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Creative Actor

Course Code: UFM0002

Level: 5
Subject area: Performing Arts & Production Arts
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

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)


Our FdA Creative Actor will prepare you for the industry and equip you with the skills and confidence to carve out a career in performing arts.

Working with you to find out what your interests and aims are, we work closely with you to help you shape out the career that you are interested in. Equally, you may not know where you want your career to take you, and this course allows for your own self-discovery too. Supporting you through your training as you investigate and interrogate your creative self so you can start to develop your professional self.

We are interested in telling stories, and the way stories are told. Your artistry is at our core, developing you through our actor training, leaving you with the skills to tell those stories that often offer so much insight to the world we live in, and the humans within it. At the centre of what we do is the investigation of longstanding theories and practices, however, leaving the scope for development and new vision.

Working collaboratively with like-minded peers, we encourage the sharing of ideas and the passing of creativity to one another, through open and honest conversations, we are generous with our creativity and embrace the true spirit of being a creative.

What you'll learn

The modules you will study in your first year include …

Crafting Performance

This is a collaborative module with the students from levels 4, 5 and 6. Rehearsing a piece of theatre in preparation for taking the production on tour.

Contextualising Contemporary Performance 

This module encourages you to interrogate contemporary performance. Working with contemporary scripts you will investigate the contextual themes within your given source material, and explore how we then tell these stories as actors.

Creative Body – Part 1

A crucial module to your core actor training, this module looks to provide you with expressive freedom through movement.

Creative Voice – Part 1

A crucial module to your core actor training, this module looks to equip you with the vocal skills and knowledge for industry.

The Playful Actor
A chance to explore practitioners and their work in order to create your own performance, using the works you have studied as stimuli.


The modules you will study in your second year include …

Research in Practice

A research project where you begin to interrogate your chosen area of study, developing your contextual knowledge and understanding.

Creative Body – Part 2

An extension of Creative Body – Part 1. Working at a higher level, with the purpose of broadening your knowledge and understanding. Driving towards a focus on a practice that you
can specialise in.

Creative Voice – Part 2
An extension of Creative Voice – Part 1. Working at a higher level, with the purpose of broadening your knowledge and understanding. Driving towards a focus on a practice that you
can specialise in.

The Actor and the Ensemble
This module provides you with another chance to collaborate with levels 4 and 6. A focus this time on the collaborative practices so inherently distilled within ensemble work.

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.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including maths, English and combined science, and one or more of the following:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points
  • a BTEC National Award in a related subject
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • a NVQ level 3 in a related subject
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

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

You will be expected 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


There are no exams. Assessment methods include:

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.

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

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 actor’s 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.

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

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 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.)


Course Code: UFM0002

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 or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.