The Arden School of Theatre

Performing Arts (Acting)

Leaflet Code: M0687FT


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.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2024

Kerry Kawai- has been acting and directing for almost 20 years and has a broad range of experience in all aspects of the industry.
Kerry formed her own successful theatre company at the age of 22 and produced, directed and performed in many productions both in the UK and the USA. She spent many years as a jobbing actor in London and performed in theatres across the south of England in productions such as ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ by John Ford. 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. She also adapted Shakespeare plays and other classical English texts to make them accessible for a non-English speaking audience.

Celia Lee- LRSM in Vocal Performance-ABRSM, Post Graduate Certificate in Education- University of Huddersfield, MusB (Hons) second-class honours, upper division in Music- University of Manchester. Celia has 15 years extensive experience as a freelance musician, vocalist and musical director working with schools, community theatre groups and coaching teachers with Sing Up. Gigging in and around Manchester and vocal performances in Belfast Opera House, Bridge Water Hall, RNCM and Z-Arts.

• 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.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Unit 1 The Performing Arts Industry (15 credits)

Unit 12 Singing 1 (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)

Students will be assessed using a variety of methods including:
• Practical demonstrations of work
• Viva voce’s
• Research
• Written submissions.

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. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.