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2 Year Diploma: Course Structure

Year One

Technique - Term 1 (Winter Term)

The Technique Term concentrates on the technical needs of individual students, using different approaches to identify problems and start correcting them. Most of the work takes place in the classroom environment. Reflective and diagnostic processes are introduced alongside the improvised and rehearsed. Classes last different times depending on the material. There is a mixture of whole group and individual activities.

Scene Study 1: Two or three-handed scenes from modern texts are used to APPLY basic acting techniques in rehearsal, culminating in a performance directed by your Course Tutor.

The Process in Rehearsal - Term 2 (Spring Term)

This term deepens the students understanding of specific acting methods in class and in application to a scene study performance. As the starting point to actor training, Stanislavski's system and related methods are used to explore the actor's vocabulary within the working process. 

Scene Study 2: Building on Scene Study 1 and working with a different Director, in a different group. The scene may have a more complicated atmosphere, relationships or style of writing.

Language - Term 3 (Summer Term)

The term starts with a Chekhov scene study followed by a workshop based on Shakespeare's First Folio and the performance clues he wrote for his actors within his extraordinary use of language and verse. The term then continues to explore his texts in scene studies, initially with minimal production values.

Scene Study 3: Chekhov
Scene Study 4:
Short Scenes from Shakespeare's plays. A one-week intensive rehearsal period, working on very short scenes, in which the student can become comfortable with adjusting their acquired acting skills to the language, verse and style of Shakespeare. Please note that beginning your training with a regional/national dialect is a not a barrier to classical training.
Scene Study 5: Students rehearse an abridged version of one of Shakespeare's Histories/Tragedies, with an emphasis on speaking the verse.
Scene Study 6: Completing the first year is a devised piece at an appropriate central London venue to an invited audience of friends and family.

Year Two

Commedia - Term 4 (Winter Term)

Scene Study 7: The term begins with a "Clown & Mask" project and performance, exploring the physical, vocal and emotional demands of working with masks.
Scene Study 8: Scenes from Shakespeare's comedies and Late Romances.
Scene Study 9: Pantomime. You will rehearse a specially written pantomime in a week and then perform it in local schools.

Ensemble - Term 5 (Spring Term)

In preparation for the next text block, there is then a comedy workshop based on Restoration plays and incorporating the Commedia dell´Arte.

Scene Study 10: Restoration. You will work on texts from the late 17th century. Style, wit and language set within the context of gossip and intrigue.
Scene Study 11: Plays from the late 19th and early 20th-century cannon, including works by Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward and George Bernard Shaw. From this point on you will have an opportunity to explore whole plays. Groups may not be exactly the same size. Parts may be shared or a student may take several roles as appropriate

The Finale - Term 6 (Summer Term)

Graduate Showcase: The graduates´ showcase takes place in a West End theatre early in term 6. Agents, casting directors and other industry professionals are invited to attend. The training then culminates in two projects to which members of the profession are invited. Firstly, short Ensemble 'Open Space' plays and secondly, fully staged graduation productions. Both projects are presented in appropriate Central London venues. Find Out More 

*NB: Course details and structure are subject to change if necessary.

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Classes

Teaching includes the following classes. Click here to see our teaching staff.

Acting Classes

• Impulse • Emotional dynamics • Character • Improvisation • Drama based training • Classical text • Class scenes work • Stagecraft • Storytelling • Sightreading • Approach to text • Text into performance •

Movement Classes

• Movement • Dance • Combat • Laban • Period movement • Physical theatre • Yoga • Mask • Mime • Clowning

Voice Classes

• Voice production • Speech • Singing • Accents • Phonetics • Public speaking

Media Classes

• Screen acting (TV & Film) • Commercials • Microphone technique • Voice overs • Corporate work

Education Classes

• Auditions • Special education needs • Theatre history • Work Week