Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

The BA Acting programme is a four-year, full-time actor training programme designed to prepare you for a successful career in professional Acting and Performance.


Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

The BA Acting programme is a four-year, full-time actor training programme designed to prepare you for a successful career in professional Acting and Performance.

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Programme Overview

The BA Acting programme is dedicated to producing credible, professional actors who are at the forefront of the region’s theatre revolution, while establishing themselves as international contenders for a global, performing arts career. Bringing together an intense, imaginative and collaborative learning environment, students are exposed to a variety of industry-leading training techniques, genres and styles.

The average day comprises of skills-based morning sessions, which include dance, singing, voice and acting. Here the focus is on improving technique and technical skills. The afternoon sessions focus on project work, which affords students the opportunity to put into practice the skills and techniques learnt throughout the morning sessions.

The four-year, full-time Acting degree is designed to inspire, challenge and expand performers’ skills and techniques. The programme offers students the opportunity to explore and rediscover the world of performing arts through interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary teaching and learning.

Situated within the ‘Cultural Capital of the Arab World’, Sharjah Performing Arts Academy is at the epicentre of inspiration, creativity and innovation. SPAA’s BA Acting programme positions its graduates as the leaders, forward thinkers and change makers of the performing arts world.

For all Academy programmes, students must be proficient in English. A minimum standard is required in any of the following:

  • EmSAT which is the national system in the UAE, with a score of 1100 – 1225 or above
  • TOEFL with a score of 500
  • IELTS with a score of 5.5


How to Apply

To be considered for the BA Acting programme, all candidates must register via our Application Management System (AMS).

* For more information on how to register, read our How to Apply Guide here *


What to Prepare

After you have registered your online application via our AMS, all candidates must submit a short video (max. 3 mins) of themselves acting/ performing one (1) monologue from a published play.

We’ve created an easy, step-by-step guide to help you prepare for and present your audition video:


* Please note that ALL audition material needs to be presented/performed in English. All monologues must be sourced from a published play and must NOT have been written by the auditionee.

Should you be successful after sending your audition video, you will be required to attend the next stage of our audition process which is an audition/interview with the Programme Leader on the date you chose via our AMS.

Optional: You may also send us a 1-minute video of another skill you have; for example: movement, singing or any other relevant skill you would like to share with us.

Videos will need to be sent to admissions@spaa.ae

Start Date

September 2022

Contact Hours

30 hours per week

Programme Fees

AED 60,000 per year:

  • AED 5,000 (deposit upon accepting your place here at SPAA)
  • AED 30,000 (due by the first day of each academic year)
  • AED 25,000 (due by the start of February each academic year)


Eligible full-time, undergraduate students may apply for a SPAA scholarship upon acceptance into their chosen discipline.

Programme Length

4 years full-time

Programme Leader

Christopher holds a Master's degree in Teaching Shakespeare from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Warwick. He is currently plann...

What students say


Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

I am so proud to have realised my dream. It was my dream to be here. It was my dream because SPAA has the highest education level, and when I came here I discovered it was more than I expected.