What is the course about?
This is a one-year, part-time intensive course: one full day a week for 29 weeks including Induction Day and exit tutorials. The course is designed to develop your skills in the core disciplines of drama, with practical exercises in acting, voice and movement, taught by industry professionals. You will work individually, in small groups and as an ensemble with your peers on the course.
What will we cover?
The course will cover the three main aspects of fundamental drama training: Acting, Voice and Movement skills, with units in Stanislavski methodology, improvisation, physical theatre, voice technique, and scene work, culminating in a day of showings to an invited audience.
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.
Entry to this course is via audition, at which you will need to demonstrate suitable practical skills. Please prepare a contemporary monologue no longer than two minutes (contemporary means written within the last twenty years). You may also be required to participate in a workshop involving voice, movement & acting.
At the audition and during the course you'll need to communicate intention clearly, respond positively, assimilate constructive feedback, and demonstrate your interpersonal skills in collaboration with others.
To arrange an audition please contact the Drama department on (020) 7492 2542 or email the Drama Department.
You will need to complete an application form and provide a passport-sized photo.
Please see our drama audition advice for further information.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by qualified tutors with vocational experience. Regular attendance and punctuality is essential as a discipline of the professional theatre. Some homework will be required, e.g. line-learning and reading around the topics.
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 £1,549 (£982 for those that qualify for a concession place), which includes the examination/ accreditation fee. A deposit of £550 (£331 concession) is required to secure your place. The remainder of the fee can be paid upfront or by three instalments, and you may be eligible to apply for financial support towards travel, books etc.
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 at each session.
See here for information on Fees and Finance.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to progress to the Acting Diploma (Level 3), a one-year part-time course than can lead to working in the industry and/or further study at drama school.
You may also be interested in City Lit’s wide range of 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.