BA (Hons) Acting & Touring Theatre

Bristol Zoo Gardens remains open to students.

You will have private access to the zoo grounds during lectures, to carry out your observations and data collection, but as more animals are moved, this will gradually be carried out at the Wild Place Project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Course Description

The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts' emphasis on learning and training through practice offers an environment in which you will be able to take creative risks. You'll explore and nurture your skills to become leading artists, directors, theatre-makers, and performers that are responsive to the creative and entertainment industries. Through this innovative and rigorous three-year practical BA (Hons) degree in Acting and Touring Theatre, you will put your training into practice through an array of live briefs, theatrical productions, and immersive experiences.

The Modern Performer

You will develop technical skills through our practical classes, experimenting with innovative approaches to acting and theatre-making. Through structured exploration, you'll build skills in storytelling, text analysis, character development, improvisation, vocal and physical performance skills alongside the curation, design, and logistics of producing resident and touring theatre. Workshops with industry professionals will develop your professional network and future employment opportunities.Throughout the course you'll put your skills and training into action, this could be in one of our thirty in-house productions produced each year or a touring piece curated for an external venue or festival. Towards the end of your training, significant focus will be on your creative potential, stepping off-campus and into venues ensuring you're prepared for your transition into the industry.

"You are always supported to improve your skills"

"Throughout the course, you are always supported in improving your skills and becoming a better performer. New challenges and projects strive to push you out of your comfort zone and try something new. At BIPA, you not only learn inside the classroom but can also learn on visits to different cities around the world such as New York and Amsterdam. Every show is created to a professional standard and makes students industry-ready."

BA (Hons) Acting & Touring Theatre
Study Modules
Physical Theatre Skills

The actor’s main tools are their body, voice and imagination. This module aims to support you to understand how to develop these different areas and protect your creative assets, through effective rehearsal and preparatory techniques. You will also develop awareness of how these individual assets can be extended through the use of physical theatre skills.

50% Display, Show or Performance

50% Display, Show or Performance

Modern and Contemporary Texts

This module provides an overview of the key artistic and theatrical responses to social, political and cultural changes since the beginning of the 20th century. Through study of actors, practitioners, and their ideological contexts, you will develop your understanding of the influence of political and artistic thought on theatre practice.

60% Practical

40% Practical

Performance for Young Audiences

During this module you will explore and develop skills to interpret and create a piece of performance for a specific age group. In addition to this you will devise and lead a workshop that explores the techniques, themes and methods used to create their show. By doing this you will gain a deeper understanding of the material as well as the vast range of methodologies and approaches to creating performance.

70% Practical

30% Assignment

Actor Training

This module uses a variety of approaches to actor training, developing your skills of voice, movement and characterisation and applying them to a range of texts which require a psychologically realistic performance. This module will introduce you to a range of historical and contemporary actor training techniques through practical and theoretical exploration of the pedagogies of key practitioners. Physical, vocal and imaginative training will be the core aspect of this module as you develop the skills needed to be a good performer.

50% Show or Performance

50% Show or Performance

Professional Collaboration

This module aims to develop your understanding of the interplay between dynamic roles of theatrical professionals when developing a performance or show. There will be opportunities to work in collaboration with a theatre industry professional to create work which focuses on different aspects of performance and stage management.

Workshop Leadership

This module aims to develop your understanding of how to apply a range of methodologies to your own workshop creation and develop additional resources to support the project aims. You will consider a range of related theory and influential thinkers which will facilitate a deeper understanding of the creative process of workshop design.

Acting for Screen

This module will help you develop a critical vocabulary relating to the concepts and contextual understanding required for performance to camera. It will provide an opportunity to develop the technical skills necessary for onscreen performance as-well as developing your practical experience in the rehearsal and conclusion of a short project involving performance for screen.

Community Site-Specific Performance

You will develop and expand your skills in devising, performance and touring theatre by critically examining existing work and creating a bespoke performance suitable for non-theatre spaces and contexts.

Festival Peformance

Festival performance is an exciting and challenging element of any performer’s repertoire. This module aims to support you to take part in a staff-directed performance and develop an awareness of the challenges that festival performances pose. You will be involved in the rehearsal and preparations for performances in different contexts and will utilise the skills developed throughout the programme to deliver a piece in a festival environment.

Professional Practitioner

Upon entering the industry you will find that actors and theatre makers are expected to have a working knowledge of the mechanics of creating, preparing and producing theatre to tour. This module aims to prepare you for the role(s) you may be expected to fill in order to have a successful career as an independent practitioner. As well as choosing appropriate texts, you will be expected to research and choose venues, market to a target audience, fundraise if necessary and liaise with venue contacts to produce and deliver a touring performance.

Practical Research Project/ Dissertation

You will identify an area of practice, a practitioner or an equivalent negotiated aspect for research. This research is intended to be closely relevant to your own area of practice. You will, through negotiation with your dissertation supervisor, identify an appropriate topic of interest and undertake in depth research to produce either: A formal written dissertation of 5,200 words. OR 2. An identified research project that would lead to a practical outcome (e.g. a performance) supported by a critical and evaluative text of 2,600 words. Both pieces will require a research proposal to be submitted in the first semester to help ensure the research design is appropriate and well researched.

Course Video
Dr Lizzie Philps
BA Acting and Touring Theatre Programme Lead & Lecturer in Contextual Studies
*Programme subject to validation by the University of Gloucestershire
University Centre WISE
Bachelors Degree
Full-time Duration:
3 Years
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Part-time Duration:
6 Years
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Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Entry via a successful audition. On receipt you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

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Course info last updated:
December 12, 2022
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