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MA Acting for Stage and Screen

Course Overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Music and Performance

Attendance

Full-time, 1 year

Part-time, 2 years

Full-time, 2 years

Part-time, 4 years

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

You can apply for this course as an MA (1 year course) or an MFA (2 year course). The MFA takes one extra year and you can apply by choosing the MFA option when you click 'apply'.

The MA Acting for Stage and Screen is an innovative professional training in stage and screen acting.

Through practice-led learning and research alongside leading industry professionals, you will be immersed in developing and enhancing professional techniques in acting, text, voice, movement and performance for stage and screen.

Our goal is to develop flexible and versatile actor-entrepreneurs who are empowered through mastery of their craft across diverse mediums, r spaces and platforms.

From initial idea through to performance or screening we will encourage and support you in finessing your craft and deepening understanding of your creative, collaboration, performance and research processes.

You will be supported to direct your development and research process to leverage your own personal creative toolkit of skills for a wide range of professional contexts.

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Ideas focused

The course supports your development as a creative actor-preneur, providing opportunities for you to originate and apply skills and ideas across a wide range of professional contexts.

Inclusive Approach

We value diversity and a richness of skills and ideas from across a wide spectrum of social, cultural, creative and professional practices. We recognise all work for its potential and breadth of impact rather than by the limitations of categories and stereotypes.

Adaptable across disciplines and professional contexts

You will develop professional techniques in acting for stage and screen alongside the development of cross-disciplinary skills and competencies which will enable you to originate, adapt and apply your skills across many different professional contexts.

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Juliet Knight

“With an emphasis on prioritising the development of the actor-preneur through professional practise, I endorse this visionary M.A in Acting for Stage and Screen to any collaborative creatives who want to enhance and develop their craft within an inclusive and richly diverse environment.”

Entry requirements

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Professional experience is welcome but not essential.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Fees and funding

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
 
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,120

Fees per year

Year 1 (180 credits) - £9,120

Year 2 (120 credits) - £6,080

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
 
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£1,520

Per 30 credit module

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£13,860
Fees per year
Year 1 (180 credits) - £13,860
Year 2 (120 credits) - £9,240

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

What you'll learn

Acting for Stage

The aim of this module is to develop advanced integrated creative and technical skills in the context of Acting for Stage:

Adaptive Capacity: Acting Skills Development for Stage-based performance practice
Practice and Enhancement: Skills Development in Context
Interdisciplinary Practice and Skills
Applied Skills and Techniques
Research, Contextualisation and Impact

Acting for Screen
The aim of this module is to develop advanced integrated creative and technical skills in the context of Acting for Screen:

Adaptive Capacity: Acting Skills Development for Screen-based performance practice
Practice and Enhancement: Skills Development in Context
Interdisciplinary Practice and Skills
Applied Skills and Techniques
Research, Contextualisation and Impact

Creative Technologies
Developing and applying technologies to innovate, narrate, capture and disseminate interdisciplinary praxis and its impact:

  • Technology as collaborator: e.g. presentation and narration tools, AR, media formats.
  • Enhancing learning with technology:
  • e.g. communication, networking, Augmented Reality (AR), social platforms.
  • Interaction Design: tools, skills and techniques
  • Narrating Practice: Digital Storytelling, content capture and representation

Interdisciplinary Intersections

Developing Cross-Disciplinary Coherence:

Distribution and leverage of hard skills and soft skills for professional industrial contexts

Disciplinary rigour: skills, knowledge, understanding pertaining to area/s of student specialism
(e.g. Sound and Music for Media, Games and Theatre, Production and Performance, Acting for Stage and Screen)

Cross-disciplinary Competences and Capabilities:

e.g. Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, personal and social capabilities, problem-solving, digital proficiency, cultural, social, emotional, physical intelligence.
Integrative modes, models and frameworks for interdisciplinary praxis, collaboration and research


Creative Project Design

Models, methods and modes for creative project design:

Models of creativity and design: disciplinary and interdisciplinary models, transferring expertise between disciplines, design thinking,
Applied models: e.g. hypothesis driven, experimental, staged, design thinking, iterative, emergent design, innovation practice, prototyping
Creative Innovation Project: conceptualisation and design, implementation and leadership models, collaboration methodologies
Project design: design principles, design thinking, (rationale, aims, objectives, methodologies, resources, tools, collaborators, timescale, scope)
Leadership and Facilitation: change processes, innovation processes
Organisational Context: distribution of expertise, climate, culture

