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Undergraduate course

Acting BA (Hons)

Through workshops and performances, gain the artistic skills necessary to succeed as a performer.

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Acting is a focused and creative program at York St John University. It offers a well-rounded experience of what it means to perform. This practical course encourages voice, movement, acting, interpretation and textual analysis. The course lets you identify yourself as a performer and connect to our many creative partners in the region.

  • Subject to final approval

York campus

  • UCAS Code – W410
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    88 UCAS points

    3 GCSEs Graded at C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Our Acting degree lets you to study the craft of contemporary acting for stage and screen. Through innovative practice workshops, you will work through rigorous processes and approaches to performing. You will develop personas and characters to tell unique stories. You will get an excellent experience of working independently and collaboratively. 

Acting BA (Hons) is practice-led, so we will assess you on your practical work as well as your written work. 

On this course:

  • You will study acting as a transformative experience.
  • You will act in plays and ensemble works.
  • You will present solo pieces where you and your talent is at the very heart of performing.
  • You will develop your identity as an actor.
  • You will develop a Professional Acting portfolio.
  • Be eligible to join Equity.
  • You will develop your future career path towards the creative industries.

Our campus is in the heart of the beautiful city of York. We have excellent studio facilities and expert staff who make and perform their own theatre. Alongside practice, staff write and theorise about the importance of drama and theatre in the twenty first century.

Course structure

Level 1 

Modules may include:

  • Writing for theatre
  • The body and performance
  • Acting
  • Ensemble: dramatic texts
  • Ensemble: visual texts
  • Performance histories
  • Workshop practice
  • Voice workshops

Please note: modules are subject to change as part of the validation process. 


Level 2 

Modules may include:

  • Staging the play: textual analysis and interpretation:
  • Acting for camera
  • Clowning for stage (funny bones)
  • Stand-up and satire (funny words)
  • Politically engaged performance
  • Autobiographical performance
  • Children and Young people
  • Performance in social context
  • Physical Theatre
  • Choreography, site and environment
  • Artist as witness
  • Writing after Beckett

Please note: modules are subject to change as part of the validation process. 

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Independent acting as research - screen/film based project or solo performance
  • Contemporary acting project
  • Contemporary performance practice
  • Dissertation

Please note: modules are subject to change as part of the validation process.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught by expert academics and by industry professionals from York Theatre Royal. Teaching will also feature other local, regional and national performance companies as well.

Your work will be assessed as a portfolio and could include:

  • Live performances - solo, duet and ensemble
  • Workshop practice
  • Essays
  • Reflective writing
  • Script writing
  • Catalogue documents

There will be opportunities to be involved with the innovative community projects we run. For example: Converge, YSJ Prison Partnership Project, Shakespeare on Screen in Prison project, It's Not Ok NSPCC project, YSJSPARK, Dance and Dementia Project. We run these projects with local, regional and national partners in prisons, care homes, mental health organisations, schools and in festivals.

Please be aware that this course is subject to validation, so this is subject to change. 

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Additional Requirements 

You will need to attend an audition as part of the recruitment process. 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 202 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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