BA (Hons) Acting






Be trained, employable* and industry ready in two years.

*84% graduate employment figures correct as of September 2019 

What the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree covers

Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting accelerated degree offers some of the most comprehensive and contemporary training for artists entering the industry today. With three years worth of training in two, our intensive approach incorporates all the relevant disciplines vital for a successful career in this ever-changing and rapidly-diversifying industry. The training includes five public performance seasons, one being an industry showcase, as well as a professionally produced acting showreel and voice reel. 
Our course provides students with the unique experience of training in an ensemble environment. There you will learn by working in repertory alongside established industry professionals, whilst also creating and producing your own work and becoming industry ready in two years. This approach is an extremely cost effective and efficient way to train as the student receives the same amount of contact training hours as on a three-year degree programme, more momentum in development due to the intensive nature and structure of the course, and the skills necessary for a career of longevity and variety due to the content of the programme and Fourth Monkey’s ethos of ensemble. There are also opportunities to gain a bursary for the winner of Fourth Monkey’s Experimental Fringe Project, professional and paid employment with our professional ensemble company, the Fourth Monkey Ensemble, and continued professional career development, maintenance and guidance through masterclasses and workshops on Fourth Monkey’s Evolve programme post graduation.

With an alumni employment rate of 84% within 12 months of graduation, Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting accelerated degree is suitable for those looking to forge a career as a professional actor and theatre maker. Fourth Monkey’s Accelerated Degree offers innovative and cutting edge actor training with opportunities unparalleled in contemporary actor training.

Falmouth University and Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company Partnership

Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting accelerated degree is awarded by Falmouth University, which has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.

Falmouth University has a history of over 100 years at the leading edge of creativity and is now at the forefront of driving innovation and entrepreneurialism across the creative economy with its mission of ‘‘doing it for real’’.



Key features of the programme

  • 40+ hours per week contact training time
  • Training with internationally renowned practitioners, working professionals and internationally renowned and award-winning theatre companies
  • British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC) certifications
  • Theatre making training and opportunities
  • Professionally produced actor’s showreel 
  • Professional produced actor’s voice reel
  • Five public performance seasons including an industry showcase 
  • Fourth Monkey Experimental Fringe Bursary
  • Opportunity to gain paid employment with Fourth Monkey’s professional ensemble company, Fourth Monkey Ensemble

Our students on life at Fourth Monkey

Course Content

The first year of your training runs intensively, from September to August. It focuses on developing the actor’s voice, body and theatre making skills, culminating in the company’s first production season at the end of the academic year.

The first year of your training is about exploration. The work is intensive, physical and rigorous but asks that you approach it playfully, with an openness and desire for discovery.

You will encounter new practices and be encouraged to explore them curiously, to take risks and not to worry if you fall when we encourage you to jump!


Acting technique classes will focus on the development of individual process, commencing with Stanislavski and his successors, with particular focus on Sanford Meisner.

Movement classes will establish physical understanding through rigorous movement training in a variety of practices ranging from expressive movement to corporeal mime and Lecoq. You will be encouraged to embrace the sweat!

Voice in year one will serve as introduction to the fundamental elements of vocal training through an extensive and varied timetable of classes. You will also apply the learning by means of play projects in both contemporary and classical text at multiple intervals throughout the year.

Creating your own work is a key aspect of the Fourth Monkey experience and there are no fewer than three opportunities to do so throughout the first year of training; from working individually to collaboratively and ultimately as a whole ensemble.

Other classes will focus on specific skills and techniques whilst holistically developing yourself as an artist through self-reflection, research-led projects in contextual studies as well as personal and professional development.

This year is predominantly about process rather than performance. There are some showings and sharing of work towards the end of each term that you will share internally with the teaching staff and your peers. The year does however conclude with your first public performance as an ensemble.


First Year classes include:

  • Acting Technique: including Stanislavski, Uta Hagen and Meisner
  • Clown
  • Shakespeare & Classical Text
  • Vocal technique
  • Devising – making original work
  • Devised Ensemble Project
  • Expressive Movement
  • Physical Theatre
  • Lecoq
  • Corporeal Mime
  • Yoga
  • Contextual Studies
  • Play Projects
  • Choral Singing

The Devised Ensemble Project

During the final term of the first year, you take part in a devised ensemble project alongside your regular training. The project is presented as the ensemble’s first public performance, delivered and devised in collaboration with a practicing professional company and staged at the end of the academic year. Previous collaborative partners have included Shunt, Theatre Re, Told by an Idiot and Rhum & Clay.

Year two commences with an intensive Grotowski, Meisner and Theatre Making and concludes in August with the final performance project of original work.

The first half of the second year is about assimilating the learning from Year One and commencing the process of developing your own individual process as an actor and theatre maker. You will also advance your industry readiness through insightful professional preparation workshops and modules from visiting guests and speakers alike.

The second year will require you to work with increased rigour, resilience and independence as you refine your process through an intensive period of continued learning and practice in the core areas of training. You will be given further opportunities to demonstrate your ability to apply these practices under performance conditions and you will also complete your British Academy of Stage and Screen Acting (BASSC) Stage Combat Intensive training and examination.

