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. Studying part-time over a year, you will gain a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts accredited by Open College Network London. This course has access to Advanced Learner Loans which cover the bulk of the course fee.
Entry is by audition and these are currently being held online using Zoom. Course days and times: Thursdays 17:30 – 21:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 17:30
Sundays 10:00 - 17:30 on these dates only 10 January, 28 March, 11 April, 23 May
Production week (26-31 July 2021): Mon - Fri from 18:00, all day Saturday.
What will we cover?
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, actors' movement and physical theatre, screen acting and audition technique. In the final section of the course, 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.
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
• Understand key industry expectations
• Progress to drama school or further vocational training
• Audition for roles in the City Lit Theatre Company or other dramatic productions
Previous students have progressed to a range of drama schools including RADA, Royal Scottish, East 15, Mountview, ALRA and Drama Studio. Others have pursued careers directly within the industry.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will have previous experience of actor training, such as City Lit's Foundation in Drama or equivalent. Entry is via audition, at which you will need to demonstrate suitable practical skills. Please prepare two monologues no longer than two minutes each, one classical, one contemporary, i.e. written in the last 20 years. 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.
If you have any additional queries please email the Drama Department
• read this further information: Acting Diploma Course Guide and Drama Audition Advice 2021
• obtain a headshot (photo of yourself including face and shoulders)
• download and complete an Application Form
• Send your completed form and headshot photo to the email the Drama Department
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 your peers on the course. For some sessions, you split 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 demands full commitment and 100% attendance. Course days and times:
Thursdays 17:30–21:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 17:30
Sundays 10:00–17:30 on these dates only: 10 January, 28 March, 11 April, 23 May
Production week (26–31 July 2021): Mon - Fri from 18:00, all day Saturday.
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 £2,500, including a deposit of £275 that is required within three weeks of successful audition to secure your place. Course fees can be paid upfront, by instalments, or with an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE), which covers up to £2,225 of the fee. This Loan is written off if you later complete a Higher Education degree course.
You will be required to attend all classes in your ‘blacks’ (comfortable black clothing that you can move in) and wear soft shoes in the studios. There will be set texts to purchase, although for some classes, script extracts will be provided. You also need an A4 ring binder, notebook, pen, pencils and erasers for script work for each class.
You may be eligible to apply for financial support towards travel, books etc. For information and advice, email our Information, Advice and Guidance team.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Progress to further study at drama school. 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. Please ask the course leader and your tutors for individual advice and recommendations.