Actor Training Wigan

What you'll study

Combining practical actor training with reflective, reflexive and critical skills, this intensely vocational and experiential course equips you for working in the industry as a professional actor.

Alongside developing the core disciplines of voice, movement and acting techniques in a studio training setting, students also have the opportunity to synthesise this learning in the final year of their course.

In your final year, you’ll be supported through working within a combination of both simulated and professional theatre, film, TV and radio settings, developing skills for real-world, working environments in these key graduate employment areas. These settings include film and TV sets, theatres/live performance venues and radio studios onsite in our Wigan campus, locally within the Greater Manchester area and also in London too.

A self-led performance-based final Personal Research Project empowers students to develop the creative and intellectual independence of artists who can shape the industry of the future.

You will have industry lectures on topics which ensure graduates are ready to work in the industry, ranging from keeping accounts to finding an agent, casting information and industry best practice.

We also encourage political and philosophical engagement with the world around us, enabling you to complete your training as a graduate with a range of flexible and transferable skills.

This course is ideal for learners who are wanting to act across all mediums of performance upon graduation. While students on this course will train to be confident performing on stage, the course also has a particular focus on actors wishing to develop specialist skills in acting for recorded and broadcast media, such as TV, film and radio.

Actor Training Wigan

Why choose this course?

Expert training

Actor training for stage, television, radio and screen led by professional staff and established practitioners. Training including specific preparation for securing agent representation, audition work and successful networking and relationship building with casting directors, producers, venues and other industry work-givers.

Excellent and spacious facilities

Unique actor training facilities, located in the grade-two listed Trencherfield Mill building. Multiple rehearsal studios, specifically designed for teaching specialist actor training skills, such as actor movement and Acting for TV and Radio, as well as the fully equipped and specifically designed Mill at the Pier Theatre.

Professional experience

You will take part in industry showcases as well as performing in a range of fully-staged public productions in professional venues. You will also perform on professional grade radio and screen settings, graduating with professional quality showreel and audio reel material for use in marketing yourself and securing employment. You will work with a combination of experienced resident tutors and industry professionals on these projects.

Unrivalled location

Undertaking your studies in Wigan (Greater Manchester) means that Manchester’s MediaCity is right on your doorstep; one of the world’s leading media and tech hubs. Wigan is a rapidly developing cultural hub – with neighbouring venues such as The Old Courts and local theatre company Thick Skin Theatre in receipt of the Arts’ Council’s National Portfolio Status, exciting, dynamic creative performance work is being made in the borough in which you will be studying.

Actor Training Wigan

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

You will be introduced to the fundamental core skills and key acting concepts essential for the training actor to develop, as well as the core academic skills needed to undertake degree level study in this discipline.

You will cover the following key areas of study:

·       Introduction to key acting skills and competencies for the mediums of both stage and screen

·       Introduction to key embodiment skills and competencies for the actor – sung and spoken voice and body and movement skills

·       Introduction to contextual studies – placing the key acting skills and competencies studied within the wider context of the industry from the outset of the course

·       You will begin to synthesise the learning you are undertaking in all key areas of technical knowledge by putting these into practice through studying termly acting projects.

Year 2

You will deepen and further your knowledge and understanding of the key acting principles and competencies necessary for the actor to embody, and further develop their reflective, reflexive and critical thinking skills the training actor studying to degree level needs to possess.

You will cover the following key areas of study:

·       Further development of key acting skills and competencies for the mediums of both stage and screen and introduction to and development of key acting skills needed for radio, including audition technique across these mediums

·       Further development of key embodiment skills and competencies for the actor – sung and spoken voice and body and movement skills

·       Contextual studies – continuing to place the key acting skills and competencies studied within the wider context of the industry from the outset of the course

·       You will continue to synthesise the learning you are undertaking in all key areas of study by putting these into practice through undertaking termly acting projects.

Year 3

You will synthesise the studio training undertaken in Years 1 and 2 by putting this into practice through work in a series of simulated and professional settings across all mediums of study – stage, TV/Film and Radio.  You will also undertake a final Independent Research Project, in which you will synthesise all of your learnings over the three years in terms of both acting skills and competencies, but also critical thinking and reflective and reflexive practises.

You will cover the following key areas of study:

·       Live performance work – termly shows in the Mill at the Pier venue and/or other venues

·       Acting showcases

·       Filmed scenes for use in a professional showreel

·       Recorded voice work for use in a professional audio reel

·       Self-tape coaching

·       Independent Research Project work – a chance to culminate your learning by working on an independent project of your choosing.

Teaching and assessment methods

You’ll complete approximately 30 hours a week of learning: this includes classes, independent learning on projects, productions, or self-directed study. Assessment will be through formative feedback, and through summative tutorials in which you reflect on your working processes, and determine your grading through discussion with your tutor.

Your future career

Actor Training Wigan
Actor Training Wigan

We’re committed to getting you industry ready. You’ll receive support with career development during your studies, which includes:

  • Performing live in public, fully-staged performances in a variety of venues
  • Preparation for the voice acting industry via the development of an audio reel, including both audio drama and radio commercial/narration content
  • Development of an acting showreel, ensuring you’re ready for film and TV industry opportunities
  • Live showcases, introducing your work to the industry and agents


Rose Bruford alumni success

Lake Bell

What Happens in Vegas, No Strings Attached

Jessica Gunning

Fortitude, Pride

Maddy Hill

Imogen, EastEnders

Gary Oldman

JFK, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paranoia

Hayley Squires

I, Daniel Blake; Collateral; Adult Material; Call the Midwife

Tom Hopper

Umbrella Academy, Game of Thrones

Giovanna Fletcher

Presenter, Actress, Winner of I'm A Celeb

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject provides students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Actors, artists entertainers & presenters
  • Arts officers producers & directors
  • Chief executives & senior officials

How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland and International applicants

Institution code: R51

Course code: W411

64 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to two Cs at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

*We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points if we have evidence of your potential from your application or audition.

For 2024 entry, there will be a £35 audition fee, unless you are eligible for an exemption.



Course Summary


3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

September 2024

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Course Fees (2023 Entry)

Course fees for 2024 entry have not been published yet

UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)


International students (Fee per year)


Funding and Support Additional Costs

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