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BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

PPA’s BA(Hons) in Acting for Stage and Screen will give you all the skills necessary to become a professional actor. As a professional actor, you can’t rely on adrenalin or luck, you must know how to recreate your performance to the highest level, every single time that you give it. At PPA, you will discover how to do this, no small feat but one which, together, we can achieve.

You will develop a voice and a body, which allows you to assume a physicality that is different to your own and which is sustainable and safe to do for a long run. You will learn how to be free on stage and on screen, to be released and in the moment. You will learn how to approach a script to unlock it, to find the meaning within it and to share it with an audience. You will learn how to research, to explore, and to share your ideas clearly and concisely. You will learn the skills to tell stories, bravely and truthfully.

Your three years at PPA will serve you for the rest of your life. They will be demanding and will ask you to challenge yourself but they will also be massively exciting and rewarding too. You will be taught by a highly qualified and vibrant faculty, all of whom have all worked at the highest professional level. In your third year will perform in two plays, a film and a West End showcase to give you the best possible chance to be seen by industry professionals.

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

PPA’s BA(Hons) in Acting for Stage and Screen will give you all the skills necessary to become a professional actor. As a professional actor, you can’t rely on adrenalin or luck, you must know how to recreate your performance to the highest level, every single time that you give it. At PPA, you will discover how to do this, no small feat but one which, together, we can achieve.

You will develop a voice and a body, which allows you to assume a physicality that is different to your own and which is sustainable and safe to do for a long run. You will learn how to be free on stage and on screen, to be released and in the moment. You will learn how to approach a script to unlock it, to find the meaning within it and to share it with an audience. You will learn how to research, to explore, and to share your ideas clearly and concisely. You will learn the skills to tell stories, bravely and truthfully.

Your three years at PPA will serve you for the rest of your life. They will be demanding and will ask you to challenge yourself but they will also be massively exciting and rewarding too. You will be taught by a highly qualified and vibrant faculty, all of whom have all worked at the highest professional level. In your third year will perform in two plays, a film and a West End showcase to give you the best possible chance to be seen by industry professionals.

ACTING

In Acting classes you will be given a toolbox of exercises and methods to help you to create a fully rounded, detailed and truthful performance on stage, on screen, on radio and related media. This will be achieved through practical exercises, monologue and scene work.

You will be given a toolbox of approaches and exercises, which will allow you to unlock meaning in text and to create a character. This will be predominantly based on the System devised by Constantin Stanislavski but will also take account of the refinements and additions to his approach made by Twentieth century practitioners such as Lee Strasberg in his ‘Method’ and by Uta Hagen and Stanford Meisner amongst others.

You will learn how to be present on stage, how to be ‘in the moment’ and to be physically and vocally released. You will learn how to analyse your performance in a critically self aware and specific manner both on stage and on screen.

ACTING COMPETENCIES

In Actor Competencies you will explore the practical skills, vocal and physical, required by a professional actor on stage and on screen. In these classes you will learn how to harness your speaking and singing voice and your body so that you are fully in command of the, so they serve your requirements in a performance rather than limit or prohibit them.

Physical Skills

In Physical Skills you will develop the physical skills required of you as a professional actor.

You will discover your body’s potential as well as its limitations.

You will discover your habitual tensions, weaknesses and idiosyncrasies and explore methods to improve upon or overcome these limitations so that your ability to physicalize a character increases and becomes more specific and detailed.

You will explore how your body moves through space so that you have full command of your body as an expressive medium through which to convey meaning and character, in a way that is both safe and sustainable for the duration of a performance and a run.

Voice

In Voice classes you will learn how to use your voice to its fullest potential. In these classes you will learn how to harness your speaking and singing voice and your body so that you are fully in command of the, so they serve your requirements in a performance rather than limit or prohibit them. Voice will be taught in three component parts, which will all inform and be integral to each other.

In Practical Voice you will investigate the anatomy and physiognomy of vocal production and learn how to use your own voice to its full potential without unwanted physical tension.

In Voice and Text you will explore a wide range of texts, modern and classical, prose and verse and explore how to create meaning in performance.

In Speech and Accent you will acquire an understanding of your own specific speech habits and, through this understanding, explore other dialects and accents to use in your work at PPA and as a professional actor.

You will have individual voice tutorials throughout each term, which will focus on your own specific needs and vocal issues.

Singing

All students on the BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen course receive:

• Group Singing Lessons

• Technical Singing Lessons

• Song Presentation Classes (Second and Third Year)

• Repertoire advice

Singing is taught using the Estill method. If students wish to have individual, weekly singing lessons, then that can be easily arranged through PPA’s office.

ACTING PROJECT

This module consists of six text-based presentations, approached consecutively on a term-by-term basis in which you will be expected to assimilate and utilise the practical and analytical skills gained from your other modules. With assistance and careful guidance by your tutor/director, you will collaborate on a text from rehearsal through to final performance.

At Level 4 you will work on a text with a strong narrative thrust, a European Naturalistic play and finally a UK text written before 1950

At Level 5 you will work on a Modern American text, a contemporary or site specific work and then, in term three, a text by Shakespeare.

You will research and rehearse thoroughly the set text from a contextual and creative perspective and use the understanding that you gain from doing so to make exciting and informed choices as an actor. You will be encouraged to experiment in rehearsal, to be emotionally brave and to adopt a sense of adventure in your approach and in so doing possibly discover a new means by which to create a performance.

INVESTIGATIVE STUDIES

How is a performance created? How does the performer remain a relevant and vibrant force in the 21st century? How can we use performance in theatre and film to examine and make sense of the human condition?

How have key theatrical movements, theatre practitioners and plays/ performance texts responded to particular moments in history, political events and social anxieties, and how have these concerns affected what is expected of us as performers today? How do we think about, write and discuss ideas about acting and performance? In Investigative Studies you will explore, through a mix of guided individual and collaborative research projects the skills necessary to make compelling arguments around your chosen subject.

At Level 4 and Level 5 you will tackle these questions through the specially designed core modules. These are supported by essay writing and presenting skills classes leading to your final dissertation/presentation at Level 6. Every degree student is supported by a personal tutor throughout their studies.

PPA AWARD

In addition to the modules forming the BA (Hons) in Acting for Stage and Screen you will have the opportunity, at no additional cost, to access all the vocational classes available to Diploma students, for which you will receive the PPA Award. We strongly advise you to take up this opportunity, so that you are fully prepared to meet he challenges posed by entering the industry.

Areas of study within the PPA Award include:

  • Stage Combat

  • Improvisation

  • Clown

  • Musicianship

  • Body Conditioning

  • Actor’s Dance

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