- East 15
For the first year of the three year course you are required to do introductory acting, voice, articulation, singing and movement.
During the introduction to the acting, theory, methods and practice in the first year students will study acting theory, method and practice which are based on different students, which means they will have to do self study to analyze themselves and work first with improvised scenes to acquire the skills of thinking on your feet and then move to scripts where they will be expected to work as large teams and to include imagination in the scripts. By the end of the year in this module you would be able to create a character from text alone. During the first year the students will also study contemporary scenes from plays, they will also learn how to separate scenes into actions and find what a characters motive is during the scene or play. By the end of the year the student will be expected to recreate work from rehearsal processes and find a characters through line. Along with those two modules the students also must also put what they have learnt from the two previous into practice. One part of the first year includes living as your character outside of staged conditions so you can learn to understand your character to a much deeper level.
During the first year there are three skill modules you must study.
- Voice includes looking at the anatomy of the voice so the student can begin to work on vocal habits through vocal exercises and know what they need to warm up the most for your practice. During Term Two they will build articulation and work on a range of accents and voices of different people. In the final term the course demands developing clarity and power, by the end of the first year the student will know how to evaluate your own voice and have exercises in place for your voice.
- Movement includes an introduction to basic anatomy and begin to train your body to be more flexible, increase stamina and will start looking at the release of emotions through movement. Term Two includes development of balance, co-ordination, rhythm and linking movement and dance with acting. During the final term prepares the student for the physical demands of the next year and they extend their physical and dance vocabulary.
- Music and singing is compulsory.
The second year focuses on different texts such as nineteenth century naturalism, Shakespearean and Elizabethan. Like the first year the student will be carrying on their work on the four modules.
During the second year the student will do several projects that are spread over the three terms, each project will have a rehearsal period of 4-5 weeks based on practical work, the student is given opportunities to perform in front of audiences and to know ho to work and fill in a larger space other than a rehearsal room. They will also will gain plenty of experience during these projects with acting techniques and styles which means students will have to revisit what they learnt in the first year and put it into more intense practice. Team work in the company is emphasized in this year as they will be working with each other on a daily basis to create a production. Students will have to work beyond their limits in this year. Development of character is still encouraged and students will learn about the different roles in making a performance. Acting for camera is also introduced and continues throughout the year and into the next. The students will also be expected to continue to work on the modules they worked on in their previous year to carry on developing performance techniques and to highlight how important relationships are between different characters. The student will study texts such as the work of Chekhov, Gorky, Gogal along with more great studies of human behavior and the dramatic arts. The theme of the chosen texts which the student is asked to explore is new ideas emerging into a new world. Getting into the characters shoes is essential for the student in this year to know the world the character and examining human behavior out of class time, students will be working on longer scenes and full length plays to get used to emerging themselves into a characters world and practicing through line of action. The student also begins to work on naturalistic texts and working on developing subtlety in a character. In term three the student will be tested on how their progress has been over the second year. The students will be tested through writing over the Shakespearean and Elizabethan dramas. The student is encouraged to make strong character decisions by him or herself and the projects will prepare the student for the final year. The students need to carry on exploring the modules that were taught in the last year, the students will be asked to make bold decisions with characters along with risks. The student will be asked to change their character decisions and work through many ideas instead of settling for one single idea.
During the second year the student will continue to expand their knowledge on the three modules.
- In this year voice will include working on the what the student was looking at in the first year however they will be asked to use it in more demanding texts and will have to blend movement, voice and acting together. Accents and dialects will be explored in more depth. Your vocal skills will be tested in a range of spaces. The majority of the work is all independent and the student will enter the first year with voices of a professional standard and vocal training to maintain their voices.
- In the second year the student will be asked to continue studying movement and also dance, the second year will ask the student to link movement with emotion and to explore a range of different physical choices in a wide range of theatre styles. Psycho-physical movement training becomes more precise. The module in this term is created so a student can develop character and stamina in their movement. The module also encourages students to look after their bodies and sustain body alignment. The end of the module the student will have a working technique for physical characterization.
- In this module students will continue to learn on interacting musically and dramatically in small musical ensemble pieces. Second term consists of of working on more complex pieces and do public performances. For the third term the student will be expanding their vocal range and vocal agility. By the end of the module the student will have plenty of knowledge of vocal technique and will know how to look after their vocal chords.
The third and final year focuses on preparing the student for the professional world in acting. The student will have opportunities to work with professionals from the industry. Shows will be put on for the public which will help the students put what they have learnt into practice and will perfect and experiment with what they have learnt. The student will also have workshops that will go towards their future professions such as audition techniques, CV and letter writing, tax and self-employment and marketing and promoting yourself as an actor. Students will also go to a showcase performance in a major West End theatre in London in front of an invited audience of influential agents, casting directors, film, TV and theatre directors.
During the third year the choice of plays will be based on the needs of the year which will develop professional growth which will be essential for working with a big team in productions. The plays chosen will be based on story and character development and that are appropriate for touring around schools and colleges. The plays will be directed by visiting directors which will give the students an opportunity to experience other directors methods. The plays will be a range of 20th century plays and will extend the students performance repertoire and use of dialect. In the third year the training from year two in screen acting will carry on and the students will have to experience auditions, casting and interviews for TV, films and commercials. The students then will have experience in making roles that are suitable for the screen and experiencing what it’s like to shoot a scene. By the end of the first term the student will have a clear understanding of listening and reacting to peoples conversations and what the other person is saying. In Term Two the student will produce their own show reel and will have to take charge of a pre and post production work including: choosing a script, finding a location, filming, camera operation, sound recording, editing and uploading the work to Spotlight. Also in year two the students will be working on acting for radio on microphone in order to fully understand how to act through voice alone. In this final year the student will learn about the profession and will give them a boost for their future careers with training in marketing skills such as web design and CVs, they will also learn about legal and financial issues surrounding actors. opportunities are offered to have interviews, workshops and lectures with professionals and meet agents and casting directors. Throughout the term the students will also receive feedback from guest lecturers and industry professionals. Self assessment is crucial for this year as you need to be able to make your character go through stages of development. Practical workshops with professionals in the industry that are included in this year:
- A casting director
- An agent
- A working actor
- A working director
- A web designer
- Related alternative work such as role play, corporate, voice-over and ADR
Meetings about the working environment includes:
- Equity, the Actors Union
- The Independent Theatre Council
- Establishing your own company
- Legal and tax adviser
- Independent financial adviser
- Self marketing and promotion specialist
- Head shot photography
The final productions are to show the students strength as an actor. The plays are specifically chosen to show their abilities and to give them opportunities to work in large ensembles. The productions are chosen to fit the feedback the students have been given or as suggestions from of directors. The final productions include all of the students and include some song and dance.
