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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 2020, September 2021
  • School – Performance & Media Production

Minimum Entry Requirements

    88 UCAS points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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

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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst 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.


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



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


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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