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Full-Time Courses

Full-Time Courses

Two Year Professional Acting Course

A two year intensive training for a professional acting career. The minimum age is 18 and there is no upper age limit.

The course includes comprehensive career guidance and a graduating season of public productions in London theatres, with a West End showcase at the Criterion Theatre in front of agents, directors and casting directors.

Attendance

Classes and rehearsals run from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Entry is by audition.

The Year

Three terms from September to July, with breaks for half-term, Christmas, Easter and Summer.

Qualifications Awarded

Successful students are awarded the Professional Acting Diploma and the Academy of Performance Combat Fight Performance Certificate.

One Year Postgraduate/Post Experience Professional Acting Course

Training for a professional acting career for those who already have a degree (not necessarily in Drama) or for those who have Drama or related experience. The minimum age is 21 and there is no upper age limit.

Postgraduate students begin individual programmes relating to their needs in voice, movement and auditioning at an early stage. Career-related studies are offered throughout the course to prepare you for entry into the profession.

Attendance

Classes and rehearsals run from 10:am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Entry is by audition.

The Year

Divided into three terms from September to July, with breaks for half-term, Christmas, Easter and Summer.

Qualifications Awarded

Successful students are awarded the Professional Acting Diploma and the Academy of Performance Combat Fight Performance Certificate.

Full-time Course Content:

You will explore a variety of acting styles, gain an understanding of the rehearsal process and acquire extensive performance skills. Modern and Classical plays, scenes and audition pieces are studied, rehearsed and performed through group and one-to-one teaching. For these classes, all students are given an individual programme of work tailored to their particular needs.

Relaxation and breathing, projection and clarity – you will learn how to use your ‘whole voice’ and to develop expressiveness, power and subtlety. Classical text and verse speaking are studied and you will work on a range of accents and dialects.

Develops your physical expressiveness, fitness and spatial awareness. You will be introduced to stage movement, study human and animal movement and work in a variety of dance styles. Period movement is studied in depth. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Anyone who can speak can learn to sing - it is essential for the actor’s training and hugely enjoyable. You will work on performance skills and technique, musical theatre styles are studied and a range of musical skills are developed.

You will learn to use your whole body in performance and to be highly responsive to your fellow actors. Mime, clown, Commedia dell’arte, melodrama and mask can be included in this area.

Both armed and unarmed combat are studied. A range of fighting styles is explored and the work is integrated into productions. Graduating students will take the Academy of Performance Combat Fight Performance Exam.

How can we read actively and translate what we read into dramatic action? These sessions train our imagination in new ways.

You will work with experienced actors and directors on acting for camera and for microphone. The technical demands of each medium are examined in both practical classes and projects.

All students take part in professional productions, and graduating students present their final work to agents and casting directors in a varied season of productions and a West End showcase.

The initial emphasis is on workshops that make the text more accessible, whatever your level of experience. Improvisation, physical techniques, paraphrase and acting games are used. Detailed studies of the social, historical and intellectual background of the plays lead to exercises and final productions.

An essential part of your training, in which skills and techniques learned in class are related to the work seen in a variety of exciting productions in London theatres.

Preparing you for entry to the profession, Equity and Spotlight representatives, agents, directors and casting directors work with you to launch your career. Everything from identifying where your casting potential lies to dealing with tax, and from CVs and photographs to Equity membership is covered.

A thorough introduction to this essential skill, working with some of the leading figures in the field.

Term Dates

Each year we have three terms. The academic year 2016/2017 term dates are as follows:

TERM 1

Monday 19th September - Friday 9th December
(Half Term: Monday 31st October - Friday 4th November)

TERM 2

Monday 9th January - Friday 24th March 
(Half Term: Monday 13th February - Friday 17th February)

TERM 3

Monday 24th April - Friday 7th July
(Half Term: Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June)