The three skill modules are still studied:
- Voice in the final year is the student making use of the voice coach through your roles in production work. The student carries on to work on different accents and working on voice requirements for different performance spaces. They will also have to lead vocal warm ups and exercises before performances.
- For movement it is essential to do physical warm ups. For the final year the student will have to extend their techniques and to help with characters development. The student must make their own choices in order to be prepared for other challenges in the theatre, the student will feel confident with their choices and will perform them with confidence. They must also understand their bodies and see it as an instrument. The student will work on maintaining their stamina over longer periods of work.
- For music the student will perform songs and sing in shows. In this final year the student will have classes to prepare them for professional auditions. They will perform songs in front of their peers and in acting projects and performances. Having individual tuition makes sure that you are confident with different material that is offered in auditions and you know your own vocal range well.
I like the sound of this college as it supports it’s students to be more independent from the first year without throwing them into immediate self assessment criteria immediately. During their second year they focus on character building and complex characters which gives the student the freedom to experiment with their techniques independently and to start developing skills for screen and radio.
The entry requirements for the course are that the student must be successful in the auditions and achieve CDD at A-level or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points. All applicants have to have a C or above in GCSE English. The applicant must make a direct application to East 15 to arrange an audition, applicants also have to pay a £55 fee for their audition. To create a UCAS application you need to make the application and go on a direct application online where the applicant can apply up for five of the courses. The applicants have to attend an audition or interview that will be arranged when the admissions office contacts you to arrange an interview date. Once the audition/ interview date has been arranged any further information will be transmitted through email. No feedback will be given on the day of the audition or interview but they will try and contact the students as soon as possible. If the applicant receives a “recommendation to offer” then they should respond withing two weeks telling East 15 if they are interested, although the formal offer may take up to fortnight within the email there will be an offer letter and letter of agreement. Successful applicants have to respond through UCAS and also return the agreement with a refundable £300 course deposit by the deadline.
The audition fee is £55 and if the applicant is successful they have to pay a £300 deposit. The tuition fee is £9,250.
Student Daniel Erza was a student of East 15. Since he has left he has been cast in two BBC TV shows before he had graduated. He states this, “We are known for our boldness, our fierce determination and commitment to our work, anybody entering East 15 should expect to have that commitment tested on a constant basis. It is not easy, but should you prevail the rewards are incredible. My career has begun like a dream since leaving East 15 and I will be forever grateful to every student and staff member for aiding me on my journey.” The website acting in London rated what they thought the school was like and this was their comment, “E15 has been provided some very good training both for stage and screen acting. They also provide the additional training like combat, fencing, etc. that is extremely useful for any actor getting ready to go out there.”
This school uses a mixture between practical and working with the works of famous actors and studying their theories. I like this blend as it gives you a variety of methods to work with which gives the student the freedom to find their own methods and to let themselves be independent which would benefit me in the industry as I have to learn to create a character alone without the guidance of a tutor.
Acting in London, Best Drama Schools in UK: Top 15- Acting in London, [Online], Available at: https://actinginlondon.co.uk/best-drama-schools-in-uk/#
East 15 Acting school, BA Acting- East 15 Acting School, [Online], Available at: http://www.east15.ac.uk/courses/ba-acting/
- Arts Educational
The first year focuses on vocal and physical skills that are vitally needed to express characters personalities. Based on the works of Stanislavski and combined with Mike Leighs improvisation these are the methods that the students will learn during their year. Lessons in acting and craft for film and TV are taught in the first year also. Creating characters that communicate with the audience is introduced along with how to crew a film.
The main projects in the first year are:
- Devised storytelling
- Contemporary theatre
Further training develops for acting in the theatre along with film and television. Sanford Meisners techniques are explored during this year as well. During the second year the student will start to analyse heightened language, verse texts and contemporary theatre. Classes in interview techniques and the recorded voice are also given.
Projects during this year include:
- Screen Acting One, Single Camera Filming– This project covers all levels of acting for screen, for example understanding vocal levels of intensity, mastering continuity and shooting out of sequence, acting preparation, character choices and revealing thoughts on screen.
- Classic American– Studying the works of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Clifford Odets.
- Screen Acting Two– Multi Camera Comedy. This project is focusing on a wide range of screen comedy which takes place in a multi camera studio.
- Contemporary Theatre– Verbatim and Recorded Delivery, New Writing and Devised Theatre.
- Shakespeare– Cover all aspects of Shakespeare’s work and his influence on theatre today.
The students will show their work to the public through theatre productions and film screenings. Introduction to self-promotion and professional practice in the industry. The students are taught thoroughly how to survive through the tough industry, regular lectures are given from professionals to teach the students. Training for audition techniques are given, the student will also know how to introduce yourself to agents, casting directors and the media. How to present your CVs and promotional photographs are also taught. During the final year the student is cast in two different plays which are directed by a professional freelance director who audition the students and casts them to what he or she thinks is appropriate for them. The plays are rehearsed and performed in one of the two theatres on site. Directed to an industry standard the students are cast in two or more films. The student also crew each others films to experience a professional film set. The DVD of the show reels are sent off to agents and casting directors. The scripts chosen for the show reels/ films are short scripts written and chosen from an array of submissions.
I would chose this school based on how they have an equal balance for theatre and film but also stress how important it is to understand the industry. I also like the practical approach and the opportunity it gives to study famous actors work.
To apply the student my be over 18 or have turned 18 by the time the course starts. They must also have passed 2 A-level subjects or a BTEC ND and passed in 3 subjects at GCSE or equivalent. The audition process is held in November till June/July for acting courses and the student must have prepared two monologues one being a modern play written after 1980 and one from a classical play (preferably Shakespeare). The students must perform theses pieces but they will also attend workshops that are run by a tutor. If the applicant is successful they will be called in for a recall audition where they will perform the same two monologues and a short duologue that is given to the student in advance. The scene will be filmed and also directed. The student will be assesed on how well he or she knows the text and how well they perform it.
