The Three Year BA Honours Degree in Professional Acting is designed for those who have no tertiary education history.
We want our actors to go into the profession confident that they can hold their own in any of the main areas of the business, from classical plays and modern classics to animation films and musicals. To this end we develop their voices and their speech, their bodies and their movement, their creativity and their knowledge of the approaches and techniques of acting.
During the first year of the course Students are trained in Voice, Dialect, Vocal Exploration, Interpretation of Text; Movement, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Period Dance, Musical Theatre, Stage Combat, Acting Technique, Text Study, Singing, Improvisation, Audition Practice, Radio Drama and Microphone Technique, Television and Camera Technique.
A typical day will start at 8.45 am with a physical and vocal limber, move on to three basics classes in the morning, say Voice, Movement and Acting, and continue in the afternoon with developmental classes, perhaps work on rehearsing scenes from a play (Text Interpretation) or Vocal Exploration, Stage Combat or Improvisation.
Text Interpretation exercises consist typically of selected scenes from plays of a given historical period (Elizabethan, Restoration, 19th century, Modern, etc.). These are rehearsed for about eight hours per week over a period of five weeks and then shown to an audience of staff.
The second year is developed around three touring shows - a nativity play for primary schools, an edited Shakespeare which plays to junior and lower secondary schools and a tour of the West Country playing to mainly adult audiences.
This year is also used to further develop acting-to-camera and microphone skills.
The final year consists mainly of production work. Each actor is cast in one, main-house production per term and their work for this will be balanced by the preparation of showreels and voice-reels for their launch and, wherever possible, by continuing class work.
During the year the actors are interviewed/auditioned by upwards of eighteen top agents and casting directors who give notes on their work and advice on their futures. In May, they all take part in a showcase performance of audition material at the Criterion Theatre in the West End.
It is our aim that, at the end of the course, each actor should have achieved representation by an agency of integrity and reputation to enable them to launch themselves confidently into the profession.
Please note: Applications have now closed!