During the final year you will take part in a series of industry and public facing graduate productions. These include one classical and one contemporary showcase season of work in repertory; an acting for camera short film project and a London showcase season of contemporary work written by prominent international writers from around the world.

Each student will be cast in a minimum of four stage productions and one short film (undertaking crew responsibilities in at least one other). You will form part of a repertory company working with established industry directors and creatives, supported technically and with the expectation of professional standards and practice.

Professional preparation continues during this period and all productions are support by voice and movement and may include production specific work and stage combat.


Second year classes include:

  • Acting technique: including Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner
  • Acting for Camera
  • Voice in Performance
  • Voice into Accents
  • Clown
  • Comedy 
  • Contemporary Production Season
  • Classical Production Season
  • Showcase Project
  • Short Film   
  • Self Tape
  • Voice Reel
  • Dance
  • BASSC Stage Combat Examination
  • Grotowski 
  • Mime
  • Yoga
  • Play Project
  • Experimental Performance Project
Professional Preparation
  • Agent, Actor, Director & Casting Director
  • Audition Preparation
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Industry Q & As
  • Masterclasses & Seminars
  • Sight Reading
  • Producing

Alongside these classes, students take part in a number of key projects that develop their skills as an actor and theatre maker.



From January to August, the final months of training focus on preparing the ensemble for their showcase seasons. All final year productions are industry facing. This allows our industry contacts the chance to track and observe you throughout your training journey, enabling a much more rounded understanding of your talents, abilities and potential for growth. This, coupled with the highest calibre of external directors and creatives ensures you receive extensive professional experience and development.

In January the company embarks on two back-to-back scripted public performance seasons – one contemporary and one classical – to which you will invite industry and prospective agents.
A further production showcase is in partnership with a central London venue and forms the student industry showcase production. You will present work from a portfolio of new texts by international writers, as part of a refreshing take on the showcase format for both actors, directors and writers alike. An industry evening with an inclusive world view.
Your final project will be student led original work developed in small companies or collaboratives. 


Voice and Showreels

An actor’s voice and showreel are two of the most important tools for securing work in the contemporary world of performance. Being able to offer an example of your skills in digital form, frequently puts you ahead of your peers. During the first term of the second year, you are supported and coached through the production of your own personalised voice reel, to be used for securing voice work upon graduation. In the following term, you shoot a short film designed to showcase your performance on-screen.


Creating Original Performance

The Experimental Performance Project is an opportunity for the company to create original pieces of live theatre, with a view to further development. You will be invited to pitch, create and produce an original piece of work as your final collaborative project. After a public showing, one project is awarded a bursary, and supported by Fourth Monkey for future development upon completion of the course.

After all this, the only thing left is graduation! 

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed for new ones. 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 Courses Administrator.

Learn more about Fourth Monkey’s plan for the start of the 2020 academic year this September in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and our commitment to making the health, safety and well-being of all who use our building our top priority.

The Fourth Monkey training is my personal steel core, I’ll always have it and I can depend on it. This place is me and I am this place. I’m so proud to be a graduate of this school.

Amy Rushent, Two Year Alumni 2019

Year 1 – £11,100
Year 2 – £11,100
Total – £22,200

Fees include the production of an individual final showreel and voice reel for the students professional use.

Students will be entitled to apply for a government loan to help cover the cost of their course (course fees for entry in 2020/21 currently stand at £11,100 per year). For more information on the type of student funding available, please visit the website.

Students who have an offer of a place on the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree for September 2020 will need the following details when checking the type of funding available to them:
Learning Provider: Falmouth University
Course: Acting – Fourth Monkey – Sept Starters – 2Yr – On Campus 

As an alternative, students are able to make an application for the Future Finance Student Loan to cover tuition fees and/or living costs. There are also a wide variety of alternative funding avenues open to students. Information on these and the Future Finance Student Loan are available on our Funding page.
Students would still be able to apply for these avenues should they not be eligible for a government student loan.

For more information regarding Fees, please read through the Fees policy.


Other extra purchases related to the course are as follows:

Uniform (£60+) mandatory
Knee Pads (£5+) mandatory
Headshots (£150+) mandatory in second year – advice will be given 
Spotlight (£150+) optional, but professionally advised 
Stage Combat Gloves (£10+) mandatory in second year – advice will be given 
Number padlock (£3+) mandatory
Script Folder (£10+) optional

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. 

As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. See how many points your qualifications add up to here.

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

The audition process at Fourth Monkey focuses on the individual in a welcoming and empowering ensemble setting. We aim to create the best possible environment for you to shine, so that you are able to feel bold enough to play and safe enough to take risks.


We offer free monthly Taster Workshops to provide potential applicants with the opportunity to try our style of training and to work out whether drama school might be a good fit for them.

Led by Artistic Director Steven Green, the workshops are an introduction to the Fourth Monkey way of working; they are fun, physical and a really good introduction to the Fourth Monkey philosophy. There will also be opportunity to chat with Steve about our training and also our alumni.


Try out the Fourth Monkey style of training in one of our free Taster Workshops


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