The audition fee is £45 and the deposit for the course is £350. The fee for the course is £14,120 per year. To have a loan the student must be studying a designated course. Students are allowed to apply for loans up to £6000 per year towards tuition fees and up to £7625 per year in maintenance loans for the students living away from home and studying in London.
“My three years at ArtsEd were some of the best years ever – the support and training the tutors provide is incredible and sets you up with the tools you need to audition and work as a professional actor. Laura Haddock“. I found a report in a news page on a website called “Get West London” and the report tells us, “Teachers consistently maintain a strong emphasis on the vocational nature of this training programme and, under their expert guidance, students make very good progress, developing very good skills in acting and exemplary skills in musical theatre. Following the school’s recent investment in film, radio and television facilities, students gain an employment advantage due to the substantial experience they are able to develop in these disciplines.”
I feel as if this school is mainly practical based but it leaves room for creativity with the students being encouraged to write their own scripts which I think would go well towards my future as it would help me create characters which will also mean that characters I am given I can reach on a deeper level.
get west london, An outstanding grade for Arts Educational School in Chiswick- Get West London, [Online] Available at: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/outstanding-grade-arts-educational-school-10581563
Arts Ed, BA (Hons) Acting|ArtsEd, [Online] Available at: https://artsed.co.uk/acting/acting-ba-home
- International School of Screen Acting
Two Year Screen Acting Training Course
During the first year the student will be discovering their own imaginations. They will work on developing vocal and physical skills along with learning all the skills needed to perform for camera. Film projects will be given over the first year to the students so they can develop their skills over a range of genres and styles.
Using the skills learnt from the previous year the student will take what they learnt in the previous year and use it as if they were in the industry. The final year includes mock auditions, meeting agents, casting directors and producers.
Over the two years the classes that are offered during the course are screen combat, multi camera technique, advanced camera technique along with vocal training and core acting classes. The student over the two years will look at acting methods from people such as Meisner, Stanislavsky and Micheal Chekhov. The students are encouraged to expand their creativity in subjects like screen writing, camera work, and basic editing.
This course is shorter than the others I have looked at, I like the independence the school put forward and that they let the students creativity take control of their work. The school takes a very practical approach and looks at many great theories from different artists. I feel if I chose this school I would benefit and enjoy my time there due to their practical approach.
When the student has applied they will be put through to an audition workshop and screen test, they will be considered a place based on the students performance in these audition days. No formal qualification is required but the student must be dedicated for the two years training. Auditions last about 3 hours and take place at 3 Mills studios, during the audition the student will be working in a group workshop, screen test and will have a discussion with the audition panel.
The audition fee is £40 which can be paid on the day. £9000 is the yearly fee including VAT, with a deposit of £600 that is to be paid 2 weeks after receiving notification of acceptance. The fee is divided into 4 payments of £2250 per year, a payment schedule will be sent out before the start of the course. A payment schedule is given to the students at the start of the course. The school offer students a career development plan loan which the government pay throughout the period of study, this will help the student with the cost of living.
Afsaneh Dehrouyeh is a 2016 graduate who trained at ISSA and said this about the two year course, “Training at ISSA feels like you are part of a supportive community. Working in a safe space with the freedom to fail time and time again meant that I really got to explore which tools worked for me personally when preparing and auditioning for roles.”
I have always had an interest in screen acting and due to this courses more practical approach I feel it may benefit as screen acting is one of my best interests, however I feel as if my career would be better if I had a range of experience that another school may offer.
Screen acting, Acting Training in London- 2- Year Courses| International School of Screen Acting UK. [Online] Available at: https://www.screenacting.co.uk/two-year-course/
BA (Hons) In Performance- Acting Diploma In Professional Acting
Year 1 & 2
The skills that are learnt during the first two years include:
- Screen acting
- Actor and text
- Animal movement
- Clown work
- Radio techniques
- Sight reading
- Stage combat
- Verse speaking
Contemporary writing, Shakespeare, European and American drama are a few projects that will be put forward to the students over the first two years they also get an opportunity to create original work.
During the third year the students will be focusing on public performance and will create a show case that will be shown to agents, casting directors and other industry figures. Over the year each student will be given different sized roles over the year so they can show each students strengths. During the year film work and working in a musical are given as opportunities to expand their skill set. In their final year they will create a showreel and work with Mountview industry liason team to help create their CVs and prepare for interviews for agents and auditions.
This school offer a range of skills in the first year and the whole course takes a very practical approach which is good and they look at how you will survive in the industry.
The entry requirements for the course is that the student must of achieved one of these options: 5 GCSE and two A-levels, 4 SCE higher grade passes, BTEC national or higher national certificate or diploma with merit grades or have passed a foundation course. For the audition day the students must have prepared a Shakespeare monologue and a monologue from a play that has been written after 1979, the monologues must not be longer than 2 minutes each, cannot be extracts from poems, novels or screen scripts, must have a character that is the same gender as the student and close to their own age and to be performed in the students native accent.
The annual fee of the course is £12650. Dance and Drama Awards are scholarships that are funded by the educational funding agency and are given to students who show the most potential. If the student is taking an approved Trinity College London qualification they can apply for the award. The award offers reduced tuition fees and access to an income- assessed student support fund. Students who aren’t a part of the DaDA are able to apply to a Student Loan Company for support. The maximum tuition fee is £6165 and a full time student can apply for a maintenance loan to help with living however the amount you can borrow depends on: your household income, where you live, when you start your course, what year of study you’re in, what help you get through the maintenance grant.
This would benefit me as during the first year the school offers classes that would give the student experience and they also focus mainly on public performances which builds the students confidence and will prepare them fr the industry.
BA (Hons) Acting
During the first year the student will be studying areas that include storytelling, naturalism and American realism.
The compulsory modules for this year include:
- Acting and Contextual Studies 1-
The assessment for this module is 50% practical based and is 50% based on a 1500 word essay on Critical Reflection on Exercises Studied in Workshops and Seminar. During the module the student will look at Stanislavski’s system, explore the relationship between the actor and the character, the student must connect their research with their performance and in rehearsals, ask questions during practical situations, know a range of different theories that are connected to contemporary actor training and a the student must know how to analyse themselves.
