BA (Hons) Acting
ACCELERATED TWO YEAR DEGREE
Fourth Monkey’s pioneering BA (Hons) Acting accelerated degree is intensive, contemporary professional training which aims to create employable, industry-ready creatives in two years, ahead of their contemporaries and providing more contact hours than traditional three-year programmes.
BA (Hons) Acting students work in repertory alongside established industry professionals to become imaginative, bold and connected actors. Our students’ unique creative voice as theatre makers will also evolve throughout the course as they explore world-renowned interdisciplinary theatrical practices to produce original creative theatre.
Applications: Audition Dates will be announced and Applications will open in October 2021
Course Delivery: Two Years (Full-time) Accelerated
Training Provider: Fourth Monkey
Location: The Monkey House, London
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts
Awarding Partner: Falmouth University
About the Course
Working as a professional from day one, students training on this course are encouraged to approach classes and collaborative creation projects playfully, with an open desire for discovery as they encounter international theatrical disciplines and practices, to take risks and to explore with courage and curiosity on their professional acting journey.
Our accelerated training approach allows our students to engage intensively and holistically with their training while they work in a friendly ensemble environment, applying and testing their skills in a performance rich programme under the guidance of experienced directors, practitioners and professional creatives.
Students are also afforded multiple opportunities to bring together all of their taught skills of body, voice and mind to become an independent practitioner and adaptable performer with the skills to being industry-ready in two years and the ability and understanding to develop and sustain a long and diverse career as an actor.
Core Modules on the BA (Hons) Acting
Classical Text, Meisner, Acting for Camera, Uta Hagen, Professional Preparation & Industry Facing Performance Seasons
Short Film Project, Voice Reel, Showreel & Devised Ensemble Project
Physical Theatre, Butoh, Corporeal Mime, Lecoq & Stage Combat
Contextual Studies, Musicality, Producing & Theatre Making, Experimental Performance Project
Fundamental to this training is the holistic, embodied and experiential nature of the learning, using Fourth Monkey’s unique vocational thematic structure of ACT. MAKE. MOVE. COLLABORATE to encourage the identification of patterns and connections between theatrical practices and develop unique and brave creative approach as actor and theatre maker.
Within each module, students engage with a range of classes, workshops, seminars, rehearsals and performances that reflect the diversity of established theories and practices experienced in professional theatre which underpin contemporary acting, performance and theatre making.
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.
The Fourth Monkey ethos is world class. It was clear it was important for me to be myself.Lucy, 2020 Alumni
The ethos of this course is to afford opportunity for everyone to explore a breadth of approaches, processes and techniques to encourage development of their own expressive and interpretive skills as an actor with depth and professional integrity.
Throughout the cumulative structured delivery of the professional training, students are expected to work with increased brevity, resilience and independence as the core areas of training continue alongside our innovative repertory company approach; working with established industry directors, practitioners and creatives in the development of your individual 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 a challenging and ever-evolving industry.
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.
An ever-growing number also benefit from the training’s empowering nature to create professional work with many of our students going on to form their own successful theatre companies and are creating and producing their own projects nationally and internationally. Our Alumni also regularly collaborate in a creative context with established companies of international regard such as Punchdrunk, Frantic Assembly, Theatre Re, Les Enfants Terribles and Action to the Word.
Fourth Monkey commit to meeting everyone at audition who applies to train with us. Information about Fourth Monkey Application, Audition & Offer requirements and processes can be found on our Auditions Page.
Admission onto the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree is by Audition.
- Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course.
- Previous formal academic qualifications are not essential.
- Applicants are assessed at audition solely on merit.
Upon completion of a successful audition, to accept any offer to study made by Fourth Monkey, you must register and satisfactorily adhere to the Admissions Policy of our Awarding Partner, Falmouth University prior to the completion of enrolment for the course.
If you have any questions regarding Entry Requirements, please do get in touch with our friendly Admissions Team.
Fees & Funding
Students on the BA (Hons) Acting course are able to access Student Finance for post-graduate loans towards tuition fees and maintenance loan towards living expenses.
Fourth Monkey Uniform £60+
Padlock (Coded) £5+
Professional Headshots (£150+)
Graduate Spotlight Membership (£100+)
For more information on the type of student funding available, please visit the Gov.uk website. There are also alternative funding avenues open to students, information on these are available on our Funding page.
