Career Launch

"The college has very good connections with a wide range of industry professionals. It uses these to give students good exposure and plentiful opportunities to be seen." Ofsted

We believe that successfully launching each of our students into their career is one of main responsibilities. We want your accomplishments and talent fully recognised within the industry.
We have a track record of success in this area.

Our graduates are very successful at finding employment, with an average of 80% working in the industry within the first six months of graduating and 87% after 2 years. Many go on to attain notable and, in some cases, outstanding success. 

A glance at our alumni pages will show that many of our students have had outstanding successes in film, TV and theatre, and include BAFTA, EMMY and OSCAR winners in their ranks.

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Meet The Professionals

Throughout the courses students have opportunities to meet talent agents, directors and casting directors for seminars, Q&As, mock auditions and early evening talks. This also includes representatives from Casting Call Pro and Spotlight.

Work Week

In the final term of the courses we hold a week of workshops, talks and advice sessions with people making their living in the industry. These include casting directors, producers in the commercial, fringe and corporate worlds, agents, alumni, accountants, Equity and Spotlight.

"The college has very good connections with a wide range of industry professionals. It uses these to give students good exposure and plentiful opportunities to be seen." Ofsted report

West End Showcase

Each year we hire a major London venue to showcase the talent within each graduating group. By this stage in the programmes casting is aimed to show each student's ability and talent in the best light. Short scenes are rehearsed especially for this event.

We invite industry professionals and encourage them to follow any students they might be interested in as they go on to perform in the Ensemble and final Graduation Productions. After the performance the cast get the opportunity to meet the professional audience.

Ensemble Productions

For the penultimate block of performances we combine the final term students from all course and mount a series of one hour Ensemble plays based on texts from many ages and cultures.

It is important for our graduates to be able to work quickly and accurately with a number of colleagues and to be seen working in this group environment. We employ professional directors and hire a central London venue for up to three performances a day.

Family and friends are invited as well as members of the industry.

Graduation Productions

Before and after the Ensemble productions you will perform in two full length, fully staged Graduation Productions in central London venues. Everyone is cast in a way which shows their talent and range. They are seen as the culmination of all the hard work the students have done. The productions have full marketing support and are the final showcase to the profession. 
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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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