- Physical Skills 1-
The assessment is split into three components all being practical based, 40% being physical acting, 20% being historical dance and the last 40% being stage combat. During the module the student will: physically and mentally prepare a healthy and balanced body, develop their own physical skill technique, extend what they already know and develop a professional conduct. The classes are aimed towards the actor as the tutor leads classes that are an introduction to movement or dance. They will explore what their physical boundaries are and how to speak through their body.
- Vocal Skills 1-
The assessment is practical based that is a 50% split between a practical assessment of vocal work on sonnets and a continual assessment of technical progress in singing. The student will be taught voice and singing. The module focuses on analyzing the students voice and working towards keeping a healthy voice, develop various accents and work on breath management and vocal anchoring, develop knowledge of a range of musical styles and the student must be confident to sing as a soloist or in the ensemble.
- Rehearsal Module 1-
Again the module is split into two practical assessments being the storytelling project and Greeks project. During the module the student will look at physical vocabulary for acting and also look at the students imagination and explore storytelling.
- Acting and Contextual Studies 2-
50% of the assessment is a 1500 word essay and the other 50% is a classroom exercise on acting techniques. The module includes looking at Konstantin and Stanislavski’s work, continue to look at Stanivlaski and other work from other famous actors and explore naturalism and realism and put them into practice.
- Physical Skills 2-
The assessment is split between three practical assessments 60% being physical acting, 20% is contemporary ballet and Laban and the remaining 20% is social dance. Most of the aims are the same apart from the student during this module the students will have to use their imaginations, inspire to look at the world differently and introduce the student to dance movements through practice.
- Vocal Skills 2-
This assessment like the previous is split in half with a American political speech and a singing examination. The module aims are very similar to the last vocal skills.
- Rehearsal Module 2-
Two practical assessments that are given are practical, they are based on Naturalism and American realism. During this module the student is expected to develop their own artistic process, have an understanding of different range of techniques linked to contemporary acting, to know what is expected when delivering text and to find a method of acting that is suitable for them.
The areas studied in this year are Shakespeare, comedy and professional development. An introduction for acting for camera will be given along with classes for for audition and interview techniques to learn what tools are needed for the industry. During this year the students will be looking at classical texts such as Macbeth and Pericles then after they will be doing a comedy project based on Commedia dell’Arte. Towards the end of the year the students will be rehearsing for their first public performance, after this they will be looking at a unique contemporary practice project.
The compulsory modules for this year include:
- Professional and Contextual Studies 1
This module is in two components the first being a practical mock audition and the second being coursework which is an essay. During the first part of this module the student will be beginning for their career outside of Guildford, learn about how to survive in the industry and know appropriate audition practice, know the skills needed for audition situations, know a range of audition material, the student must apply what they have researched and apply it in rehearsals, understanding theories to apply in contemporary and to reflect on what the student has learnt and to document the reflections.
- Acting Technique 1
Two practical based assessments will be given one is an assessment of classroom exercise and the other is an assessment on screen acting. The aims for this module are to develop a deeper understanding of acting technique, understand Stanivslavski’s approach to acting on a deeper level, the student will be introduced to screen acting, the student will begin to familiarise themselves with the concept of film acting and to document what they have learnt during the year.
- Vocal Skills 3
Once again the modules assessments are practical one is poetry and the other is satirical prose. During this module the student must aim to develop a secure technique in voice, know how to confidentially do a variety of accents and speech qualities and increase their knowledge on on different texts.
- Rehearsal Module 3
The assessments are are both practical, the first is a performance in contemporary or Shakespeare and the other half is based on comedy. The aims of the module are to make the actor confident in their own abilities, to understand what is needed to deliver complex texts, keep a reflective journal of their work and to increase the students understanding of development of narrative structure.
- Professional and Contextual Studies 2
The practical assessment is an audition for the level 6 production and the course work is a 1500 essay. The aims for this module consist of the student developing an understanding of the industry, put together a range of audition material and to use their research and reflection in their practical work.
- Acting Technique 2
The two practical assessments are based off classroom exercises and screen acting, both are worth 50% of the students final mark. The aims for this module are for the students to carrying developing their acting techniques, carry on studying concepts of screen acting, start to familiarize students with film makeing and to carry on their reflective journals.
- Vocal Skills 4
Heightened speech and accent presentation are the two assessments for this module. The aims in the module are to find a comfortable technique for the students voice, allow the student to explore different accents and speech qualities, continue to look at dramatic texts which challenge the students abilities and to practice projecting your voice without harming the vocal chords.
- Rehearsal Module 4
For the two practical assessments the students will put on a black box production and will also be assessed on their performance during the show. The aims for the module are for the student to research and perform a specific role role in a performance, to develop a method that the student is comfortable with and supports them in working in two different projects, understand the professional codes of conduct and keep a reflective journal on what the student has learnt.
The majority of the year will be rehearsals for the last show and the West End showcase. The shows are chosen so the students can show their strengths. Directors will visit to talk to the students about the industry. Recent visiting directors are:
- Justin Audibert
- Dan Coleman
- Kate Budgen
- Nikolai Foster
- Lisa Spirling
- Sophie Lifschutz
- Marieke Audsley
- Jules Tipton
The student will also work on a film project that is recorded and given to the student on DVD.
Compulsory modules this year are:
- Professional Development 1
For this module the practical assessment is a television audition and the course work is a professional development plan. The aims for this module are to help the student prepare themselves for the industry, develop research methods and to use them in practical circumstances and to help the student know how to find work and to take opportunities.
- Media 1
The two practical assessments are both voice based one being a radio exercise and the other is a voice over exercise. The aims are to help the student understand working in media which will include independent work without a director, to apply what has been learnt in levels four and five and to apply them as if they were in the industry and to know how to engage the audience with a recorded performance.
- Small Scale Production Project
30% of the project is based on the process towards the finished project and the students performance in that project is worth 70% of their grade. The aims in this module are to prepare the actor for the industry, to use an appropriate method for creating a character, to use what was taught in levels 4 and 5 in acting, movement and voice and for the student to reflect on how they are progressing.
