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CONFERENCE OF DRAMA SCHOOLS www.drama.ac.uk

Guide to Professional Training in Drama & Technical Theatre

2011

Guide to Professional Training in Drama & Technical Theatre

2011

professional Students will be trained to work by staff with professional experience and by visiting professionals. Students have the opportunity to work in professional theatres and studios.

What’s different about a CDS Drama School? CDS Drama Schools offer a comprehensive and professional training, which is focused and vocational. Instead of learning academically through seminars and lectures the emphasis is on practical work and working in the industry.

intensive

work-orientated

Courses are full-time and demanding. Students are expected to push themselves, working long hours and immersing themselves in their work.

Students are being trained to do a job – although courses lead to an academic qualification, including degrees and masters degrees – these courses are practical training for work.

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foreword

contents

by Janet Suzman, President of CDS

welcome

LAMDA – London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Introduction by Peter Barlow, Chair of CDS 4

LIPA – The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 41 Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre 42 Mountview Academy of 43 Theatre Arts The Oxford School of Drama 44 Queen Margaret University 45 RADA – Royal Academy 46 of Dramatic Art Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance 47 RSAMD – The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama 48 RWCMD – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama 49

About us

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subject areas I wish you a warm welcome into the fraternity of the 22 drama schools which, as President of CDS, I represent. Let me open the door wide and invite you across the threshold into a very hard-working world. Each one of the drama schools has its own character of course, but each is dedicated to bringing out of you, the student, what you have best to offer. In a world such as ours, where competition is fierce, where earning your living at a decent level is not guaranteed, where everyone seems to want instant fame, then training at a good drama school is vital in order to give you more of a solid foundation on which to build your career. I believe the very ground-rock of the rich dramatic tradition is these islands is Shakespeare, the great wizard of words, and at drama school you will meet him as an actor must, on your feet, rather than sitting at a desk as you might have at school. I also believe that a classical training is vital, so that you are at home with the thrilling discovery of words. Then, on top of that, the schools of the CDS will teach you practically everything you will need to know in the diverse and inventive world of the performing arts. Most of the schools have courses in Technical Theatre and some teach Musical Theatre and each year new courses are added. However there is only so much that can be taught, the rest you will pick up as you go out into the world after your thorough training at one of these world-renowned schools. It’s a funny old profession, but the fact that you are reading this means that you are already bitten by the performing bug. But don’t be fooled: everyone has something to offer, but just how deep that offering goes must be tested and you can only find out by testing yourself. To do something once is nothing; you must be able to subject yourself to the rigours of repetition and that takes technique and knowledge. Go for it! And my blessings upon you.

Janet Suzman President CDS

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Step 1: career paths – the different options Performance

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Directing

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Design

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Technical Theatre: Stage Management

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Lighting

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Sound

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Construction

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application

course information Step 2: training options – the range of courses available 16 Guide to courses

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Part-time and short courses 20

the schools Step 3: where to train – an overview of each school 26 ALRA – The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts 28 ArtsEd – Arts Educational 29 Schools London BSA – Birmingham 30 School of Acting Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 31 Central School of Speech 32 & Drama Cygnet Training Theatre 33 Drama Centre London 34 Drama Studio London 35 East 15 Acting School 36 GSA – Guildford School 37 of Acting Guildhall School of 38 Music & Drama Italia Conti Academy 39 of Theatre Arts

Step 4: how to get in – the application process Applying to drama school Auditions & interviews Funding information Sector and qualifications Funding contacts Useful contacts International students CDS showcases Further information CDS industry connections

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 ver 250 courses O to choose from at

22 schools

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introduction

about us

by Peter Barlow, Chair of CDS

In the western world our entertainment has started to spiral into the depths of voyeurism because we are losing the art of invention. Invention requires many ingredients: imagination, skills and another ingredient which we all find difficult to define – talent. In the world of performing arts I believe true talent to be a subtle combination of instinct for storytelling and an ability to set aside one’s own ego. Talent alone is not enough because it has no basis in knowledge or skill and that is why talent shows ultimately fail to produce sustainable and credible actors and performers. CDS schools take talented individuals and turn them into credible performers, directors, designers, technicians and stage managers through a deep exploration of the world of drama. Learning about this world requires hours of practice and dedication. It is not possible to do this just by reading books, understanding theories or through critical academic study. You owe it to yourself and to your art and craft to ensure that you are at the very peak of mental and physical fitness for your vocation. The CDS through its member schools celebrates the very best in professional preparation for the performing arts world and our graduates are ensuring that Britain continues to provide the most highly skilled artists and craftsmen and women in the world. If you are thinking of joining this highly competitive, precarious, passionate, dangerous, rewarding, lonely, engaging and magical profession then you must fight for and gain a place at one of our member schools.

The CDS Guide is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in drama training. Founded in 1969, the Conference of Drama Schools (CDS) represents the top UK drama schools. The member schools offer vocational courses for students over the age of 18. All the schools offer a three-year full-time acting course (diploma or degree), and other subjects vary but can include musical theatre, design and technical theatre practices and other related areas. There are also one and two year full-time courses available and many of the member schools offer part-time, short and summer courses. The CDS and its members are committed to maintaining the highest standards in training and are equally committed to a policy of widening participation, to reflect social and cultural diversity. As an organisation CDS wants to ensure prospective students understand the courses on offer and the application process. More information can be found on the CDS website: www.drama.ac.uk and we strongly recommend prospective students visit the Drama Schools’ own websites and also apply for prospectuses.

• CDS cannot recommend a particular drama school • Information in this Guide is a starting point • Each school produces its own prospectus and has its own website where more information is available • CDS does not give information about drama schools that are not members and cannot advise British students about studying overseas • CDS cannot give details about classes for school children (except for short courses run by members – see page 20) • CDS cannot give financial assistance to help students attend drama school. See the page for each school for details about funding • CDS cannot recommend drama teachers to individuals

Peter Barlow Chair CDS Director – GSA

“CDS schools take talented individuals and turn them into credible performers, directors, designers, technicians and stage managers through a deep exploration of the world of drama.”

Please remember:

You can find more about CDS at

www.drama.ac.uk

• CDS cannot receive applications or give information about open days, closing dates or auditions beyond what is in this Guide – please contact the individual schools directly.

Peter Barlow

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step 1: career paths

design Design offers a range of careers which include theatre and set design, scenic construction, prop making and costume design. In all these areas students will acquire the relevant craft, as well as skills in budgeting, research, problemsolving and versatility.

It’s crucial to find out as much as possible about career options before applying for training.

lighting

directing The director is the key artistic coordinating role in the development of a project: collaborating with actors, designers, technical teams, producers, playwrights, choreographers and others to achieve its final realisation.

performance Including Musical Theatre, Classical Acting and Acting for Television, Film and Radio The actor training at CDS schools gives students the necessary discipline and skills for a sustainable career. Musical Theatre courses combine acting with singing and dance. Classical Acting courses develop an appreciation of the student’s place within the classical tradition and include in-depth work on Shakespeare and other period texts.

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This is a great time to train in technical theatre. Not only is digital technology revolutionising film and music recording – it is also changing live performance. With an expected shortage of skills within the technical disciplines in the industry in the next few years, there could not be a better time to train. All of the skills that can be learnt at one of the CDS Drama Schools are transferable to any aspect of the entertainment industry, from theatre to television, events and film. CDS schools offer world-class vocational training which gives students the best start.

stage management

construction Including Costume Production and Wardrobe

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performance Including Classical Acting, Musical Theatre, Television, Film and Radio Performance

There is nothing more thrilling than sitting in a theatre watching a live performance, brought to life by wonderful actors, singers and dancers. From glitzy musicals and acclaimed dramas on a West End Stage; magical pantomimes at Christmas; a production in a repertory theatre; a performance in a local school – all forms of entertainment which captivate and often educate, thanks to the performers who have captured the essence of the story they are telling. However, the reality is that it can be the toughest of jobs. There is little security. Hundreds of people are after the same part. Almost all performing work is freelance and short-term. It is not just a career but a lifestyle and one which involves rejection, frustration and poverty, as well as creativity, recognition and satisfaction. To embark on a performing career, as an actor, musical theatre performer, singer or dancer, professional training really is essential. The performer needs discipline and stamina; they need to understand and to be able to interpret text; they need to be able to use their voice and body effectively; they need imagination and intellect and they need to understand how to promote themselves and how to behave in a professional manner. These are skills that will be taught and developed at drama school. Training is tough and the courses are rigorous. A full-time student can expect to be in classes for at least 30 hours per week plus research and preparation. Students need to be physically and mentally fit and possess the determination to keep going, even when things get tough. CDS schools believe that in order to sustain a professional career that will last a lifetime and lead to a varied career on stage and in film, television and radio it is essential to train for at least three years.

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directing Directors work in all live and recorded media, and the role can change with the medium. For live performance, the director is often central to the conception of a project, and is the key artistic co-coordinating role in its development: collaborating with actors, designers, technical teams, producers, playwrights, choreographers and many others to achieve its final realization. In theatre, directors may work as freelance, assistant, associate or artistic directors who are responsible for the artistic leadership of a company. Companies can be based at a theatre, or touring to various venues, or maybe targeting audiences in prisons or schools or festivals. Opportunities for short and long-term employment in established companies are fiercely contested; in the early stages of their career many directors assist more experienced directors or set up their own un-funded companies to produce work on the fringe. Several CDS schools offer post-graduate training in directing for the stage or live performance, sharing a very focused environment with training actors, designers and technicians. Further training may be needed to direct film, TV and radio; some directors span all the media during their career, adapting their knowledge and training to the demands of the medium.

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design Design covers all visual aspects of production including set design, costume design, prop making and scenic art and makes increasing use of digital technology and 21st Century design practice. In addition to the creative skills and vision required there are practical skills like communication and budgeting that are also necessary. There is constant demand for professionals with these skills, although the competition is higher than in some of the other technical areas. Many of the CDS Schools have specialised design courses, while others include it as part of the core training.

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lighting stage management Stage Managers are the driving force behind a production, co-ordinating all aspects of the production through rehearsals and then running the performance. The roles require the individual to have strong communication skills, initiative, sensitivity and great diplomacy. Attention to detail and accuracy are also necessary. Working extremely closely with the performers and director the stage management team are involved in the creation and running of a production from the first day of rehearsals to the final performance. Stage Management is the first rung on the ladder that can lead to greater responsibilities as a Production Manager and Producer of events.

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The visual images created on stage are an integral part of any live performance and the lighting not only illuminates the set but can also help create mood and atmosphere. As a designer, lighting operator and technical manager there are plenty of opportunities for working across all production forms. The work is very creative but also requires a substantial amount of technical knowledge. Lighting professionals have a major role in shaping the development of theatre and television as lighting technology is constantly evolving. All of the drama schools have a wide range of equipment, including some of the latest technology, and some of the schools offer specialised courses.

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sound Sound has a substantial role to play in creating mood and atmosphere by the application and creation of sound effects and in musical theatre, there is also the need for amplification. The technology in sound is developing faster than any other department and is branching off into new areas of digital and live arts events. There are two main roles in this discipline: designers and technicians. Swiftly changing digital technology means that often this may be the same person. Both roles require a detailed knowledge and understanding of the equipment involved as well as a sensitivity towards the needs of a production. As well as having a good ear, good people skills are needed in this area as sound technicians work in close contact with performers.

construction The role of the construction department is to build sets and other scenic elements of a production. They work with many different materials and use a wide range of tools and construction techniques. Aside from the physical aspects of the job a ‘carpenter’ needs to be creative, and often work through challenging problems. They may manage budgets and need to be flexible in their approach to the work. ‘Scenic arts’ include scene painting, prop-making, costume production, wardrobe management and anything else that involves executing design and physical construction. It is one of the areas in technical theatre where there is a shortage of people and so the employment levels are high.

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step 2: training options where to study? The charts on the following pages show the range of courses on offer at CDS schools. They show the subjects offered and the qualifications they lead to.

what level? CDS schools offer different levels of training – foundation, undergraduate degree and diploma and postgraduate. Courses run one, two or three years.

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what else? A rich programme of summer and short courses are offered for adults and young people.

