The Raindance International Degree Program in Acting

1 degree
BA (Hon’s) in Film and Performing Arts Practices

2 Pathways

Filmmaking or Screen Acting

3 Continents

Year 1 – Dubai, Year 2 – Mexico and Year 3 – London


This is a unique course designed to give our learners the opportunity to experience filmmaking or acting across 3 continents and achieve a full UK university degree at the end of the third year.

You will start your journey in London (or online) where we will prepare you for international studies and the pathway of your choice.  You will then spend eight months at our Dubai campus where you will build a solid foundation in your chosen pathway.  At the end of your first year, you will achieve a level 4 certificate.

For year 2, you will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico where you will spend the next eight months to further develop your skills.  You will have the opportunity to work on real film projects in Spanish or in English. At the end of year 2, you will achieve a level 5 Diploma.

For your final year, you will return to London to join the Top-Up BA (Hon’s) in Film and Performing Arts Practices  This is a practical, hands-on course that builds upon the skills you developed in your previous year.

This is a full-time University level course and is eligible for student finance.


What you will learn

Students will focus on practical, technique-centred learning, which includes acting, directing screenwriting and professional skills.  You will have the opportunity to write your own roles and make your own short-film projects in this unique performing arts graduate programme.


Year 1: Dubai

Year 2: Mexico

Year 3: London

All students study common modules in their first year to build the foundation of the study programme


  • The Performing Arts Industry (Pearson-set)
  • Professional Development
  • Acting 1
  • Voice and Speech for Actors
  • Acting for Camera
  • Devising
  • Film Studies
  • Script writing for FIlm & Television


In the second year, students start to specialise in specific areas of filmmaking, developing their skills further and working in teams on industry-style projects.


  • Creative Research Project (Pearson-set)
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Acting 2
  • Drama
  • Directing
  • Performance Project
  • Auditioning
  • Movement for Actors


In the final year, students can choose one (double) or two (single) specialist pathways  in either Acting, Directing or Screenwriting.  All students will produce their own film projects and develop advanced skills in film and television practices.

Assessment is via practical creative projects, written reflective reports of your work and research assignments.


  • Critical Research (15 Credits)
  • Specialist Negotiated Practical Project (45 Credits)
  • Film & TV Business Practices (15 Credits)
  • Film Practices Final Project (45 Credits)



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HND Frequently Asked Questions

Students studying the International BA Programme would be studying a Higher National Diploma (HND) for the first two years of the degree. The HND is an internationally recognised UK qualification that provides specialist vocational learning at levels 4 and 5. HNDs are delivered by universities and colleges, and are considered the equivalent of the first two years of a three-year university degree course. Students can often progress onto the final year of a degree programme to obtain a full B.Sc./B.A. (Hons). In very specific circumstances, with evidence provided, someone studying the HND may be able to skip the BA year and study on our Masters degree with Raindance. Both the BA and MA courses would be delivered by the Raindance London Campus.

What days do I need to go in?

Although the HND programme is full-time, we have structured it to allow you to work around your work/life commitments. The course runs two days per week, from 10:30 to 17:30.

Raindance Professional courses run at various times during evenings and weekends.

What is the typical class size?
We aim to restrict class sizes to 15 per group. This allows us to run practical workshops and give all our students on-going hands-on support throughout their learning.
Do you offer accomodation?
We offer an optional relocation package that includes flights, visa costs and your first month’s accommodation at each international destination.  After this, students have options to relocate depending on their requirements.  The packages will be offered during induction and will cost approximately £2,000 per student.
What are the entry requirements?
Students under 21 years should ideally have GCSE English at grade A*-C (grade 9 – 4) and a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to HE Course. If you have industry experience, we can consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

Students over 21 can apply as mature students providing they can demonstrate the ability (and experience) to study at the appropriate level. Employment history will be advantageous and qualifications taken several years ago will also be taken into account.

What will I study on the course?
Year 1

All students study common modules in their first year. This builds the foundation of the study programme:

Year 1 Modules (Dubai):

  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film & Television Practices
  • Film Studies
  • Light & Sound
  • Film & Video Editing
  • Script Writing for Film & Television

Year 2

In the second year, students start to specialise in specific areas of filmmaking, developing their skills further and working in teams on industry-style projects.

Year 2 Modules (Mexico):

  • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Film & Television Studies
  • Drama
  • Documentary
  • Directing
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Audio Techiniques

Year 3 Modules (London):

  • Critical Research
  • Specialist Negotiated Practical Project
  • Film & Business Practices
  • Film Practices Final Project

* Units can be subject to change.

How is the course assessed?
Assessment is through a series of assignments including research modules, hands-on practical exercises and group projects.

Units are interlinked to replicate “real world” scenarios and offer the opportunity for students to build a range of skills to maximise employment opportunities.

Where next - what happens after I complete my HND?

Upon successful completion and approval, students can progress onto the Raindance BA Top Up one-year programme, and in some specific circumstances, with evidence provided, students can skip the BA year and carry on their studies on a Masters degree. This allows them to obtain a Masters Degree within 3 years of starting this course.

The MA and BA programmes are provided by the Raindance London Campus.

Where next - what are my job opportunities after Raindance?
Students can enter employment in a wide range of roles within the film industry. Careers include screenwriting, directing, producing, documentary filmmaking or cinematography.
Will I need any special equipment or materials?

Although equipment is provided, we advise you to obtain a laptop computer that meets the requirements to run the Adobe Creative Suite

How do I apply?
Go to the Raindance Undergraduate Application.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.



  • Unique study program that allows you to study across 3 continents and achieve a full UK degree
  • Cost effective. You will study in exotic locations at no extra cost to a standard UK degree
  • Student film screenings take place the Raindance Film Festival.
  • Raindance Membership all students receive a complementary premium membership.