NEW: Screen Acting BA degree launched

A unique Screen Acting BA degree is being launched at London’s MetFilm School this September.

The course has been developed in a bid to supply the growing screen industries with new, ready trained talent. The demand for actors with the ability to act for screen, as opposed to theatre, has come mainly from streaming services such as Netfilx and Amazon, as well as burgeoning growth from the digital games industry.

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"There’s nothing quite like this course in the UK."

MetFilm School hopes this specialist two-year bachelor’s degree will be at the forefront of screen actors’ training in the future. It covers: story and script, character and performance, acting methods and techniques, behind the camera skills, screen business and specialist acting skills including automated dialog replacement (ADR), voiceover, motion capture and combat techniques.

MetFilm School’s lead acting tutor, Arkie Reece, who has appeared in scores of productions including Hollywood blockbusters, The Bourne Ultimatum, Dracula Untold and The Borgias, as well as UK soap opera, Hollyoaks, is proud of the new course, and how it draws on the team’s experience of working as actors and casting professionals ,as well as teaching across specialist acting courses.

Arkie says: “This course is practical and vocational, and will give students the skills and experience that the industry is looking for. I believe we are offering something quite unique - there’s nothing quite like this course in the UK.”

Senior Admissions Executive, Sophia Robinson, also a screen actor, said: “This degree is all about making the students industry-ready and them proactively getting work. As soon as the students start they will begin developing a professional portfolio and will leave the course with a show reel, headshots and professional CV – everything they will need to showcase to industry professionals, including directors and agents.”

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"This degree is all about making students industry-ready and them proactively getting work."

MetFilm School is home to BA, MA and short courses in practical filmmaking, produces its own feature films, including the recent Swimming with Men and is based in Ealing Studios, where major film and TV hits have been filmed including The Hit Man’s Bodyguard, Murder on the Orient Express, The Durrells, and Downton Abbey.

The new Screen Acting BA degree interweaves with MetFilm School’s BA programme in practical filmmaking, with each enhancing the other, and is being validated by the University of West London.

MetFilm Director, Jonny Persey, says: “we have offered acting short courses for many years, and this is a natural progression as the screen industry develops and grows. The unique combination of professional production and capability on and around the campus, together with the large complement of busy practical filmmaking students make this a great place to learn and practice.”

The BA in Screen Acting will run for the first time in September 2019 and anyone considering applying can find more details on the School’s website or attend the next open day on Saturday March 16th.

University, CareersWeb editor