- Advanced Practice 1 (Research And Process)
The two practical assessments are the auditions for the final production and the rehearsal process for the final show. The aims for this module are the same as the previous modules for this year.
- Advanced Practiced 2 (Performance And Reflective Analysis)
50% of the modules assessment is practical based which is the first performance and the other 50% is coursework which is a critical evaluation of the process towards the show. The aims for this module are the same as the previous modules for this year.
- Professional Development 2- Industry Showcase
30% of the practical assessment is how much the student contributes to the project and the other 70% is the quality of the performance. A few of the aims of the module are different from the last few aims they are to work in an industry work environment and to provide opportunities for the students in a professional showcase.
- Media 2
The module is split into 2 assessments, the first is worth 30% and is the process of the performance and the last 70% is how the student does in the performance. The aims for this module are the same as the first media module.
I like this course because the students start getting introduced to the industry and public performances during their second year. The course is mainly independent which I like because it gives the student the opportunity to keep themselves organised and to understand what they need to do to keep their skills sharp.
The entry requirements for this course are to have a AAB in A-level and GCSE English and Maths to be a C or above. Offers for the school are based on grades, a successful audition and a successful interview. The student must also prove to the panel that they can complete the program and that they have talent in their chosen pathway. To apply students will be applying through UCAS. The student must book their audition online.
It is £45 per audition and for the three years the tuition fees are £9,250. To apply for a bursary the household income must meet all of the criteria and must be a UK or EU student and must be paying all tuition fees.
On the website Acting In London they said, “Being another one of the few drama schools that offers part-time courses, GSA has progressively built a reputation of providing quality training to its actors and performers.” On the website Ned Porteous commented, “I really felt like GSA wanted to prepare me as much possible for the industry. Everything seemed to walk hand in hand with each other; what I learned in one group singing class I could easily apply to my Shakespearian methodology.”
This course prepares the students for both film and theatre acting which really fits into my ambitions as I wish to do acting for both screen and the stage.
Guildford School Of Acting, BA (Hons) Acting| GSA – Guildford School Of Acting, [Online], Available at: http://gsauk.org/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-acting
Acting in London, Best Drama Schools in UK: Top 15 – Acting In London, [Online], Available at: https://actinginlondon.co.uk/best-drama-schools-in-uk/#
- Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Acting BA (Hons)
The core principles will be taught the core principles of a successful performance. The student is introduced to Stanislavski’s system of physical actions which are interpreted by 20th Century and contemporary teachers like Uta Hagen, Micheal Checkhov, Declan Donnellen and Max Stafford Clarke. The student will acquire the tools for acting through a variety of workshops including improvisation and script work so the student can develop a way of getting into character. Projects during the year are put forward to encourage the integration of acting< voice, movement and singing skills, typical projects are:
- Devising project using world stories
The student are encouraged to keep a reflective journal to improve their analytical skills and to also see where they need to improve.
The skills learnt from Stanisalavski’s system have to be applied by the students to practical work for non-naturalistic texts and forms. Projects may be:
- Commedia dell’ Arte, Restoration Comedy, Farce or Music Theatre
- Contemporary World Theatre
- Jacobean Tragedy
Students are also taught practical skills such as armed and unarmed combat, mask work, tumbling, clowning, social dance and accent work. Each week students have a TV and radio workshop to practice acting for microphone and camera.
During the last year the student will go through a series of productions that are live and recorded that take place the in-house venues, London fringe theatres and an agents showcase in London’s West End, these productions are there to help the student prepare themselves for the profession. During the year the students will be working on a long form film project which is professionally produced and directed. This will be used for the students marketing and their showreels. During the year the students will have to be independent in these projects.
- Professional Preparation and Career Development
The students will have to prepare themselves for the industry, they will attend a range of workshops, seminars and tutorial sessions to have the industry explained to them. The student will be guided on how to make their portfolios and CVs along with how to self market themselves. Mock interviews will also be given and the student will receive feedback. Sight reading is also taught for auditions for stage, TV and radio. The students will audition for Carleton Hobbs Radio Competition and the Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe.
The students study a range of methods form different actors which I like the idea of but the course isn’t quite as independent as I would like it to be until the very last year of the course.
You apply through UCAS. All applications are automatically put towards the foundation acting course. The auditions start at 9AM and are held at the AVONDALE Building on Clapham and they must report to reception. The auditions start at 9:30 and will begin with a half hour warm up and after there is a improvisation workshop that is led by one of the tutors until 11am. After this the auditionees will have their individual auditions which are made up of a few of the schools tutors and will be asked to perform both of their audition pieces. The panel will decide what auditionees they want back for a recall in the afternoon, the afternoon will consist of three work shops which are movement, singing and dance. AFter this the final selecetion is made and those chosen will have an interview with the course director, course co-director and other members of teaching staff. Auditionees will be asked to site read and to redo one or both of their pieces.
To audition the student must do one of these pieces:
King Lear – Act 2 Scene 3 – Edgar:
“I heard myself proclaim’d………”
Richard III – Act 1 Scene 2 – Richard III:
“Was ever woman in this humour woo’d………”
Macbeth – Act 3 Scene 1 – Macbeth:
“To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus………”
King John – Act 4 Scene 1 – Arthur
“Have you the heart? When your head did ache………”
Cymbeline – Act 2 Scene 4 – Posthumus:
“Is there no way for men to be, but women must be half workers………”
Measure for Measure – Act 2 Scene 2 – Angelo:
“What’s this? What’s this? Is this her fault, or mine? ………”
Romeo & Juliet – Act 3, Scene 2 – Juliet:
“Gallop apace, you fiery-footed………upon a raven’s back”
Julius Ceasar – Act 2 Scene 1 – Portia:
“Is Brutus sick………”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act3 Scene 2 – Helena:
“Oh spite, oh hell, I see you are all bent ………”
Troilus & Cressida – Act 3 Scene 2 – Cressida:
“Hard to seem won; but I was won, my lord… My lord, I do beseech you pardon me……”
King Lear – Act 1 Scene 3 – Goneril:
“By day and night he wrongs me………Prepare for dinner”
Richard II – Act 5 Scene 1 – Queen:
“This way the King will come………”
It is £45 per audition and per term it is £9000. Most UK and EU students are eligible for a tuition fee loan. The students wont have to pay any fees upfront and won’t start paying fees back till the student is earning a reasonable income- currently set over £21000.
