BA (Hons) in acting
Our full time, three-year BA in Acting (conservatoire training) develops a high level of technical facility, flexibility, individuality and imagination. The training provides skills in acting, voice, singing and movement, and students apply these skills in a wide variety of media including theatre, television, film and radio.
The training is classically based because we believe this provides the best foundation for acting in any form or media. However, the training also includes a thorough grounding in contemporary plays and styles as well as classes in camera and microphone technique. Your work will be continuously assessed with extensive individual feedback through regular sessions, written reports, and one-to-one tutorials.
The training includes:
- Stanislavski-based rehearsal exercises
- realist project and scene work
- contemporary and classical text
- projects on Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare and other Elizabethan and Jacobean writers, Restoration/Eighteenth Century comedy and contemporary writing
- acting for camera and microphone technique
- voice training, including dialect training, individual and choral singing
- movement training, including Alexander Technique, dance and stage combat
Throughout the course you will attend professional development sessions and workshops with guest speakers from across the industry, including directors, actors, international artists and performers.
In the first year you will spend your time in the classroom and workshop spaces. Your first performance to the public will be at the end of the Summer term of your second year when you will perform a production to schools. Your third year will be dedicated to rehearsal and performance work for productions staged in one of RADA's three theatres. These productions will be directed by industry professionals and attended by agents and casting directors. During your course, you will also feature in short films and radio plays.
As a final year student you will benefit from the RADA Buddy mentoring scheme where our graduates provide professional advice, feedback and networking opportunities.
The 'Tree' performance by final year students takes place in April each year and is named after the Academy's founder, Herbert Beerbohm Tree. You will present scenes or speeches to an invited audience of agents, casting directors and industry professionals. The short films made during the course are also screened at this event.
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