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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Acting

UCAS Code: W410

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Excluding General Studies

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Pass with 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades

UCAS Tariff

96

Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications

60%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Acting

This degree uses high-intensity workshops to develop your acting skills in line with demands of the industry. Each year group works as a tight-knit theatre company who support each other’s development, including writing, directing and producing touring shows. Your academic studies will give you transferable graduate-level thinking and writing skills, and expertise in theatre.

**Why this course at Marjon?**
• Consistently high student satisfaction in National Student Survey.
• Write and produce your own performances, in line with the demands of producing innovative modern theatre.
• Opportunities to tour your work, getting you used to the demands of creating, publicising and performing new and innovative theatre.
• Work and study in a 300-seat theatre and black box studio within the vibrant Marjon Arts Centre
• Combines directing opportunities, scene study, behind the scenes skills and core acting skills.

**What might I become?**
This course is aimed at helping you become an actor. It is taught by industry professionals who will give you practical experience of finding and creating work. You will gain a degree, a working CV, a show reel, a voice reel, as well as numerous contacts with industry professionals, providing a strong network from which to launch your career.

**Find out more at Open Day**
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Acting at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our 300-seat theatre and black box studio theatre. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

**Book on to an Open Day at: www.marjon.ac.uk/open-day**

**Why study at Marjon?**
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Rankings published 23 September 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates. Based on National Student Survey 2018.

Modules

Thomas -Second year, Acting:
“The first year was a great introduction to the basics of acting. We learnt about the origins of theatre, Shakespeare and storytelling. We also worked with other students to make short films so we could understand the difference between acting for camera and stage. In our second year we looked at more forms of theatre and went out into the community to do performances to make an impact in the local world. As well as a dissertation, third year is about building a portfolio and learning how to succeed in the industry after graduation.”

1st Year
The complicit actor
The roots of theatre
Academic skills
The Shakespearean actor
20th century text in performance
Acting for camera

2nd Year
Popular forms
The community centred actor
The creative actor
The global actor
Contemporary text in performance
Actors specialism

3rd Year
Professional profile
New writing in performance
Theatre production
The working actor

Assessment methods

The vast majority of assessments are practical assignments, which are often supported by some written reflection either in the form of a journal, an essay or portfolio. There are no written exams

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Department:

School of Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

95%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Acting

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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