BA (Hons) Actor Musician

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Study BA (Hons) Actor Musician at Leeds College of Music

Leeds College of Music's Actor Musician programme offers rigorous training for actors / instrumentalists who want to tell stories, and the stories of others, on stage through devised theatre, adaptation and ensemble practice. This is the programme for anyone wanting to create a small theatre company, explore new mediums or change the face of modern theatre.

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  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: W321 - Apply through UCAS - Institution Code: L30
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

Intense Training

The programme focuses on intense training in Acting, Voice, Movement and instrumental tuition. Offering 30 hours contact time per week, and delivered over 30 weeks of the year, you will particularly develop your skills as a multi-skilled ensemble member.

Your third year is designed around what you need to make a career in the industry – showcases and productions for invited industry professionals as well as the opportunity to develop touring music and theatre ensembles.

Multi-genre Instrumentalists

1:1 training sessions are included across the programme to help you develop specific skills relating to your instrument. We are looking for musicians from all genres with all kinds of instruments, influences and genres.

Uniquely for Actor Musician courses we’re also interested in students who produce electronic music, rap artists and beatboxers – supported by our established Music conservatoire team.

Collaboration

Collaboration is at the core of all we do at Leeds College of Music. The Actor Musician programme is centred on collaborative creativity in small groups and ensemble companies, as well as developing collaborative partnerships with students on the Acting and Musical Theatre programmes. Students will also have opportunities to work with industry leaders in the world of actor musicianship and collaborative theatre.

Training within a music conservatoire means there are also opportunities to work with other musicians as collaborators, giving students the opportunity to develop their instrumental craft and expand their musical knowledge.

What you will study

Acting 1: Fundamentals of Dramatic Techniques

This module looks to equip students with the core fundamentals of Actor training. Themes developed in this strand will inform the content and delivery of the Voice and Performance/Movement modules which support the work. In particular students will explore the notions of the self in performance, as well as developing techniques to work with others through spontaneity, play and improvisation. In the second semester dramatic texts will be introduced to further explore these skills/methodologies.

Acting 1: Fundamentals of Dramatic Techniques - Module Specification

Performance 1 – Movement and Ensemble

This module is split into a core component which offers routine movement/physical exercise and training designed to enable students to create personal movement plans, warm-ups and routines – in particular developing the areas of fitness, strength and conditioning. In addition each pathway will explore movement and
ensemble physical theatre performance techniques specifically relating to the demands of their pathway.

Key themes of this module are designed to complement key themes being explored in Acting 1 – Fundamentals of Dramatic Techniques.

Performance 1 – Movement and Ensemble Module Specification

Voice 1: Fundamentals of Voice

This module is split into a core component which offers routine vocal exercise and training designed to enable students to create personal vocal plans, warm-ups and routine.
In addition each pathway will then develop vocal skills appropriate to the aims of their programme.

Students will also receive individual 1:1 tuition throughout the year to receive tailored practical sessions on particular performance techniques in support of the voice strand and accompanying assessments.

Key themes of this module are designed to complement key themes being explored in Acting 1 – Fundamentals of Dramatic Techniques.

Voice 1: Fundamentals of Voice - Module Specification

Performance Project 1

You will prepare, rehearse and present an in-programme performance that demonstrates the acquisition of your Acting and Performance skills. In this context you will practice and demonstrate what you have learned through engagement with external directors and contributors. You will explore the integration of your performance skills and collaborate whilst contributing creatively and personally to this artistic performance endeavour.

Performance Project 1 - Module Specification

Professional Studies 1: Working in the Arts

This module will introduce you to the various roles involved in the theatre with a series of short masterclass lectures delivered by people working in these various roles across the industry. These classes will act as inspiration as you begin your study if you are looking for wider application of the practical skills you develop as part of the programme.

Throughout the module you will be encouraged to identify your personal strengths and weaknesses in regards to your training and develop online portfolios of your progress throughout the year, including recordings and written accounts. These portfolios are intended to form the basis of your public online profiles in Year 2 and beyond.

Professional Studies 1 - Working in the Arts - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 1: Theatre Practice and Practitioners

This module is designed to help you to develop research strategies and methodologies by looking at a range of influential practitioners across theatre and the development of theatre and performance training.

These sessions are designed to reflect the scheme of work for Acting 1 – Fundamentals of Dramatic Techniques. You will also further interrogate these theories through practical complementary sessions where you will explore practical exercises relating to the themes and content of the weekly lectures.

Contextual Studies 1 - Theatre Practice and Practitioners - Module Specification

Acting 2: Intermediate Dramatic Techniques

This module is designed to further develop your capacity with regard to your knowledge and understanding of acting following on from your first year of training. This module focuses specifically on the development of character and applying your skills to contemporary texts, as well as further exploring your personal methodology and approach to acting in ‘self-to-other’ performance. The module is also designed to continue to embed professionally important aspects of self-reliance and self-discipline, as well as significant skills in the collaborative behaviours that are crucial in the context of co-creation, rehearsal and performance.

Acting 2: Intermediate Dramatic Techniques - Module Specification

Performance 2 – Movement and Devising

This module is split into a core component which offers routine movement/physical exercise and training designed to enable students to create personal movement plans, warm-ups and routines – in particular developing the areas of fitness, strength and conditioning. In addition students will explore devised theatre
techniques specifically relating to the demands of their pathway.

Key themes of this module are designed to complement key themes being explored in Acting 2 – Intermediate Dramatic Techniques.

Performance 2 – Movement and Devising - Module Specification

Voice 2: Intermediate Techniques in Voice

At Level 5 Voice progresses from the exploration of the student’s own physical and vocal potential to using the body
and voice in the transformation process to character. Students continue to have core/shared voice class with additional pathway specific vocal classes.

