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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Acting and Performance with Foundation Year

Create your own performances for stage, screen and audio media — with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? C012
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop your skills as an actor and performer
  • Create digital materials to showcase your work
  • Research, plan and execute a wide range of performances at a professional level
  • Use performance to engage with communities and challenge real-world issues.
  • Join at the foundation year and develop your personal skills, awareness of resources and commitment to the subject

You’ll be immersed in the creative process of making and presenting theatre and performance in a range of styles and across a range of platforms (such as stage, screen, audio and digital/new media). You will develop your acting skills and contribute to our own festival, The Change Makers Festival.

How you learn

In the foundation year, you will start by developing a good base of knowledge, but also the personal skills and awareness of resources that will help you manage your studies effectively and be self-motivated.

The practical elements of the course will build throughout your time with us. You’ll take part in interactive lectures, seminars and workshops and have the opportunity to work with industry partners on live projects. At the end of your second year, you’ll travel abroad to see performances made and presented in a different context.

You learn through 

  • practical workshops
  • working in an ensemble
  • going to see performances
  • independent study
  • undertaking real-life projects for external clients
  • lectures and seminars

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Tom Payne
Dr Tom Payne
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader BA (Hons) Acting & Performance

Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies, Joint Recruitment Lead (BA Acting and Performance), Social Media Lead (BA Acting and Performance)

Applied learning

Work placements

In the second year, of the full degree, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own enterprise.

Live projects 

We work with a range of local organisations (theatres, film makers, theatre companies and arts organisations) on live briefs, with staff often producing work for local festivals. You’ll be invited to participate in these projects, giving you the chance to work alongside industry professionals.

In the foundation year, you will undertake a series of projects that respond to real world debates. 

Field trips 

You will start going on trips at the start of the foundation year and continue throughout your time on the course. We are ideally located close to Sheffield Theatres and regularly see performances there. You’ll also travel to see work in other cities in the north and nationwide. In your second year you’ll be able to go abroad to experience –and sometimes participate in – an international theatre festival. For this trip, we pay for the flights, accommodation and event tickets and ask students to pay for their own food and drink.

Networking opportunities 

We have excellent links to local actors, companies and venues, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet and talk to people from the industry.


Future careers

Our students have gone on to rewarding and fulfilling careers in

  • the acting profession
  • the creative industries
  • film production
  • marketing, communications and media
  • education
  • creative arts facilitation
  • the charity sector
  • public facing professions such as HR, training and customer service
  • and a number have set up their own companies

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Blowfish
  • Forced Entertainment
  • Third Angel
  • GrowTheatre
  • Sheffield Theatres

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

Most of our teaching is conducted in our two studio theatre space, the Performance Lab. These spaces are fully equipped with lighting, sound, special effects, a communications system, changing rooms, a shower, prop, costume and set store, a green room and iMac computers. We also have three dedicated recording studios.

On this course you work with 

  • industry-standard cameras and sound equipment
  • sound recording booths
  • editing software
  • theatre lighting and sound

Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A Level, BTEC or equivalent; prior learning options available for students that have been out of education for a number of years, but can show some commitment to the subject (e.g. evidence of some creative writing when applying to Creative Writing course). GCSEs – English Language at C, but no requirement for Maths.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Talent Accelerator Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Acting Ensemble Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media For Acting And Performance Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Performance Commission Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Acting With Texts Credits: 40
Module: Bodies, Space, Performance Credits: 40
Module: Ideas Into Action Credits: 40

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Change Makers' Festival Credits: 60
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Acting Techniques Credits: 20
Module: Drama In Education & The Community Credits: 20
Module: Making Comedy Credits: 20
Module: Performance Lab Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Acting, screenwriting and film courses (PDF)

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