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guide to courses

These charts show the range of courses on offer at CDS schools and the qualifications they lead to.

performance Acting Schools ALRA ArtsEd Birmingham Bristol Old Vic

Musical Theatre Foundation

• • • •

1

Central Cygnet Drama Centre

Drama Studio

GSA (Guildford) Guildhall Italia Conti

LIPA

• •

Manchester Mountview Oxford RADA Rose Bruford

Dip

BA

PG Dip

MA

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

2

East 15

LAMDA

Cert

• • •

RSAMD RWCMD

Foundation

Cert

Dip

BA

PG Dip

Central Drama Centre

LAMDA Rose Bruford RSAMD

MA

• • • •

Central East 15 Rose Bruford RSAMD

Foundation

Foundation

ArtsEd

Design Cert

Central GSA (Guildford) Mountview Oxford

• •

Dip

BA

• • • •

• • • • •

PG Dip

MA

• • • •

Cert

Dip

BA

PG Dip

• • • • • •

MA

Schools

Dip

• •

RWCMD

LAMDA

LIPA

• • •

Rose Bruford RSAMD RWCMD

Actor Musicianship Schools

Foundation

Cert

Dip

BA

PG Dip

Rose Bruford

MA

• •

Central

Foundation

Cert

BA

PG Dip

Drama Centre East 15

5

QMU RWCMD

Bristol Old Vic

Drama Centre

Mountview

RADA

• •

RSAMD

Rose Bruford

QMU RWCMD

• •

Rose Bruford

LIPA

RSAMD

Drama Centre

Manchester

RWCMD

East 15

Mountview

Bristol Old Vic

East 15

• • •

Rose Bruford

BA

PG Dip

MA

The Drama Schools listed below offer courses for former students who have successfully completed one, two or three-year diploma courses in the past and now wish to extend the qualification to a degree.

• • • • • • • •

• •

Guildhall

RADA

Dip

ONE YEAR CONVERSION COURSES

Central

MA

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The Drama Schools listed below offer a variety of courses not listed in this chart. Please refer to the school’s individual pages within this Guide for further information.

Central

Cert

OTHER FULL TIME COURSES

Multi-disciplinary courses offering training in stage management, lighting, sound and other technical theatre skills.

Foundation Degree

MA

RADA

GSA (Guildford)

• • • • • • 4

• •

LIPA

LAMDA

Birmingham

2

East 15

PG Dip

Bristol Old Vic

ArtsEd GSA (Guildford)

• • • •

Mountview PG Dip

BA

technical theatre

LIPA

BA

Dip

QMU

LAMDA

Dip

Cert

Italia Conti

• • •

Directing

Foundation

Bristol Old Vic

GSA (Guildford)

MA

directing Cert

4

• •

Schools

Birmingham

ALRA

Central

Foundation

MA

ArtsEd

Schools Dip

ArtsEd

Schools

PG Dip

Technical Theatre/Stage Management

Television, Film and Radio Performance Schools

BA

• •

Central

• • •

RSAMD RWCMD

• •

Costume Schools Bristol Old Vic Central QMU

Foundation

1

Cert

Dip

BA

• •

RADA

RSAMD

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Bristol Old Vic

Rose Bruford

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Arts Management Foundation

RADA

RSAMD

LAMDA

Contemporary Theatre Schools

Schools

3

Classical Acting Schools

other

design

• •

PG Dip

MA 1

Bristol Old Vic offer a FdA in Acting and Costume.

2

East 15 also offer a MFA in Acting and Directing.

3

LAMDA offers a Foundation Degree in Acting.

4

These courses award a LAMDA Diploma.

5

Subject to validation.

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part-time and short courses Arts Educational SCHOOLS

For further information: +44 (0) 20 8987 6692 / www.artsed.co.uk/part-time

Course

CENTRAL

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Acting for Stage – Tier 1

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Diploma in Acting

24 weeks

Part-time

17+

Acting for Stage – Tier 2

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Diploma in Musical Theatre

24 weeks

Part-time

17+

Acting for Screen & TV – Tier 1

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Gap Year Diploma (Acting)

1 year

Part-time

17+

Acting for Screen & TV – Tier 2

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Accent and Dialect Coaching

Hourly

Short course

17+

Musical Theatre – Tier 1

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Acting – An introduction

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Musical Theatre – Tier 2

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Acting – Shakespeare

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Audition Technique

1 week

Easter/Summer school

16+

Acting – Text 1

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Create a Musical in a Week

1 week

Easter/Summer school

7–12

Acting – Text 2

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Make a Play in a Week

1 week

Easter/Summer school

7–12

Actors’ Audition Pieces

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Youth Musical Theatre Company

2 weeks

Summer school

10–16

Audition Techniques

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Youth Theatre Company

2 weeks

Summer school

10–16

Combat and Stage Fighting

1 week

Summer school

17+

West-End Week

1 week

Easter/Summer school

17+

Directed Scenes

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Musical Theatre School

1 week

Easter/Summer school

17+

Individual Voice Coaching for Actors

Hourly

Short course

17+

Actor’s School

1 week

Easter/Summer school

17+

Musical Theatre

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Youth Musical Theatre School

1 week

Easter/Summer school

12–16

Saturday Drama Class

10 weeks

Young persons

6–17

Youth Actor’s School

1 week

Easter/Summer school

12–16

Singing

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Spoken English

3 weeks

Summer school

N/A

Summer Shakespeare

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Voice for Performance – An Introduction

8 weeks

Short course

17+

1 week

Summer school

18+

1/3 weeks

Summer school

5–17

4 weeks

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+

Birmingham School of Acting

For further information: +44 (0) 121 331 7220 / www.bsa.bcu.ac.uk

Course

For further information: +44 (0) 20 7559 3960 / www.cssd.ac.uk

Voice & Text with Sara Kestelman

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Foundation course in Acting

20 weeks

Full-time

18+

Youth Theatre for Actors

2 weeks

Summer school

18+

Summer Theatre Company

Jesters 5-day course

5 days

Summer school

7–13

Liberating the Text with Nickolas Grace

Jesters 11-day course

11 days

Summer school

14–17

Music Theatre Choral Ensemble

10 weeks

Young persons

10–16

Moscow Art Theatre School for Actors

8 weeks

Short course

18+

Acting

Effective communication

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Creative drama

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Stage combat (Basic and Advanced Certificates)

30 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Performance Certificate course – introductory stage

30 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Cygnet TRAINING THEATRE

Performance Certificate course – advanced stage

30 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Course

Creative drama and effective communication

10 weeks

Young persons – Sat

7–10

Intensive Acting Courses

Creative drama and effective communication

10 weeks

Young persons – Sat

11–13

Creative drama and effective communication

10 weeks

Young persons – Sat

14–17

Interview skills workshops

1 day

Intensive workshop

17+

Preparing for audition

1 day

Intensive workshop

17+

10 weeks min.

Part-time – Sat

17+

Examination classes (leading to Trinity Examinations in Speech and Drama)

BRISTOL OLD VIC

Drama Centre London/ Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design Course

For further information: +44 (0) 117 973 3535 / www.oldvic.ac.uk

Course

For further information: +44 (0) 1392 277189 / www.cygnetnewtheatre.com

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

1 week

Short course

18+

For further information: +44 (0) 20 7514 7015 / www.csm.arts.ac.uk/shortcourse

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Summer School – A London Theatre Experience

3 weeks

Summer school

16–19

Theatre Design

3 weeks

Short course

16–19

Acting for Absolute Beginners

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Acting from Shakespeare’s Plays

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

ACTiv8 Juniors

10 weeks

Part-time – Sun

7–11

Audition Technique for Drama School

3 weeks

Short course

18+

ACT I

10 weeks

Part-time – Sun

11–13

Creating a Character

3 weeks

Short course

18+

ACT II

10 weeks

Part-time – Sun

14–15

Dance Photography

3 weeks

Short course

18+

ACT III

10 weeks

Part-time – Sun

16–18

Design and Make Puppets

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Theatre Skills – Week 1

1 week

Summer school

7–11

Fight Scenes and Acting for Beginners

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Theatre Skills – Week 2

1 week

Summer school

11–14

Foundation in Acting

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Theatre Skills – Week 3

1 week

Summer school

16+

Foundation in Singing and Voice

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Modern Acting Course

1 week

Summer school

17+

Introduction to Acting for Camera

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Classical Acting Course

1 week

Summer school

17+

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part-time and short courses (continued) Drama Centre London/ Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CONTINUED)

For further information: +44 (0) 20 7514 7015 / www.csm.arts.ac.uk/shortcourse

GSA (Guildford) Course

Course

For further information: +44 (0) 1483 560701 / www.gsauk.org

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

BA (Hons) Theatre Conversion Course

1 year

1 year Distance Learning

Graduation age

Youth Theatre

9 days

Summer school

12–16

Musical Theatre

1 hour

Summer school

17+

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Physical Acting

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Acting for Camera

5 days

Summer school

17+

Play-Writing for Beginners

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Directing A Musical

5 days

Summer school

17+

Summer Study Abroad – Dance

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Intensive Acting

1 week

Summer school

17+

Summer Study Abroad – Shakespeare in the City

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Intensive Singing

1 week

Summer school

17+

Television Presenting

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Intensive Dance

1 week

Summer school

17+

Voice Skills for Better Presentations

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Audition Techniques

1 week (2 date options)

Summer school

17+

After Effects for Television

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Acting

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Computers for Theatre Design

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Singing

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Costume Design for Theatre and Screen

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Jazz

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Costume Making

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Tap

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Design for Television

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Ballet

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Fashion in Film

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Street Dancing

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Scenic Art Techniques

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Musical theatre styles

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Set Design for Film and Television

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Private Acting and Singing Tutorials

30 min

Saturday school

8+/adult

Set Design for Performance

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Introduction to Musical Theatre

1 hour

Saturday school

5–7

Summer Study Abroad – Theatre and Costume Design

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Melody & Milligan Bear

45 min

Saturday school

2–4

Theatre Scale Model Making

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Guildhall DRAMA STUDIO LONDON

For further information: +44 (0) 20 8579 3897 / www.dramastudiolondon.co.uk

Course Summer Acting

EAST 15

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

4 weeks

Summer school

18+

Course

For further information: +44 (0) 20 7382 2323 / www.gsmd.ac.uk

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

MA in Training Actors (Voice) or (Movement)

2 years

Part-time

Graduation age

Acting in Shakespeare and Contemporary Theatre

3 weeks

Summer school

18+

Acting in Musical Theatre

3 weeks

Summer school

18+

For further information: +44 (0) 20 8508 5983 / www.east15.ac.uk

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

LAMDA

For further information: +44 (0) 20 8834 0506 / www.lamda.org.uk

1/3 weeks (3 date options)

Summer school

17+

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Acting for Opera

1 week

Summer school

17+

Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

8 weeks

Summer school

18+

Acting and Performing Shakespeare

1 week

Summer school

17+

Shakespeare

4 weeks

Summer school

18+

1 week (3 date options)

Summer school

17+

Physical Theatre

2 weeks

Summer school

18+

Introduction to Acting on Camera

1 week

Summer school

17+

Audition Technique

2 weeks

Summer school

16+

Introduction to Filmmaking

1 week

Summer school

17+

Introduction to Drama School

2 weeks

Summer school

16+

1 week (2 date options)

Summer school

17+

English Communication Skills Through Drama (EFL)

3 weeks

Summer school

18+

Introduction to Acting

Audition Technique

Stage Combat Theatre Directing Contemporary Theatre Physical Theatre

1 week

Summer school

17+

Stage Management

2 weeks

Summer school

18+

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Theatre Lighting

2 weeks

Summer school

18+

1 week

Summer school

17+

Circus Skills

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting for International Students

1 week

Summer school

17+

LIPA

African Theatre and Drumming

1 week

Summer school

17+

Course

Duration

Course type

Introduction to Technical Theatre

1 week

Summer school

17+

LIPA 4:19 Acting

1 week

Summer school

7–19

LIPA 4:19 Band and Vocal Academy

1 week

Summer school

13–19

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LIPA 4:19 Dance

1 week

Summer school

7–19

LIPA 4:19 Musical Theatre

1 week

Summer school

7–19

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For further information: +44 (0) 161 247 1305 / www.theatre.mmu.ac.uk

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Introduction to Acting

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting – Shakespeare

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting for Camera

1 week

Summer school

17+

MOUNTVIEW

For further information: +44 (0) 20 8826 9217 / www.mountview.org.uk

Course

ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE Course

For further information: T: +44 (0) 20 8308 2600 / www.bruford.ac.uk

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

2 weeks

Summer school

16+ Non-residential 18+ Residential

Part-time Theatre Arts

1 year – weekly (evening)

