Acting & Contemporary Theatre Making Course


UCAS code: W410

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A dynamic course for those wishing to progress their skills to create work to professional standards. The course emphasises the generation of innovative theatre work, enabling students to make bespoke and commissioned pieces responding to a range of new and classic areas of performance. Current practice is explored across a spectrum of contemporary contexts.

Working closely with industry practitioners from theatre, film, transmedia and festival platforms, the course builds upon traditional acting techniques and equips students with technological, marketing and creative skills for the 21st century.

Company practice explores devised, adapted and scripted theatre with responses to commissions and showcase productions in the 200 seat Northbrook Theatre and regional venues. The course develops skills in characterisation, improvisation, voice, physicality, acting for film & TV, and self and performance promotion through a graduated programme of workshops, rehearsals, studio productions, festival work and main house shows. Regular Brighton Fringe slots, commissions, residencies, and Scratch Night curation form the basis for growing your professional practice and skills set.

Performance projects are underpinned by regular vocal and physical theatre techniques classes, including butoh, yoga, silks and acro-balance alongside diction, inflection, projection and breath control applied to text and improvisation. First year training delivers techniques and performance opportunities leading to greater independence of practice and skills application in the second year where the focus shifts to placing student work in industrial contexts such as the Brighton Festival.

Contextual Studies and career development thread through both years of the course enabling students to choose between industry and BA level study upon successful completion of all units. Possibilities for the study of directing also become an option for second year students. As with all the performance courses, this course works in close collaboration with the Design, Technical Theatre and Stage Management courses to produce work of high quality in an environment modelled on professional practice.

Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks’ work experience.

Interview and audition

All candidates will be invited to attend an interview/audition. Auditions must be from a published play or monologue book – self-written or devised pieces are not appropriate in this instance.


Minimum UCAS points:
– Old system: 160
– New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in theatre based study or equivalent
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in the old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall – an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)
    Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.

It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.

Individual offers may vary.