Course Details


This one year top-up course is concerned with becoming a fully-fledged actor and creative artist preparing you for the launch of your career. You will work with professional directors taking you through an audition process.

As well as working with professional directors on shows based in our Electric Theatre, you will also take shows out on tour and will perform in a showcase in Manchester for agents and casting directors towards the end of the year. We also work with many professional touring theatre companies who provide regular workshops and seminars.

The structure of this vocationally unique course is like no other in the UK. Student actors will work from the outset within a professional touring theatre company. You will gain knowledge and experience of performance skills and experience the development of a fully functioning professional theatre company. This will provide graduating actors with the skills, experience and knowledge to be a truly entrepreneurial artist. We produce actors who are fully prepared for the existing and future demands of their profession and have the inner resources to ultimately contribute to the development of their careers.

Essentially working within a theatre company, the course is a modern reparatory apprenticeship. Tutors will strive to be at the cutting edge of current theatrical trends and technical developments and will work closely and in collaboration with related creative artists. Theatre is currently embracing multimedia performance; therefore it is crucial that the course stays at the forefront. The course allows you to build in traditional skills that agents or casting directors are looking for. You will also work with other professional theatre companies and will have the opportunity to take your work on tour.

We are now a Spotlight accredited Acting training provider (There are only 4 in the North of England). What is Spotlight?

Spotlight – Leading UK Casting Website In the UK, aspiring actors who are serious about pursuing this career must be members of two websites/organizations: Equity and Spotlight. Even though this is not required per se, if you’re not a member of these, then you’ll be viewed as an amateur. Founded as far back as 1927, it remains the de facto leading provider of UK casting calls and a resource for all performers in the country. The site currently has a huge database of performers and showbiz professionals.
Start your career with the industry’s leading casting platform. A Spotlight Graduate membership is the stamp of professionalism and puts you in the best position to promote yourself to the industry as you complete your training.
With profiles featuring your skills, experience and headshots, showreel services and free events to help you with your career, Spotlight is the support you need as an actor to showcase yourself to the industry.

How long is the course?

This course runs for one year

What qualification will I achieve?

BA (Hons) Acting for Touring Theatre

What will I study?


  • Professional Preparation and Performance
  • Advanced Screen Acting
  • Professional Theatre Acting
  • Touring Theatre Realisation
  • Independent Production Pathway – which offers a choice of Dissertation, Creative Writing, Directing or Performance

Where will I study?

The course will be based in the Electric Theatre and the Church Street campus with the support of a team of technical staff that will help you to create exciting and original theatre to take on tour.

What equipment will I need?

You will be encouraged to bring your own electronic device such as a laptop or tablet but this is not essential. Notebooks and script as required. You will need practical clothing with the theatre company’s logo on items when on tour. The main thing you need is enthusiasm and a desire to be the best.

How will I be assessed?

All assessments will be based on vocational scenarios and practical projects. You will be assessed as a performer in a variety of circumstances but will also need to collate and record your progress through journals and research projects. There are no end exams on the course.

What can I do next?

The skills developed through the course are transferable into a range of employment scenarios and students will be given support in aiding smooth progression into employment. The degree also nicely places students who wish to progress onto further and higher study at MA or MSc level or PGCE qualifications in an appropriate area.

There will be an acting showcase in Manchester where you will have the opportunity to engage with agents and casting directors.

Here are some of the career paths you may wish to pursue. Acting (Stage or Screen, Theatre Company Artistic Director or company member, Drama therapist, Theatre and or film director, Assistant director, Drama teacher/Lecturer in Acting, Events and festival management, Musical theatre, Playwriting, Producing, Stage management, Theatre finance and administration. Theatre marketing, Arts administrator, Broadcast presenter, Theatre stage manager, Casting Director, Theatrical agent.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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Is an Award of Sheffield Hallam University.