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BA (Hons) Screen Acting and Film Production

Collaborate with dedicated industry professionals

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3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Overview

Develop your acting still and production knowledge

On this BA (Hons) Screen Acting and Film Production degree you will collaborate with dedicated crafts people and makers from across the industry to gain real world experience. You will work with aspiring filmmakers, writers and animators within the department to build an exceptional understanding of production practices and industry technologies alongside your acting skills.

This degree explores topics including classical and contemporary play and screen-play texts, acting methods, physicality, character psychology, and improvisation. You will investigate drama and film production, motion capture and audio work, and have the opportunity to pursue specific action performance skills such as horse riding, driving, climbing, weaponry and combat. 

Alongside your acting and applied practice you will have the chance to study the history, theory and cultural relevance of screen based content, and investigate a range of topics with optional modules. You may choose to study screenwriting and storytelling, train in factual acting, or to develop your audio skills for virtual characters, radio drama, voice over and ADR.  

You will develop the creative and employability skills you need to thrive needed in your acting career after you graduate with the help of industry focused modules that explore the role of agents, auditions, film festivals & freelancing. 

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, this degree strives to meet current and future industry needs.

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

The department runs regular field trips to international film festivals, professional film shoots and industry conventions, and you will be able to develop an early career profile on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) by working with professional associates and on staff projects.

On this course you will:

  • Work with aspiring filmmakers, writers and animators, and creators across the creative industry.
  • Learn production practices.
  • Use industry technologies.
  • Explore classical and contemporary play and screen-play texts, acting methods, physicality, character psychology, and improvisation.
  • Investigate drama and film production, motion capture and audio work.
    Train in specific action performance skills including: horse riding, driving, climbing, weaponry and combat.
  • Develop audio skills for virtual characters, radio drama, voice over and ADR, and factual acting.
  • Have the option to study screenwriting and storytelling.
  • Understand the role of agents, auditions, film festivals & freelancing.
  • Access acting and performing opportunities across the department.
  • Be able to study the history, theory and cultural relevance of screen based content.
  • Attend field trips to international film festivals, professional film shoots and industry conventions.
  • Have the opportunity to develop your early career IMDB profile.
  • Learn from a team of highly qualified professional practitioners and current industry figures, including award winners.

Partnerships

As a part of the Department of Creative Industries you will benefit from our industry partnerships with companies including HyperX, DXRacer, Twitch, ARRI, and AVID, and be able to access to industry standard software such as Nuke, Maya and Houdini.

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Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through small seminars, lectures, workshops, practical classes and tutorials, with typical class sizes up to 25 people. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical debate and develop your practical skills.

You will be assessed through a range of creative and practical assignments including:

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

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

Introduction to the Art of Acting

This module will focus on developing a sense of ‘company’. You will take part in movement work, vocal work, concentration and trust games to develop an open and creative work environment. This will allow you to engage with specific acting methods and a range of classical and contemporary play text and introduce some simple devising methods and practice. You will be introduced to working with cameras and the 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 is designed to provide a foundation ‘toolkit’ of practical skills to aid understanding of current creative media industries. Students will be introduced to a range of technical and procedural skills including audio, video, photography, web and digital design. These skills will develop their understanding of the processes involved in the manufacture and delivery of audio-visual presentations within the creative industries. It aims to develop transferable skills in information technology.

Foundations of Story (Screen)

This module will introduce you 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.

Developing the Art of Acting

This module builds on Introduction to the Art of Acting and continues to develop your  actor movement, voice and speech. You will explore character study and acting methods and develop more in-depth scene work and camera work. You will gain a sense of company through rehearsal as preparation for a live studio performance as part of your summative assessment.

Rehearsals, Casting and Auditions

More information on this module will be available soon.

Green Screen & Compositing

In this module you will investigate the role chrome keying plays in the field of multimedia and digital film production. You will engage with chroma keying concepts as an essential part of the practice of creative digital media, and explore core module concepts and their practical applications through exercises and briefs. You will be assessed through a portfolio of work.

Filming Performance

You will examine various methodologies relating to single camera programming to gain experience of pre-production, studio/location operation and post-production techniques relating to performance.

Costume Drama

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

The Audio Actor

You will 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 provides you with the opportunity to explore the craft of directing actors. Focusing on the relationship and communication established between director and actor, you will be expected to engage with analysis and practice throughout. You will consider the different styles and approaches used in the forms of cinema and TV Drama apply this to your 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.

