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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

About the course

As the creative industries respond to an ever-developing digital age, this highly distinctive course prepares aspiring performers and actors to engage with audiences via a range of mediums. Mostly practical in its delivery, the course is taught by experienced industry professionals who have the knowledge and commitment to develop well-rounded and reflective performers. Offering multiple opportunities to work collaboratively with a range of students on a variety of courses, the course will ensure you are fully prepared for a long career in this demanding and competitive industry. In addition to developing your skills as an actor, this Foundation Degree will also improve your academic skills, such as conducting research and evaluating information, and will provide you with a deep understanding of the theory relating to artistic creativity and performance delivery.

What you'll learn

This degree is taught by professionals, with experience in the acting industry and the digital media industry. It is delivered through strong industry level practical training, supplemented by formal teaching practices (workshops and lectures); it also provides students with real world acting experience, through their participation in directed and designed digital productions in each of the two years of the foundation degree. Thus, students benefit from a rich mix of actor-specific training with the application of skills intended for performances within digital/broadcast media, and will graduate with an intellectual and practical understanding and knowledge of the actor’s craft alongside a working CV and the tools necessary to launch an acting career with a strong knowledge base of current and emerging technologies.

Level 4 Modules

  • Visual Studies – This module will look at the historical context of film and broadcast technologies and the actors’ role within their expansion.
  • Acting With Digital Media – This module focuses on developing the technical and expressive skills of the working actor through specialised digital media experiences.
  • Creative Voice – This module will be carried out through a series of workshops to develop the technical and artistic skills of the voice.
  • Creative Body – This module will be carried out through a series of workshops to develop the technical and expressive skills of the actors’ body.
  • Contextual Naturalism In Actor Training – This module will develop the actors’ expression of self through the historical study and technique-based learning of naturalistic acting styles. The module will focus on the development of individual practice and the application of appropriate skills to a performance.
  • Performance Project 1 – This module will allow the students to apply training that they have undergone throughout the year for a final acting performance.

Level 5 Modules

  • Research In Practice – A research project where you begin to interrogate your chosen area of study, developing your contextual knowledge and understanding
  • Creative Voice 2 – 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 Level 4 Core Technique (Voice) by placing a strong focus on independent practice.
  • Creative Body 2 – 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 Level 4 Core Technique (Body) by placing a strong focus on independent practice.
  • Performance Project 2 – This module focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the technical, creative and professional elements that are the actors’ craft.
  • Professional Practice – A module that is preparing you for the professional world. Here you will begin to put content together and seek out opportunities to enable you to develop your portfolio.
  • Improvisation and Storytelling – This module develops essential components of an actor’s toolkit – improvisation and storytelling. Through lectures and workshops, this course provides you with the opportunity to enhance your writing skills and understanding of storytelling. This module also explores how improvisation is used within the industry and gives you practical experience improvising in collaboration with others.
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:

Rehearsal/Studio Work
Sessions focused on the development of a specific product for performance to an audience and/or development of specific skills and techniques in practice.

Performance
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 pre-recorded performance.

Logbook
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.

Vlog
Recorded media for the web in the style of an opinion diary. Used most often to record daily learning and to capture informal commentary.

Interview/Presentation
Presentation of specific material in a mock professional situation.

 

What's next?

Those seeking to stay in education could progress onto a range of top courses, however the direct progression route at the College is for students to move directly onto the BA (Hons) Professional Acting for Stage and Screen top-up degree.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

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.)

Full-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 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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