Start Date: 13 September 2021
End Date: 31 July 2022
Duration: 40 weeks
Hours Per Week: 30
Digital Audition Fee: £30.00 non-refundable, payable on application
Course Fee: £9250 (plus £2750 for the costs of your professional launch in Term 3)*
Certificate of Study: Vocational Diploma in Professional Acting (non academic)
*These fees are for 2020 entry. All course fees are subject to increases in line with government guidelines.
Our 1 Year Diploma in Professional Acting started back in 1966 as a radical, new and vocational approach to drama training. The training is vocational and practical, is full-time and runs over 42 weeks.
During the course we aim to take students through the three stages of learning:
1. Awareness: of yourself and the needs of the profession.
2. Skills: learning techniques which are relevant to you and for your career.
3. Application: using this awareness and these skills in performance and employment.
You can attend an Open Day to find out more about this course and what training at DSL is really like.
Our full-time courses are vocational and practical and upon graduating you will receive a recognised diploma in Professional Acting. We will guide you through Spotlight and Equity membership and provide an industry career launch to present you to professional agents and casting directors.
Who is it the course for?
• Applicants who have some acting experience either at University or elsewhere
• Those who have the energy and resources to work flat out for 40 weeks
• Actors who have considerable talent, no matter how raw, mixed with a passion, an enthusiasm, a sense of fun and a commitment to hard work.
• Applicants aged 21 years and above. We also welcome more mature students.
In light of restrictions due to the coronavirus, all of the following is subect to change. For more information on what that might include please see our Course Structure page.
We teach in groups of approximately 12-14 to ensure a balance of group and individual work. Classes are interactive and practical. These are vocational, not academic courses. 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.
You can expect to perform in two to four productions each term. As the courses progress the productions become longer with an increase in production values. During the course, you will perform in a variety of European and American dramatic styles. In the graduation projects, you will perform in full-length plays with technical support. All of our directors are working professionals offering an invaluable gateway into the profession.
The course begins with Scene Studies from modern plays before moving onto longer in-house productions including Naturalism, Comedy of Manners, Pantomime and Shakespeare before the final full-scale graduation projects. Other styles of production may include Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Ensemble and Devised Work.
Heads of Department along with outgoing and incoming directors meet after every project to review every student's development. Casting for the upcoming projects are decided, based upon needs and development. Our strong tutorial system supports this process, providing both educational support and pastoral care to each student.
Film & TV
Core acting classes for screen and TV stretch throughout the year. You will learn the fundamental skills of screen acting including continuity and hitting marks, the different ways in which films and TV are shot and work with current directors on screen acting in scenes from different genres. You will receive training in self-taping and in the final term you will film scenes with professional directors and film crew. You can see work from previous years students here.
Audio takes place across the three terms. The aim is to provide the students with the widest possible experience of audio technique, with work on the various approaches to recording radio drama; audiobooks; animation; commercial voice overs; poems and documentaries; and to equip them with the practical knowledge and ability to exploit this growing area of employment in their future careers. Traditionally in their final term each student records two contrasting monologues to demonstrate their vocal versatility and microphone technique. You can listen to previous sound clips here.
Preparing for Work
Working professionals regularly visit the DSL to share their knowledge and to answer your questions. More industry-oriented classes are added as the year goes on. You will look at auditioning skills, letter writing, CVs and photographs. These continual Professional Preparation sessions will introduce you to agents, casting directors, TV directors, professional employers and others.
Festivals & Competitions
DSL students are eligible to represent Drama Studio London in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Competition, Spotlight Showcase and Royal Shakespeare Company Workshops. Find Out More
The Graduation Season
Presentation to the profession traditionally begins with a graduates' showcase in a Central London venue. The course culminates in a number of Industry Launch projects designed to present you to agents, casting directors and other industry professionals. Find Out More
Drama Studio London has a high graduate employment rate. The nature of our courses means that our graduates are versatile and able to perform on stage and screen alike. Many of our graduates have gone on to have steady careers right across the industry from stage and screen to writing and directing. Of our 2020 graduating classes 64% are signed with an agent, less than 6 months after graduating..