The BA (Hons) Acting for Screen is an intensive 2-year programme which is taught by working industry professionals.

The course structure consists of a teaching style which favours and focuses on the practical elements of Screen Acting, where the practical projects mirror the film industry’s workflow and creative environments.

Programme Overview

You will be able to develop your creative and performance skills, alongside your contextual knowledge. Whilst also being able to engage with the latest digital technologies to develop your skills and further inspire your creativity and ambition. Your assessments will be held in a fast-paced environment with a focus on practical, on-set assessments to help you build your skills and confidence for industry work after graduation. During your studies, you will also interact with experienced film industry professionals.

Programme Facts

DURATION: 2-years
MODE: Full-time
START: September 2023
LOCATION: Central Film School 
FUNDING: Eligible for Tuition Fee Loan

Course Outline

This course is designed to teach students the skills needed for work across film and television formats, and the theory and practice that underpins the skill sets of professional actors.​


Visual Storytelling
In this module you will engage with moving image as a specifically visual medium; drawing on traditions of art, photography and theatre. This module will foreground the importance of narrative sequence, with emphasis on framing, staging, and syntagmatic storytelling.


Screen Studies
This module focuses on the study of films from multiple perspectives, including thematic, narrative structure, genre, ideology, and the relationship between style and technology. A number of critical responses to cinema – including genre study, auteur theory, and feminist critiques, will also be applied to featured titles both fiction and documentary.


Acting 1

This module facilitates the learning of the methods and approaches to develop the skills, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera.In this module, you examine the techniques of different practitioners and how to apply their approaches to character and scene. Through individual and group work, you develop the necessary skills required of a naturalistic Stanislavski-based approach such as improvisation, textual analysis, practical realisation of contemporary text and reflection. Movement and voice sessions support your understanding of technique and its application.


Combat & Movement
 In this module, you will organise, prepare, rehearse, perform in and edit a short filmed fight sequence. You will be encouraged to display attention to detail in terms of vocal and physical characterisation. You will have access to film and sound equipment as well as editing facilities.


Voice & Performance

This module combines and integrates the core acting disciplines of movement and voice, allowing you to develop a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and the recognition of your voice as an expressive instrument. You explore the fundamental components of movement and space including weight, tension, effort and rhythm. You improve spinal alignment, flexibility and strength, and begin to work with breath awareness. By focusing on these technical principles, you work towards neutrality and centring, eliminating any tensions to utilise psycho-physical awareness in relation to building character and worlds, and the analysis of voice and sound in differing and challenging spaces.


Acting 2

This module sees you develop a polished level of confidence in the methods, approaches, techniques and understanding needed to be able to act in front of the camera. The importance of technique and styles will be emphasised in this part of your studies and demonstrated through a filmed performance. There will be a focus on workshopping and character development. This module builds on the technical screen acting and camera skills acquired in Acting 1. You also look at the nature and significance of different roles and communication processes in a studio environment. You explore communication, mass media and audience reception theory and incorporate these into your work.


 Acting for New Media

This module is a project-based exploration of VR, VP and motion capture, in which you apply learning from core acting modules, as well as movement and voice, to execute a recorded scene. You adapt and adjust your learned techniques, exploring the nature of audience engagement and reception of VR and motion capture. You collaborate with students from other disciplines, working on group projects to produce a separate VR and motion capture experience, analysing the technical principles of digital performance.


The Professional Actor

 In this module, you prepare for your next steps after graduation. With links to your performance-based work, you focus on presenting yourself to the industry. You cover essential elements including audition and interview technique, creating a digital showreel, building a website for self-promotion and developing other marketing tools. You are encouraged to improve your entrepreneurial and project/event management skills by taking on a production role in the management of your work.

Acting 3

You will be challenged to fully research, prepare and rehearse a number of roles in a two-scene filmed project in a multi-camera set-up. Furthermore, you will be challenged to meet predetermined blocking and technical camera requirements in that performance. A professional approach to rehearsal will be encouraged and you will be required to keep a written log of all information needed to effectively take part in the live filmed performance in any of the given roles. At the conclusion of the module, you will have acquired a filmed scene for your showreel for future employability.

Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Skills for the Screen

Character Development


Industry knowledge

Screen Presence

Script Analysis

Physical Performance

Entry Requirements

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Understanding the costs and financing options open to you as you plan your studies will help you to make a wise investment in your future career.


Year 1: £11,100

Year 2: £11,100

(£22,200 / DEGREE) 


Year 1: £20,750

Year 2: £20,750

(£41,500 / DEGREE) 

Production budgets for module exercises

of up to £11,100. EU students may also apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable

Including scholarships for International Students.

You will also need a Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.

Our Tutors

Martin Bray

As a core tutor at the Central Film School specialising in cinematography, I can share the experience I have gained on projects with the BBC and Channel Four, along with insights gained from a long relationship with Ridley Scott Associates

Martin Bray


Students who graduate from this programme may pursue a career as an actor for Film or TV. Alongside the established career pathways for performers on screen, there are also a multitude of new opportunities for creative writer/performers in new media formats (e.g. Tik Tok, Mo-Cap, VR and VP) and the games industry. Graduates may also opt to pursue a career in a different acting specialism and may also choose to study at postgraduate level. 

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