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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Acting and Performance

Create your own performances for stage, screen and audio media — studying in a range of professional, community and training spaces.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W491
When do I start? September 2020
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.

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

On this practical course, 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

Applied learning

Work placements

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

You’ll work both independently and in groups, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs.

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. 

Field trips 

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
Student success story
Performance graduates Josh Schofield and Emily Kitteringham returned to Sheffield Hallam to perform John Godber's 'September in the Rain' for the Off the Shelf Festival.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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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

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalent

• Access - 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

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 you are made an offer, you will invited to a Course Open Day. At Course Open Days there will be the opportunity for you to come along to an open workshop to hear more about the course, meet some of the staff and, if you wish, you can perform for us. If we like what we see, we may be able to give you a lower offer.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

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

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

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/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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