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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 5 August 2010

UWS calls ‘Action!’ on innovative new
contemporary screen acting degree

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has introduced an exciting new BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting degree which gets underway this September.

[Pictured: Top comedy director Michael Hines from ‘Still Game’ and ‘Chewing The Fat’.]

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. Students will extend and practise acting skills already learned, while developing new skills in acting for the screen, and learning how to market those skills on the web.

The Honours degree will be taught over two years at the University’s Ayr Campus, and will specifically focus on teaching screen actors how to work with new web-based digital technologies. Students will learn how to act with Green Screen and Chroma Key programmes in the UWS Television Studios, and 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 is 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 will be teaching actors how to devise, create and act in web-based drama in a commercial setting.”

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

Commenting on the course Michael Hines said: “I'm genuinely excited at the potential this course has in training up prospective actors. This is a unique opportunity for students to work with virtual sets, experienced practitioners and seasoned professionals, and both students and Scotland's creative industries will benefit enormously!”

For more information on University of the West of Scotland’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting degree please call University Direct, the University’s information service, on 0800 027 1000 or visit the University’s Clearing website,

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