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Creative Actor

Course Code: UFM0002
  • Level: 5
  • Qualification: Foundation Degree
  • Awarding body: Plymouth Marjon University
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course type: Full-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Various days and times

What's it all about?

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)


The FdA Creative Actor degree programme will equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience to work as a professional actor in an ever-changing industry. The course has a focus on practical skill development and preparation for employment  – your training will develop skills in classical and contemporary text, musical theatre, acting for screen, movement, professional development and more.

Our students also have the opportunity to collaborate closely with different departments on chosen projects. This includes students from courses in Live Events, Hair and Make-Up, Media and more.

The course is led by a team of specialist and highly experienced lecturers with a range of professional credits in theatre, film, TV and digital media. From working with industry professionals, guest speakers and practical workshops, this degree offers the opportunity to gain industry knowledge, experience and connections whilst underpinning your learning with theoretical and practical understanding.

Course information

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.

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.

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

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

Actors, Entertainers and Presenters


Potential salary


Entry level salary


Average salary


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