3 Year BA Hons in Professional Acting

In October 2016 we began an exciting new chapter in DSL’s history. In conjunction with De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester we offer a full time three year BA (Hons) degree course in Professional Acting for you to become a trained, qualified actor.

Taking all the successful elements of the vocational programmes run by DSL and adding the experience and opportunities offered by DMU this course will give every student a rock solid foundation for a successful career as an actor.

This course is designed for students who have the talent, passion and commitment to become a professional actor but would also like to gain a BA (Hons) acting degree. Those who already have a degree might prefer to consider our one or two year vocational courses.

Who is it the course for?
• Students wanting a degree alongside a professional actor's training.
• Undergraduates perhaps younger or less experienced than those applying for our 1 or 2 year courses.
• Students requiring a gentler pace, longer learning breaks or more work to reach professional standard.
• Non UK students eager for a British degree and a British actor training.

Course Details
• Applications via UCAS
• Course Code: W410
• Institution Code: D26
• Campus Code: D
• Institution Code Name: DEM
• Short Form of Course: Prof Act
• Study Mode: Full Time
• Attendance: Study on Site

  • Course Overview
  • Course Structure
  • Tutorial System

The course is 90% vocational which broadly consists of 50% classes across all disciplines (Acting, Voice, Movement, Media, Preparation for the Profession) and 50% scene studies and productions. 10% will consist of written project work in journals, essays, blogs and recordings.

During the first two years training in core skills provide a solid foundation from which to work from and in the final year there are multiple productions and several opportunities to perform in front of the profession. 

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Our BA degree course is validated and awarded by De Montfort University, so you can be sure you'll be getting quality training with an academic stamp. 

CDET transparent pngfos logo positive cmykDrama Studio London is also ACCREDITED by the CDET, a governing body that accredits only the top drama schools in the country (this awards us industry recognition of achievement), and is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.

Upon graduating you'll receive Spotlight and Equity membership with a full career launch to present you to professional agents and casting directors.   


We teach in small groups to ensure a balance of group and individual work. Classes are interactive and practical. We believe in classical training with a modern focus. We do not dictate a single methodology but offer several and encourage each student to find their own process. Click on the Course Structure tab to see a term-by-term list of the taught classes.


Student productions form a vital part of your development as competent actors. As the course progresses we move from short 'bare bulb' scene studies in rehearsal blacks with no sound, to full length productions with full technical support. Prior to the graduation season and your professional career launch, all productions and scene studies are presented in house to students and faculty - all except for our Pantomimes which tour local schools for a week in December. All of our directors are working professionals offering an invaluable gateway into the profession.

Student Progress

Before and after every block of work the Directors of Studies meet with Heads of Department along with outgoing and incoming directors and review every student's development. Casting for the next block is decided upon needs and development. Our strong Tutorial System supports this process, providing both educational support and pastoral care.

Film & TV

Core acting classes for screen and TV stretch throughout the year. You work with current professional TV directors on all styles of screen acting. You also have training in commercials and TV interviews, with sight reading on camera. The final exercise will be to produce a short film which you can use professionally for casting. You can see previous year's film clips in our Media Room.

Microphone Technique

As part of the Microphone Technique course, students record two extracts of approximately one minute each which are then uploaded to their Spotlight page, allowing casting directors, radio producers and theatre and television directors to hear examples of their acting and voices on mic.  A teacher from the department assists with the selection and direction of pieces which show the student to best advantage and these are recorded in our on site studio by an experienced sound technician. 

After graduation, there is the opportunity to record a longer voice reel - for an additional cost - to which these extracts can be added. 

Preparing for Work

Industry-oriented classes are added as the year goes on. These instruct you in auditioning skills, letter writing, CVs and photographs, culminating in a Work Week where the students are seen by agents, casting directors, TV directors, professional employers and others. We train you not just how to act but also how to be an actor.

Festivals & Competitions

Students are eligible to represent Drama Studio London in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Competition, Spotlight Showcase, Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Globe Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company Workshops. 

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The Graduation Season

Presentation to the profession begins with the graduates' showcase in the Summer term. Training then culminates in three projects to which members of the profession are again invited: firstly, an in-house public, full-length production, then a short Ensemble  ‘Open Space’ play and lastly, a fully staged Graduation Production. Later projects are presented in appropriate Central London venues. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

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Download the Course Overview

Teaching is split into our 5 departments with extra classes on Professional Preparation later on in the course. The 5 teaching departments are:

  • Acting/Performance
  • Voice
  • Media
  • Movement
  • Education

Year One

Term 1 (Winter Term)

ACTING - Impulse, Historical text, character, sight reading, approach to text, stagecraft, post 1956 English drama
VOICE - Voice, speech, singing
MEDIA - Intro to screen acting, the recording studio, intro to radio drama, groups and monologue work
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, physical theatre, combat
EDUCATION - Theatre history and visits, Late 20th century political theatre, history of dance, theories of acting, health and safety, intro to written work

Term 2 (Spring Term)

ACTING- Emotional dynamics, historical texts, character, sight reading, approach to text, improvisation, stage craft, scene work on post 1956 political drama
VOICE - Voice, speech, phonetics, singing
MEDIA - Contemporary and soaps, radio in groups
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, Physical theatre , combat, show dance
EDUCATION - context and research, theatre history and visits, the angry young men, history of dance, theories of acting

Term 3 (Summer Term)