Drama Craft

This module builds on the Script to Screen module and explores the drama techniques that apply primarily to drama production. You will investigate topics including teamwork, cinematography, art direction and set construction, directing and sound design. This module will develop your awareness in audio visual technology and production health and safety. You will be assessed through continuous individual assessment and individual reflective portfolio.

The Devising Actor

This module embraces the idea of devising character for 'screen-play story’. You will build on acting methods developed in your first year, embracing deeper research into character psychology, improvisation and creative writing.

The Virtual Actor 1: Motion Capture

The module will develop a technical overview and performance knowledge of a typical film and multimedia motion/performance capture process for actors. You 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 your knowledge from your first year and explores the fundamental skills and techniques you need for screen performance in factual mediums including television presenting, corporate film and docudrama. You will develop 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 you to the process of research and development when creating a Feature Film concept for cinema release. You 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.

Short Drama

This module builds on your knowledge from the Drama Craft module and explores recent technical developments in the fast-changing landscape of the media and creative industries. You will be introduced to advanced filmmaking techniques as you adapt scripts from Writing the Short Film. You will be assessed through a journal and a 15 minute group presentation.

Final Creative Project (Dissertation)

This dissertation level project allows you to build on your practical skills and subject knowledge from earlier in the degree. You will have the opportunity to work across a range of areas to demonstrate your acquired performance and/or technical knowledge through the production of a creative portfolio. You are expected to work professionally to produce a range of visual performance artefacts with high standards of content, presentation, and development. 

The Virtual Actor 2: Facial Motion Capture and Head Rigs

This module will develop your performance, technical and procedural knowledge and your understanding of the core concepts of optical motion capture in the context of the film, TV and gaming industry. You will focus on performance and explore facial capture technologies alongside topics such as head mounted cameras, 3D face scanning and audio & ADR.

Enhanced Trade Craft 1: Weaponry and Stunts

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

Directing Actors 2: Multi Camera

This creative and technical skills module will introduce you 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 & Film Festivals

This module offers you the opportunity to learn about the dynamic and rapidly changing ways in which films are consumed in the public arena. You will engage with the world of the film festivals, the industry networking opportunities they offer and apply analysis to both audio-visual content and Festival management.

Enhanced Trade Craft 2: Riding, Driving and Climbing

This module builds upon your knowledge from Enhanced Trade Craft 01 and offers a range of specialist skills in driving, climbing and horse riding. You will be introduced to advanced training and knowledge that is essential for delivering convincing onscreen performances.

Resilience in the Freelancer

This module introduces you to the range of skills you need to excel in modern creative and media industries. This module will prepare you for a freelance career and provide a toolkit to help you develop competencies in three key freelance-focused areas. You will be assessed through a written assignment and a written action plan. You will choose to study two modules from Creative Portfolio, Resilience in the Freelancer and Business of Production.

Business of Production

This technical, creative business skills module will introduce you to modes of business practise in the ever evolving film and TV industry. The module will prepare you for professional life in the creative screen industries with a focus on how to establish and run a film/TV/digital production company. You will develop a professionally focused toolkit to support your development and be assessed through continuous individual assessment and an individual reflective portfolio. You will choose to study two modules from Creative Portfolio, Resilience in the Freelancer and Business of Production.

Facilities

Use industry standard spaces and equipment

£35 million Digital and Engineering Technology Park

The Tech Park facilities 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

Work Placements

Gain experience in industry

You will have the opportunity to complete a placement module during your second year to work in industry during your studies. You will explore creative industry employment, attend individual tutorials with your lecturers or personal advisor, and take part in group meetings to discuss your placement progress.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Screen Acting and Film Production degree will prepare you for a range of careers. You will graduate ready to have an impact on the workplace. 

This course could lead to a career in: 

  • Television
  • Film
  • Games
  • Animation
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Screenwriting
  • Producing
  • Stand up comedy
  • Directing
  • Stunt work
  • Public speaking
  • Teaching

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Screen Acting
  • MA Composition for Film
  • MA Composition for Film, TV and Games
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

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

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

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
104-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC-BCC
BTEC
DMM-MMM
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

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 dance and/or singing.

Interviews and Auditions

Your audition

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.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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