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BA (Hons) Screen Acting and Creative Technologies

 

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Institution C58

UCAS W600

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical Offers (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 104 - 112

A Levels: BBC - BCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

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

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

All applicants are required to audition for this course.

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.

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

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.

Tech Park Exterior

The department of Creative and Digital Technologies occupies the new Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus, which is where you will be taught. This exciting investment gives students access to professional industry standard facilities and hands on practical learning. 

The Tech Park facilites include:

A 300sqm film production studio and sound stage:

Film Studio

9 post production edit suites with‘soho’ standard dubbing:

Editing suite

An 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work:

Green Screen

Professional recording studios with Mac and PC suites:

Recording Studio

The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

LRC Exterior

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

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 Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

  • MA Film Production
  • MA Screen Acting
  • PGCE Primary

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

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.

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

Corsets and Codpieces! Voice & Speech: ADR, V/O & Radio Drama

(Module information to come)

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.

OR

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 a ‘group story’. The student will be encouraged to deepen the ‘company’ experience, embracing group improvisation and group creative writing, ready for a filmed performance on location.

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, stunts 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

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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

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Additional Costs