BA (Hons) Acting

Note: This course is found under the Undergraduate option when making a UCAS application NOT the Conservatoire option.

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Study BA (Hons) Acting at Leeds Conservatoire

The BA Acting programme at Leeds Conservatoire offers rigorous, practical, conservatoire training for a career as a professional actor. Through practical skills training and individualised artistic development, you will acquire the skills to sustain a career as a working artist in theatre, television, film and recorded media - serving the performance industry now and in the shaping its future.

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  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W320
  • UCAS Institution Code: L30
  • Apply Via: UCAS Undergraduate (note: this course cannot be found under a 'Conservatoire' application)
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

Intense Training

Over three years you develop your skills in acting, movement, voice and performance-based research. Training is practical, physical and intensive. You are required to be fearless, as you acquire new skills and challenge those you arrived with. Training includes ensemble skills classes, 1-1 coaching, skills in context, seminars and rehearsals; culminating in a final year season of performance that serves as an industry introduction.

The programme celebrates individualism, you will develop your skills alongside your individual artistry and are actively encouraged to create new work.

The programme staff team is made up of teaching artists and visiting industry professionals, who work intensively with you to develop your skills, enabling you to work professionally. Working with industry active practitioners insures your training is relevant, contemporary and responds directly to the demands of the industry.

Individual Tuition

All actors on the programme will receive 1:1 training and support to develop specific acting skills – in particular developing vocal strength, stamina and flexibility which can be applied to a wide range of performance styles and mediums.


Storytelling is a collaborative artform and collaboration is at the core of all we do at Leeds Conservatoire. Acting students spend their first weeks of training developing an ensemble practice that transforms a cohort into a collaborative theatre company. Throughout training, students are given the opportunity to collaborate with theatres, creative partners and leading artists in the region. We actively encourage cross programme collaboration with artists from other disciplines. Our ambition is for students to establish a creative network in training, originate live performance and take both with them into the profession.

“As a Casting Director, I have worked extensively in the North, casting actors for theatrical productions. Conservatoire level training in Leeds provides a great resource of new talent in the region. I very much look forward to meeting graduates from this programme.”
– Sarah Hughes, Casting Director

What you will study

This course is a full-time, high-contact, vocational training programme which is taught in six academic terms over three years. Contact time averages thirty hours a week, across thirty teaching weeks each year. The course has two core strands; Skills Training and Artistic Development. Time assigned to each adjusts each year to promote the transition from learner to independent artist. See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

First Year is dedicated to intensive skills training.

Modules are designed to establish fundamental technique in Acting for Stage and Screen, Movement, Dance, Research for Performance, Spoken and Sung Voice. Artistic Development in First Year is focused on understanding the self.

Students receive an allocation of one-to-one hours that can be dedicated to spoken voice work, singing lessons or creative mentorship.

See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

Acting Skills: Acting Technique

This skills module looks to equip students with the fundamental technique associated with Acting for stage and screen. Students will explore in depth the notions of self in performance, a range of practical acting techniques and the ensemble skills of spontaneity, play and improvisation. The module includes an actor’s approach to the preparation of dramatic text; research, textual analysis, creating character and the world of the play.

Acting Skills: Spoken and Sung Voice

This module introduces the fundamental techniques associated with spoken and sung voice for the performer.

Acting Skills: Movement

This skills module is designed to introduce students to a range of specialist tools to work physically as actors. Classes introduce the fundamental skills associated with movement training, support the development of individualised warm up techniques and develop physical ensemble practice.

Individual sessions are designed to encourage students to free and strengthen the body, to communicate physical story and understanding of the basics of dance. Each strand of the module is designed to support the actor in their ability to create a character's physical life.

Acting Skills: Research for Performance

This module is designed to develop student’s knowledge of the history of the performing arts industry, providing context for the performance of existing texts and informing the development of new work. Students will develop personal research strategies, relevant to an actor’s preparation for performance and the development of new work.

Artistic Development: Self as an Artist

Students begin the year with diagnostic activities to identify their artistic potential, strengths and weaknesses at point of entry before creating a plan for development. Each cohort establishes an ensemble as well as individual arts practice which they will develop and maintain throughout their training.

In understanding their creative potential, students engage in workshops with visiting artists, across disciplines, practically exploring their potential as performers and creatives. Practical exploration of the self, articulates with their own reflective practice and creative ensemble projects. Both of which encourage a creative output which is wholly original and personal to the artist.

In Second Year skills developed in First Year are applied in the context of rehearsals and project-based work.

