Acting Diploma (Level 3)

Course Dates: 14/09/19 - 27/06/20
Time: 10:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Laura Baggaley
Simon Darwen
Jayne Denny
Gary Grant
Kelly Manteli
Philippa Nelson
Deirdre Strath Clyde
Martin Wimpress
Lloyd Wylde

An exciting and rigorous one-year part-time training in the core disciplines of acting. Taught by industry professionals, this course will build your craft as an actor and is ideal for anyone intending to enter full time training at drama school. Entry is by audition, and the course is accredited by OCN London, with access to Advanced Learner Loans for the course fee. For more information contact Drama on (020) 7482 2542 or email Drama Department

Course times: Thursdays 18:15 – 21:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 17:30.

The course fee is £2225. If you’re unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. A deposit of £225 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan

For more information, please call Drama, dance and speech on 020 7492 2542.


What is the course about?

This highly practical and comprehensive course is for anyone aspiring to a career in acting. All sessions are taught by industry professionals in a range of modules that develop skills in voice, movement and character work, underpinned by a grounding in acting methodology. It provides a solid grasp of key industry expectations and also offers a route to further training or higher education. Previous students have progressed to a range of drama schools including RADA, Royal Scottish, East 15, Mountview and Drama Studio. Others have pursued careers directly within the industry.

What will we cover?

In the first two terms, classes include the study of contemporary and classical texts, voice work, textual analysis, and the exploration of the work of key acting practitioners. You will develop creatively through improvisation, actor's movement and physical theatre, screen acting and audition technique. In the final term, you will apply your skills in a public performance of a full-scale production, with professional values, in the John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit.
Studying part-time over a year, you will gain a Level 3 qualification accredited by Open College Network London
Please refer to our Acting Diploma Course Guide for further information.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Apply your practical skills confidently in a range of acting scenarios
- Progress to drama school or further vocational training
- Audition for roles in the City Lit Theatre Company.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Entry to this course is via audition at which you will need to demonstrate suitable practical skills.
Please prepare two monologues (one classical, one contemporary, i.e. written in the last twenty years) no longer than two minutes each. You may also be required to participate in a workshop involving voice, movement and acting.
At the audition and during the course you will need to communicate intention clearly, respond positively, assimilate constructive feedback, and demonstrate your interpersonal skills in collaboration with others.
Please see our drama audition advice for further information.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

All sessions are practical and skill based and you will develop from the safety and support of the ensemble company, comprising of your peers on the course. For some sessions, you will be spilt into two smaller groups, and your scene work will involve individual solo pieces, paired work, small group pieces and work within the full ensemble.
There is a significant amount of line learning and preparatory work for each class, and you will be required to support your studies with some written reflective work. You are also encouraged to read widely around the subjects and practitioners you are studying in order to underpin your practical understanding.
This course is intensive and it demands full commitment and 100% attendance. In production week (15–20 June 2020), you will be required to attend every evening. Call time will be 18:00 Monday to Friday and all day Saturday.
Some work will be filmed as part of the assessment, verification and moderation processes. Please note that filming/recording of you is essential to the course, and recordings will be shared with OCN. Your personal data will be used in accordance with our privacy policy, and recordings will be held by the college for verification purposes. By enrolling on the course, you acknowledge that you understand this, and that you cannot withdraw consent to being recorded.
You may be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course fee is £2,225 (includes examination fee) and a deposit of £225 is required within two weeks of successful audition to secure your place.
You may be eligible to apply for financial support towards travel, books etc.
Course fees can be paid upfront or by instalments (£500 instalments, due on 16 Sep, 29 Nov, 31 Jan and 3 April).
The course is eligible for Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE). Information about the loan scheme is available financial support.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Progress to further study at drama school, and/or embark on a career in the industry.
Continue training at City Lit on a bespoke range of courses designed to complement and enhance the skills developed on the Diploma, including City Lit Theatre Company.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This course was a wonderful grounding in a wide variety of disciplines, the tutors are committed enthusiastic, professional and work really hard to provide real content and the opportunity for the students to progress in six week sessions. With their support I feel I have taken great steps forward and am in a strong position to move onward to learn more.
It is a challenge, I spent most of my free time learning lines, practicing techniques or doing the research and written work required. I did not realize what I was taking on but it was possible to do even with a demanding full time job.
I am coming out the other end with a good understanding of the strength of purpose and work that will be needed to build an acting career.
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Review by none / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
The course at City Lit is vigorous, creative and thought provoking. The course itself has allowed me to improve my levels of communication, overall confidence within an ensemble, public speaking skills and most importantly widen my range of instruments as a budding actor, especially in-relation to body, voice, imagination and concentration.
Many of the drama tutors were professional practitioners, which really helped to make every class relaxed, providing the opportunity to make friends and learn new skills.
This course is a perfect stepping-stone for any actor wishing to apply for Drama School. Teaching you the basic foundations that are paramount and shouldn't be overlooked. As a result I was fortunate enough to be awarded 4 offers from top UK accredited Drama schools."
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Review by Aa / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
This is a challenging and highly engaging course delivered with energy by both experienced and inspiring tutors. I have learnt so much about myself, and the demands, discipline and skills required in developing as an actor.