Part-time

18+

Young People’s Theatre

Various

Part-time

8–18

MA Theatre for Young Audiences

2 years

Part-time

18+

BA Theatre Studies (online distance learning)

3 years+

Part-time

18+

BA Opera Studies (online distance learning)

3 years+

Part-time

18+

Acting

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Foundation Course – Acting

1 year

Part-time

17+

Foundation Course – Musical Theatre

1 year

Part-time

17+

Introduction to Acting

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

RSAMD

Introduction to Musical Theatre

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Introduction to Performing Arts

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

Devising

1 week

Summer school

17+

Introduction to Street Dance

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

Musical Theatre

1 week

Summer school

17+

Perform: Acting

2 terms

Part-time

17+

Acting for Camera – Performance

1 week

Summer school

17+

Perform: Devised Theatre

2 terms

Part-time

17+

Acting for Camera – Production

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

13–17

For further information: +44 (0) 141 332 4101 / www.rsamd.ac.uk

Perform: TV and Film

2 terms

Part-time

17+

Modern Ballet

Acting Summer School

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Acting

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Musical Theatre Summer School

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Audition Technique

1 week

Summer school

17+

Design in Performance – Set & Costume or Lighting & Sound

Lighting Design and Technology

1 week

Summer school

17+

Prosthetics

3 weeks

Summer school

17+

Audition and interview preparation – acting

15 weeks

Short course

17+

Audition and interview preparation – musical theatre

15 weeks

Short course

17+

Portfolio preparation – set and costume design

10 weeks

Short course

17+

1 week

Short course

13–17

RADA

For further information: +44 (0) 20 7636 7076 / www.rada.org

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Acting Shakespeare

8 weeks

Short course

18

RADA Summer School

4 weeks

Short course

18

Young Actors Summer School

3 weeks

Short course

16–18

Set and Costume Design for Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Sound Design for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Property Making for the Stage: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Lighting Design for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Scenic Art for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Corset Making for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Scenic Construction for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Contemporary Drama School

2 weeks

Short course

18

Directing course – how to rehearse

2 weeks

Short course

21

European Greats

1 week

Short course

18

Musical Theatre

1 week

Short course

18

Weekend

Young persons

16–24

1 year – weekend only

Young persons

16–20

Advances in Scriptwriting

8 weeks

Short course

18+

The Role of the Producer

8 weeks

Short course

18+

1 week

Short course

18+

Youth Weekend Workshops Youth Company

Introduction to Acting in Film and TV

Spring and Summer ballet

RWCMD

Duration

Course type

Corsetry

5 days

Summer school

N/A

Introduction to Theatre Design

5 days

Summer school

N/A

Acting Summer School

10 days

Summer school

21+

Singing for Musical Theatre

2 days

Summer school

N/A N/A

RWCMD Piano School

5 days

Summer school

5 days

Summer school

16+

Jazz School

7 days

Summer school

N/A

Pure Data Boot Camp

3 days

Summer school

N/A

Live Electronic Ensemble

3 days

Summer school

N/A

Chamber Music

5 days

Summer school

18+

Grade V Theory Intensive Boot Camp

5 days

Summer school

N/A

Traditional Welsh Choral Singing

2 days

Summer school

N/A

Brass Chamber Music School

4 days

Summer school

Under 18

Acting Summer School

10 days

Summer school

16–20

Chamber Music

5 days

Summer school

Under 18 16–19

1 day

Summer school

YAS Summer Theatre Workshops

2 days

Summer school

11–16

Introduction to Alexander Technique

2 days

Summer school

16–19

Telling Tales – Workshops for Children

Half-day

Summer school

7–9/ 10–12

4 days

Summer school

12–16

1 day

Summer school

N/A

5 days

Summer school

N/A

Acting Course

30 weeks

Young persons

16–19

Theatre Workshops

30 weeks

Young persons

15–19

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Audition Techniques Advanced Theatre Design for Professionals

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Choral Singing ‘From Mozart to MGM’

Urban Theatre Arts Week

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step 3: where to train This section gives information on the courses offered by the schools and how to find out more.

RSAMD

Mountview

QMU

Central

Drama Centre London

East 15

Guildhall Drama Studio London

LAMDA

ALRA (North) LIPA

Manchester

RADA

Arts Educational Schools London Italia Conti ALRA

Birmingham (BSA)

Rose Bruford College

Oxford School of Drama RWCMD

LONDON GSA (Guildford)

Cygnet

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ALRA – The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts

ArtsEd – Arts Educational Schools London

www.alra.co.uk

www.artsed.co.uk

ALRA is the first drama school to offer identical training at opposite ends of the country. ALRA’s London site is located near Clapham Junction, in a Victorian Gothic mansion on Wandsworth Common. ALRA North is a new, state-of-the-art centre located in Wigan, Lancashire. ALRA has a reputation as a drama school that produces down-to-earth, committed actors, ready to work, and full of character and drive; they’re interesting, and interested.

ArtsEd has a 90-year tradition as a centre of excellence in vocational training for the performing arts, combining a drama school offering undergraduate training in acting for film and television, with a specialist musical theatre school offering triple threat undergraduate training in musical theatre. ArtsEd graduates include Martin Clunes, Nigel Harman, Nigel Havers, Cherie Lunghi, Gillian Lynne, Hugo Speer, Summer and Scarlett Strallen, Sally Ann Triplett and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

ALRA – The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts Studio 24 The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building John Archer Way London SW18 3SX T: +44 (0) 20 8870 6475 F: +44 (0) 20 8875 0789 E: info@alra.co.uk W: www.alra.co.uk Contact Names Co-Directors: Clive Duncan Adrian Hall Head of Stage Management and Technical Theatre: Janet A Cantrill Head of Voice and First Year Tutor: John Wild Head of Movement and Second Year Tutor: Fiona Rae HOW TO APPLY For all Acting courses, please contact us directly to apply. For Undergraduate Technical Theatre, apply through UCAS: www.ucas.ac.uk

Courses offered

Applicant INFORMATION

Performance Foundation Acting A part-time introduction to voice, movement and acting. Classes are two evenings a week, and Saturdays, and the course runs for one academic year.

Selection is made on the basis of audition. Normal entry requirements also include two A levels, BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts with a high profile or GNVA Advanced in Performing Arts. However, ALRA may also consider applicants with an exceptional level of practical ability.

Three-year Acting A BA validated by the University of Greenwich and a Diploma validated by Trinity College London. NCDT accredited. ALRA is still the only drama school to offer acting for camera training from the first term of the first year. Postgraduate Acting An MA validated by the University of Greenwich and a Certificate validated by Trinity College London. NCDT accredited. Recently expanded into a 15 month course, running from September through to December of the following year. Technical Theatre Two-year Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre UCAS Course Code: W450 Awarded by the University of Greenwich. Can be converted to a BA with a further year of study on a relevant course. Part-time and short courses ALRA has a diverse range of short courses and projects, including courses for Deaf/BSL users. We often work in partnership with professional theatre companies to produce these and the courses on offer vary from year to year. For further information on short courses, please contact us.

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You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Arts Educational Schools London Cone Ripman House 14 Bath Road London W4 1LY

Courses offered

T: +44 (0) 20 8987 6600 E: receptionist@artsed.co.uk W: www.artsed.co.uk

Acting A one-year part-time course which introduces the core skills of Acting.

Contact Names Principal: Jane Harrison

Musical Theatre Designed to provide flexible training in Musical Theatre for aspiring performers.

Director of Musical Theatre: Chris Hocking Director of Acting for Film and Television: Michael Bray HOW TO APPLY For all courses please apply directly to the school.

Performance One-year Foundation course in Performance – Acting or Musical Theatre Strands:

Three-year BA (Hons) Acting for Film and Television/Diploma in Professional Acting* Validated by City University/Trinity College London. NCDT accredited. A complete actor training with a particular focus on acting for film and television. Three-year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre/ Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre* Validated by City University/Trinity College London. CDET accredited. A triple threat vocational training for musical theatre.

MA in Musical Theatre Creative Practice – Director/Music Director/ Choreographer By professionals for professionals – a full-time one-year course designed to give applicants from a musical theatre background the knowledge, skills and confidence to further their career in direction, choreography or music direction. MA Screenwriting Find your voice as a writer, and learn the skills needed to get screenplays commissioned. A part-time 18-month course. Part-time and short courses With evening, weekend, and intensive holiday courses, ArtsEd offers a variety of courses throughout the year for anyone looking to push their boundaries, enhance their training, or simply to enjoy a new hobby. For information on short courses, please see page 20.

Applicant INFORMATION

MA Acting Validated by City University. NCDT accredited. A one-year specialist actor training. Students in receipt of a Dance and Drama Award will take the Trinity College London Certificate in Professional Acting.

*ArtsEd students who receive a Dance and Drama Award, funded by the government’s Young People’s Learning Agency, will follow and be awarded the Trinity College London qualification (Diploma/Certificate) in addition to the opportunity to complete their degree.

Other One-year Post Diploma BA (Hons) in Performance Studies Validated by City University. A year long evening conversion course. Open to students who hold a diploma in Acting or Musical Theatre from a NCDT or CDET accredited course.

For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

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BSA – Birmingham School of Acting

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

www.bsa.bcu.ac.uk

An affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD)

Birmingham School of Acting (BSA) offers industry-led courses in a friendly, contemporary setting. BSA is close to the vibrant city centre with its wide range of theatres, art galleries, and nightlife. The Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Ballet are both close at hand. Our excellent teaching provides professional, rigorous training which prepares students for careers in the performing arts.

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School provides the premier, conservatoire level drama training in the South West of England. For over sixty years the School has enjoyed a national and international reputation for excellence. All training courses are designed to provide students with the necessary skills and experience to sustain careers in their chosen area of work. The School has strong links with the leading employers in the Arts and Entertainment Industry and an outstanding employment record.

BSA – Birmingham School of Acting Millennium Point Curzon Street Birmingham B4 7XG

Courses offered

T: +44 (0) 121 331 7220 F: +44 (0) 121 331 7221 E: info@bsa.bcu.ac.uk W: www.bsa.bcu.ac.uk

Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting NCDT accredited. Apply directly to the School. Industry-led Acting course, with multiple performance opportunities and access to the profession.

Contact Names Director: Stephen Simms Course Director for BA (Hons) Acting and Pg Dip Physical Theatre: Danièle Sanderson Course Director for Community and Applied Theatre/Dance Theatre: Hannah Phillips Course Director for PG Dip/ MA Acting: Lise Olson Course Director for MA Professional Voice Practice and MA Acting: the British Tradition: Alex Taylor HOW TO APPLY Admission to BSA is by application either through UCAS or directly to the School, depending on the course. Most applicants will be expected to audition or interview, depending on which course they have applied for. UCAS Institution Code: B25

All courses are validated by Birmingham City University. For all Postgraduate courses apply directly to the School.

PG Dip Physical Theatre Advanced, intensive, practical training for actors who wish to further their skills in creating work that is fully physically expressive and innovative. PG Dip/MA Acting NCDT accredited. Industry-led Acting course, with multiple performance opportunities and access to the profession. The MA programme encourages research through practice. MA Acting: The British Tradition Performance based course with high contact hours and multiple performance opportunities focusing on the British repertoire from Shakespeare to the present day. Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Stage Management UCAS Course Code: W450 Vocational training in all aspects of technical theatre, for those wanting to work within production and stage management.

www.oldvic.ac.uk

Other Three-year BA (Hons) Community and Applied Theatre/Dance Theatre UCAS Course Codes: Applied Theatre – W490; Applied Dance Theatre – W590 Stimulating and practice based training that prepares students for a career within community theatre or community dance theatre, with performance links with the REP theatre. MA Professional Voice Practice Intended for graduates who wish to undertake advanced studies in voice to pursue careers as voice professionals. Part-time and short courses An intensive, two-term, full-time Foundation course in Acting, for school leavers who would benefit from additional training before applying to Drama School/ University. A range of summer school and part-time courses available for adults and young people. Workshops to help students prepare for Drama School interviews and auditions. For information on short courses, please see page 20.

