The course offers high quality practical and intensive training to expand, unleash and develop acting skills providing students with the core skills required to be successful within this exciting industry.

The course aims to give students of all ages, backgrounds and experience the tools to excel as actors exploring a range of genres and practitioners. There is a strong focus on naturalism and allowing the students to build their own tool box of skills and techniques to draw upon when they perform. This will include studying practitioners such as Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner and Uta Hagen. There is a strong focus on text analysis and how the actor creates a life by mining the text and drawing out the clues within to develop a role which is detailed.

Students will also focus on intense vocal and movement training which are essential to any actor. Additionally the course provides guidance on audition technique both industry based and preparation for Drama School. Students will learn how to market themselves as actors and be given guidance on Equity, Spotlight etc from industry professionals.

The course is designed to be diverse, practical and industry relevant to reflect careers within the performing arts and acting profession. As part of the final project the learners will create their own theatre company and have the opportunity to perform in a professional setting in a production which they will produce. This provides invaluable experience and links to the industry within the vibrant and expanding Manchester Theatre scene.

Shena Simon Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2020
Kerry has been acting and directing for almost 20 years in the industry and has a broad range of experience from Theatre in Education to Physical Theatre to Rep and tours.

Kerry formed her own succesful theatre company at the age of 22 and produced, directed and performed in many productions. Kerry also spent some time in Japan where she again formed a touring theatre company and used the techniques of Kabuki and Noh theatre to tell stories of contemporary Japan through the eyes of a 'Gaijin' - foreigner.

More recently Kerry has worked extensively on the Manchester Fringe scene both as an actor and director and formed another company 'Out of Kilter Theatre' which was shortlisted for the Best Writing Award at the 2016 Fringe Awards.
Kerry joined the teaching team in 2006 and works predominantly on the HNC Acting and Year 2 Acting course.

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• 48 UCAS points
All applicants will be required to attend an interview and undertake a practical audition consisting of preparation of a solo song and dance workshop.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Unit 1 The Performing Arts Industry (15 credits)

Unit 13 Acting 1 (15 credits)

Unit 17 Acting for Camera (15 credits)

Unit 18 Voice and speech for Actors (15 credits)

Unit 19 Movement for Actors (15 credits)

Unit 2 Professional Development (15 credits)

Unit 20 Devising theatre and performance (15 credits)

Unit 9 Choreography (15 credits)
Stanislavski, C (1989) An Actor Prepares

Stanislavski, C (1989) Creating a Role

Chekov, M (1993) On the Technique of Acting

Adler, S (2000) The Art of Acting

Hagen, U (2008) Respect for Acting

Merlin, B (2010) Acting; The Basics

Goven, E (2007) Making a Performance

Orti, P (2014) Your handy companion to Devising and Physical Theatre

Artud, A (1994) The Theater and it’s Double

Barber, S (2013) The Anatomy of Cruelty: Antonin Artaud Life and Works

Dixon, M. B (1995) Ann Bogart Viewpoints

Berry, C (2000) The Actor and the Text

Callery, D (2001) Through the Body

Students will be assessed using a variety of methods including:
• Practical demonstrations of work
• Viva voce’s
• Research
• Written submissions.
Our students have successfully gone on to professional work within the acting industry including:

• The National Youth Theatre
• Regional theatre
• National Theatre
• TV and Commercial work.

Students of the HNC Acting have gone on to gain places in prestigious Drama UK accredited Drama Schools including, most recently The Royal Central School for Speech and Drama and Manchester School of Acting ( Man Met).

Other potential pathways include teaching, training, stage managing and forming your own theatre company.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.
• Theatre Blacks £50
• Core Textbooks for Acting & Voice- £100 (world of books online website)
• Approx £100 for theatre tickets- discounted Lowry and Manchester fringe theatre tickets
• You will need to purchase digital storage device up to 1TB at an approximate cost of £20-50
• Optional participation in residential trips for an addition costs theatre trip to London National

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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