I feel it has given me the confidence to take the next steps into further professional training. Although rigorous, it has also been enormous fun.

As a mature student I felt totally included and I have l really enjoyed the experience of developing and working in a delightful ensemble of fellow students.
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Review by MaryT / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
The course was very well structured and provided a fast but well-paced introduction to a whole variety of areas of the dramatic arts, which I found very useful as someone with no qualification in drama or theatre studies.

A clear order to the teaching units was evident, beginning with foundation acting methodologies and progressing towards more specific and advanced areas of stage and screen acting. While the course is designed to prepare you academically for HE the core vocational skills such as voice, acting and movement are very much core, which allowed me to push myself in these areas throughout the year in addition to the academic learning.

The tutors were all extremely committed and knowledgeable. It was a safe and enjoyable environment in which to experiment and push myself to try new things. The course is rigorous and fun. I have formed new friendships and feel I have developed significantly. I feel well-prepared for higher education both from an academic and vocational point of view.
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Review by JP / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
I have just completed this course and i can honestly say it has truly been a very enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue Acting.

The learning environment is really open and supportive, and this is mainly thanks to the brilliant teaching staff who I feel really encouraged and supported me throughout the year, always pushing me to do better.

Overall, I've taken away so many positive experiences this year that have increased my passion and have allowed me to develop my confidence and skill as an actress.

I intend to continue pursuing more acting training at City Lit as a result.
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Review by Jessica / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
I can honestly say it has truly been a very enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue Acting.

We got to cover a whole range of modules such as Stanislavski, Shakespeare, physical theatre, musical theatre, screen acting and more, and this provided me with a set of skills which I can now draw from when building characters and scenes which is great. The academic aspect also helped in furthering my learning: I gained greater knowledge and more understanding of the subject which in turn helped with my acting. The learning environment is really open and supportive, and this is mainly thanks to the brilliant teaching staff who I feel really encouraged and supported me throughout the year, always pushing me to do better. Overall, I've taken away so many positive experiences this year that have increased my enthusiasm and have allowed me to develop my confidence and skill as an actress, and I now intend to continue with further professional training at City Lit as a result.
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Review by JessOlim / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Vernon Thompson Tutor Website

Vernon Thompson M.A; P.G.C.E Vernon has been responsible for overseeing all Voice Speech and Communication courses in the School of Performing Arts (almost 200 per year) since September 2005. He is also Course Leader for the year-long OCN accredited Foundation in Drama course. He regularly directs student productions, most recently The Laramie Project (2019) and the Agents' Showcase (2017). Voice specialities include Shakespearean text and practical application of resonance and support. He works as Voice Consultant to Channel 4 News; private clients currently include BBC newsreaders and an international model. Vernon has an MA in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech & Drama and PGCE from City University. Previous posts include Voice teaching at Webber Douglas. Outside City Lit Vernon also works as a freelance director (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan 2019; Hen and Chickens, Islington 2017) and produces a season of rep theatre every summer in Bournemouth with London Repertory Players.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: DRC101

Thu+Sat, day, 14 Sep - 27 Jun '20

Duration: 73 sessions (over 42 weeks)

Full fee: £2,225.00
Senior fee: £2,225.00
Concession: £2,225.00

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