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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary


Entering the Acting profession as a working stage and screen actor requires high-level skills and knowledge, which the BA (Hons) Acting programme at the University of Northampton is designed to help you develop.

You’ll spend 30 hours per week for 30 weeks in practical training, showing your dedication and commitment and our programme is recognised by both Equity and Spotlight, ensuring that the training provided is relevant, current and of an excellent industry level standard.

We follow the ethos of craft, artistry and performance application while encouraging the continual journey of self-discovery, curiosity and the employment of your imagination in truthful characterisations.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.


All three years have the core acting, vocal and movement pathways central to them; Year 1 tackles key concepts and core skills and equips you with the fundamental tools you need to be successful in the industry. Year 2 introduces new skills such as acting for TV, Film and Radio alongside beginning to hone your artistry and apply the craft you learned in Year 1 towards public performances.

The final year will see you further develop your artistry with more autonomy as you define your artistic identity and take part in 5 different performance projects with professional directors, culminating in the opportunity to be part of a final showcase at a London theatre with an invited industry audience. We always strive to produce artists who contribute meaningfully to the industry whilst moving the craft of acting forwards.

Careers and Employability

Our graduates go on to work in all forms of performance, No.1 Touring companies, No.1 Venues such as Nottingham Playhouse, Royal and Derngate Theatres, Feature Films, radio drama, commercials, BBC Drama and more. Equally our graduates know how to create work for themselves to create their own opportunities.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 12,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Northampton

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  • Campus address

    Main Site, The University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    95th out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    110 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    47 47%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.21 84%



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