Students are consistently engaged in creative processes, led by professionals with contrasting specialisms. This approach is designed to broaden practice by providing a range of learning experiences.

The project nature of Second Year allows maximum opportunity for industry partnership, develops the skills associated with a portfolio career and promotes creative dexterity in graduate performers. The focus of Artistic Development shifts from understanding the self to understanding the creative industries.

See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

Acting Skills: Rehearsal Practices

This module is designed to allow students to apply the developed skills acquired through Level 4 Acting Skills to text-based rehearsal settings. Students will be challenged with wide ranging texts from established repertoire to new work, each presenting different challenges to the actor. The focus will be on the development of character and broadening the individual’s performance range on stage, screen and radio.

Acting Skills: Voice in Context

Voice progresses from the exploration of the student’s own voice and its creative potential to the use of voice in context, fully inhabiting a character and the world of the play.

Students apply the skills (ensemble and personal practices), acquired in Year 1 in rehearsal and performance contexts. All students study accent and dialects, beginning with RP and Standard American as industry standards, moving to text specific accent work.

Acting Skills: Movement in Context

Movement progresses from exploration of the student’s own physicality and creative potential to project based work, using movement as a point of access to the creation of character and original narrative. Students movement classes explore text-based and improvised performance in their dedicated area of study.

Students continue developing fitness and stamina through conditioning classes. Dance classes are content focused as students explore dance in the context of established repertoire and physical theatre rehearsal practices.

Artistic Development: Arts Industry

Following a year focused on understanding the self, students turn their focus outward; to understanding the arts industry. Through workshops, seminars, research and case studies, students will develop a detailed understanding of the theatre/film industries and employment opportunities.

Students will also create a professional portfolio in preparation for industry introduction.

Project 1: New Work and Adaptation

In this module students devise and develop a new piece of theatre. Forming a company, students work with a professional mentor and facilitator in the development of a new work. Development and rehearsals culminate in an in-house performance sharing, demonstrating the performers ability to create work and integrate their story telling skills in a moment of performance.

Project 2: Established Repertoire

In this module students prepare, rehearse and present a medium scale in-house performance work that demonstrates performance skills acquired on the programme for an audience that is made up of students from other levels and programmes across the institution. In this context students practice and demonstrate what they have learned through engagement with directors and other contributors. Students integrate their performance and collaborative skills whilst contributing creatively and personally to this artistic performance endeavour.

The Third Year of study provides the developing artist with a bridge to the profession, with skills training becoming part of the individual’s artistic development.

Training is dedicated to a season of live performance for a public audience. Students are showcased through the live performance season and create a portfolio of recorded performances, enabling them to market themselves professionally.

Having developed a culture of entrepreneurship through First Year and Second Year, Third Year students are encouraged to exercise creative agency – making as well as featuring in performances.

See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

Artistic Development: Live Performance

This module hosts a season of semi-professional Live Performances given to a public audience, allowing students to experience a significant period of work reflective of a working actor. Live
Students will engage in three performances of contrasting styles:

  • Small scale, studio equivalent production
  • Medium/Large scale commercial production
  • Non-traditional performance

Students will work with a creative team to realise the live performance season and will have technical support as appropriate.

Artistic Development: Recorded Performance

This module provides students with the opportunity to create a piece of recorded performance, typically a show/voice reel.

Students rehearse and perform excerpts of material appropriate to their casting, with view to creating a tangible product that could be used for industry introduction.

Artistic Development: Self in the Industry

This module site alongside Live and Recorded Performance modules, creating an academic year that closely parallels a standard year for the graduate actor.

It is designed to support students in building and managing a creative life including; maintaining and developing skill, making industry connections, setting up a self-employed business and sustaining a career between performance opportunities.

To that end, students engage in; skills classes, audition technique and mock audition scenarios, business management focused professional practice sessions and opportunities for self-led creative project work.

Students also engage in industry showcase activities, serving as an introduction to the profession.

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2022
Validated by: University of Hull*

*Note for applicants and offer holders for 2022/23 entry:

Leeds Conservatoire plans to apply to the Office for Students for Degree Awarding Powers. If we are granted Degree Awarding Powers, your degree may be awarded by Leeds Conservatoire rather than validated by the University of Hull.

Course Key Information Document 2020/21

Entry Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include an A Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in an Acting-related subject.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

Read full entry requirements

Audition Information

Find more information and course-specific audition guides for UK applicants and International Applicants.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)
UCAS Code: W320
UCAS Institution Code: L30

Read our step-by-step application guide

Fees & Funding
International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
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