BA (Hons) Acting
ACCELERATED TWO YEAR DEGREE
ACT. MAKE. MOVE. COLLABORATE.
|Course Qualification||BA (Hons) Acting|
|Course Duration||Two Years (Accelerated Degree)|
|Course Leader||Alexandra Spencer-Jones|
|Course Delivery||Full-time (40 hours/week)|
|Course Location||The Monkey House, London|
|Training Provider||Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company|
|Degree Awarding Institution||Falmouth University|
About the Course
Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree is suitable for those looking to forge a career as a professional actor and theatre maker. This course aims to create fearless, connected and imaginative artists who are employable, knowledgeable and industry ready as both actors and theatre makers.
Fourth Monkey’s pioneering accelerated and intensive approach offers some of the most comprehensive and contemporary training for actors and theatre makers, enabling them to be ready for the rigours of the acting industry ahead of their contemporaries on traditional three-year programmes. BA (Hons) Acting students work in repertory alongside established industry professionals, whilst also creating and producing original work.
The accelerated course delivery also means that our training is more accessible and more affordable than other London-based BA (Hons) Acting courses. Training is held at our home in Islington, North London, affectionately known as the Monkey House. Curated by Fourth Monkey’s Director of Training Charleen Qwaye, and designed by experienced actors, directors, theatre makers and practitioners who have built a programme of study that is unique in its scope and rigorous in its practice.
As a Drama School, Fourth Monkey are committed to changing the face of contemporary actor training, by offering genuinely innovative, inclusive and ever-evolving training programmes aimed at empowering and developing the next generation of actors and theatre makers.
Training on this programme encourages connections between training disciplines, practices and activities within the field of performance and creation. The course has no academic written work, instead students “learn by doing” in a range of professional vocational classes, workshops, performance projects and public events that guide them to being industry-ready in two years using the unique Fourth Monkey thematic training structure of ACT, MAKE, MOVE, COLLABORATE.
The first year of training is about artistic exploration; focusing on the fundamentals of actor training and theatre making skills. Our students are encouraged to approach classes and collaborative creation projects playfully, with an openness and desire for discovery as they encounter new disciplines and practices, to take risks and to explore with courage and curiosity.
Classes focus on specific skills and techniques, whilst holistically developing our students as artists through self-reflection, research-led projects in contextual studies, as well as personal and professional development. Ongoing individual developmental support from the Training Team is also core to the Fourth Monkey philosophy, with students receiving constructive feedback on core disciplines throughout the course of the year.
The first year rigorously explores the processes toward performance with shared internal showings of work towards the end of each study block to give students an opportunity to share and celebrate each others’ work both in assessed and non-assessed projects. Uniquely and unlike other accredited courses, Fourth Monkey students experience their first public performance at the end of the first year, and the Devised Ensemble Project is created and delivered in collaboration with a practicing professional company.
|Act||Technique Classes (Incl. Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Meisner)|
|Make||Devised Ensemble Project|
Theatre Making Projects
The second year of training focuses on assimilating the previous year’s learning, whilst developing each students’ individual process as an actor and theatre maker. Insightful professional preparation workshops and modules from visiting practitioners and speakers alike are introduced to advance students’ industry understanding and readiness.
Students are expected to work with increased brevity, resilience and independence as the core areas of training continue alongside our unique repertory company approach; working with established industry directors and creatives.
During this final year students are cast in a minimum of four industry and public stage productions (including one Classical and one Contemporary as part of the London Showcase season) plus one short film. Productions are supported technically and carry the expectation of professional standards and practice.
Focusing on the establishment of sustainable careers within the industry, there is a strong emphasis on the students’ future career within the training, with the core objective being to form lasting professional journeys where our actors and theatre makers are employable by design, collaborative by nature and able to self-generate work and create opportunities for themselves in an ever-evolving industry.
Technique Classes (Incl. Meisner)
Contemporary Production Season
BASSC Stage Combat Examination
Experimental Performance Project
Students receive personal formative feedback regularly and are summarily assessed throughout the course during all studio practices, presentations, rehearsals or performances.
Summative assessment takes place at the end of each module, study block or performance project. Marks are given typically based on a student’s demonstration, embodiment and understanding of the necessary skills related to the learning outcomes.
Although there are no written academic assessments as such, students are expected to chart their personal training journey as well as demonstrate their ability to prepare for and perform professionally whilst “pitching” their creative work. This will take the form of keeping a personal journal during their first year, and submissions and pitches as part of wider Professional Preparation sessions during their second year. Students are also required at all times to maintain high levels of professional conduct regarding attendance, promptness and preparation which is expected and compulsory.
At the end of each study block, core department staff and practitioners will also typically offer ongoing personal developmental feedback to help inform students’ self-guided learning.
Our training is informed by industry research, development and relevance. Structures, modules and assessments can periodically change as part of the training curriculum enhancement and review. Up to date module and assessment information is made available to all students upon completion of enrolment with both Fourth Monkey and Falmouth University, the Accrediting Partner for the course.
