Edinburgh Napier University

BA (Hons) Acting and English

Edinburgh Napier University
In Edinburgh

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Edinburgh (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years

Course introduction:
Acting is the practical realisation of text and is closely linked to the discipline of English. This course allows you to develop your acting skills while studying English literature, giving you a firm knowledge base from which to work in either field. English modules complement the practical acting aspects of the course, and you'll develop your critical and analytical skills through both the practice of acting and the study of literature. The combined study of practical and theoretical work will give you knowledge and confidence in the structure, meaning and contexts of a varieties of written works. You'll have a range of options that can tailor the course to fit your particular interests, and you'll have the chance to develop allied skills, such as theatre directing.  You'll also have the opportunity to present...

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Edinburgh (Midlothian/Edinburghshire)
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Craiglockhart Campus, EH14 1DJ


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· Requirements

Minimum year 1 SQA Higher BBCC including English at B A Level CCC including English. Irish Leaving Certificate B2, B2, B3, B3 including HL English. HNC Pass HNC in a relevant, performance based subject, with B in the graded unit. Higher English at B also required. BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3 Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. International Baccalaureate  points overall with three HL subjects at grade 5 including HL English. Minimum year 2 SQA Advanced Higher BBC including English at B. A Level BBB including English. HND Pass...

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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

This course is aimed at those with an interest in both practical acting and English literature. You’ll enhance your performing skills to industry-standard, while simultaneously studying English literature in its cultural-historical context. The course is split evenly between the study of English literature and the study of acting. English is studied from the early th century to the present day providing a modern, interdisciplinary approach to literature. You’ll develop an appreciation of different genres and explore the value of literature in the modern world. Practical acting projects will work alongside the English texts you’re studying. You’ll read, analyse and perform texts of a similar era at the same time, deepening your understanding of both literature and acting. You’ll study: Acting The ability to develop, play and sustain a character in performance Voice Enhancing your vocal range and potential Movement Enhancing your physical capabilities You’ll also get vocational and industry-relevant training through intensive workshops, centred on acting for stage and screen and on the craft, practice and business of performance. Throughout the course there will be a particular focus on enhancing confidence and communication, and deepening the ability to be cogent and articulate about a variety of critical approaches and the process of performance. You'll benefit from studying in a vibrant city with a great literary heritage and plenty of relevant cultural events. You’ll prepare for work in live and recorded performances. The course culminates with the opportunity either to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or to produce a thesis in a chosen subject area, depending on where you decide to concentrate study in your final year. This unique combination of skills and knowledge will equip you with a wide range of options for work or further academic study. What you study Year 1 Introduction to Literature Studying Literature & Culture in the Modern World Acting Fundamentals Directing Interpreting Text th Century Literature and Culture 1 or Literature & Adaptation Year 2 Modern Drama Shakespeare and the Renaissance The Modern Novel Intermediate Acting Shakespeare Workshop Performance Year 3 Understanding Theory Advanced Acting Performance Advanced Directing Leadership in the Creative Industries One option module from: Women’s Writing & Film-making Romantic, Victorian & Modern Poetry Creative Writing Year 4 Dissertation Performance Festival Production One option module from: The Gothic Tradition Cities Real & Imagined Crime in Text and Film Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study. You can view a list of all current modules in our module catalogue.

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You’ll have a thorough grounding in English literature of the modern period as well as having developed performance skills that will enable you to undertake a variety of roles in the theatre, radio and screen industries such as: actor journalist director teacher arts administrator

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