On the website Acting In London they said, “This drama school has always provided a modern approach to actor’s training based on the core of traditional skills, which means a strong emphasis on screen acting. Many professionals at this school are working in the industry and that means great connections after you graduate.”
This school has a good balance of modern and traditional teachings in screen and live acting which in the industry will help as I will have found a method I am comfortable working with.
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, BA (Hons) Acting Programme \ Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, [Online], Available at: http://www.italiaconti-acting.com/ba-hons-acting/
Acting in London, Best Drama Schools in UK: Top 15 – Acting In London, [Online], Available at: https://actinginlondon.co.uk/best-drama-schools-in-uk/#
Conservatoire Style Courses
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama
BA (Hons) in Acting
Years 1 and 2
During the first two years the student will be learning the skills needed for acting. For the first two terms the student will be in classes for the majority of the terms but rehearsal time for projects will develop over the years. The four main areas of studies are acting, voice, movement and play texts, the classwork and rehearsal projects aim on developing these areas. For the majority of the years the year group is divided into half or quarter groups which allows each student to have help available when needed. There are opportunities for the students to see the teachers on a one to one consultation and feedback. Each term the groups are rearranged to give different students opportunity to work with different people so the student can get used to working with different people.
Classes consist of:
Acting Studies- These classes include stagecraft, improvisation, games and storytelling, mime, circus and physical theatre. Later on in the year studies for acting for TV and radio.
Voice Studies- The classes for this module include cover voice and speech classes, poetry and prose, singing, phonetics, dialects and working on language that includes Shakespeare.
Movement Studies- These classes cover pure movement, movement improvisation, including animal studies and mask work, period dance and 20th- century dance, show dance, acrobatics and stage combat.
Acting Research- The student will have to look at different plays and theatre forms representative of the major periods of Western theatre and world drama. This supports students in their preparation and creative process.
The rehearsal projects give the student opportunities to put what the have learnt into practice. The student will look at early English drama, Shakespeare, Restoration or 18th century comedy, Chekhov and other 19th century drama, political plays, devised work, musical theatre and other modern drama. Microphone and screen acting classes will be given. The student must research how to become the character and what the characters world is like.
The student by the third year will be trained vocally and physically and would have learnt their own method of working. The majority of their time will be spent rehearsing and performing to the public and potential employers. Over the year the student will take part in five shows playing different and challenging roles with different directors. The student will also have the opportunity to write and perform a solo performance. Sessions are given to prepare the student to the profession.
Productions and Casting
During the last year the company will consist of the entire year group and will perform in 8 public productions in the school and other professional theatres, nationally and internationally on TV project, and in audition showcase regularly attended by agents, theatre and casting directors. Occasionally the company will be split and sometimes the company will stay in one piece. The students will work with five directors some will be staff directors while some can be visitors. During the year the student will be playing a wide range of roles. The choice of play will determine on what the groups qualities are, the genres include: a major classical play, a musical, contemporary plays, translations and adaptations. The students will play in a public performance where their progress is monitored by senior staff.
This conservatoire emphasize on the importance of working with people that the student doesn’t know, they study a range of genres and focus on the students skills at the same time.
The student has to apply online and are not made through UCAS. To apply for an audition it costs £64 and must be paid through the application deadline and are non-refundable. The auditions are held in London but lo Newcastle and Bristol. The auditions are in three stages the first round, second round and last round which is a recall audition. The student must prepare 3 contrasting dramatic monologues:
- One must be in verse (blank or rhymed) from a play by Shakespeare or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright (for example, Jonson, Marlowe, Webster);
- One from a modern play written after 1956;
- One should be a contrasting monologue from a 20th or 21st century play
The student may also be asked to sing a song if their own choice and must avoid contemporary pop songs.
The website Top Universities say about Guilhall, “The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. The School is a global leader of creative and professional practice and promotes innovation.” A student says, “You’re in an environment where you’re getting to see really good work, so you’re more confident when you go out in to the industry” Leah Muller MA Training Actors (Movement).
This school would help me in my future as you are monitored on how you work with others and alone which is what the industry look in actors.
Guildhall School of Music and Acting, Guildhall School of Music and Acting \ BA Honors in Acting, [Online], Available at: http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/acting/programmes/ba_honours_in_acting/
Top Universities, Guildhall School of Music and Drama \ Top Universities, [Online], Available at: https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/guildhall-school-music-drama
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Three main disciplines are explore during the first year:
During classes and rehearsals the student will:
- Be introduced to the Stanislavsky theory and practice.
- Investigate character, narrative, relationships and actions.
- Be introduced to Shakespeare through practical classes.
- Have the opportunity to share your work with staff and students in studio presentations.
- Undertake additional classes in radio and screen technique.
In voice classes the student will:
- Develop technical skills in voice through practical application to spoken text and song.
- Work on accents, dialects and phonetics.
- Be introduced to basic anatomy and physiology.
In movement class the student will:
- be introduced to a range of movement techniques: Lecoq, ballet, contemporary dance and acrobatics.
- Develop strength, agility, co-ordination, balance and alignment.
The student in assessed through these classes and how they perform in the end production. The student will also learn about theatre history and reflective practice.
The second year begins advanced training and techniques that the student needs. The student will continue to look at acting, voice and movement in three principle areas: Classical Text (Shakespeare), New Work and Acting for Radio and Screen. The student is also introduced to the industry in Professional Practice.
- Classical Text (Shakespeare)
The student will:
- Devise practical workshops on Shakespeare for schools.
- Take Shakespeare workshops into schools.
- Rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play to a public audience.
- New Work
The student will:
- Explore aspects of European/international theatre practice through workshops with international practitioners.
- Explore New Writing work with established writers and directors.
- Be given with opportunity to form small companies to explore new and devised work in the New Work festival On the Verge at the Arches theatre, as actors, writers and directors.
- Acting for Radio and Screen
Workshops will be given to develop the students techniques in radio and screen acting.
- Professional Practice
The students will be introduced to the industry, the student must take opportunities that come their way and work in professional productions outside of the conservatoire. The student is assessed through the performances.