Applicant INFORMATION For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 1–2 Downside Road Clifton Bristol BS8 2XF

Courses offered

T: +44 (0) 117 973 3535 E: enquiries@oldvic.ac.uk W: www.oldvic.ac.uk

Performance Two-year Professional Acting (FdA) Long established training in professional acting skills for more experienced students.

Contact Names Principal: Paul Rummer Artistic Director: Sue Wilson Finance Director: Victoria FitzGerald HOW TO APPLY Go to: www.oldvic.ac.uk

All Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are validated by the University of the West of England.

One-year Professional Acting Offers an opportunity for more experienced students.

Technical Theatre Two-year Professional Stage Management (FdA) Long established training in theatre production skills offers a fast track course for more experienced students.

One-year Professional Acting for Overseas students (Cert HE) An intensive three-term (33 weeks) training in the core-skills, techniques and approaches to acting on stage.

Three-year Professional Stage Management BA (Hons) Provides a broad-based training, combining theatre production skills with television and radio drama experience.

Three-year Professional Acting BA (Hons) Broad and comprehensive training and preparation for professional performance in theatre, radio, television and film.

One-year Theatre Arts Management (PG Dip) Students will normally have previous training in a practical theatre discipline and/ or professional experience in theatre.

Directing Four-term Drama Directing (MA) A four term course for up to four students with the career aim of directing drama. Students come from a very wide range of backgrounds but must have previous directing experience. Design Two-year Costume (FdA & BA Hons top up) An intensive vocational and highly practical course for four students per year covering all aspects of costume work. One-year Scenic Art (PG Dip) Entirely practical, intensive, three-term course. Students will have a high level of painting and drawing skills.

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Four-term Theatre Design (MA) The only course of its kind in the U.K which is set in a Theatre School and integrated with a producing company, training designers in a realistic environment, working closely with directors, actors and technicians.

One-year Theatre Production Management (PG Dip) A one-year course for only two students who will have previous training in a practical theatre discipline and/or have worked professionally in a stage management or technical theatre department. Part-time and short courses A diverse and varied programme of part-time, weekend and summer courses is offered for adults and young people. For information on short courses, please see page 20.

Applicant INFORMATION All info at www.oldvic.ac.uk the schools

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Central School of Speech & Drama

Cygnet Training Theatre www.cygnetnewtheatre.com

University of London

www.cssd.ac.uk Central School of Speech & Drama is a higher education conservatoire; a college of the University of London specialising in drama, theatre and performance. The School has diversified its staff expertise, developed a recognised research culture and fostered constant interaction between research, practice and students’ learning. Placing students at the centre of its work, Central develops practitioners and researchers who shape the future of theatre and performance across the UK and beyond. Central School of Speech & Drama Eton Avenue London NW3 3HY

Courses offered

T: +44 (0) 20 7722 8183 F: +44 (0) 20 7722 4132 E: enquiries@cssd.ac.uk W: www.cssd.ac.uk

Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting* UCAS Course Code: W410 Strands: Stage and Screen; Collaborative and Devised Theatre; Musical Stage. Students entitled to full equity status on graduation.

Stage Management* UCAS Course Code: W491

MA Acting (Classical/Contemporary)

Theatre Sound* UCAS Course Code: WW34

Contact Names Principal: Gavin Henderson HOW TO APPLY For undergraduate courses, please apply through UCAS (www.ucas.ac.uk) using the specific course codes.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are NCDT accredited.

MA Acting for Screen

Scenic Art* UCAS Course Code: W463 Scenic Construction* UCAS Course Code: W464

Technical and Production Management* UCAS Course Code: W493 Theatre Lighting Design UCAS Course Code: W450

T: +44 (0) 1392 277189 F: +44 (0) 1392 277189 E: cygnetarts@btconnect.com W: www.cygnetnewtheatre.com Contact Names Principal: Rosalind Williams Artistic Director: Alistair Ganley Administrator: Mary G. Evans

MA Music Theatre

Three-year BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education UCAS Course Code: W490

HOW TO APPLY For more details please call +44 (0) 1392 277189 or visit our website www.cygnetnewtheatre.com

MA Performance Practices and Research

PGCE Drama or Media Studies

Design MA Scenography

MA Advanced Theatre Practice

MA Movement Studies

Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Strands:

MA Applied Theatre (Drama in the Community and Drama Education) MA Drama and Movement Therapy

Costume Construction* UCAS Course Code: W460

MA Theatre Studies (Performance and the City)

Design for the Stage UCAS Course Code: W461

MA Voice Studies

Performance Arts UCAS Course Code: W440

MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media

Production Lighting* UCAS Course Code: W451

Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD)

Prop Making* UCAS Course Code: W462 Puppetry UCAS Course Code: W441

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Other MA Creative Producing

MA Actor Training and Coaching

UCAS Institution Code: 35 For postgraduate and research courses, please apply directly to Central.

Cygnet Training Theatre is an educational charity, specialising in the training of actors. It functions as an ensemble company with a good reputation and a strong commitment to regular public performances. As well as performing in its own studio theatre (the New Theatre, Exeter), the CYGNET COMPANY tours to a range of venues in the South West. Productions are regularly taken to London or to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Courses offered Performance Three-year vocational programme Strands: Professional Acting; Acting with Music; Acting with Directing. Formal training in voice, movement, dance, music, impro, film, TV & Radio feeds into the rehearsal and performance work which lie at the heart of this experience based training. Part-time and short courses One-off workshops are arranged, usually on Saturday, led by Cygnet permanent or visiting staff. These workshops enhance and develop performance skills for the absolute beginner, experienced amateur and intending professional. One week Intensive Acting Courses occur in April and August. For information on short courses, please see page 21.

Applicant INFORMATION Entry to the company is by full-day audition/workshop. For general information on application procedures, please visit our website. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Part-time and short courses For part-time diplomas for gap years, Acting and Musical Theatre plus short, summer, evening/weekend and business courses, please see page 21. the schools

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Drama Centre London

Drama Studio London

www.csm.arts.ac.uk/drama

www.dramastudiolondon.co.uk

Drama Centre offers an inspirational, passionate environment for those who are resolutely serious about their careers. The school develops individualistic, self-reliant, rounded and accomplished professionals. Its students enter with confidence the world of the classics as well as engaging with new writing and screen work. Graduates include: Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Frances de la Tour, Anne-Marie Duff, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Helen McCrory and John Simm.

At Drama Studio London our aim is to prepare talented students for the demands and realities of today’s professional theatre industry. The training is passionate, personalised and challenging. We aim to bring out the best in every student, welcoming and promoting their individual talents. Our ethos is to provide a training that is absolutely relevant and teaches each student not just how to act, but how to be an actor.

Drama Centre London 10 Back Hill London EC1R 5EN T: +44 (0) 20 7514 7022 F: +44 (0) 20 7514 8777 E: drama@arts.ac.uk W: www.csm.arts.ac.uk/drama The Information Office: Specify Drama Centre and the course which interests you: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design Southampton Row London WC1B 4AP E: info@csm.arts.ac.uk Contact Names Principal: Professor Vladimir Mirodan, FRSA Acting Principal: Jonathan Martin, MA HOW TO APPLY Admission to all courses is by audition and/or interview. Undergraduate candidates should apply through UCAS in the first instance and will then receive an audition/interview pack detailing specific requirements. Foundation and MA candidates should apply directly to the School. UCAS Institution Code: UAL U65

Courses offered All Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are validated by the University of the Arts London. Performance One-year (30 weeks) Diploma in Foundation Studies (Performance) Options in: Acting, Directing, Writing for stage and screen. Leading to Trinity Guildhall Diploma – ATCL Performing (Performance Arts). Three-year (108 weeks) BA (Hons) Acting Course UCAS Course Code: W410 BA/Act NCDT accredited. One-year (45 weeks) MA in European Classical Acting Partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe and the Vakhtangov Institute, Moscow. Two-year (60 weeks) MA Screen: Acting Acting for the screen and radio. Directing Three-year (108 weeks) BA (Hons) Directing UCAS Course Code: W420 BA/Direct One-year (45 weeks) MA Screen: Directing, Screenwriting Options in directing and writing for the screen.

Part-time and short courses Three-week Summer School Drama Centre offers an intensive threeweek Summer School for those wishing to experience conservatoire training in the heart of London. A large number of short courses is also offered in association with Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

DRAMA STUDIO LONDON Grange Court 1 Grange Road London W5 5QN

Courses offered

Applicant INFORMATION

All Postgraduate courses are validated by Trinity College London.

T: +44 (0) 20 8579 3897 F: +44 (0) 20 8566 2035 E: admin@ dramastudiolondon.co.uk W: www.dramastudiolondon.co.uk

For information on short courses, please see page 21.

Contact Names Principal: Peter Craze

Applicant INFORMATION

Director two-year course: Chris Pickles

In 2011 Drama Centre will be moving to a new campus at King’s Cross, in the heart of London, featuring two theatres, TV and radio studios and modern rehearsal rooms. Drama Centre London is part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, a federal college of the University of the Arts London.

Managing Director: Kit Thacker

Performance One-year Acting Course NCDT accredited. Full-time, 44 weeks. Drama Studio London Diploma and National Certificate in Professional Acting. An intensive vocational training. A flexible approach, covering modern and traditional skills, with particular reference to classical language and voice. A comprehensive preparation to securing regular, professional work.

Dance and Drama Awards are available for the one-year Acting Course and the second year of the two-year Acting Course. DaDA students will study for the Trinity College London National Certificate in Professional Acting, in addition to the Drama Studio London Diploma. Auditions for 2011 entry will begin in November 2010.

For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Vice Principal: Crispin Harris Registrar: Sue Quelch-Woolls HOW TO APPLY Selection for admission is made by audition, recall and personal interview with senior staff. We look solely for talent, maturity, and the potential to become a successful working actor. For an application form email admin@ dramastudiolondon.co.uk or visit www.dramastudiolondon.co.uk

For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Two-year Acting Course Full-time, 36 weeks per year. Drama Studio London Diploma and National Certificate in Professional Acting. Same core training as one year course. Greater variety of teaching styles. More time to develop techniques, and correct technical problems, for example vocal or physical. Less intensive pace, more flexible to individual needs, allows greater scope for absorption and reflection. Comprehensive preparation to securing regular, professional work. Part-time and short courses Summer Acting Course Intensive introduction to professional drama training, and insight into the industry for students of all levels. Covers all core areas, diagnoses strengths, weaknesses and training needs. Culminates in a fully-staged performance. For information on short courses, please see page 22.

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East 15 Acting School

GSA – Guildford School of Acting

www.east15.ac.uk

www.gsauk.org

For almost 50 years, East 15 has produced actors, directors, theatre practitioners and technicians. One of the UK’s most innovative acting schools, East 15 grew from the work of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop. Today it has over 650 students and offers a range of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses. East 15 has two locations in Loughton* and Southend-on-Sea† and is now part of the University of Essex.

Established over forty years ago and now situated on the University of Surrey campus, Guildford, GSA has a reputation for the excellent quality of its training for classical and contemporary acting, musical theatre, television and film. We produce versatile, highly skilled performers, stage managers and technicians who sustain long term careers in the performing arts and entertainment industry. GSA is committed to the provision of equal opportunities in education.

EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL *East 15 Acting School Hatfields Rectory Lane Loughton IG10 3RY

GSA – Guildford School of Acting Stag Hill Campus University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH

 East 15 Acting School University of Essex Southend Campus Elmer Approach Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW

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T: +44 (0) 20 8508 5983 F: +44 (0) 20 8508 7521 E: east15@essex.ac.uk W: www.east15.ac.uk Contact Names Director: Professor Leon Rubin Deputy Director: Dr. Michael Fry HOW TO APPLY Undergraduate students apply through UCAS. Students are able to apply for more than one course. Applicants not applying through UCAS will not be eligible for UK government funding, tuition fee support or university bursaries. Postgraduate students may apply directly to East 15. UCAS Institution Code: E70

Courses offered

Three-year BA World Performance†

All courses are validated by the University of Essex.

One-year Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts*

Performance Three-year BA Acting* NCDT accredited. Develop talent and skills in voice and movement.

One-year MA Filmmaking*

Three-year BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre* NCDT accredited. Experiment with creative writing, European physical theatre, and music. Three-year BA Acting and Stage Combat† The only BA course in the world offering professional and vocational training in stage combat and performance.

Applicant INFORMATION Undergraduate students wishing to be considered for a place at East 15 need to make an application through UCAS. Students are able to apply for more than one course.