PERFORMANCE - Scene study one
ACTING- Impulse, emotional dynamics, historical texts, character, sight reading, text into performance, improvisation, stage craft, scene work on pre 1956
VOICE - Voice, character voice, speech, phonetics, singing
MEDIA - Detectives and medical, radio in groups, audio books
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, Laban, physical theatre , combat, partner dance
EDUCATION - context and research, theatre history and visits, early 20th century drama, theories of acting

Year Two

Term 4 (Winter Term)

PERFORMANCE - Scene studies two and three
ACTING- Emotional dynamics, historical texts, character, improvisation, stage craft.
VOICE - Voice, accents, speech, singing
MEDIA - Situation and sketch comedy, poetry, Radio ads, Promos.
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, Laban, physical theatre, combat, show dance
EDUCATION - Verse drama
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Sight reading for auditions.

Term 5 (Spring Term)

PERFORMANCE - Scene studies four (American) and five (heightened language)
ACTING- Impulse, character, storytelling, improvisation, stage craft.
VOICE - Voice, accents, speech, singing
MEDIA - Period drama, documentary, voice over and continuity, dubbing, lip synch, animation, corporates, English language training.
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, physical theatre, combat, flamenco
EDUCATION - Theatre history, Chekhov and Stanislavski, 20th century American theatre, technical and stage management.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Sight reading for auditions.

Term 6 (Summer Term)

PERFORMANCE - Chekhov, Shakespeare histories and tragedies, Devised.
ACTING- Emotional dynamics, storytelling, the Shakespearian text (please note that beginning your training with a regional/national dialect is a not a barrier to classical training), improvisation, stage craft.
VOICE - Voice, accents, speech, singing
MEDIA - Period drama, Shakespeare, dubbing, lip synch, animation.
MOVEMENT - Movement, yoga, animal, physical theatre, combat, period movement.
EDUCATION - Theatre history, Shakespeare workshops and tutorials, Shakespeare.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Sight reading for auditions, photos and castings

Year 3

Term 7 (Winter Term)

PERFORMANCE - Clown, Shakespeare comedies, Pantomime, Cabaret, Showcase.
VOICE - Voice, speech, rhetorical speech, singing
MEDIA - Dubbing, lip synch, animation, voice over agents and commercials
MOVEMENT - Movement, combat, creating your own choreography
EDUCATION - Theatre history, Pantomime, Entertainments.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Auditions, Interview techniques, Corporate role play, CVs and letter writing, the agents and the profession.

Term 8 (Spring Term)

PERFORMANCE - Mask, Restoration, Graduating production one.
VOICE - Voice, speech, singing
MEDIA - Film project, radio ads., showreel.
MOVEMENT - Movement, combat, dance, dance auditions for actors.
EDUCATION - Restoration workshop.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Auditions, Interview techniques, Mock auditions, singing auditions, Sight reading at auditions, commercial auditions, letter writing, arts funding, work week, spotlight.

Term 9 (Summer Term)

PERFORMANCE - Graduating production two (Ensemble), graduating production three.
VOICE - Voice, speech.
MEDIA - Film project, commercials, showreel.
MOVEMENT - Movement.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION - Auditions, Interview techniques, Mock auditions, sight reading at screen auditions, commercial auditions, the actor’s finances, spotlight.

This is one of the strongest features of Drama Studio London. Each student is assigned a personal tutor who will work with them right up to graduation.

The personal tutor has three responsibilities:
1. To support the student throughout the course and be their advocate at staff meetings.
2. To give feedback after a performance and relate the thoughts of teaching specialists.
3. To have a pastoral role.

Every student's progress is reviewed by the Artistic Director of the Three Year course, the Department Heads, the recent director and the tutor at least twice a term. Immediately after these staff meetings the tutors meet each of their group in a one to one session.

There are also regular one to one tutorial sessions with the specialist Department Heads (Voice, Movement and Media), as well as termly meetings with the Artistic Director of the Year.
Feedback is two way, honest, encouraging and frequent. There is a constant correlation between performance and class work. How a student works is as important as the end result.

Despite these numerous tutorials and coaching sessions, we never lose sight of the student's own responsibility. A strong work ethic is encouraged from the very beginning.


We are committed to creating an environment that is safe physically, emotionally and psychologically. There are always opportunities for students to discuss concerns with senior staff, as well as their tutor, and appointments can also be made with our fully qualified external student counsellor. These appointments, as well as any contact with our eating disorders help line, are kept totally confidential. Our degree course students also have access to DMU counselling services online, by telephone or face to face in Leicester.

Safeguarding is a two way responsibility. A student who has concerns regarding Safeguarding, Diversity or Equality has a responsibility to bring this up with any senior member of staff with whom they feel comfortable.

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Our BA Hons is fully validated by De Montfort University so that you get a vocational training by working professionals with an acedemic qualification to take into the industry. Students benefit from De Montfort resourses and access to the library consortium. 

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Key Facts

  • Start Date: Monday 23rd October 2017
  • End Date: End of July 2020
  • Audition Fee: £47.50
  • Qualification: BA Hons in Professional Acting
  • Accreditation: Drama UK
  • Career Launch: Showcase, Ensemble Performance, 2 Graduation Shows

Tom Vanson

1YR Professional Acting 2014

DSL was life-changing, and I write that fully aware of how horribly cliched it is, but it's true. A well-developed course, supportive staff and real professional experience have made it a delight to train here.

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