The final year is for the student to start their career, the student will have to apply what they have learnt over the two years into shows.
In the final year the student will:
- Work on stage and studio productions, both classical and contemporary.
- Perform in a Christmas show.
- Participate in radio and screen projects.
- Perform in a BA Acting Showcase in Glasgow and London to potential employers, casting directors, agents, managers and producers.
Students also can chose modules from other disciplines and work in group projects.
This course makes sure that the actor has all the skills and more to act, they teach movement and dance and also voice and singing, the student is more than prepared for the industry with more than enough skills.
The student must of passed 2 of their A Levels and their entrance is based on their talent, potential and ability and will consider how much experience the student has had in acting. To apply the student will apply through UCAS and they will have to pay £24 (this isn’t the audition fee). The student must of prepared a Shakespeare monologue and a contemporary monologue. The audition fee is £55. The tuition fees for this school is £9,250 and students from the UK are eligible foe the same loans as their home country. To live in Glasgow the student will need between £8500 and £10000 per year to rent and live there.
The website The Complete University Guide says about the conservatoire, “The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, offering specialised and intensive teaching in dance, drama, music, production and screen as well as encouraging trans-disciplinary learning across our innovative curriculum. The Conservatoire is proud to partner all of the national artistic companies. Students regularly have the opportunity to work with and learn from professional partners, international visiting artists, as well as expert teaching staff.”
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, BA Acting Degree Course \ Undergraduate Introduction, [Online], Available at: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/ba-acting/#why_choose_us
Complete University Guide, Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland – Complete University Guide, [Online], Available at: https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/royal-conservatoire-of-scotland/
- Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds run a Young Associates program that specifically for people over 18 who wish to go into a career of performing arts. The position gives a chance to work at the Theatre Royal over a year which will allow you to explore your own imagination, and have teaching and guidance about the industry. To get involved with the apprenticeship you must contact David Whitney through either his email of number which is given on the website.
This apprenticeship is very close to home which is why I would go for this, also this gives a first hand experience in the industry which is essential because you can learn on the job.
Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Youth- Theatre Royal, [Online] Available at: https://www.theatreroyal.org/get-involved/youth-theatre-and-young-associates/
- Cruise Ships
I researched a few cruise ship jobs that accepted people who are under the age of 21 as this is the required age. These are the two that seem most likely.
Actor/ Entertainment Host-
The job is advertised by a studio called Peel Talent. For the job an acting background is looked for but isn’t necessary. The candidate will need to be able to improvise comfortably and to maintain an audiences attention. As a host they have to coordinate and deliver a range of activities, performances and other forms of entertainment in both daytime and evening programs.
A host will:
- Have the opportunity to present talks and demonstrations based on a specific skill you have, or a subject you enjoy
- Socialise with our fantastic guests, ensuring each and every one of them has the best holiday possible!
- Execute rehearsed ‘pop-up’ drama performances that will take place across the ship , such as ‘Murder Mysteries’
- Host mini-musical shows to take place in some of the smaller onboard venues
- Perform dramatic roles in some of our main theatre production shows
- Present and deliver our fabulous Children’s interactive show
- Establish and maintain a key role in our ‘Theatre at Sea’ drama programme
- Take an active role in presenting and assisting with daytime activities such as games, quizzes, demonstrations and gameshows
- Assist in other duties including embarkation and debarkation duties, and passenger safety drills
- To overall assist and deliver a high standard of entertainment ship wide
Accommodation and meals are provided once on board. To apply the candidate will have to email their CV and Cover Letter to a link on the website or call on the number on the website.
The salary for this position is not specified.
Auditions are held at Danceworks Studios in London which is run by Peel Talent Team.
All Cruise Jobs, Cruise Ship Jobs- Actor/Entertainment Host, [Online], Availible at: https://www.allcruisejobs.com/i21140/actor-entertainment-hosts/
The job is given by a company called Royal Caribbean International. The candidate must be confident with a microphone and must be comfortable performing to an audience that ranges between 1 to 1000. Staff will be expected to host game shows, trivia games, guest contests, pool games and more.
The required skills needed for this job are:
- 1 year emcee or professional entertainment experience in the entertainment or recreation industry required
- Must have microphone experience
- Ability to contribute a special talent or skill to an entertainment team
- Completion of high school or basic education equivalency
- Opportunity for advancement to Activities Manager and Cruise Director
To apply you need to fill out an application form online this does not tell you the salary.
I would choose this option as I would be doing a range of activities and will be gaining experience of captivating different sized audiences from very small to extremely large.
Royal Caribbean Productions, Careers| Royal Caribbean Productions, [Online] Available at: http://www.royalcaribbeanproductions.com/careers
- Hotels/ Theme Parks
I looked at a couple of options here.
The website didn’t give much information apart from if you needed extra information you needed to email them (email is given on the page) but they say they offer a range of technical roles, Redcoats and performer roles.
This would be a good form of work as it will not only improve my skills as a performer but also as a hostess, I can imagine I will be asked to participate in a variety of different shows for all ages which gives me plenty of experience for future employees.
Butlins, Get to Know Us \ Butlins Auditions \ Butlins, [Online] Available at: https://www.butlins.com/get-to-know-us/auditions.aspx
For the role the candidate will have to audition which is like a drama school audition. There will be a casting director, the kind of audition the candidate has can vary to being with only a few people to having lots. The candidate must prepare a one minuet monologue that is comedic, they also may be asked to learn other pieces and participate in improvised scenes. The candidate is often put in theme parks, resorts and cruise ships.
This would be a great experience as I would be working with a range of ages and different people, not only would I be acting I may also fill in as a role model and be improvising in character.
Disney Auditions, Audition Experiance \ Disney Auditions, [Online] Available at: https://disneyauditions.com/audition-experience/
Acting in your local area
- Spinning Wheel
Spinning wheel is a theatre company is a theatre company based in Bury St Edmunds and do acting workshops for people aged between 15-25. The members have opportunities to produce, fundriase, market, design, project, manage and perform in their own productions, the Spinning Wheel team will guide the members through these projects.
The team meet at Bury weekly and it costs £40 per term to go.
Spinning wheel creates a realistic experience working in theatre. I would like this experience as I can work as if I was in the industry and learn how to promote shows.