One-year MA Acting for TV, Film and Radio* NCDT accredited.

Postgraduate applicants to East 15 must demonstrate suitability for entry, assessed on experience (academic and practical). Whilst there is no minimum age, it would be unlikely that someone under 21 will have gained the prerequisite experience. There is no upper age limit.

One-year/twenty months MA/MFA Acting (International)*

For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

One-year MA Acting* NCDT accredited.

T: +44 (0) 1483 560701 F: +44 (0) 1483 684070 E: gsaenquiries@gsa.surrey.ac.uk W: www.gsauk.org Contact Names Director: Peter Barlow Head of Performance: Gerry Tebbutt Head of Undergraduate Studies: Michael Moor Head of Postgraduate Studies: Terrie Fender Head of Production Studies: Tina Gardiner HOW TO APPLY For all Performance and Technical courses please apply directly to GSA. Applicants can download a prospectus/application form from our website: www.gsauk.org or email/ telephone us to request these:

Directing One-year/twenty months MA/MFA Theatre Directing*

Admissions Officer: T: +44 (0) 1483 684052 E: gsaadmissions@ gsa.surrey.ac.uk

Technical Theatre Two-year/three-year FdA/BA Technical Theatre*

We offer auditions to everyone who applies by 31st January 2011.

Other Three-year BA Community Theatre† Three-year BA Physical Theatre†

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Courses offered All degree courses are validated by the University of Surrey. All diploma courses are awarded by Trinity College, London. All Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are NCDT accredited. Performance Trinity National Diploma in Professional Acting Trinity National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Acting Dynamic, industry oriented and highly practical, GSA aims to promote and develop a clear set of acting skills and versatility of approach in its students. Through its provision for professional development GSA offers access to the profession. Three-year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre This highly practical course offers comprehensive and rigorous training both in the individual skills of singing,acting and dance and as importantly, the integration of these skills into the dynamic performance form that is musical theatre. GSA offers access to the profession through its professional development provision. MA Acting Industry-led intensive practical actor training that produces versatile and confident performers in theatre and film. MA Musical Theatre Industry-led intensive practical performance training in acting, singing and dance that produces confident versatile performers with a sound knowledge of genre and repertoire.

MA Practice of Voice and Singing Intensive one-year practice-based programme for active practitioners and coaches that seeks to integrate the twin disciplines of the sung and spoken voice. Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Professional Production Skills BA (Hons) Professional Production Skills – Extension to one and two-year courses Other Two-year Trinity National Diploma in Professional Skills One-year AP(e)L Fast Track Option for experienced/ mature students Part-time and short courses GSA offers a varied programme of part-time Saturday School training for all ages, a comprehensive choice of Summer Schools plus a distance learning BA Conversion Course. For information on short courses, please see page 23.

Applicant INFORMATION GSA positively encourages applications from black and minority ethnic communities. GSA welcomes applications from overseas students, who if unable to attend two auditions, can request a oneonly audition, undertaking first audition immediately prior to a recall weekend. Candidates for Technical Courses will be interviewed by the Head of Production Studies or a Senior Staff member. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

www.gsmd.ac.uk

www.italiaconti-acting.co.uk

Situated in the Barbican Arts Centre in the City of London, the Guildhall is a lively, friendly community of actors, theatre technicians and musicians. The Acting and Technical Theatre Arts Departments are intimate and supportive and their programmes are highly regarded in the profession for the passion, quality and rigour of the teaching, the emphasis on the integration of craft training and the strong ensemble ethic shared by staff and students.

Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts is a world-renowned centre for actor training. Its graduates populate the performance industries and it is this commercial edge that makes the BA (Hons) Acting course unique. It is one of the country’s leading vocational acting courses with an emphasis on professional development and employability.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama Silk Street Barbican London EC2Y 8DT

Courses offered

Applicant INFORMATION

All Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are validated by City University London.

T: +44 (0) 20 7382 2323 F: +44 (0) 20 7382 7207 E: drama@gsmd.ac.uk W: www.gsmd.ac.uk

Performance Three-year BA (Hons) in Acting NCDT accredited. Full-time professional training in Acting.

Students are eligible for the normal funding for university students. Entry to the acting programmes involves a three stage audition, each of which must be passed in order to proceed to the next. Entry to the Technical Theatre Arts and the MA in Training Actors is by interview. Full details can be found on the School’s website.

Contact Names Principal: Professor Barry Ife, CBE FKC HonFRAM Director of Drama: Christian Burgess Director of Acting: Wyn Jones Director of Technical Theatre: Ben Sumner HOW TO APPLY Please apply directly to the School, NOT through UCAS. You can apply online, by downloading an application form or by obtaining a hard copy from Registry.

MA in Acting Three-year full-time professional training in acting for those who already hold an undergraduate degree. MA students work alongside students on the BA Acting Programme. MA in Training Actors (Voice) or (Movement) Two-year part-time programme designed to train voice and movement teachers to work in the acting profession.

For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Avondale Hall 72 Landor Rd Clapham London SW9 9PH T: +44 (0) 20 7733 3210 F: +44 (0) 20 7737 2728 E: acting@lsbu.ac.uk W: www.italiaconti-acting.co.uk Contact Names Programme Director: Chris White Programme Co-ordinator: Kerry Beverstock HOW TO APPLY Please apply through UCAS or directly via: www.italiaconti-acting.co.uk

Courses offered Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting UCAS Course Code: W410 Awarded by Open University (subject to final validation). NCDT accredited. A vocational course whose principal aims are to provide a current, comprehensive acting training, and to equip graduates to work in the acting profession.

Applicant INFORMATION Entry to the course is by 3 stage audition over a whole day. These stages may include workshops in Voice, Movement and Singing. For full information on application and audition procedures please visit our website. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre Arts NCDT accredited. Professional training in one of three pathways: Stage and Costume Management, Design Realisation or Theatre Technology. Part-time and short courses Three-week summer schools on Acting in Shakespeare and Contemporary Theatre and Acting in Musical Theatre. For information on short courses, please see page 23.

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LAMDA – The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

LIPA – The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

An affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD)

www.lipa.ac.uk

www.lamda.org.uk Situated in West London and celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2011, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK. Few cast lists are empty of LAMDA actors and our stage managers and theatre technicians excel in a wide range of artistic and managerial positions. The Academy trains actors, directors, stage managers and theatre technicians to meet the highest demands in theatre, film, television and radio.

LAMDA – The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art 155 Talgarth Road Barons Court London W14 9DA T: +44 (0) 20 8834 0506 F: +44 (0) 20 8834 0501 E: admissions@lamda.org.uk W: www.lamda.org.uk Contact Names Principal: Joanna Read Vice-Principal (Vocational): John Bashford Vice-Principal (Academic): Sarah Rowe Head of Drama School: Rodney Cottier Stage Management and Technical Theatre Course Director: Rob Young HOW TO APPLY Prospective students may apply online for all courses via the LAMDA website. Alternatively, they may send a hard copy of their completed application form to LAMDA’s Admissions Office. For further information, please visit www.lamda.org.uk

Courses offered Performance Two-year Foundation Degree in Professional Acting NCDT accredited. Validated by the University of Kent. Aimed at those students with previous professional or higher education experience, this intensive course concentrates on progress and development. Three-year BA (Hons) in Professional Acting NCDT accredited. Validated by the University of Kent. Provides a comprehensive vocational training for actors of exceptional talent. One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Acting Validated by the University of Kent. Offers a rigorous practical training in the classics. Single Semester Acting Course Designed to develop the individual’s knowledge and understanding of classical texts. Directing One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Directing Provides prospective professional directors with experience of working on all aspects of theatrical production from budgeting to performance. Design One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Design Offers students practical experience in all areas of theatre design.

Technical Theatre Two-year Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre NCDT accredited. Validated by the University of Kent. Provides a broad vocational training in all aspects of stage management and technical theatre. Other One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Movement Instruction For students specifically interested in teaching movement-related subjects at a senior level. One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Direction Prepares prospective musical directors or repetiteurs by enhancing their knowledge of singing, voice preservation, coaching and repertoire. Part-time and short courses LAMDA also offers a diverse programme of full-time short courses. These are for students over the age of 18 (with the exception of the Academy’s Introduction to Drama School and Audition Technique Courses, which have a minimum entry age of 16). For information on LAMDA’s short courses, please see page 23.

Applicant INFORMATION There are a limited number of LAMDA scholarships available for students on the Two and Three-year Professional Acting Courses, as well as the Two-year Stage Management and Technical Theatre Course. These are allocated at the Academy’s discretion. There is no application process for scholarships prior to being offered a place. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

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LIPA opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training that would lead to sustained employment. It was co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty. It is housed in Sir Paul’s old school, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art higher education institution. LIPA is dedicated to providing the best teaching and learning for performers and those who make performance possible. LIPA – The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Mount Street Liverpool L1 9HF UK T: +44 (0) 151 330 3000 F: +44 (0) 151 330 3131 E: reception@lipa.ac.uk W: www.lipa.ac.uk Contact Names Founding Principal/CEO: Mark Featherstone-Witty Head of Acting and Community Drama: Dr Nick Phillips Programme Leader for Theatre and Performance Design and Technology: Joe Stathers-Tracey HOW TO APPLY LIPA operates a dual application process for the majority of its degree programmes, which means that candidates need to complete a LIPA application form and to apply through UCAS. For almost all LIPA courses, places are offered only after audition or interview. UCAS Institution Code: L48

Courses offered All undergraduate courses are validated by Liverpool John Moores University. Performance One-year LIPA Foundation Diploma Performing Arts (Acting) One-year LIPA Foundation Diploma Performing Arts (Dancing) One-year LIPA Foundation Diploma Performing Arts (Singing) Three-year BA (Hons) Acting UCAS Course Code: W410 Aims to produce disciplined, multi-skilled and creative practitioners; thinking actors who take responsibility for shaping their own careers. Three-year BA (Hons) Dance UCAS Code: W500 The course aims to provide students with the technique, creativity, understanding and professional awareness to sustain a career in commercial dance. Three-year BA (Hons) Music UCAS Course Code: W300 Helps students to be who they want to be musically and to learn about the business, match their music with an audience and plan a working life playing music. Design Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Design UCAS Course Code: W460 This course aims to produce creative, ambitious and multi-skilled designers, equally at home designing the sets and costumes for a theatre production or leading a site-specific art/performance event or creating the environment or lighting for a music gig.

Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Technology UCAS Course Code: W461 This course builds from a broad base of practical theatre knowledge to introduce students to wider areas of media, arts and event production, where skills can be transferred to great effect. Other LIPA Foundation Diploma Popular Music and Sound Technology Three-year BA (Hons) Community Drama UCAS Course Code: W491 Three-year BA (Hons) Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management UCAS Course Code: W450 Three-year BA (Hons) Sound Technology UCAS Course Code: HW63 Part-time and short courses LIPA offers a part-time performing arts academy for 4–19 year olds, called LIPA 4:19. This also offers summer schools. For information on short courses, please see page 23.

Applicant INFORMATION LIPA takes the candidate’s ability in their chosen programme into account together with educational attainment; experience to date in the area that the candidate wishes to study; interdisciplinary interest, knowledge and ability in other art forms; activities where the candidate has shown enterprise and initiative and communication skills. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

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MMU – Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

www.theatre.mmu.ac.uk

www.mountview.org.uk

Manchester School of Theatre at the Manchester Metropolitan University has a long standing international reputation for preparing students for careers as professional actors. Integrating the demands of a disciplined and highly vocational skill based training with the collaborative nature of an ensemble ethos, the School prides itself in delivering uniquely challenging and enabling training programmes for those wishing to pursue careers in professional theatre, film and TV.

Situated in north London, in the Borough of Haringey, Mountview is well placed for access to the West End, Fringe theatre and London nightlife. Founded in 1945, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts is now recognised as one of the country’s leading Drama Schools. Dedicated to excellence in education and training, Mountview offers an intensive and challenging programme for students whose vocation is to work in professional theatre and related industries.

Manchester School of Theatre Manchester Metropolitan University Mabel Tylecote Building Cavendish Street Manchester M15 6BG T: +44 (0) 161 247 6969 E: courses@mmu.ac.uk W: www.theatre.mmu.ac.uk Contact Names Head of School of Theatre: Niamh Dowling Course Leader BA (Hons) Acting: David Shirley HOW TO APPLY For the BA (Hons) Acting programme you will need to apply online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). For the MA Acting programme and for summer schools and short courses please contact the School directly. UCAS Institution Code: M40

Courses offered

Applicant INFORMATION

All Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are validated by the Manchester Metropolitan University.