EU & International Students
Fourth Monkey are a diverse school who have welcomed students from all over the world supporting them throughout their vocational training journey with us creating industry ready professional actors and theatre makers.
Following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, freedom of movement between the UK and the EU unfortunately ended on 31 December 2020. EU citizens may now require a visa for studying in the UK. This does not apply to Irish nationals, or anyone who benefits from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
If you have already completed an application under the EU Settlement Scheme and have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you do not require a visa. Prior to formal offer for a place to study you will be required to confirm settled or pre-settled status.
If you do not have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you can apply before 30 June 2021 under the EU Settlement Scheme and are eligible for the scheme if you lived in the UK or arrived before the end of the transition period.
We regret that this course is not currently available to EU or International applicants who would require a Student Route Visa.
English Language Requirements
Applicants should have excellent conversational English and be able to understand a variety of texts. As with UK applicants, our audition panel will be assessing how you deliver your speeches and interact with the panel at interview.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard expected of UK applicants, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
A full list of English Language tests can be found on our awarding partner Falmouth University’s website: https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements.
Fees & Funding
As part of our commitment to Accessibility, Fourth Monkey do not charge increased tuition fees to International Students.
The UK government announced that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year. Please see www.gov.uk for more details.
We recommend contacting the Department of Education in your home country for details of any government funding or scholarships which may be available to you for overseas study.
Resources for International Students
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is a helpful resource to find information and advice for international students, including Brexit, immigration, funding, fees and wellbeing.
Any EU or International applicants who have questions regarding applying and studying with Fourth Monkey, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our Admissions Team who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
The purpose of assessment is to measure progress and achievement throughout the course. Assessment is the formal review point which generates feedback on work, allowing students to develop their practice and performance more effectively by identifying specific areas and activities for them to work on.
In keeping with the nature of the learning on this course, the majority of assessments are practical and adjudicated. Students are assessed individually through solo or ensemble performances and practical tasks, with marks given accordingly against the personal demonstration of the skills being assessed.
There is also work expected from you in the form of independent guided study on an ongoing basis, which may take the form of regular practice and self-evaluation. This is essential to support your own physical and vocal progression, personal growth, research and investigative needs and for the regular preparation of scenes and material for class and rehearsal.
Alongside the practical training within the core modules, you also have enhancement opportunities which surround the core delivery within the study blocks in the form of bootcamps. These opportunities serve to physically and mentally focus you for the term ahead, encourage our multi-disciplinary ethos, widen your perspective and enhance your engagement with the profession.
Ongoing individual holistic and developmental support from the Training Team is central to the Fourth Monkey training philosophy, with students receiving opportunities for self-reflection and self-care alongside constructive feedback and pastoral support throughout their training.
All Fourth Monkey students are required to maintain high levels of professional conduct regarding attendance, promptness and preparation which is expected and compulsory.
The Bachelor of Arts for Fourth Monkey’s Acting course is awarded by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.
Falmouth University are ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, noted for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.
Fourth Monkey professional vocational training courses are informed by industry research, development and relevance. Structures, modules and assessments may 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 Monkey House
The Monkey House, our home and training base, in Islington, North London is where the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Two Year course is delivered.
You can explore our modern fit-for-purpose training spaces and bustling creative hub with our virtual 360 tour of the Monkey House.
Our Training Ethos
We believe strongly in the power of the group dynamic, the ensemble and ‘play’ in our training. We develop open-minded performers and shape individuals who are not driven by the pursuit of the spotlight, but by the desire to deliver bold, visceral and collaborative work as an actor and theatre maker.
I loved it, found myself as an artist and person, honestly I’ve changed so much and I can’t stress how important that was for me.Simrita, 2020 Alumni
Fourth Monkey are dedicated to creating a learning environment which embeds inclusive excellence into all aspects of our work. We are actively against discrimination and celebrate the diversity of our staff, students and participants regardless of; age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, health or disability, socio-economic background or religion.
We want students to thrive and excel during their time with us. We are committed to removing potential barriers, offering tailored support and making reasonable adjustments to our professional vocational training, based on individual need.
If you would like to experience the Fourth Monkey style of training first-hand, we offer free Virtual Q&A’s on a monthly basis to work out whether we are the right drama school for you.
Led by Artistic Director Steven Green, the Q&A’s are a fun introduction to the Fourth Monkey ethos and a great chance to get an insight into our approach to actor training as well as ask to any questions you may have