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2 Year Diploma in Professional Acting


Course Duration: 64 Weeks
Hours Per Week: 30
Audition Fee: NA (we are no longer accepting applications for this course)
Course Fee: £8,750 Per Year 
Certificate of Study: Vocational Diploma in Professional Acting (non academic) 
Academic Qualification: NQF/QCF Level 5 (for those taking the optional Trinity Diploma)


Our 2 Year Diploma in Professional Acting began in 2005. It runs for 64 weeks over six terms. It includes all the tried and trusted elements of as the one-year course, but allows us to offer a few extra components such as a fully devised production, some mask and clown work, a greater variety of teaching styles and more time devoted to developing techniques. There is also scope for longer classes and blocks of work, with more team teaching and greater flexible approaches to students' needs. The course is totally vocational and practical.

Our courses are vocational and practical and 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
3. Application: using this awareness and these skills in performance and employment.


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Drama Studio London is ACCREDITED by the CDMT, a governing body that accredits only the top drama schools in the country and is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.

Our courses are vocational and practical and upon graduating you will receive a recognised diploma in Professional Acting along with Spotlight and Equity membership and a full career launch to present you to professional agents and casting directors.

Should you wish, you can elect to take the Trinity College London Diploma in Professional Acting alongside the second year of your course with minimal extra time commitments and only a small additional fee. The Diploma is QCF/NQF Level 5, which is also equivalent to the first 2 years of a BA which you can top up later to a full BA degree. Find Out More  


Course Structure

Year One (2019-2020)

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 scene study performances. 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: Involves working with a new, 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/Ibsen scene study followed by some workshops and classes on Shakespeare. The aim is to give actors a confidence and flexibility with his language and verse.

Scene Study 3: Chekhov/Ibsen

Scene Study 4: Shakespeare Serious.
A block exploring Shakespeare's tragedies/histories. 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 of theatre performed to an invited audience of friends and family.

Year Two (2020 - 2021)

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 or Christmas show. 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: Comedy of Manners. You will work on texts from the late 17th century or on Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward. Style, wit and language set within the context of gossip and intrigue.

The Finale - Term 6 (Summer Term)

Graduate Showcase: The graduates´ showcase usually 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, a new writing/living playwrights block and secondly, fully staged graduation productions. If it is not possible to mount professional productions, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will provide all students with a show reel that will equally launch students into the profession. If this is the case, the final term will comprise preparation and filming of the show reels, audio and visual. This will include appropriate sessions in self taping and audio dubbing.

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


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1 Year Diploma in Professional Acting
The most professional and up-to-date training you can hope for, as everyone is working within the profession.

    Timothy Blore

    1 Year Diploma in Professional Acting


    The most professional and up-to-date training you can hope for, as everyone is working within the profession.

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• Actors who have considerable talent, no matter how raw, mixed with a passion, an enthusiasm, a sense of fun and a commitment to the hard work required for this intensive course.

• Those who may want to work in the evenings, weekends or during the long summer break in order to help fund their training.

• Students who have technical challenges, perhaps vocal or physical, which require an intensive two year period of development.

• Students with the attitude to maintain development over a Two Year period and who want or need a little more reflection time in their learning.

• We welcome applicants aged 19 years and above and encourage applications from more mature students for whom this course might be appropriate.


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