ENTRY 2020 is now open
Start Date: Monday 19 October 2020
End Date: Saturday 23 July 2022 (TBC)
Course Duration: 64 Weeks
Hours Per Week: 30
Audition Fee: £47.50
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.
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
Who is the course for?
• 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.
With standard working days and only occasional weekend or evening work, the course allows you to maintain a part-time evening or weekend job. Also, the 2 1/2 month Summer holiday allows you to work to build up funds for the second year. This is an advantage for people on limited budgets. However, you must bear in mind that the work required for the course will demand independent home study and research time outside of the scheduled timetable.
How to Study
Especially in the first term, there are more opportunities to look at how to study effectively. You will find out about coping with and managing the demands of the course, changing old learning patterns and building confidence. You will also discover why there are no right answers.
The two-year course is designed to turn you into a working actor, taking you into professional life with the full complement of skills and knowledge you will need. You only train once – it has to be right for the real world of acting; it has to be right for you.
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.
There are between two and four productions each term. As the courses progress the productions become longer with an increase in production values. During the course students will perform in a variety of European and American Dramatic styles. In the graduation productions the students 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 of Chekhov, Restoration, Pantomime and Shakespeare before the final full-scale graduation productions.
Our courses also include projects on Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Ensemble and Devised Work, and Commedia del'Arte.
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 the previous year's film clips here.
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. You can listen to the previous year's voice clips here.
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.
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. Find Out More
The Graduation Season
Presentation to the profession begins with the graduates' showcase in the Summer term. This progressing to Ensemble performances and final Graduation Productions in a central London theatre. Agents, casting directors and other industry professionals are invited to attend. 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.
75% of our students who graduated in July 2017 have already secured representation.
2 Year Diploma in Professional Acting
Despite my age, which in retrospect works in my favour, training at DSL has been one of the best life choices I have made. For that I will be forever grateful.