Offers to join the BA (Hons) Acting programme are only made to those who have submitted a completed application form and successfully auditioned with Fourth Monkey. All Information about Fourth Monkey Application, Audition & Offer process and requirements can be found on our Auditions Page.
Additionally, to accept any offer made by Fourth Monkey, you must register and satisfactorily meet the entry requirements adhering to the Admissions Policy ahead of enrolment with our Accrediting Partner, Falmouth University.
Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree is awarded by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.
Falmouth University is ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.
Fees & Funding
|Year 1 Tuition Fee||£11,100|
|Year 1 Additional Costs||Fourth Monkey Uniform £60+ |
Padlock (Coded) £5+
|Year 2 Tuition Fee||£11,100 (Inclusive of voice and showreels)|
|Year 2 Additional Costs||Stage Combat Gloves (£10+)|
Spotlight (£100+) *optional but professionally advised
Students on the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree at Fourth Monkey, accredited by Falmouth University, are entitled to apply for a government loan to cover the cost of their course. For more information on the type of student funding available, please visit the Gov.uk website.
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.
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
Fourth Monkey has an alumni industry employment rate of 84% within 12 months of graduation* with graduates going on to work in film, digital media, national touring theatre, advertising, radio and performance companies.
Our training has always been focused towards giving students the skills to forge sustainable careers in the arts and to create original work alongside the traditional routes. The vast majority of our alumni have successfully gained agent representation when they finish their training with us, and an ever-growing number benefit from the training’s particular focus on giving students the tools and empowerment to create professional work with many of our students going on to form their own successful theatre companies and collaborations.
The communication, interpersonal and presentation skills that are embedded within this accelerated degree transfer extremely effectively to other environments with graduates also securing work in coaching, teaching and training in all areas; from storytelling, facilitating youth theatre or teaching business executives presentation and corporate training roles. Training-specific specialisms such as directors, movement directors or specialist artists as well as puppetry, theatrical clown or corporeal mime are also regular features in onward career paths.
Upon graduation from this programme, there are also opportunities to gain a bursary for the winner of Fourth Monkey’s Experimental Fringe Project, professional paid employment with the Fourth Monkey Ensemble professional touring company, plus continued professional development through enhanced access to Fourth Monkey’s Evolve programme.
*correct as per September 2019
Theatre and acting is a collaborative art form and we place great emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the group and the group’s responsibility to the individual. This creates an ensemble atmosphere of mutual respect where creativity can flourish.
Our training ethos is to foster a nurturing environment that creates challenges and opportunities for all our students to have their voice heard and is celebrated. Every student has the opportunity to excel as they are encouraged to be bold and play!
The power of the ensemble group dynamic and ‘play’ in our training is key in helping to shape professionally trained actors and theatre makers fully equipped to thrive in an ever-changing and competitive industry who strive to deliver bold, collaborative work.
Every day, training in the Monkey House has something different to offer and a new challenge for students to face. Core training will be delivered through; practitioner led studio work, collaborative research-led projects, masterclasses, seminars, rehearsals, performances, showcases, films, feedback tutorials and self-guided learning. Alongside the core training, there are numerous enhancement opportunities which serve to physically and mentally prepare all of our students for the term and tasks ahead, encourage our multi-disciplinary ethos, widen students’ perspective and enhance their engagement with the profession.
The core of Fourth Monkey’s training is delivered entirely at the Monkey House, our home and training base, in Islington, North London. You can explore the Monkey House and it’s range of training spaces with our virtual 360 tour of the building.
Fourth Monkey is very much a family, comprising our collaborative community of our core senior teaching staff, talented freelance practitioners and of course our students. Our core teaching team work alongside some of the UK’s finest practitioners and theatre-makers with our actors-in-training, sharing their passion, enthusiasm, plus specialist knowledge and experience to create a unique, dynamic working environment where individual expression is valued and nurtured and every voice is heard.
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We have created a variety of training programmes to give you all the tools you will need as an actor and theatre maker working in the contemporary industry. Explore all our training programmes and decide which will be the right fit for you, via the link below.
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How to Apply
Fourth Monkey auditions are designed to reflect our training and company ethos, celebrating the individual whilst fostering a sense of collaborative growth and development. We aim to create a relaxed and informal environment so everyone can show their true potential.
Information about Fourth Monkey Application, Audition & Offer process and requirements can be found on our Auditions Page. To apply to audition for a place at Fourth Monkey, simply follow the step by step process below for your opportunity to train with Fourth Monkey:
If you would like to experience the Fourth Monkey style of training first-hand, we offer free Taster Workshops on a monthly basis to work out whether we are the right drama school for you.
Led by Artistic Director Steven Green, the workshops are a fun and physical introduction to the Fourth Monkey ethos and training and you can meet and alumni and practitioners and ask any questions that you may have.