What is the course about?
This one-year, part-time but intensive course (one full day a week for 27 weeks plus Induction and tutorials) is designed to extend your skills in acting and its core disciplines. Working individually, in small groups and as a large group, you will work towards gaining a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by Open College Network London.
What will we cover?
The course will cover the three main aspects of fundamental drama training: Acting, Voice and Movement skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Demonstrate a clearer understanding of acting methodology
• Employ the disciplines and techniques central to effective realisation
• Exhibit correct breathing techniques and vocal resonance and clarity
• Interpret text, working in a collaborative way with others
• Work from the neutral body to create character and use space effectively.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideally, you'll have completed at least one beginners' and one improvers' course in acting either at City Lit or elsewhere, or have comparable experience. At the audition and during the course you'll need to communicate intention clearly; respond positively and assimilate constructive feedback, and demonstrate your interpersonal skills in collaboration with others. You should demonstrate the ability to memorise an audition piece of no longer than two minutes from a contemporary play (written in the last 20 years).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You may or may not 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?
You will be required to wear loose black clothing for all sessions. You will also need to purchase or borrow from the library the five principal text books and have notepaper and pen. The examination/accreditation cost is included in the fee.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course prepares students for the the Access to HE Drama Diploma (one-year Level 3 course).
You may also be interested in non-accredited advanced courses in any of the three disciplines, or in related disciplines such as screen acting, radio and TV presenting, dance, singing, or other performing arts.
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