All applicants are invited to attend an audition in order to assess their suitability for the chosen full-time programme. The aim is to offer all candidates the opportunity to demonstrate creative and intellectual potential and to explore whether or not they have the ability to succeed on the course and meet the demands of a challenging and highly competitive profession.

Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting UCAS Course Code: W411 NCDT accredited. Full-time professional training in Acting. MA in Acting A one-year full-time professional training in acting with a specific focus in Eastern European theatre training. This programme is delivered in collaboration with Teatr Piesn Kozla, Poland. MA in Movement Designed to train movement practitioners and teachers, the MA in Movement Practice for Theatre is a one-year full-time vocational programme taught in Europe and the USA. Part-time and short courses The School of Theatre also offers a range of short and part-time courses aimed at those seeking to enhance existing skills or those wishing to acquire new ones. These include courses in live and recorded performance practice as well as Presentation and Communication skills. For information on short courses, please see page 24.

For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Ralph Richardson Memorial Studios Kingfisher Place Clarendon Road Wood Green London N22 6XF T: +44 (0) 20 8881 2201 F: +44 (0) 20 8829 0034 E: enquiries@mountview.org.uk W: www.mountview.org.uk Contact Names Principal: Sue Robertson Director of Acting Programme: Amir Korangy Musical Theatre Programme Manager: Kathy Allman Director of Production Arts: Andy Franks HOW TO APPLY To apply for Undergraduate Performance and all Postgraduate Courses, please contact Mountview direct. Undergraduate Technical Theatre candidates should apply through UCAS: www.ucas.ac.uk UCAS Institution Code: M95 Part-time Courses for Adults and Young People: email: copd@mountview.org.uk

Courses offered Performance Three-year BA (Hons) in Performance NCDT accredited. Validated by the University of East Anglia. Acting and Musical Theatre Options.

One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Technical Theatre Other One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Direction

Three-year National Diploma in Professional Acting or Professional Musical Theatre NCDT accredited. Validated by Trinity College London.

Part-time and short courses A rich and diverse programme of part-time evening, weekend and summer courses is offered for adults and young people. For information on short courses, please see page 24.

MA in Performance Validated by the University of East Anglia. Acting and Musical Theatre Options.

Foundation in Acting One-year, three evenings per week.

One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Performance NCDT accredited. Acting and Musical Theatre Options. One-year National Certificate in Professional Acting NCDT accredited. Validated by Trinity College London. Directing MA in Theatre Directing Subject to validation. One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Directing Technical Theatre Two-year BA (Hons) Technical Theatre NCDT accredited. Validated by Middlesex University.

Foundation in Musical Theatre One-year, three evenings per week.

Applicant INFORMATION Applicants should be 18 or over (BA) or 21 or over (Postgraduate and MA) at the time of entry. Mountview is committed to equal consideration for all applicants. Students who receive a Dance and Drama Award, funded by the Young People’s Learning Agency, will follow and be awarded The Trinity College London qualification (Diploma/Certificate) in addition to the opportunity to complete their degree/ Mountview Diploma. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Two-year National Diploma in Professional Production Skills NCDT accredited. Validated by Trinity College London.

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The Oxford School of Drama

Queen Margaret University Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division

www.qmu.ac.uk

www.oxforddrama.ac.uk

The Oxford School of Drama provides a truly vocational training. It offers individual attention in an inspiring setting with excellent links to the profession. With only 34 graduating students each year it is fully focussed on producing a small number of highly trained, employable actors. 93% of recent graduates currently work in the industry and have had lead roles for BBC serials (Little Dorrit, Sense and Sensibility, The Tudors and Casualty), the National Theatre, RSC and Royal Court. The Oxford School of Drama Sansomes Farm Studios Woodstock OX20 1ER

Courses offered

Applicant INFORMATION

All full-time courses are validated by Trinity College London.

T: +44 (0) 1993 812883 F: +44 (0) 1993 811220 E: info@oxforddrama.ac.uk W: www.oxforddrama.ac.uk

Performance Six-month Foundation Course in Acting A course for those aged 17 years and over who are planning to go onto drama school or university. A lively and rewarding course that will introduce you to a range of performance methods and techniques.

The School has no academic requirements. Entry is by audition only. Dance and Drama Awards are available for its three-year and one-year courses. It has the highest proportion of Dance and Drama Awards as a result of its outstanding Ofsted inspection and graduate employment record. It is the only drama provider validated as exemplary by Trinity College London.

Contact Names Principal: George Peck HOW TO APPLY For all courses, apply directly to the School. A prospectus and enrolment form can be downloaded from the website or a hard copy sent out to you. Large print copies are available from our website and an audio version by contacting the School.

Six-month Foundation Course in Musical Theatre A course for students of 17 years and over who are planning to take up further studies in Musical Theatre. A demanding and creative course that will develop your technical abilities. One-year Acting Course NCDT accredited as professionally relevant. Practical training for students of 21 years and over for a career in TV, film, theatre and radio. Three-year Acting Course NCDT accredited as professionally relevant. Practical training for students of 18 years and over for a career in TV, film, theatre and radio.

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For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

Queen Margaret University offers a small and friendly learning environment located on the edge of Edinburgh. The Media, Communication and Performing Arts division has a reputation for professionally focused education of the highest quality. The programmes offer the knowledge, experience, and skills for work in the creative industries. We aim to develop the unique qualities of each individual and to offer the opportunity to become skilled, versatile and employable practitioners. QMU – Queen Margaret University Queen Margaret University Drive Musselburgh EH21 6UU T: +44 (0) 131 474 0000 F: +44 (0) 131 474 0001 E: admissions@qmu.ac.uk W: www.qmu.ac.uk Contact Names Principal: Dr Petra Wend FRSA BA Acting for Stage & Screen: Robin Wilson BA Drama & Performance: Christine Raffaelli

Courses offered

Applicant INFORMATION

Performance BA (Hons) Acting & Performance Although this programme is being delivered QMU is not currently recruiting to it.

Applicants should be 18 or over (BA) or 21 or over (MA) at the time of entry. QMU is committed to equal consideration for all applicants and each application will be assessed on its own merits. We welcome applications from mature students. Applicants for BA Acting Stage and Screen typically require an HND, Foundation Degree or completion of SCQF level 8 in an appropriate subject for entry into year 3. An acting audition will be required for entry on the programme. Other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Design Four-year BA Costume Design & Construction Other Two-year BA Acting for Stage & Screen Advanced entry programme delivered jointly with Edinburgh Napier University. Subject to validation. Four-year BA Drama & Performance

BA Costume Design & Construction: Polly Lister

MA Arts & Cultural Management One-year full-time or two years part-time.

MA Arts & Cultural Management and MA Festival Management: Dougie Brown

MA Festival Management One-year full-time or two years part-time.

For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

HOW TO APPLY All undergraduate candidates should apply through UCAS: www.ucas.ac.uk www.ucas.ac.uk UCAS Institution Code: Q25 Applications for postgraduate courses are made using our online application form via our website. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

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RADA – Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

An affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD)

www.bruford.ac.uk

www.rada.org We offer vocational training equipping actors, actresses, stage managers, directors, designers and technical stage craft specialists. RADA was established in 1904 and has built an outstanding reputation as a world-renowned centre of excellence, offering the best possible facilities, exceptional teaching and strong industry links. RADA’s student population is a diverse community. We pride ourselves both on the professional standard of our student productions and on our track-record of employment. RADA – Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 62–64 Gower Street London WC1E 6ED

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T: +44 (0) 207 636 7076 F: +44 (0) 207 323 3865 E: enquiries@rada.ac.uk W: www.rada.org

Performance Foundation Course in Acting Two-term, full-time course. Students contemplating undertaking a drama degree or vocational theatre training.

Contact Names Director: Edward Kemp Registrar: Patricia Myers Director of BA Acting course: Sebastian Harcombe Director of Technical Training: Neil Fraser Head of Theatre Directing and MA Courses: Sue Dunderdale HOW TO APPLY Please apply directly to RADA using one of the application forms available from our website or by contacting the Academy directly.

All Undergraduate courses are validated by Kings College London.

Three-year BA (Hons) Acting Validated by Kings College, London. Three-year vocational training for a career in theatre, television, film and radio. Directing MA in Theatre Directing Validated by Kings College London. Four-term MA course concentrating on the practice of theatre directing. Design Four-term postgraduate diploma in Scenic Art Validated by Kings College London. Training includes spray techniques, scenic drawing, life drawing, perspective drawing and scenic carving. Two-year postgraduate diploma in Theatre Costume Validated by Kings College London. Covers all areas of costume making from pattern cutting to the finished garment. Two-year postgraduate diploma in Theatre Design Validated by Kings College London. A set and costume design course covering the process of design for performance.

Technical Theatre Two-year foundation degree in Technical Theatre and Stage Management Broad practical foundation training in all areas of theatre production. Four-term postgraduate diploma in Stage Electrics and Lighting Design Validated by Kings College London. Students will learn basic backstage work, and all aspects of theatre lighting and sound. Four-term postgraduate diploma in Property Making Validated by Kings College London. Students learn essential techniques in making props. Four-term postgraduate diploma in Scenic Construction Validated by Kings College London. Students will work in the carpentry and steel fabrication workshops. Other MA in Text and Performance Studies Validated by Birkbeck University. Designed to deepen and extend an awareness of drama and plays in performance. Part-time and short courses A wide range of summer courses, workshops for young people and a youth company. For information on short courses, please see page 24.

Applicant INFORMATION It is RADA’s policy to audition/interview all eligible applicants who apply before the deadline. Please see individual courses for full details or check our website www.rada.org For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

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Rose Bruford College is one of Europe’s leading providers of vocational training in theatre and related arts. Pioneering the first BA degree in acting in 1976, RBC is at the forefront of innovative theatre training. Set in beautiful parkland 25 minutes by train from London’s West End, the campus includes modern, purpose built theatres (4), rehearsal studios, workshops, technical facilities and a research library with special collections, online and international study opportunities, plus a core faculty of over 100. Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance Lamorbey Park Burnt Oak Lane Sidcup Kent DA15 9DF T: +44 (0) 20 8308 2600 F: +44 (0) 20 8308 0542 E: enquiries@bruford.ac.uk W: www.bruford.ac.uk Contact Names Principal: Professor Michael Earley Vice Principal Academic: Dr Andrew Walker Head of School of Performance: Emilio Romero Head of School of Design, Management & Technical Arts: Nick Hunt MPhil & PhD Study: Dr Paul Fryer MA Programmes: Richard Sadler HOW TO APPLY All applicants to full-time undergraduate degree programmes must apply via UCAS. Visit www.ucas.com where you will be able to apply online.

Courses offered All Undergraduate courses are validated by University of Manchester. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are NCDT accredited. For all Postgraduate courses, apply directly to the College.

Three-year BA (Hons) Stage Management* UCAS Course Code: W450 BA/StMgt

Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting* UCAS Course Code: W410 BA/Act

Other Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre Studies (by online distance learning) Apply directly to the College.

Three-year BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship* UCAS Course Code: W4W3 BA/AcM

Three-year BA (Hons) Opera Studies (by online distance learning) Apply directly to the College.

Three-year BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts UCAS Course Code: W422 BA/ETA Opportunity to study in Europe.

MA Ensemble Theatre (one-year full-time) Create productions for a variety of venues. Establish and be a part of a new theatre company.

Three-year BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts UCAS Course Code: W423 BA/ATA Opportunity to study in the US in the second year.

MA Theatre for Young Audiences (one-year full-time or two-years part-time) The first MA in the UK of its kind, run in partnership with the Unicorn Theatre.

Design Three-year BA (Hons) Costume Production* UCAS Course Code: W451 BA/CP

MPhil and PhD Study

UCAS Institution Code: ROSE R51

Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre Design UCAS Course Code: W460 BA/TDes

Applicants for all other programmes should contact the College direct on: +44 (0) 20 8308 2600 or enquiries@bruford.ac.uk

Three-year BA (Hons) Scenic Arts* UCAS Course Code: W4W7 BA/Scen

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Three-year BA (Hons) Performance Sound UCAS Course Code: WJ49 BA/PSound

Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Creative Lighting Control UCAS Course Code: WG46 BA/LightC Three-year BA (Hons) Lighting Design* UCAS Course Code: W4W2 BA/LiDes

Part-time and short courses For information on short courses, please see page 25.

