Course Details

  • Based in the heart of Manchester the BA (hons) in Acting For Live And a Recorded Media is a vocational course offering training way beyond what is traditionally expected from a classical drama school.
    The course, designed and taught by industry professionals is unique in offering a three-year intensive training in both screen and stage.

    This course is unique in providing a true vocational qualification. All modules are designed to train you as a working actor and give you the opportunity to learn your trade within a number of work based scenarios. This includes tours of schools, performances at established fringe venues, showcases in Manchester and London and public performances at established local theatres such as Z-Arts, Contact Theatre, Joshua Brooks, The Kings Arms, Hope Mill Theatre. Alongside this you will leave with up to date knowledge of auditions skills taught by leading industry specialists and, most importantly of all, a professionally produced showreel and audio reel.

    Visiting Practitioners this year have included:
    Sally Carman (Shameless, Prisoners Wives)
    Mark Womack (Hillsborough, The Good Cop, Route Irish)
    Shaun Dooley(Cuffs, Broadchurch ,South Riding)
    Jake Abraham (Game Of Thrones)
    Martin Gibbons Casting (nominated for casting director of the year 2016)
    Monkeywood Theatre
    Reuben Johnson (Prisoners Wives)
    Andrew Ellis (This Is England)
    Nico Miralleggro (My Mad Fat Dairy,The Village, Spike Island).

    We select our students from a variety of backgrounds who we feel are edgy, real and authentic with recent graduates including Adam Long (Happy Valley, Spike Island, Don't Take My Baby) and 2015 graduate Saoirsa Jackson whose first job out of Arden was for The Five for Red Productions/Sky 1.

    Our industry experience, together with state of the art facilities in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse ensures our students have a true understanding and familiarity of what is expected from an actor today. Year One
    Introduction to Screen Acting
    Tools Of The Trade 1 –The Naturalistic actor
    Movement
    Voice
    Alexander Technique
    Preparing For Screen Acting
    Tools Of The Trade 2- Character and text
    Context and Guidance

    Year Two
    Classical Text and acting
    Voice
    Movement
    Alexander Technique
    Acting For Radio
    TV Production
    Critical Context

    Year Three
    Acting Showcase
    Acting Showreel
    Audition Skills
    Negotiated Performance Project
    Performance Project 1
    Performance Project 2

  • All applicants are auditioned prior to being offered a place on the course. We also require:
    • GCSE English grade C/grade 5 or above
    • 96 UCAS points ideally from a performing arts level 3
    • Applicants must have two A levels at grade C or above and a third qualification or a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Merit or a BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Extended Certificate with Distinction, Distinction in a performing arts related subject area, or an equivalent level 3 qualification with appropriate content. Minimum UCAS tariff points required: 96.
    • Where the student is a mature applicant, the college may choose to reduce the required UCAS tariff points if the applicant can demonstrate appropriate experience of their chosen specialism. However, this will be subject to the agreement of the head of department.
    • For overseas applicants or for those for whom English is a second language, a proficiency in English, both written and spoken, is essential. The college requires such students to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.0. Entry to this pathway at levels 2 and 3 can only happen in exceptional circumstances, and given its intensive actor training, this programme is not a standard top-up route for foundation degree graduates.

  • The course is predominantly practical with the typical module broken down into 80% Practical and 20% written. This may include written evaluations, viva voces, annotated scripts or character studies.

    Alongside the practical work you will study one academic module which prepares you for a research project in your final year which may be performed or written.


    You’ll complete one academic module per year that will prepare you for a final research project. This can be performed or written.

  • Graduates have gone on to study at post graduate level include MAs in Performance or PGCEs in Drama.

    Most graduates go on to have a successful career in performance on stage screen and radio. You will have seen Arden students appearing on TV, Film and Stage. Many have gone on to land major roles for the BBC, BBC Radio, ITV, Sky as well as touring in plays across the country.

    Other students have become teachers, writers, casting agents, theatre managers, agents, and directors. Many have set up their own independent theatre companies and children’s theatre schools.

  • The fees for this BA (Hons) degree in Acting for Live and Recorded Media are currently £8,900 per year.

    There are a number of different finance and funding options available to help you fund your academic studies with The Manchester College. These range from bursaries and grants to special loans for tuition fees. You can find out more about them on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.

  • Our course enquiries team are ready and waiting to answer any question you might have, either about this course specifically or anything related to studying at The Manchester College.

    We’re happy to help you with questions about qualifications, the application process and fees and funding. Simply get in touch here.