Students using film equipment and editing software

Study the craft of acting on camera

W420
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter and Bognor Regis campuses

Overview

Develop your performance and specialise in film acting

This BA (Hons) Acting for Film degree offers an intense focus on developing your specialist skills in screen acting and the opportunity to combine this with your choice of spotlight skills. Spotlight skills vary from year to year but have included street fighting, horse riding, period and social dance, and acting through song.

You will cultivate your own bespoke acting approach from an introduction to a broader range of acting practitioners such as Stanislavski, Hagen, Adler and Meisner, alongside the camera technique skills necessary for a convincing, truthful camera performance.

You will work on campus and on location, and gain experience in acting on small and larger scale film productions as you grow your knowledge of other aspects of film and screen acting and its history. You will develop your understanding of the film and television industry and how this contributes to and reflects contemporary culture throughout your studies.

This course is taught in the University of Chichester Conservatoire and is delivered across a blend of both of our campuses.

On this course you will:

  • Develop your acting skills and personal style.
  • Work on campus and on location.
  • Have the opportunity to develop spotlight skills including horse riding, period dance, street fighting, and acting through song.
  • Be able to take part in small and large scale film productions.
  • Learn from working industry professionals.
  • Discover basic filmmaking and make a short film as your dissertation.

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The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Iconoclasts to Icons

You will explore the importance of observing and contrasting Screen Acting technique and styles through lectures and screenings and will be expected to articulate the context of performances in group discussion.

Introduction to Film Industry

This module walks you through the various paradigms within the film industry and the use of filmic devices for dramatic and expressive intention.

Screen Acting Skills 1A

This module facilitates the learning of the methods and approaches to develop the skills, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera.

Screen Acting Skills 1B

This module facilitates the learning of the methods and approaches to develop the skills, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera.

Spotlight Skills 1

Spotlight Skills involve one compulsory strand and one free choice strand each year. the compulsory strand at Level 4 is Introduction to Film Making which introduces you to a broad set of skills in film making, such as location hunting, writing, casting, directing, camera, lighting, sound and editing. Alongside this, you will choose one additional skill from a selection of options such as street fighting, acting through song, period and social dance and horse riding (with prior proficiency).

Film Story

In this module, you will use weekly film study to explore the elements needed in the creation of story, specifically in the process of devising for film. Through analysis and criticism, you will broaden your understanding of the connections between film making and performance.

Screen Acting Skills 2A

This module further develops your understanding of the methods, approaches, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera.

Screen Acting Skills 2B

This module further develops your understanding of the methods, approaches, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera.

Spotlight Skills 2

You will study accents as your compulsory strand at Level 5, and select one additional skill from a list of options. This could include street fighting, acting through song, period and social dance and horse riding (with prior proficiency).

Through the Lens

In this module, you will dissect and discuss the way in which actors interpret scripted characters to create a screen performance that is further moulded by a director.

Classics On Film

You will be challenged to fully research, prepare, rehearse and film a short monologue or duologue from a choice of scenes from classical works. You will be encouraged to display attention to detail in terms of vocal and physical characterisation. Furthermore, they will meet predetermined technical camera requirements in your performance. In addition, you will learn the arts blocking, sequencing and eye-line to maximise the relationship with the camera and screen audience.

Film Combat

In this module, you will organise, prepare, rehearse, perform in and edit a short filmed fight sequence. You will be encouraged to display attention to detail in terms of vocal and physical characterisation. You will have access to film and sound equipment as well as editing facilities.

Screen Acting Skills 3A

This modules sees you develop a polished level of confidence in the methods, approaches, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera.

Screen Acting Skills 3B

This modules sees you develop a polished level of confidence in the methods, approaches, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera.

Spotlight Short Film (Personal Study)

The importance of technique and styles of the chosen skill will be emphasized in this bespoke programme of study. You will believably demonstrate their chosen skills in a filmed acting performance.

