School of Humanities and Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Acting with Foundation

You want to become a professional actor, yet you wonder if you’re the type of person who should go to university. Perhaps you don’t have 32-48 UCAS points or other qualifications. Our 4-year BA programme, a Conservatoire in the Academy may be perfect for you. In your first year you'll explore a wide range of performance practices providing a solid base for your degree in Acting. You’ll acquire a toolkit of skills in a supportive professional environment, and the confidence to know how to use it.

Through collaborative provision with Theatre Royal Plymouth and its practitioners in the South West, we offer the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice plus unrivalled access to professional opportunities. Upon successful completion of your first year, you’ll join the rest of the undergraduate BA (Hons) Acting community for 3 lively years of discipline-specific study and inter-disciplinary enquiry that gives you the chance to find a career in today’s industry.

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Join Plymouth Conservatoire

This programme is delivered through Plymouth Conservatoire - a unique partnership between the University and Theatre Royal Plymouth, providing training and professional experience that will set talented students apart in today’s arts and creative industries.

Plymouth Conservatoire

£500 Performing Arts Foundation Bursary

We in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts like to reward those applicants who show a significant commitment to studying with us.

Therefore all applicants holding a valid offer for the BA (Hons) Acting with Foundation will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 which will be automatically deducted from their tuition fees upon enrolment onto the course in September 2019.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2019

If you haven’t applied to the University of Plymouth for September 2019 entry, prior to the UCAS deadline, there may still be vacancies on your chosen course.

It’s not too late to apply

Course details

  • Year 0 (Foundation year)
  • In your first year you’ll explore a wide range of performance practices which will offer you a solid base for your BA degree in Dance. You’ll acquire a toolkit of skills in a supportive and professional environment, and the confidence to know how to use it.

  • Year 1
  • In your second year, you’ll learn the principles of acting and how to put theory into practice. You’ll also experience the process of creating performance, from page to stage.

  • Year 2
  • In your third year, you’ll study the different styles of acting in more depth and develop your own practice by participating in the production of performances with industry experts. You’ll learn to craft and market your own performance work, and develop networks of collaborators for your future profession.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll focus on refining the skills and knowledge of your craft. A strong focus on professional development and employability in the competitive theatre industry will prepare you for a lifelong career.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU To be confirmed £9,250
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

£500 Humanities Foundation Bursary

We in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts like to reward those applicants who show a significant commitment to studying with us.

Therefore all applicants holding a valid offer for the BA (Hons) Acting with Foundation will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 which will be automatically deducted from their tuition fees upon enrolment onto the course in September 2019.

How to apply

If you are interested in this course, then please contact Dr John Matthews, Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Acting: john.matthews@plymouth.ac.uk

Planned new course

  • c Please note that this planned new course is subject to approval

Welcome to Plymouth Conservatoire

Experts from the University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth work together to give you training and professional experience that will set you apart in today’s arts and creative industries.

Get the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities.

Watch our film about Plymouth Conservatoire.

Welcome to your own purpose built theatre:

The House

The University of Plymouth committed £7 million to building The House, a purpose built theatre on campus – and now the teaching home to Plymouth Conservatoire. 

A state-of-the art building, built to the very highest technical and sustainable specification, this award winning facility is a fully-accessible building with a 200-seater auditorium, a studio theatre and rehearsal spaces.

Come in to The House


<p>The House stage</p>
The House stage
<p>The House stage viewed from above</p>
The House stage from above
<p>The House studio</p>
The House studio
<p>Roland Levinsky Building room 307</p>
Roland Levinsky Building room 307
<p>Roland Levinsky Building room 306</p>
Roland Levinsky Building room 306
<p>Roland Levinsky Building room 308</p>
Roland Levinsky Building room 308

Any questions?

Please contact Dr John Matthews, Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Acting : john.matthews@plymouth.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Acting staff