Acting - Foundation Degree

Acting - Foundation Degree

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This course is subject to validation by Leeds City College.

The course will provide distinctive actor training. Through the complete preparation of performance skills and exploration of one's self as a practitioner, you will gain a thorough understanding of your individual attributes and how to bring that to the industry. You will study fundamentals of performance – such as Shakespearean theatre, naturalism, political theatre, physical theatre, circus, singing, dance, musical instrument, television, radio, and CGI acting. 

Our programme trains actors to a high degree of technical ability and flexibility, and develops individuality and imagination. Alongside the core disciplines of voice, movement and acting techniques, you will develop a range of creative and transferable skills that will encourage you to become an independent thinker and motivated artist.

You will be taught by in-house and industry practitioners allowing you the opportunity to develop industry networks and relations. 

You will be trained for 24 hours per week.

Duration 2 years
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 72671-10
Fee £9,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

Modules may include:

  • Actors Toolbox 1
  • I am Art
  • Being Art
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • History of Theatre (A Practical Exploration)
  • Contemporary Acting
  • Performance
  • Theatre for Contemporary Audiences
  • Professional Engagement

Benefits / Skills you will develop

This programme will develop your acting skills through extended hours and intensive actor training in a range of disciplines such as  voice, stage combat, dance and improvisation, and prepare you to work in a range of situations including stage, screen, and emerging technologies like computer games and virtual reality. This programme will equip you with the professional, enterprising, and entrepreneurial skills to help you to succeed in a competitive industry.

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Develop professional acting skills for stage, screen, and emerging technologies
  • Learn the networking, promotional and enterprising skills required to enter the industry
  • Have had the opportunity to work with professional actors and practitioners 
  • Have had the opportunity to perform in public
  • Have an acting practice that addresses the changing needs of contemporary industry in various contexts including stage and screen
  • Explore acting in a variety of contexts, focussing on a range of practices
  • Have a balance between subject specific skills (expressive, creative, technical) and transferable skills (communication, teamwork, project management) which are key to being employable in the performance industry
  • Have the skills and knowledge to sustain a professional career in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Have had the opportunity to develop a 5 year business plan alongside a bespoke wellbeing strategy 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of practical assessments and coursework such as performances, presentations, logbooks, video logs and interviews.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

Quarry Hill Campus.

Entry requirements

Typical offer:

A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject

BTEC L3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject

GCSE English: English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: Leeds City College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.                   

*21 years and over at the start of the course

APL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APL).

Interviews/audition: A successful audition is required.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs associated with certain elements of this programme, which may include: optional trips and visits, specialist equipment, and tickets. These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is W410 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

This programme could lead to further study, such as the BA (Hons) Top-Up at Leeds City College (subject to validation) or other institution.

The programme will also equip you with the acting, and enterprising and entrepreneurial skills required to enter the industry.

Job opportunities include:







Workshop Leader 

Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite

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