The Four Hander Project

You will be challenged to fully research, prepare and rehearse all four roles in both scenes then perform one of the roles in one of the scenes at very short notice for filming in a multi-camera set-up. Furthermore, they will be challenged to meet predetermined blocking and technical camera requirements in that performance. A professional approach to rehearsal will be encouraged and you will be required to keep a written log of all information needed to effectively take part in the live filmed performance in any of the given roles. At the conclusion of the module, you will have acquired a filmed scene for their show reel for future employability.

Spotlight Skills

Our Spotlight Skills modules allow you to choose from a range of options to expand your acting skillset.

Spotlight skills options include:

  • Writing
  • Casting
  • Directing
  • Film and special effects makeup
  • Street fighting
  • Horse riding (with prior proficiency)
  • Acting through song
  • Period dance
  • Sound, Lighting, and Editing

A selection of special effects makeupStudents using film equipment

Martha Franks

BA (Hons) Acting for Film
"Studying Acting For Film has been so different to any acting experience I've had in the past because often students don't get the chance to act on a proper film set, taking in the technicalities of it all. The course has highlighted aspects of acting which are completely new to me, which I find inspiring."

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through small seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials, with typical practical class sizes up to 16 people. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practical research.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including practical acting pieces, projects and essays. Assessments are often recorded at production value to enable you to build a showreel to use in the industry once you graduate.

Katie Turner

BA (Hons) Acting for Film
"Acting for Film has been everything I wanted it to be. The teachers are incredible and I have loved every minute!"

Experience

Discover industry standard spaces and equipment to support your learning

This programme is taught across a blend of both campuses and is in one of the largest performance departments in the UK.

Our facilities currently include:

  • Dedicated acting rooms
  • Access to lighting and sound equipment
  • Access to high quality 4K cameras and DSLRs
  • Comprehensive technical support including camera operators in the majority of classes
  • Additional kit includes 32ft jib and Steadicam
  • Editing suite

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Acting for Film degree will prepare you for a range of careers in industry.

As performers, past graduates have worked in:

  • Commercial film production
  • Independent film production
  • Commercial television
  • Music video
  • Voice over
  • Corporate media
  • The games industry
  • Website video production

Students on BA (Hons) Acting for Film are also eligible for Spotlight UK membership, which offers a variety of industry-specific benefits to support students to successfully access the industry, such as discounted graduate membership, representation by Spotlight (searchable by casting directors and agents in a dedicated ‘Spotlight Graduates’ section), invitation to participate in events programme with exclusive priority booking, access to the dedicated one to one career advice sessions and Spotlight monthly tailored newsletters.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Performance: Theatre
  • MA Screen Acting
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Maliqkah Walton

BA (Hons) Acting for Film
"Acting For Film has enhanced how passionate I am about aspiring to work in this field. The staff are amazing and work hard to turn us all into professionals. I love my course!"

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points.
A Levels
BCC-CCC
BTEC
DMM-MMM
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

You will need to attend a performance audition to demonstrate your ability in acting. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Interviews and Auditions

You will need to demonstrate your ability in acting in a performance audition. If you are applying for a Music or Musical Theatre joint course you will also need to demonstrate your ability in singing and/or dance.

Booking Your Audition

If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know. 

You can usually choose between two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

Once you have booked your audition you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView. 

Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing admissions@chi.ac.uk so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView 

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history. 

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails please email admissions@chi.ac.uk with your query and applicant number.

Your Audition Day

You will need to prepare a three minute piece, in any style, but if you’d like to perform something slightly longer or to perform on more than one instrument, or on an instrument and as a singer, just let us know on the day. Composers can opt to bring a recording of some of their work, with a score if there is one, and play this instead if they prefer.

You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both campuses. 

After Your Audition

After your audition the panel will discuss your application and pass our decision onto the admissions team who will update UCAS.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this will reflect the potential and quality of your audition and we’d like to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one you applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.

What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

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