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“I have really enjoyed that I have been able to develop many skills and my knowledge. The course has given me so much more to play with as a professional actor and director and I really cannot emphasise enough that this course is one that will change you as a performer and prepare to work professionally.” Harry Jackson BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen Why QMU? Our approach to learning and teaching Research What better place to study the arts than the Festival City. The Edinburgh International Festival (the jewel in the nation’s artistic crown), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (the world’s largest arts festival), the Edinburgh International Book Festival (the largest celebration of the written word in the world), the International Film Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, plus the national companies and an abundance of innovative theatre and dance companies all wait to be explored. Our approach to learning has, at its core, a very clear philosophy: experiential learning leading to individual reflection, self-discipline and excellence. We ensure that the recognition of the history and traditions of performance and the understanding of theoretical contexts is at the very heart of learning. We aim to challenge conventional assumptions and encourage our students to embrace a variety of aesthetic practices and develop collaborative partnerships that will feed the industry of the future. Our staff are actively involved in research, scholarship and professional practice, ensuring course content is up to date and relevant. You will be taught by staff who are active practitioners in their own right and who maintain very close links with the industry, as well as publishing in academic journals. Our courses are relevant, stimulating, challenging and practical. Our staff team is award winning and includes many dedicated industry professionals and practitioners, all of whom have strong, current industry connections. Teaching includes not only traditional lectures and tutorials, but also creative workshops, opportunities to work on live performances in a variety of roles, and invaluable sector-based learning opportunities. There are core modules at the heart of each of the courses complemented by options that enable students to specialise in areas relevant to their future career paths. Our programmes develop students who examine the creative process closely, find their own style, develop their consciousness and become forward thinking and ready to take a leading role in Scotland’s creative industries. Our graduates can be found across stage and screen. For example, River City, Scot Squad, Nina & the Neurones, Casualty, The Tunnel, Doctor Who, Merlin, Grey’s Anatomy, The Night Manager, and The One Show have all featured QMU acting talent. Our graduates are to be found at the top of performing arts companies around the world, lob