Applicant INFORMATION Entry to most courses is by audition or interview. We particularly encourage mature students and take into account a range of qualifications, experience and diversity of backgrounds. Contact the College for specific entry requirements. For undergraduate degree programmes, you should normally be 17 or over. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52. the schools

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RWCMD – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

www.rsamd.ac.uk

www.rwcmd.ac.uk

Founded 1847, the RSAMD is the UK’s first conservatoire of music, drama and dance, providing specialist performance-based training. We offer world-class facilities including six professional performance venues, rehearsal spaces, dance studios, workshops, digital production and editing facilities, and unrivalled opportunities via professional collaborations with UK and Scottish national performing companies, including Scottish Ballet, the BBC and the National Theatre of Scotland.

RWCMD provides specialist training within performance, technical theatre and design. Operating at the forefront of its international peer group, RWCMD delivers the finest artistic tuition to exceptional students from the UK and beyond, many of whom go on to work at the highest levels internationally. 2011 will see the opening of a new £22.5 million campus which includes two theatre spaces, acting and movements studios, an exhibition gallery and concert hall.

RSAMD – Royal Scottish Academy of Music AND Drama 100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB T: +44 (0) 141 332 4101 F: +44 (0) 141 332 8901 E: registry@rsamd.ac.uk W: www.rsamd.ac.uk Contact Names Principal: Professor John Wallace OBE MA (Cantab) FRSAMD FRAM FRCM FRNCM Hon DLitt (Strathclyde) Hon DMus (Aberdeen) Patron: HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay President: Sir Cameron Mackintosh DDra (RSAMD) Vice-Principal: Professor Maggie Kinloch FHEA FRSA Dean of Drama: Hugh Hodgart BA (Hons) FRSA FRSAMD HOW TO APPLY Applications for all programmes offered by the School of Drama and Dance are made directly to the RSAMD see: T: +44 (0) 141 270 8265 E: dramaadmissions@rsamd. ac.uk or danceadmissions@ rsamd.ac.uk W: www.rsamd.ac.uk/academy/ how-to-apply

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Courses offered All Undergraduate courses are validated by RSAMD. Performance Three-year BA Acting NCDT accredited. Industry-led teaching of classical and contemporary approaches with extensive performance opportunities and professional links. Four-year BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice Develops students as independent artists; based on the disciplines of performance, installation, movement, research and documentation. Three-year BA Musical Theatre Training in all essential elements including one-to-one singing lessons, acting techniques, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, and uniquely, musicianship. MA Classical and Contemporary Text Validated by RSAMD, Acting and Directing options. Structured around new writing and classical text, and professional practice. Performances Scotland and London. MA Musical Theatre Performance and Musical Directing options. Intensive training with performance projects, including a season at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and industry showcases. Design Three-year BA Technical and Production Arts NCDT accredited. A practical, industryled programme with three strands Design; Applied Arts and Construction; Management and Technology. Extensive venue and performance experience.

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Other Three-year BA Digital Film and Television Theoretical classes and high-level technical training, including idea development. Extensive industry contact. Multiple award winning. Three-year BA Modern Ballet In partnership with Scottish Ballet. MA Arts in Social Contexts Validated by RSAMD. Supports students towards their development of sociallyengaged arts practices within a vibrant multi-disciplinary learning community. Research Degrees Validated by the University of St Andrews. Themes supported include the processes and methods of developing new performance, specialist performance training, and musical composition. MLitt in Managing in the Creative Industries Validated by the University of St Andrews. Part-time and short courses Extensive range of intensive weekend, evening and summer courses for those considering a career in the performing or production arts. For information on short courses, please see page 25.

Applicant INFORMATION All applicants are auditioned and/or interviewed. Minimum age of entry is 17 (16 for Modern Ballet). See website for more details of entrance requirements. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

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Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting UCAS Course Code: W410 NCDT accredited. Acting, vocal, movement, stage combat skills modules.

Contact Names Principal: Hilary Boulding Director of Drama & Head of Theatre Design: Sean Crowley Head of Acting: Dave Bond Head of Stage Management: Dave Roxburgh HOW TO APPLY Postgraduate applicants apply direct to RWCMD. Undergraduate applicants apply through UCAS.

All Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are validated by the University of Glamorgan.

MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio The postgraduate element of the masters award is NCDT accredited. Acting, vocal, movement, stage combat skills modules. MA Musical Theatre Vocal technique, repertoire, movement, acting modules. Design Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre Design UCAS Course Code: W460 Technical drawing, CAD, pattern cutting, costume construction, millinery, tailoring, puppetry, scenic art modules.

UCAS Institution Code: R86

MA Theatre Design Scenography, set design, costume design, costume construction, sound design, lighting design, puppetry. MA Scenic Arts & Construction for Stage & Screen Includes productions and work placement modules. Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Stage Management UCAS Course Code: W450 NCDT accredited. Stage management, stagecraft, technical theatre modules.

MA Stage Management Stage management, technical studies, stagecraft, event management modules. Other MA Event Production Includes productions and work placement modules. MA Arts Management Marketing, fundraising, education, organisation & planning & venue management. Part-time and short courses Young Actors Studio – training for talented 15–19 years old covering all the components areas considered to be essential for any successful actor. Summer Schools – the award winning drama and design departments run a series of short courses over the summer holidays. For information on short courses, please see page 25.

Applicant INFORMATION All of the courses offered by RWCMD are highly practical and vocational. In order to fully benefit from the training, students must have a high level of commitment to their chosen career. Applicants must show their commitment in their personal statement. For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

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location The area, the local facilities, the living costs, transport links, accommodation.

course Is this what you want to learn?

campus The atmosphere within the college.

graduates Check out what graduates are doing.

productions current students

What sort of public shows are produced?

Speak to them!

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applying to drama school Applicants need to check the individual application requirements with each school. Some CDS members are in UCAS and will advise applicants about the correct process. Applicants for a Drama and Dance Award may be asked to complete additional forms. As some schools receive up to 20 applications for each place early application is advised. Most schools receive far more application than places available so early application is advised.

auditions & interviews Making a choice

Equity

The student’s dilemma – which college to apply to! It is important that prospective students do their research and should not put all their eggs in one basket – whilst they might have a preferred school, it is advisable to apply to more than one. Open days are an excellent way to find out more about the environment, alternatively applicants should use their audition day to look around and to speak to current students. The final decision, if more than one place is offered, should be based on a mixture of informed judgement and gut feeling.

Equity is the trade union for creative professionals and performers working in the entertainment industry in the UK and incorporates the Variety Artistes’ Federation. It is focussed on giving its members a voice and supporting them throughout their careers.

• Educational achievement

A word of advice – CDS does not recommend that applicants seek the opinions of past students who graduated several years ago. Most CDS Schools have undergone considerable changes in the past few years and current students or recent graduates are best placed to tell applicants what the school is like.

• Relevant experience in the area that they wish to study

Offers

Preliminary auditions are held between November and April each year. The application will enable students to demonstrate their:

• Interdisciplinary interest, knowledge and ability in other art forms • Activities where the candidate has shown enterprise and initiative • Communication skills. In general applicants will be asked to submit: • A completed application form • A photograph (performance courses only) • An audition or interview fee • An academic/professional reference • Applicants may be required to complete a medical questionnaire prior to an audition.

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Each year there are many thousands of applicants competing for fewer than 1000 places within CDS schools. Some applicants may be offered places on a number of courses. The CDS operates a policy of not allowing any applicants to accept a place at more that one institution. If a student accepts an offer from a CDS school and subsequently receives another offer they prefer, the first offer must be declined and the second one accepted. Applicants can continue to do this as often as they want until 1 July 2011 on which date schools exchange offer lists.

Open days are an excellent way to find out more about the school environment.

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Students on a full-time course lasting one year or more, which prepares them to work as a performer or in the stage management or creative team in the entertainment industry are eligible for Equity student membership. It only costs £15.50 a year and this gives students regular information, their Equity name, discounts and the chance to meet established artists and make useful contacts. If they are entitled to work in the UK, graduates from NCDT accredited courses or from recognised vocational courses at CDS schools, or theatre design courses are eligible to join Equity as full members. For more details and an application form please contact Hannah Clapham on hclapham@equity.org.uk or 020 7670 0273.

CDS & diversity

Acting & Musical Theatre courses CDS schools will audition most applicants for acting courses. Auditions can be complicated, time consuming and expensive but CDS members feel they are the best way to gauge a students’ potential. Applicants will normally be expected to prepare one or two short speeches and to perform from memory (i.e. without a script). The school will give details of their requirements but speeches should generally be between two and three minutes in length. The speeches should be contrasting in mood and tone. Applicants will usually be asked to present contrasting classical and modern pieces. Applicants may be asked to take part in improvisation and voice sessions. In addition to acting pieces, those applying for a Musical Theatre course will be expected to sing (probably two contrasting songs) and may also be asked to participate in a dance/movement workshop. Everyone is nervous at an audition. Above all a school is not looking for a polished performance. They are looking for an understanding of text and character. The audition panel will be looking for the ability to connect with the text with intelligence and feeling. Members of the audition panel often ask applicants to do the speech again in a different way. This is not because the applicant has done something wrong but because the panel want to assess the applicant’s ability to respond to direction.

 veryone is E nervous at an audition. Above all a school is looking for an understanding of text and character.

Auditions are also an opportunity for applicants to find out about the school to which they are applying. They may be shown round by current students and there are opportunities to ask questions and find out about the premises and location. Some schools may have several rounds of auditions so some students may be asked to a call-back. Applicants for the Drama and Dance Awards may have to attend a recall audition to find out if they are going to be offered an Award. Postgraduate applicants for performance courses may also be interviewed after their audition.

Technical Theatre course Most schools select by interview for technical theatre courses. Applicants will be asked to bring along a portfolio of their previous work. This may include sketches, models, photographs, prompt books, costume designs, light, sound and set designs. Interviews may last all day and could include group exercises and discussions. Applicants may be asked to prepare for an exercise in advance and will be shown round the school and perhaps have the opportunity to see the work of current students. There is usually an opportunity for applicants to talk to students already on the course to which they are applying.

All members of CDS are committed to a policy of widening access, to reflect the social and cultural diversity of society.

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funding information Training at drama school is costly. There is no one single way in which training can be funded; it varies depending on the school. Basically there are two sources of funding: • Higher Education funding • Dance and Drama Awards Please note that fees for all forms of Higher and Further Education may change and the information provided here is correct at the time of publication.

sector and qualifications a guide to funding and validation

Higher Education (HE) Funding

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs)

Government funding is available for all Home Students studying on a three-year Degree Course, providing the student has not previously been in receipt of government funding. For 2010/11 top up fees payable by the student are £3,290 per year (this is not applicable in Scotland). Students embarking on these courses can access Maintenance and Fee Loans, they may also apply for a Maintenance Grant which would be income assessed. EU students can apply for a Fee Loan. If a student takes out a loan for fees/ maintenance s/he will not have to repay it while they are studying. Repayments only start after students leave their course and are earning more than £15,000 a year.

Students in receipt of a DaDA pay a maximum of £1,275 per annum (2010/11) toward training and can also get a grant to help with living costs, which does not have to be repaid. Students are also eligible for Career Development loans of up to £10,000. Students can receive a DaDA even if they have already been in receipt of government funding. Students with an award undertake qualifications validated by Trinity College London, which are levels 5 and 6 in the National Qualifications Framework (equivalent to an Ordinary or Honours degree). Schools in the DaDA scheme do not have enough awards for every student on their courses and have to allocate awards according to the two criteria of talent and financial need. Schools will inform prospective students of the proportion of awards they have available. The Dance and Drama Awards are funded by the Young People’s Learning Agency.

