Teaching and assessment
We offer a high level of practical and experiential learning, both on and off campus.
You'll have the opportunity to attend shows, workshops and masterclasses – learning from established performers, directors and industry leaders – and join work placements to put your learning into context, building your professional network. Past students have worked with the likes of the BBC, the British Film Institute and UK Cinema Association.
On campus, you'll engage in authentic, exciting learning experiences that encourage collaboration and self-expression through role plays, improvisation, studio practice, masterclasses and film screenings.
You'll be taught by working film and theatre actors, directors, writers and production specialists, ensuring your classes are shaped by the most current industry practices.
Our academics have a wealth of awards and experiences – from winning BAFTA nominations to working on award-winning documentaries, screening their work at the Superbowl, developing films in Hollywood and having their own BFI retrospectives to showcase their career highlights.
In fact, Senior Lecturer in Acting, Kwong Loke, recently received a 4-star review in The Guardian for his performance in What Remains of Us at the Bristol Old Vic.
You’ll also benefit from regular guest speakers – from Hollywood actors to award-winning directors and producers. Past speakers have included directors Francis Anan and Ed Lovelace; writer and producer Vincent Ngo; cinematographer Trevor Forrest; editor Matyas Fekete and casting directors Simone Pereira Hind and Ben Cogan.
Small, highly interactive classes ensure you’ll have a high level of contact with teachers and tutors, enabling you to develop your individual strengths and interests.
Contact hours and expected workload
Training as a performer is both physically and mentally demanding, and requires integrity, emotional maturity, teamwork and self-discipline.
You'll have a minimum of 15 contact hours per week, and will be expected to engage in rehearsals, projects and independent study outside of class. You'll find it challenging, but richly rewarding to see your skills and knowledge develop.
Your skills and knowledge will be assessed through practical work, productions, presentations, group work, pitches, peer assessments, mock auditions and production plans – as well as essays, reflective writing and written analyses on aspects of the industry. During your Study Abroad term, you'll develop your own research project and, in your final year, you'll create a career planning portfolio.
Students with disabilities
We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.
We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability team as early as you can, to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.