Dissertation / Final Project

Research and development
Research Methodologies and Project Proposal
Contextual and Ethical Awareness
Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinary intersections
Literature Review
Project Review and Evaluation
Interactive Portfolio Development and Digital Storytelling

Additional Modules of the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Degree

Research Praxis

Applied Praxis and Research Methodologies – Distributed Expertise: Distributed Learning

Research Base: establishing context, sources and parameters for research
Research Skills: methodologies, processes and frameworks
Contextual Awareness: distribution of expertise, climate and culture
Research Capture and Dissemination
Research Ethics: establishing ethical research practices and processes

Meta-Praxis

Context and Student-specific live applied project

Project Design Implementation, Facilitation and Leadership
Interdisciplinary Interface and Interaction
Modelling Reflexive Practice
Modelling Transversal Skills Development
Evaluative Case Study
Research Capture and Dissemination: Interactive Portfolio and Presentation of Praxis

What you'll study and when

Acting for Stage (Core)
Acting for Screen (Core)
Creative Technologies (Core)
Interdisciplinary Intersections (Core)
Creative Project Design (Core)
Dissertation / Final Project (Core)

By choosing the MA option, you will study the above modules and finish your degree after Year 1.

Research Praxis (Core)
Meta-Praxis - Mental Wealth Module (Core)

By choosing the MFA option, you will study the modules described in Year 1 plus the above modules in Year 2. You will finish your degree after Year 2.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through the development and delivery of live projects, applied in professional contexts appropriate to your area of specialism.

All assessment is a combination of 60% Practical and 40% Coursework.

Ongoing formative feedback will provide you with continuous support and opportunities for development and growth. For formal assessment, we aim to provide feedback in 20 working days.

How you'll learn

This course suite will develop knowledge, cognitive and practical skills and experience to develop dynamic and adaptable actors for stage and screen, who can work across traditional and non-traditional contexts.

You will develop advanced technical and creative skills relevant to your specialist focus within professional practice.

Core skills will be developed through collaboration and in-context application across all programme pathways, and industry specific skills will be developed and applied within the industrial context of the student’s workplace, placement context, or chosen community / professional setting.

The course focuses upon leading creative and collaborative projects that are designed and implemented by students, supported by teaching staff and industry mentors, to create impact for students and the publics, communities and collaborators with which they are working.

Study will be practice-led, with a focus on developing a range of research skills and models for creative practice, applied in diverse professional contexts. You will also develop contextual awareness and responsiveness, examining the influence and impact of your work for and upon the many contextual layers interconnected with it, including but not limited to the social, cultural, historical, economic, technological, environmental, and ethical.

Project development, outcomes, and impact will be captured and disseminated and assessed by:

Interactive Portfolios
Literature Reviews
Critical Evaluation
Research and Development Repositories
Presentation, workshops, and seminars
Reflective Journals
Collaborative practice-led research

Assessment Tasks and Portfolios

Assessment frequently includes the creation of portfolios, comprising production reports, written reports, extended essays, and live practical assessments relevant to disciplinary and interdisciplinary practice.
Portfolio content will depend on the module assessment task in which the portfolio features, consisting of a wide variety of mediums from digital content, such as video and audio recordings, or digital images, which capture the production and performance/ media of practical work and technical outcomes. Portfolios will be digital documents presented online using web publishing tools.

Details of the requirements and content for portfolios and assessment tasks will be provided in module guides for each module. To allow for diversity and inclusivity across course clusters, it will be appropriate, based on relevant course subject, to further stipulate the form of assessment required i.e. artefacts and performance/ media pieces captured as evidence digitally and or non-digital formats (e.g. published printed book), which may subsequently be documented digitally (i.e. coursework portfolio).

Portfolios will take the form  of digital and physical documents presented online using web publishing tools and or physical portfolios that have been printed and curated into a portable portfolio.

From this practice, you will demonstrate and reflect upon the process of creating and preparing a final professional body of work for professional display, further development in production and or industry.

Who teaches this course:

  • Tristan Parkes
  • Juliet Knight
  • Dominic Hingorani
  • Ed Hughes

Your future career

Future Careers may include:

Professional Stage Actor
Professional Screen Actor
Director: Media and/or Stage
Creative Producer: Media and/or Stage Production
Interdisciplinary Arts Project Leadership

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