Three Year Acting Course
  • Three Year Course

    Three Year Course

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“Students show real strength for the stage and screen. Poise, passion and great presentation”

Anne McNulty, Casting Director, Michael Grandage Company

This is a demanding course based on the traditional values of classical acting adapted to suit the needs of contemporary media. It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become a dynamic and courageous actor. So this means, for example, that the assessments you will undertake throughout the course are structured like auditions, rather than like tests, in order to give you experience of working to the highest possible standard in a high stakes situation.

The training is very much student-centred giving time for individual attention.

To audition you must be eighteen or over when the course begins and have thought carefully about pursuing professional acting training. Whilst academic achievement is not a prerequisite for entry, a degree of intellectual and emotional curiosity is important.


Available Funding

Public funding is available for this course. Find out details of the different funding options and fees.

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Course Content

First Year

First Year

Technical classes in acting, voice, movement, applied movement and characterisation, music, film and stage combat. The year ends with an internal production performed to tutors and students.

Second Year

Technical classes continue with the addition of radio, acting through song, devising and sightreading. Internal performances of a C19th realism play, a Restoration play and recording of a radio production. Public performances of a rehearsed reading, a Schools’ Tour and an outdoor Shakespeare production.

Third Year Film work 2019

Third Year Film work 2018

second year Shakespeare film project 2018

Third Year

Technical classes continue with additional focus on sightreading, audition technique, workshops and masterclasses and professional development. This year includes public performances at Soho Theatre and another a professional theatre in London, such as the Royal Court, Fortune Theatre or Trafalgar Studios. There is also the Showcase to an invited audience of casting directors and agents at Soho Theatre in London, the recording of a short film on location with a professional crew and the recording of an audio showreel at a professional studio. The Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Globe Theatre, BBC’s Carleton Hobbs radio competition and the Spotlight Prize take place in this year.

London Season

Moving to London for the final term of the course means you will be where most employment opportunities for actors start. Rehearsals for public productions, masterclasses, individual auditions and special projects are organised to help you grasp the exciting possibilities on offer. In 2017-18 students had a showcase at Soho Theatre, performed Nina Raine’s Tiger Country at the Fortune Theatre, filmed specially commissioned scenes and worked on a production of a new play by Danusia Samal at Soho Theatre. In addition they worked on projects with outstanding industry professionals such as theatre directors Marieke Audsley, Alice Hamilton and Jonathan Humphries.

Directors who have recently worked with students in their final year include:

  • Tommo Fowler
  • Abigail Graham
  • Alice Malin, Associate Director, ATC
  • Lisa Spirling, Artistic Director, Theatre503
  • Blythe Stewart

Writers who have been commissioned to write for students in their final year include:

  • Luke Barnes
  • Joel Horwood
  • Vicky Jones
  • Gbolahan Obisesan
  • Patrick Marber
  • Penelope Skinner
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Tom Wells


This course is validated by Trinity College London as degree equivalent, Level 6 in the Government’s National Qualification Framework. Equity membership is awarded to all students who complete this course.