Foundation Degree Acting

Learn the skills to become a professional working actor in the contemporary industry. Take advantage of our exciting industry links and fantastic theatre and stage facilities to refine your practice of acting.

Blending industry insight from practitioners and specialist skills such as voice work, script writing, and stage combat, you’ll be perfectly positioned to break into the vibrant and creative industry.


As you progress through our Acting Foundation Degree programme, you’ll train to a high level of technical ability. You will study multiple aspects of acting including Shakespearean theatre, naturalism, postmodernism, circus, and clowning. You’ll also explore contemporary acting such as virtual reality (VR), computer generated imagery (CGI), television and radio speaking.

Alongside improving your core disciplines of voice, movement, and acting, you’ll improve your creative and transferable skills, becoming an independent thinker and motivated and reflective artist. You’ll become physically and vocally flexible, ready to emerge into the industry.

Our programme is based in the heart of the Cultural Quarter in Leeds, so you’ll be surrounded by local practitioners at organisations such as Leeds Playhouse, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance, Red Ladder, BBC, and Munro House Arts Centre.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BA (Hons) Acting Top-up Degree

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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£9,250 (per academic year)

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Quarry Hill Campus and Prime Studios

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Start Date

18th September 2023

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2 years

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Course Code

UCAS Course Code: W410 UCAS Institution code: L21

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You will study a variety of acting styles that will help you progress a career in the professional industry. Our previous modules have included:

Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Actor’s Toolbox 1 (20 credits)
  • Actor’s Toolbox 2 (20 credits)
  • What is Acting? (20 credits)
  • Identity (20 credits)
  • The History of Theatre (A Practical Exploration) (20 credits)
  • Actor Development (20 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Actor’s Toolbox 3 (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Acting (20 credits)
  • Performance (40 credits)
  • Professional Engagement (20 credits)
  • Theatre for Contemporary Audiences (20 credits)


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