Actor training, re-imaged for the 21st Century.



Duration: 3 years full time*

Start date: September 2023

Location: Tobacco Factory Theatres

  • An Acting Company in Training resident at Tobacco Factory Theatres.
  • ​A conservatoire style training with an average of 30 hours a week of classes.
  • ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Graduate Equity’ membership in the final year.


To keep our process inclusive and accessible, we believe that money shouldn’t prevent anyone from auditioning. 

Please note you can do your first round audition with us prior to submitting your UCAS via the button below. 

The way theatre works as an industry, who it speaks to and for is changing and actor training courses need to reflect this. No longer can actors be trained to be a blank canvas to create another’s reality; rather they must be creative artists who bring themselves, their experience, their culture and their perspective to their work. That’s how we will achieve genuine diversity and change. Students joining the course will be part of that change.

The course has developed from the 2 year accelerated BA currently running at BSA. The new 3 year course will give us more time and space to develop your skills and allow you to develop your creative practice. The concept behind the course is that, as a student, you work in an ensemble – a training company – resident in a working theatre and the first of its kind in the country. We support you to be ready to both respond to and shape the industry which you’ll enter. We’ll develop your networks and marketing skills and you have the opportunity to leave with industry connections, a personal career development strategy and a showreel.

You’ll be taught by some of the most experienced tutors working in the industry, working at the highest level. Our networks in the industry are strong and deep. Our founder director, Nancy Medina, takes up her post as the new Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in March 2023, strengthening our connection with the theatre. Our Co – Artistic Director Stuart Wood, has almost 40 years experience as a director and teacher of acting in the UK’s conservatoires and our expert staff are drawn exclusively from leading drama schools.

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen is limited to 22 students with an average of 30 hours per week of direct teaching time.

*course subject to validation

The BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen course will give you the in-depth training required to be a professional actor and a creative artist. The core of the course is a programme of acting classes based on the approaches of Michael Chekhov, Demidov, Laban and Anne Bogart. Acting class is closely aligned with a combined voice and movement class, exploring how these instruments work together to create truthful characters in whom the physical is finely attuned to the psychological.

The course modules cover acting techniques, the connection of physicality and voice, text analysis, character development and acting for camera techniques. Second year projects include contemporary text, non naturalistic drama, Shakespeare and Jacobean writers as well as the Actor as Theatre-Maker, a placement working with The Wardrobe Ensemble.

In the third year you’ll appear in 5 productions working as part of the ‘acting company in training’ based at Tobacco Factory Theatres. These are produced by professional directors, designers and production teams and form part of the Tobacco Factory Theatres programme, as well as an acting for camera project and an agents’ showcase in London.



The first year focuses on training your acting instrument. The course takes you through the fundamental skills and theories of acting, as you begin to learn and experience the craft and what it requires. Acting class focuses on the creativity and invention of the acting process. The goal is to develop your personal practice and artistic freedom, in order to create exciting and embodied characters. Aligned with the acting class are the instrument classes, which introduce you to voice and movement synthesised as a single entity.


In the second year you put your techniques into practice and develop your skills through a series of projects covering contemporary text, non-naturalistic drama, style, and Shakespeare and the Jacobeans. Instrument classes expand to cover more advanced psycho physical techniques as well as dialect and combat. Acting for camera technique classes are introduced and you’ll explore Meisner technique in acting class. You’ll take part in an Acting for Camera project and learn the skills of voice over and VR and you’ll join The Wardrobe Ensemble for a placement module exploring the actor as theatre- maker.


The third year prepares you for a career in the industry with each student appearing in 5 productions rehearsed in professional conditions. These productions are fully staged, have professional directors, designers and other creatives. You’ll apply the comprehensive acting skills you have learnt to different styles and adapt your craft whilst keeping the integrity of your process. In year three you’ll also learn about casting and acquire the knowledge you’ll need about agents, auditions, and the job of building a career as a working actor and marketing yourself. As well as the theatre productions you appear in an acting for camera project to bring your screen skills to a professional level and you take part in an agents’ showcase in London.


The degree is delivered in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University. To apply, you will need to register with UCAS by visiting and apply using the course details below.

As well as applying to UCAS, you will also need to audition with us (see below for details about our audition process) to be offered a place on this course. You can book your audition by clicking Apply Now.

In both cases, for lots of reasons, we strongly recommend applying to UCAS and auditioning with us as soon as you can. The UCAS deadline is 6pm, 25 January 2023. You must apply by this date to be guaranteed consideration for an audition. We may still be able to consider applications received after this date, but this may not be possible, particularly for our most popular courses.

UCAS course code: AFS2

Institution code: P63

Campus name: Bristol School of Acting

Campus code: A



Entry onto the course is by audition.

For the first round you can select either an in person audition at our Bristol studios or an online audition with a tutor via Zoom. In all cases you will be asked to prepare 2 contemporary monologues (written after 1970) that last no longer than 2 minutes each and are contrasting in tone, style or genre. You will then have a short interview with the tutor.


If you are successful in getting through the first round you’ll be invited to a recall audition. You’ll spend the day with us in Bristol, taking workshops, rehearsing a prepared scene and having an extended interview. You’ll be able to meet tutors and existing students and get a true feel for the school.

Please see the PDF document for specific details about the recall audition.

About our Auditions – Stage and Screen PDF


Applicants are considered on an individual basis, taking into account any skills and experience that may not be reflected in A-Level scores. The most important consideration is that you have the qualities and potential to succeed. However, there are minimum academic entry requirements. We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to the course. The main ones are listed below:

3 A-Levels at grades CCC or above

Level 3 BTEC/UAL triple grade MMM or above

Continuous assessment, practical skills assessment, written assessment and self-assessment.

​£9,250 tuition fee per year (subject to annual inflationary increases). For more information, click here.



Year 1

  • 5th Sep – 9th Dec – half-term break 26 Oct (half-day) to 28 Oct
  • 3rd Jan – 6th April – half-term break 13 Feb – 17 Feb
  • 24th Apr – 14th July

Year 2*

  • 5th Sep – 16th Dec*
  • 3rd Jan – 6th April*
  • 17th Apr – 21st July*

*Dates may alter and half-term breaks will fit around individual company rehearsal and performance schedules during the second year


2023 / 2024


Year 1

  • 18 Sept – 15 Dec (half-term 23-27 Oct)      
  • 8 Jan – 22 Mar (half-term 12-16 Feb)  
  • 15 April – 5 July (half-term 27-31 May)

Year 2*

  • 4 Sept – 8 Dec, 2023
  • 3 Jan – 22 March 2024
  • 15 April – 19 July 2024
*Please note, you will be notified individually of half-term and reading weeks, which will be scheduled around your production commitments

If you’d like to talk to us or ask any questions about the course you can email us at