School ALRA Arts Educational Schools Birmingham School of Acting Bristol Old Vic Central Cygnet Training Theatre

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Drama Centre London Drama Studio London East 15 Acting School GSA (Guildford) Guildhall Italia Conti LAMDA LIPA Manchester Mountview The Oxford School of Drama RADA Rose Bruford RSAMD RWCMD

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University of Greenwich/Trinity College London City University London/Trinity College London Birmingham City University University of the West of England University of London Cygnet University of the Arts London Trinity College London University of Essex Trinity College London/University of Surrey City University London The Open University/London South Bank University University of Kent Liverpool John Moores University Manchester Metropolitan University UEA/Middlesex University/Trinity College London Trinity College London Birkbeck University/King’s College London University of Manchester Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama/ University of St Andrews

Fee payers

Funding contacts

Students who do not receive funding can expect to pay fees in the region of £12,000 per year for their training, and additionally will need to fund their own maintenance with no loan or grant. The total cost of funding a three-year independent programme, including living costs can be as high as £56,000.

Career Development Loans Available to students aged 18+. To obtain an information pack:

Even within the HE institutions, courses aimed at graduates or mature students do not normally attract funding, though graduates are eligible for DaDAs.

Where to find funding There are also some bursaries and trust grants which can be accessed by self-funding students. However these fall a long way short of providing all the funding necessary for training. Many fee-paying students are extremely pro-active and creative in sourcing financial support and it is important that any student faced with the prospect of having to pay for their training, does their research and looks at lots of options.

It is advisable to investigate the different sources of funding at the same time as making decisions on which Drama Schools to apply for. A first point of contact should be the Local Education Authority (SAAS in Scotland; DENI in Northern Ireland). They will be able to advise on maintenance costs. The YPLA publishes a guide about the Dance and Drama Awards. The DaDA booklet is available from the YPLA publication line: +44 (0) 845 602 2260 www.direct.gov.uk/danceanddrama and is also available from all schools in receipt of DaDA funding and from CDET (Council for Dance Education and Training) and NCDT. The Guide contains information about how the Awards work, which schools are eligible and how to find out about maintenance funds. The following contacts may also be useful in finding funding:

 44 (0) 800 585 505 + (freephone) www.lifelonglearning.co.uk Careers Service or Connexions Partnership Your local Careers Service or Connexions Partnership can tell you about the range of course providers or job opportunities. Look in the phone book under Careers Service or Connexions Partnership. www.connexions.gov.uk DISABLED STUDENTS If you are a student with disabilities, the SKILL website contains funding information sheets. Information is available on income support, benefits and funding from charitable trusts: Skill Chapter House 18–20 Crucifix Lane London SE1 3JW +44 (0) 800 328 5050 (freephone) and +44 (0) 20 7657 2337 (Tuesdays 11.30am–1.30pm and Thursdays 1.30–3.30pm) www.skill.org.uk

Higher Education students To get a copy of the booklet Financial Support for Higher Education Students contact your LEA or call: +44 (0) 845 602 2260 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS If you are a European Union Student you should contact the Department for Education and Skills EU Means Testing Team on +44 (0) 1325 391199. Students from outside the EU will pay full fees for all courses. Student finance Student finance England has useful links for higher education students: +44 (0) 845 602 0583 (open Monday–Friday 10.00am–4.00pm local call rates apply) http://practitioners. studentfinanceengland. co.uk The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS): +44 (0) 845 111 1711 www.student-supportsaas.gov.uk Student finance Wales: +44 (0) 8456 02 88 45 www.studentfinancewales. co.uk

Educational Grants Advisory Service 501–505 Kingsland Road Dalston London E8 4AU

The Young People’s Learning Agency Cheylesmore House Quinton Road Coventry CV1 2WT

+44 (0) 20 7254 6251 www.egas-online.org

+44 (0) 845 337 2000 enquiries@ypla.gov.uk danceanddrama.ypla.gov.uk

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useful contacts Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) (Answers for Dancers) Please send an A4 £1.50 sae for a full information pack: Old Brewers Yard 17–19 Neal Street Covent Garden London WC2H 9UY +44 (0) 20 7240 5703 info@cdet.org.uk www.cdet.org.uk Equity Equity Head Office Guild House Upper St Martins Lane London WC2H 9EG +44 (0) 20 7670 0273 www.equity.org.uk Foundation for Community Dance LCB Depot 31 Rutland Street Leicester LE1 1RE +44 (0) 116 253 3453 info@communitydance. org.uk www.communitydance. org.uk National Council for Drama Training (NCDT) 249 Tooley Street London SE1 2JX +44 (0) 20 7407 3686 info@ncdt.co.uk www.ncdt.co.uk National Association of Youth Theatres Darlington Arts Centre Vane Terrace Darlington DL3 7AX

information for international students International students are advised to contact the school to which they are interested in applying for more information but should bear in mind the following:

National Operatic and Dramatic Association 58–60 Lincoln Road Peterborough PE1 2RZ +44 (0) 870 770 2480 everyone@noda.hq.org.uk www.noda.co.uk National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) 9th to 15th April 2011 in Scarborough +44 (0) 20 7831 6400 info@nsdf.org.uk www.nsdf.org.uk National Youth Theatre (NYT) 443–445 Holloway Road London N7 6LW +44 (0) 20 7281 3863 comms@nyt.org.uk www.nyt.org.uk Music and Dance Scheme DfES Music and Dance Team Mowden Hall Darlington Co Durham DL3 9BG

Summer schools are a good way for overseas students to find out more about what is like to be a student at a CDS school. See page 20 for details.

• Some schools hold auditions in other countries. Some may also be prepared to consider a video audition, or arrange auditions via video conferencing. For technical candidates it may be possible to arrange telephone interviews. Applicants should contact all schools directly to see if these arrangements are provided. • Many CDS members have links with institutions in other countries and run courses jointly. • Some CDS members run courses specifically for overseas students. • Summer schools are a good way for overseas students to find out more about what is like to be a student at a CDS school. Please see page 20 for more information.

• Tuition is in English and students will be expected to have a reasonable standard of written and spoken English. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to take an IELTS test and will be expected to achieve a score of 6.5 or TOEFL 500550 (220 for Computer Based Testing). A Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English at grade C or above would also normally be acceptable. Other English language qualifications may be acceptable and applicants should contact the schools for advice. • Students from outside the EU will not be eligible for the funding assistance available to home students. They will have to pay fees of around £12,000 per year and their own living costs. The total cost of funding a three-year course including living costs can be in the region of £60,000. Students will also need to demonstrate their ability to support themselves during their time of study. To find out about educational opportunities and funding for courses in the United Kingdom applicants should contact the British Council office in their country of residence.

+44 (0) 1325 391150 www.dfes.gov.uk/mds SKILL National Bureau for Students with Disabilities Head Office Chapter House 18–20 Crucifix Lane London SE1 3JQ +44 (0) 800 328 5050 skill@skill.org.uk Minicom: +44 (0) 20 7450 0620

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CDS showcases CDS schools promote their students to the industry. They do this by inviting agents, casting directors and other industry professionals to attend final year productions. They all run Professional showcases, which are well attended by industry professionals. In addition to the shows produced by the individual schools, CDS students benefit from these unique industry collaborations.

Royal Shakespeare Company Since December 2007 the RSC, in conjunction with the CDS, have run Classic Text workshops for third-year year CDS students. The workshops in Stratford upon Avon are run over two days and students spend time working with RSC practitioners and meeting members of the RSC creative teams and casting department. In addition the RSC have run a workshop for CDS voice and a workshop for directing students. Students who have attended these workshops have subsequently worked for the RSC.

Spotlight Prize Shakespeare’s Globe Each year two students from each of the 22 CDS drama schools participate in the Sam Wanamaker Festival, presenting scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries to a packed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The students participate in a weekend of workshops led by Globe practitioners culminating in the performance of their scenes and a mighty jig.

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Every Summer, graduating CDS acting students nominated by their schools are invited to perform at the prestigious Spotlight Showcase, in front of an exclusive VIP audience of agents, casting professionals and other industry figures. They compete to win two awards – Best Actor (£2,000) and Highly Commended Actor (£1,500) – which are judged by a panel of industry experts. The event gives unrivalled industry exposure to the nominated students, all of whom also win a free year’s membership of Spotlight, the famous casting directory.

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Photographer credits Patrick Baldwin Clive Barda Graham Burke Santhosh Chandran Yi Chen Mark Dean Mark Duffield Ken Dundas Toby Farrow David Fisher Dalila Hamdoun Manuel Harlan Gareth Harmer Adrian Hunter Marc Wilson/Mere Words Graham Michael Roger Morris Kirsten McTernan Clare Park Kiran Ridley Dan Rowson Allie Saunders David Seltzer Allan Titmuss Andrew H Williams Robert Workman

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Contacting CDS To contact CDS directly, please write to: Executive Secretary CDS Limited PO Box 34252 London NW5 1XJ info@cds.drama.ac.uk For the latest information on CDS schools, an online version of this Guide and a searchable database of courses please see:

www.drama.ac.uk © The Conference of Drama Schools Ltd 2010. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission of the copyright holders. The contents and advertisements in this book are compiled and published in good faith. The Publisher cannot accept any liability for any claim howsoever arising, including as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting on the contents, whether any resultant loss is direct or indirect.

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BBC Radio Drama Carleton Hobbs Bursary The Carleton Hobbs Bursary is run by the BBC Radio Drama Company for students graduating from CDS schools. The Carleton Hobbs event offers a unique opportunity to new acting talent, and complements the work which the BBC invests across the board in new writing and directing talent. Students who win a Bursary are offered a contract with the BBC Radio Drama Company but the scheme is not so much about the chance of gaining a job and a regular pay-cheque, but the opportunity of extending the students’ training in a unique acting environment – one where they work with the best actors and writers in the country on a wide range of contemporary and classic plays. Past winners include Richard Griffiths, Stephen Tompkinson. www.bbc.co.uk/soundstart/chb.shtml

‘Amateur Dramatics’, ‘Am-Dram’, ‘Non-Professional’, ‘Community Theatre’… it doesn’t really matter what you call it; people will always form their own opinions of this very British institution – some, more positive than others. However, it’s a salient point that the amateur scene is where many of today’s top professionals first cut their performing teeth and caught the acting bug. Sardines is proud to champion the non-paid performers and, in doing so, has emerged as London’s foremost publication within the genre. As amateur theatre’s only magazine exclusively dedicated to London, Sardines has forged strong links with many of today’s top professional arts organisations and includes regular features from The Stage newspaper as well as a large number of the UK’s most respected drama schools. www.sardinesmagazine.co.uk

French’s Theatre Bookshop Situated in the heart of leafy Fitzrovia, French’s Theatre Bookshop stocks all plays in the English language currently in print, providing students with a truly comprehensive range of material. In addition, the shop sells specialist technical books on everything from acting to lighting, make-up, costume and stage management, theatre biographies, audition material, speech CDs, plays on DVD and much more. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist students with any queries, and to recommend suitable plays for performance. There are folders of monologue suggestions for auditions and free booklists on all aspects of the stock. The nearest tubes are Warren Street and Great Portland Street. For full details and to browse and buy online, visit French’s website at www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk

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NSDF

“The NSDF is essential, I was inspired by the drive, idealism and commitment of the students and leaders.” Christopher Eccleston, Visiting Artist NSDF10 The Sunday Times NSDF is a week-long celebration of theatre and live performance. The festival includes the most exceptional student theatre from across the UK, along side workshops, masterclasses and performances from a diverse mix of extraordinary professionals. NSDF10’s Visiting Artists included: Akala, John Caird, Christopher Eccleston, Filter, Graeae, Hip Hop Shakespeare, Stephen Jeffreys, Terry King, Mike Leigh, Methuen Drama, National Theatre Studio, National Youth Theatre, Punchdrunk, Mark Ravenhill, The Roundhouse, Royal Shakespeare Company, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Spotlight, Stage Electrics, Tamasha, to name but a few.

“NSDF is simply amazing: an invaluable opportunity for anyone wanting to get involved in the theatre.” Ashley Scott Layton, Student Director, NSDF10

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Spotlight is passionate about the importance of professional training for actors and has supported the work of the CDS for many years. Each year, final-year students at CDS drama schools are invited to join the unique ‘Spotlight Graduates’ directory, in which Spotlight promotes them to casting professionals and agents as they approach graduation and begin their professional careers. The Spotlight website features a calendar of CDS schools’ performances and showcases, making sure that industry professionals know when and where they can see CDS talent in action. Spotlight also runs a professional development programme exclusively for CDS students, offering a series of seminars and workshops with key industry figures; and holds an annual Graduation Ball for all CDS students every Summer in London.

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