, Advertising and Scripted Reality
  • Agents, Casting & Auditions
  • Directing Actors
  • Comedy
  • Writing the Short Film
  • Drama Craft (30c)
  • Writing the Feature Film
  • British Film
  • Work Placement & Career Development (Optional)

Level 6 Modules

  • Acting Craft 5
  • Creative Portfolio (30 credit Dissertation)
  • Industry Engagement & Film Festivals
  • Individual Project
  • Enhanced Trade Craft 1: Weaponry & Stunts
  • Enhanced Trade Craft 2: Riding, Driving and Climbing
  • Facial Motion Capture & Head Rigs
  • Resilience and the Freelancer.
  • Horror
  • American TV Drama
  • Men, Women and Movies

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

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