Semester 1 is concerned with general skills acquisition, semester 2 focuses on coaching in specific skills for the end of semester production.

Students will also receive individual 1:1 tuition throughout the year to receive tailored practical sessions on particular performance techniques in support of the voice strand and accompanying assessments.

Key themes of this module are designed to complement key themes being explored in Acting 2 – Intermediate Dramatic Techniques (Level 5).

Voice 2: Intermediate Techniques in Voice - Module Specification

Performance Project 2

In this module you will prepare, rehearse and present a medium scale in-house performance work that demonstrates performance skills acquired on the programme for an audience that is made up of students from other levels and programmes across the institution. In this context you will practice and demonstrate what you have learned through engagement with directors and other contributors. You will integrate your performance and collaborative skills whilst contributing creatively and personally to this artistic performance endeavour.

Performance Project 2 - Module Specification

Professional Studies 2: Creating Your Own Work

This module builds on skills developed as part of Professional Studies 1 – Working in the Arts. You will be given opportunities to learn skills relating to developing your personal profile, as well as mounting your own work. As part of both, you will explore creative problem-solving techniques, as well as the formal aspects of pitch writing, budgeting, copyright, legal services, health and safety, risk assessment etc.

As part of this module potential employers or funders for new work will be identified, giving you examples of companies you may wish to contact at Level 6 and beyond.

Professional Studies 2: Creating Your Own Work - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 2: History and Context of Theatre

This module is designed to introduce you to the context of contemporary and classical dramatic writing, acting, movement and dance and addresses core academic skills. You will also further interrogate these theories through practical complementary sessions where students, in cohort groups, will explore practical exercises relating to the themes and content of the weekly lectures.

Contextual Studies 2: History and Context of Theatre - Module Specification

Acting 3: Advanced Dramatic Techniques

This module is designed to focus on utilising the skills acquired through Acting 1 and 2 and applying to professional contexts, expanding your understanding of the rigours and discipline required in the profession, as well as exposing you to a range of wider industries including acting for screen and classical/period texts (exploring notions of ‘style’). You will also have a greater focus on audition technique throughout your final year of training in preparation for graduation.

The module continues to embed professionally important aspects of self-reliance and self-discipline, as well as significant skills in the collaborative behaviours that are crucial in the context of the co-creation, rehearsal and performance.

Acting 3: Advanced Dramatic Techniques - Module Specification

Music Ensembles – Techniques in Musical Performance

This module is designed to further develop their understanding of the techniques and skills of ensemble music performance and/or composition. In this module, students will be expected to take responsibility for their
contribution to both the rehearsal process and performance in addition to demonstrating greater technical command in regard to the range of skills appropriate to the chosen musical idiom.

Here students will explore their musicianship as separate from their actor training, focusing on the generation of different music ensembles – exploring music repertoire and music ensemble skills through group instrumental
tuition.

Music Ensembles – Techniques in Musical Performance - Module Specification

Voice 3: Advanced Techniques in Voice

This module is designed to develop your abilities to professional levels with regard to your knowledge and understanding of the performer’s voice, as well as develop particular vocal skills which are particularly prevalent to a professional performer.

The module is also designed to  embed professional levels of self-reliance and self-discipline, as well as significant abilities in the collaborative behaviours. 

This module gives the opportunity to develop vocal skills in relation to their programme productions – linked to modules Preparation for the Profession – Showcase, and Group Public Performance.

You will also receive individual 1:1 tuition throughout the year to receive tailored practical sessions on particular performance techniques in support of the voice strand and accompanying assessments.

Semester 1 is concerned with further skills acquisition, semester 2 focuses on coaching in specific skills for the end of semester production

Voice 3: Advanced Techniques in Voice - Module Specification

Group Public Performance

In this module you will prepare, rehearse and present full-scale productions that demonstrate performance skills acquired on the programme for a public and invited industry-based audience. In this context you practice and demonstrate what you have learned through engagement with
directors and other contributors. You will integrate your performance and collaborative skills whilst contributing creatively and personally to this artistic performance endeavour.

It is intended that you, and the college, will facilitate exposure to the industry and to the media to ensure that the work is prominently presented to the public alongside the Showcase module at Level 6.

Group Public Performance - Module Specification

Preparation for the Profession - Showcase

Showcase is a production module which presents you and your work to an invited audience of casting directors and agents at an external theatre venue, as well as public audiences. This module looks to give you an enhanced understanding of your casting ‘type’ and identify appropriate texts/performance material which showcases your skills for professional audiences.

Preparation for the Profession - Showcase - Module Specification

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2020
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document 2020/21

Entry Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include an A Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in an Music / Acting-related subject.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

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Audition Information

UK applicants to BA (Hons) Actor Musician at Leeds College of Music will need to complete an audition.

Audition information will be available here from September 2019.

A refund of audition travel costs may be available for applicants from low income households.

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How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: W321
UCAS Institution Code: L30

The UCAS equal consideration (‘on time’) deadline is 15 January 2020. We may still accept applications for all of our courses after this date, although this may change at short notice as places fill up.

Read our step-by-step application guide

 

Tuition Fees

2019/20 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), £16,500 (International Students - subject to Board approval)

Leeds College of Music will charge the maximum permitted tuition fee, and these fees may increase with inflation in subsequent years.  However, tuition fee levels are currently under review by the Government and the outcome is not likely to be known until at least Spring 2019. We will provide further information as soon as possible.


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Scholarships & Bursaries

Leeds College of Music provides a range of additional Scholarships and Bursaries.

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International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
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