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Acting for Digital Media

Course Code: UFM0001

Level: 5
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Plymouth Marjon University
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

The Foundation Degree will enable students who have a desire to act for film, television, radio and other broadcast specialisms to develop creative, technical and employability skills, essential for working in today’s highly diverse and emerging industries. This course will focus on the skills required to act for camera, radio, broadcast, presenting and voice overs. This course will be unique in that it solely focuses on acting for broadcast media.

What you'll learn

The Foundation Degree is taught by academics and professionals from a variety of creative and performing arts  industries. It is delivered through formal teaching (lectures and workshops), supplemented by training in core practical skills development. It also provides you with the option to engage in real world performance, through participation in professionally commissioned and directed productions across both years of the course. Thus, you benefit from a rich mix of theoretical and practical training in acting for digital media, and will graduate with an intellectual and practical understanding and knowledge of the industry, alongside a working portfolio and the tools necessary to launch a career in the creative and performing arts industries.

First year modules:

Visual studies
You will explore the history and development of broadcast media, looking at directors, styles and genres of film in particular. 

Creative voice
This module focuses on developing the technical and artistic skills of the voice.

Creative body
This is a partner module to ‘creative voice’ and focuses on developing the technical and expressive skills of the actor’s body.

Acting with digital media
This module will explore the technical skills involved when acting with CGI, motion capture, microphone and camera.

Contextual naturalism in actor training
This module will look at the theories and practical application of naturalistic acting practitioners, through workshops and a series of projects.

Performance project one
This module will enable you to demonstrate and apply your skills in a recorded production, such as a film or audio drama.

Second year modules:

Research in practice
This module explores essential skills and tools necessary to develop entrepreneurial agency in the world.

Creative voice two
The purpose of this module is to deepen, broaden and develop skills in vocal performance technique. As well as working at a higher level of technique, this module expands upon the first year by placing a strong focus on independent practice.

Creative body two
The purpose of this module is to deepen, broaden and develop skills in physical performance technique. As well as working at a higher level of technique, this module expands upon the first year by placing a strong focus on independent practice.

Contextual naturalism in actor training
This module will look at an advanced form of actor training through the lens of the theories and practical application of naturalistic acting practitioners. This will be delivered through workshops and a series of projects.

Performance project 2
This module will enable you to demonstrate and apply your skills in a substantial recorded production, such as a film or audio drama.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (to include a full level 3 qualification)
  • five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

You will be required to pass an audition before being offered a place. 

International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and have the equivalent of the above level 3 qualifications or professional experience.

Assessments/Exams

There are no exams. Assessment methods include:

Essay
A critical written response to a question or title related to an aspect of live or pre-recorded performance

Essay outline
A short and early assignment

Evaluation
A self-reflexive, critical piece of writing that provides a theoretical and academic context for a piece of practical work

Portfolio
A collection of assessments covering the learning outcomes of the module, which usually takes several different forms such as reports, evaluations, presentations, tasks utilising various media formats

Practical performance assessment
A piece of creative practical work, either undertaken in groups or individually realised, enabling students to engage the actors craft through the creative processes involved in live and pre-recorded performance

Reflective journal
A descriptive account of the work undertaken usually accompanying a practical project, which includes personal and group reflection. It will involve explanation and interpretation of processes and practices under consideration

Research project
Detailed individual research or a sustained practical project, which is contextually grounded. All independent projects are negotiated with and supervised by an appropriate tutor

Seminar
Presentation of experience, knowledge and skills to peer group to evidence understanding and knowledge

Workshop
The assessed delivery of a practical workshop to peers to evidence skill and understanding.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the BA (Hons) Professional Acting for Stage and Screen top-up degree at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Part-time

Course Code: UFM0001

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact info@cityplym.ac.uk or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.