Spinning Wheel Theatre, Youth TakeOver, [Online], Available at: http://spinningwheeltheatre.com/youth-takeover.html
Gecko is a theatre company based in Suffolk that host professional development workshops that are led by experienced members of the company who plan and perform in the shows. Gecko run workshops all year and to apply there are links to the mailing list and to their social media.Workshops cost £300, any further information can be found on the website.
Going into a company gives me the opportunity to work with people of all ages and will give me an idea of what the industry will be like, it will give the the opportunity to discover how I work and get into character while working in teh industry.
Gecko Theatre Company, Education & Outreach, [Online] Available At: http://geckotheatre.com/performer-development/#workshops
- National Youth Theatre
National Youth Theatre is has been a theatre company for over 60 years. They showcase performers and technicians skills from Great Britain to Northern Island. In January 2018 there are auditions are open for ages between 14-25.
It costs £7 per audition. In order to audition the candidate will take part in a 3 hour workshop which is lead by the director, bring a 2-3 minute speech of their choice and to take part in a short interview about themselves.
This option is my favorite because they travel through England which gives me the opportunity to meet people in the industry and to start advertising.
National Youth Theatre, Auditions and Backstage Interviews \ National Youth Theatre, [Online], Available At: http://www.nyt.org.uk/auditions
|School||Basic Module Points||Fees and Funding||Reasons for Choice|
|East 15||Year 1: Naturalism, human behavoir, introduction to voice, inroduction to movement, introduction to music and singing.
Year 2: Naturalism text, projects and rehearsals, voice, movement and dance, expanding the student’s vocal range and doing small musical pieces.
Year 3: Looking at the industry, building CVs, voice study, movement, performing songs in shows.
|Audition Fee: £55
Tuition Fee: £9,250 with a £300 deposit.
|I chose this school because it links the different methods with practical work so the student can find a method that they are comfortable with. They offer a range of classes for skills that are necessary for an actor to acquire.|
|Mountview||Year 1 & 2: Variety of skills learnt, contemporary writing, Shakespeare, European and American drama will also be studied.
Year 3: Public performances, introduced to industry figures, working in musicals, preparing CVs and preparing for interviews.
|Tuition fee: £12650 per year||Mountview offer classes such as animal movement, clown work, radio reading and stage combat to make sure the student has plenty of experience for the industry, they also look at different types of writing from different periods and different areas of the world.|
|International School of Screen Acting||Year 1: Developing vocal and physical skills, skills for camera and film projects.
Year 2: Learning about the industry, mock auditions, meeting agents and casting directors along with producers.
|Audition fee: £40
Tuition fee: £9000 per year with a £600 deposit.
|As I have said I have an interest for screen acting and this school specifies in screen acting. The school encourages the students to use their imaginations and offer a range of classes needed for screen acting.|
|Arts Educational||Year 1: Vocal and physical skills, craft for TV and film and working on the main projects.
Year 2: Screen acting, classic American, multi camera comedy, contemporary theatre and Shakespeare.
Year 3: Public theatre productions, how to survive in the industry, presenting CVs and showreels.
|Audition fee: £45
Tuition fee: £14,120 per year with a £350 deposit.
|A balance for theatre and film is why I chose this school as I have an interest for acting for screen. The course gives the opportunity to look at famous work from actors and gets the student familiar with the industry.
|Guildford||Year 1: The student will look at Stanislavski’s system, explore the relationship between you and the character, keeping a healthy body, voice and singing.
Year 2: Looking at contemporary work, surviving in the industry, documenting their progress, poetry and accents.
Year 3: Rehearsing for a showcase, directors will visit, preparing you for the industry, use of radio and mic, audition practice and looking at the industry environment.
|Audition fee: £45
Tuition fee: £9250 per year
|I like this course because the students start getting introduced to the industry and public performances during their second year. The course is mainly independent which I like because it gives the student the opportunity to keep themselves organised and to understand what they need to do to keep their skills sharp.|
|Italia Conti||Year 1: Stanislavski’s system, devising a project using world stories, looking at Chekhov, looking at Shakespeare’s work and keeping a reflective journal.
Year 2: Looking at Commedia dell’ Arte comedy, farce or musical theatre, contemporary world theatre and the Jacobean tragedy.
Year 3: Live performances, showcasing to agents, preparing showreels, making portfolios, CVs and having ,mock interviews will be given.
|Audition fee: £45
Tuition fee: £9000 per term
|The students study a range of methods form different actors which I like the idea of but the course isn’t quite as independent as I would like it to be until the very last year of the course.|
|Conservatoire||Basic Module Points||Fees and Funding||Reasons for Choice|
|Royal Conservatoire of Scotland||Year 1: Introduced to Stanislavsky’s theory, look at character, narrative, relationships and actions, look at Shakespeare, have classes in radio and screen technique, work on accents, dialects and phonetics, be introduced to basic anatomy and physiology, introduced to lecoq, ballet, contemporary dance and acrobatics, to develop strength, agility, co-ordination, balance and alignment and learn about theatre history.
Year 2: Make a workshop on Shakespeare for schools, take the workshop to schools, rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play to a public audience and look at European/International theatre practice, explore new writing work, look at small companies.
Year 3: Working on stage, performing in a Christmas show, participate in radio and screen projects and to perform in a showcase in Glasgow.
|Audition fee: £55
Tuition fee: £9250 per year
|This course makes sure that the actor has all the skills and more to act, they teach movement and dance and also voice and singing, the student is more than prepared for the industry with more than enough skills.|
|Guildhall School of Music and Drama||Year 1 & 2: The student will look at stagecraft, improvisation, games and storytelling, mime, circus, physical theatre, cover voice and speech classes, poetry and prose, singing, phonetics, dialects, pure movement, movement improvisation, including animal studies and mask work, period dance and 20th- century dance, show dance, acrobatics, stage combat and look at different plays and theatre forms representative of the major periods of Western theatre and world drama.
Year 3: Performing for potential employers, rehearsing, 5 solo performances and will have performed in 8 public productions.
|Audition fee: £64
|This conservatoire emphasize on the importance of working with people that the student doesn’t know, they study a range of genres and focus on the students skills at the same time.|