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.
This is a live online face-to-face course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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.
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.