Due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 we have taken extra measures to make your application process a little easier! At the Northern school of Art we are dedicated to providing excellent creative education but understand the safety issues surrounding the current pandemic. Because of this we are temporarily taking away the interview process. Apply to our BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen degree today using your online portfolio. Further information will be sent to all perspective students after applying.
UCAS CODE W410 The BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen degree has been designed by working industry professionals to ensure students develop the skills required when performing for stage and screen. Providing students with a drama school style experience outside of London. Students on this acting degree will develop core skills in voice, characterisation and physicality. Which will be utilised in performances for stage and screen, as well as working on contemporary and innovative performance practices. This course is vocational, focusing on students developing and creating their own practice as well as performance. BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen Programme Specification 2019-2020 Thinking of applying? Book your place on anopen day! Or find out more about our fees&housing.
This exciting course focuses on a collaborative approach to acting, creating a drama school atmosphere for our degree students whom work with a range of creative programmes, including Costume, Film TV and Theatre production, Commercial Photography, Production Designand Visual Effects to produce brand new material created by film and theatre scriptwriters. This joint approach gives students the opportunity to gain valuable communication skills and to generate a dynamic and original body of work. You will receive support and training throughout the programme from staff with a wealth of industry experience. In addition we have a wide range of guest speakers that come in to work with our students from companies such as Frantic Assembly, BBC and The National Theatre. Performance students look at the core acting skills of voice, physicality and characterisation. Working on devised and scripted text for both stage and screen; you will be part of two full theatre productions each academic year to showcase the skills gained. This drama degree explores classical theatre, clowning and acting for media. Your three years of study will culminate in your final year enabling you to produce an extensive CV, professional standard show-reel, a full theatre production and a solo show at The ARC Theatre to agents and industry professionals. Students are treated as ‘actors in training’ with professional standards expected on all projects. These skills will be developed by working alongside guest lecturers and industry professionals from the theatre and film industries. Students are encouraged and supported in securing professional opportunities throughout the acting programme. For example, a current student has a role in the latest Ken Loach film. The North-East has a thriving drama and creative scene of which our professional staff continue to work in. This has given our relatively new degree strong industry links offering an important network of contacts for our undergraduates, these include: • ARC Theatre Newcastle Puppetry Festival Northern Stage Janet Plater Management The Northern Studios As well as having access to a brand new television and film studio, two studios with sprung floors and a 129-seat theatre space already in use for students, a new 30,000 sq ft commercial film and television sound stage facility and studio complex ‘The Northern Studios’* is currently in development which will provide on the doorstep access to the only television and film studio in the North East. Assessment • Written & Performance Assignments • Final Year Solo Show • Final Year Performance & Showreel







on BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:
• Core Acting Skills 1 • Script Interpretation • Contemporary Practice 1 • Production 1 • Contextual Studies 1
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
• Core Acting Skills 2 • Acting for Film and Media • Contemporary Practice 2 • Production 2 • Contextual Studies 2
In your final year (Level Six) you will develop your practice through linked practice and study:
• Project Research and Preparation • Dissertation/Report • Final Major project • Final Show

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Programme Leader - BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen Jonny studied Philosophy at Newcastle University and then went on to study MA Acting at Arts Educational Schools London. After graduating Jonny has worked as an actor and director predominately in the North East performing in productions such as ‘Revenger’s Tragedy’ and ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. Jonny recently directed ACE funded ‘Bankers’ at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle. The play looked at the links between the 2008 banking crisis and the rise of foodbank usage. As a writer Jonny’s first full length play ‘The Centre’ was produced at Arc in Stockton, his play ‘The Bag’ toured the North East and Scotland with Northumberland Theatre Company and his short plays have been performed at venues such as Live Theatre, The Cockpit Theatre and Theatre 503. He was the writer of ‘Just Checking’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ two plays looking at OCD in conjunction with Vivid Theatre Company and Newcastle University that were performed at Northern Stage and Arc. Jonny is currently Programme Leader at The Northern School of Art for the BA Hons Acting for Stage and Screen. His research interests are collaborative practices and working with students from under-represented groups.

David Edwards

David read English at King’s College London before studying Acting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The ensemble training he received at the latter has informed his whole career from professional work to teaching. He has worked for the BBC, ITV and various national theatre companies and in 2006 he established Vivid Theatre. Vivid has produced over twenty-seven plays ranging from classical work, contemporary plays and new writing and they have regularly received Arts Council funding. David completed his MA in Writing, Directing and Performance at York University and is currently nearing completion of his PhD in ‘Psychophysical Performance and the Representation of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on the Stage’ at the same institution. David’s specialisms include his current research as well as contemporary performance and directing theories. He still acts and directs professionally as well as delivering workshops at both educational and corporate levels and clients have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Headlong and a variety of external professional institutions. Since graduating, David has presented papers and work at a variety of theatre conferences from the Central European Drama Conference in Slovakia, the Milan Teatro Lita Festival and UK conferences including Birkbeck’s Theatres of Contagion and St Mary’s, London Mental Health and Theatre conference. His research has included mental health and theatre and ensemble learning techniques.

Jonathan Youdale

Jonathan studied a BA Hons degree in Music Technology at The University of Huddersfield, before undertaking an MA in Music for the Moving Image at Leeds Beckett University. During this period, Jonathan has worked as an in-house Sound Engineer and producer at Peak Studios in Leeds – working with local artists and musicians on projects ranging from band recordings to audio books. In 2016 he began freelancing as a composer and audio producer, working with film directors and video game developers across the UK. In 2018, Jonathan collaborated on an Interactive Eco-Art sound-based project, that became installation at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. This project highlighted the detrimental impact that industry is having on nature. During his time as a freelancer he has worked on a wide range of projects such as scoring the award-winning Huddersfield documentary ‘Dispersing the Problem’, as well as Greenlit indie video game ‘Gunnhilation’ with Robo Pixel Games. Jonathan’s background in audio has brought him to The Northern School of Art in a Technician/Demonstrator role – With an aim to provide both theoretical and practical expertise in the field of sound and video. His research interests are focused towards promoting collaborative practice within the industry.


On our campus we have:

A proscenium arch theatre
Three rehearsal rooms - one with sprung floor for physical theatre and movement
Double height TV studios with green and blue screen
Sound recording equipment

Two studios with sprung floors


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