UWS says ‘Action’ to its innovative new contemporary screen acting degree

University of the West of Scotland's exciting new BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting degree has been running since September and is now moving into it's production phase.

The degree has been custom-designed for students who have completed an HND in Acting & Performance or equivalent, and wish to pursue a career in screen acting.

The Innovative Honours degree is taught over two years at the University’s Ayr Campus, and specifically focuses on teaching screen actors how to work with new web-based digital technologies. The new cohort of of 15 students have also been learning how to act with Green Screen and Chroma Key programmes in our Television Studios, and to deliver screen acting content for real commercial websites.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting Programme Leader, Stuart Hepburn has written and acted in many popular TV programmes such as Taggart, Rebus and Monarch of the Glen.

Commenting on the course he said: “We live in a world dominated by the internet and multiplatform delivery. The new degree was based around the belief that the modern screen actor has to be able to manipulate and use the new digital technologies creatively to pursue their careers. We teach actors how to devise, create and act in web-based drama in a commercial setting and so far it has been an outstanding success. Students have created upaward of 30 mini dramas for the web in the first 12 weeks of the course."

This course sees a wide range of industry input. This will include top comedy director Michael Hines from ‘Still Game’ and ‘Chewing The Fat’ who lectures on the Screen Drama and Acting Techniques modules. Expert input also includes visiting professional creative industry practitioners in acting, sound, lighting, camera operating and film making.

Commenting on the course Michael Hines said: “We are genuinely excited at the progress of the course has in training up prospective actors.It's is a unique opportunity for students to work with virtual sets, experienced practitioners and seasoned professionals, and both students and Scotland's creative industries are benefitting enormously!

The picture show CSA student Andrew O'Donnell acting in a short film directed by UWS graduate Chris Young.

For more information on University of the West of Scotland’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting degree please call University Direct on 0800 027 1000.

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