Taught course

Screen Acting

University of Chichester · Creative and Digital Technologies

Entry requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A 2:1 in a related undergraduate programme
  • Professional experience with a 2:1/2:2 degree
  • Extensive professional career
  • 2:2 with portfolio of previous work for internal candidates


All students will have to pass an audition process and have performance experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This full time MA Screen Acting degree gives you professional training in acting for a range of screen based industries with a focus on story craft and character development.

This course mirrors the industry and emphasises working with ‘real-world’ briefs, meeting deadlines and performing in a professional environment. You will study at our new Digital Technology Park and use state of the art equipment.

You will engage with traditional acting and devising classes as you explore screen based narratives and the demands of numerous forms of screen acting. You will analyse and reflect on your own work to help you develop as you train.

Using traditional visceral acting methodology, you will have access to facilities to develop specific work in contemporary film environments. You will be encouraged to devise and produce your own work and have opportunities to act in film production projects in the department.

During the final six months of the programme you will create and produce your major research project. The project is mentored through staged draft submissions of example film performance, or a single large-scale specialist production supported by critical reflective analysis. Alternatively, you could choose to submit a a significant and appropriate dissertation piece.

Specialist Skills Wordshops

You will be able to take part in a range of one-off introductory technical acting workshops. These workshops could include motion capture, combat for the screen, and audio work. Introductory workshops are run by specialist guest lecturers and you will be able to complete in-depth training in these areas to suit your needs throughout the course.

Motion Capture

This module explores the physical world of the actor, the technical studio environment, head-rigs and the understanding of how to work with a Motion Capture crews for virtual performance projects.

Combat Training

In this module highly qualified specialist armourers and combat coordinators with experience in film and television drama and re-enactments will introduce you to combat skills and training, as well as discussing risk assessments and health and safety.

You will cover:

  • Range firearms
  • Muskets and automatic rifles
  • Weapons such as swords and axes

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

(+44) 01243 816000