Acting (Stage and Screen) BA (Hons) is aimed at students wanting to engage with live and mediated forms of acting. The course will develop and enhance your personal, professional and vocational skills.
The course will develop and enhance your personal, professional and vocational skills. It fosters creativity, critical reflection and an understanding of the processes and performances of diverse acting practices in their global, historical, and contemporary socio-political contexts, and across live, recorded, and digital platforms. This is a collaborative, creative and industry-facing course in which you have the opportunity to develop your skills in presentation and critically-creative academic enquiry. These skills are essential for a range of careers in the creative industries and beyond. You will work closely with other students in media and performing arts, and in the faculty, developing a portfolio of work across a range of media that will enhance their prospects for employability upon graduation.
You will apply key skills in voice, movement and character development to work on stage and on screen. You will also have the opportunity to engage with acting in, for example, drama and documentary film production, television, radio, corporate video and video art, live theatre, and immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality. The course builds upon extensive faculty expertise in the research and practice of immersive performance and motion capture, interactive media arts, and installation. The course is at the cutting edge of technological innovation in performer training with the Immersive in Telepresence project conducted in conjunction with Tampere University in Finland, having been the recipient of several international awards.
Taught primarily through practical workshops, via virtual platforms or in professionally equipped studio spaces, you will benefit from a sector-leading digital environment, access to industry professionals, and a University-wide commitment to collaborative learning, and to supporting the development of sustainable global citizenship.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Acting (Stage and Screen) BA (Hons) is aimed at students looking to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in acting on stage, screen, and in mediated and digital spaces.
This is a practical and creative course in which you will have the opportunity to develop skills in collaboration and presentation which are essential for a range of careers in the creative industries, and beyond. Working closely with your tutors and other courses in the faculty as well as industry experts, you will develop a portfolio of work across a range of live and mediated work that will enhance your prospects for employability upon graduation.
Taught primarily through practical workshops, via virtual platforms or in professionally equipped studio spaces, students will benefit from a sector-leading digital environment, access to industry professionals, and a University-wide commitment to collaborative learning, and to supporting the development of sustainable global citizenship.
The course offers students public-facing performance opportunities, collaborations with Theatre and Professional Practice, Film Production and Digital Media students and staff, festivals of new work, and innovative online collaborations (the Add+Vantage Global Experience and Immersive Telepresence Module, for example). This is further augmented by international experiences both within modules and as co-curricular activities related to staff research areas and employability projects.
Why choose this course?
You will have the opportunity to learn from our experienced creative practitioners, some who have worked as theatre directors, movement directors, educational programme developers, freelance actors, designers, mask-makers and applied theatre specialists for organisations ranging from Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), The Globe, Théâtre Sans Frontières, Trestle, Spike Theatre, Tinderbox Theatre, The Lion’s Part and The Fabularium. The teaching staff have significant experience in major project events, such as Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 programme, international touring with the British Council, co-productions with the National Theatre and performances at the Sydney Opera House. A number of staff members are also founders and directors of organisations that have been within the Arts Council of England National Portfolio.
The teaching team has a vast array of international research expertise with exciting collaborations including examples, such as a site-specific project on the use of Pico pocket projectors during field trips with Das Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, as well as long-form improvisation research with alumni of Chicago’s Second City and teachers from The Hothouse Los Angeles.
You may have the opportunity to participate in the Telepresence in Theatre initiative which is an ongoing project between Coventry and the actor training degree at the Tampere University, Finland. Using repurposed technologies such as videoconferencing, rear projection, directional sound, Adobe Connect and Facebook an immersive rehearsal space is created in both locations to enable students to rehearse and explore a variety of classic plays. The project, which has now received multiple international awards (Gold in Arts and Humanities Reimagine education 2016, Gold in Arts and Humanities and Hybrid Learning Reimagine Education 2018 and Highly Commended at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018) is now in its fifth year and is continuing to develop new ways of teaching and learning at a distance. The project has conducted performances in Hong Kong, Finland and Miami and in 2019 collaborated with Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan and Purdue University in the US.
The degree combines devising, scripted and experimental work with opportunities for live and mediated performances emphasising the development of acting as an art form. Teaching and learning methods selected for this course are designed to facilitate your ability to develop and reflect on your own skills and understanding, and to foster links between this, the practice of others, and theoretical knowledge and concepts.
The course is predominantly practice-based with workshops and classes exploring a wide range of different styles and forms from character building methodologies, chorus and ensemble work, and approaches to intermediality (the integration of digital elements within the live performance space), voice and movement studies and working within a technological framework such as film or voiceover.
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