BA (Hons) Acting (with integrated foundation year)*

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Course code W401

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UCAS

Course code W401

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification
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Explore contemporary and classical theatre whilst honing your stage skills in a creative space – where the professional artist in you will be given every chance to flourish.

We’ve designed this course to inspire and give you the artistic freedom to discover who you are as a performer – with the guidance of current, practising professional tutors and highly-regarded directors in the industry.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You’ll be curating, developing and bringing together theatre works for 75% of your studies, enabling you to graduate as a confident and employable performer with a wealth of stage experience.

And, on top of that you’ll develop sound employability expertise – including self-employment and marketing –vital skills for your future career as an actor. We add all of this into our Acting course, so you don't just get a great degree out of it, but gain a competitive edge in this creative industry.

You’ll live and learn at our vibrant Institute of the Arts in the historic and bustling city of Carlisle. Within 20 minutes you will be in Scotland, or in the other direction, in the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

  • Develop your body and voice to a professional standard
  • Learn about the creative industries and secure the skills employers are looking for
  • Knowledge to market yourself as a self-employed actor/actress
  • Research text and deliver performances to open audiences to prepare you for future auditions
  • Tutor support when you need it, thanks to small study groups
  • Host your performances in our dedicated campus-based Stanwix Theatre - a fantastic creative space which stages more than 200 performances per year
  • Gain a breadth of stage experience, thanks to our links with other organisations, including the the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, for which we are the educational partner
  • Our great industry connections give you job prospects
  • You won’t become a clone – we’ll encourage you to flourish as an individual performer
  • Opportunity to perform at the London and Manchester Graduate Showcases
  • Access to great student spaces and facilities, including a library specialising in resources for the arts and includes a large collection of journals

Cumbria has a proud history of inspiring literary geniuses from Wordsworth and Ransome to Potter and Ruskin. Here you can be inspired and see your passion for performance empowered.

We know the industry well and we’ll teach and train you to become a professional actor, capable of being audition-ready to break into a competitive industry when you graduate.

Course study options

This course is also available without the foundation year.

Standard course

Graduate destinations

You'll be fully-qualified and have the right techniques to take your acting talents to a professional level, going on to work in film, stage and television. The skills you learn will serve you not just for the performing arts, but also in providing confidence in communication and presentation, which will be highly valuable in people-facing roles including sales and HR work.

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150 university artists to host one of Cumbria’s largest exhibitions of up and coming talent

Posted: 28 May 2019

One of the largest events of its kind in the region will see a university campus transformed by 150 artists. The University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts will host its annual Summer Degree Show between 1-8 June. The event is the culmination of final-year degree students’ hard work whilst studying at the Brampton Road campus in Stanwix, Carlisle.

University of Cumbria hosts nationally acclaimed contemporary dance workshop for artists and practitioners

Posted: 19 May 2019

Three figures from a contemporary dance company that won national acclaim for its inclusive routine featuring disabled dancers on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing are heading to the University of Cumbria. The university’s Institute of the Arts is hosting the AVS Take More Space Dance Lab in Brampton Road, Carlisle over the weekend of 15 and 16 June 2019.

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Posted: 17 May 2019

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