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CONFERENCE OF DRAMA SCHOOLS www.drama.ac.uk

Guide to Professional Training in Drama & Technical Theatre


Guide to Professional Training in Drama & Technical Theatre

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

work-orientated 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

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by Dame Janet Suzman, President of CDS

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LAMDA – London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Introduction by Leon Rubin, 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 RADA – Royal Academy 45 of Dramatic Art Rose Bruford College of 46 Theatre & Performance Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 47 RWCMD – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama 48

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subject areas I wish you a warm welcome into the fraternity of the 21 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.

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

application

Step 4: how to get in – the application process Applying to drama school

course information 18

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

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Auditions & interviews Funding information Sector and qualifications Useful contacts International students CDS showcases Further information CDS industry connections

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 ver 250 courses O to choose from at

21 schools

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introduction

about us

by Leon Rubin, Chair of CDS

Welcome to the CDS Guide to Professional Training in Drama and Technical Theatre. The most distinctive aspect of the training provided by CDS members is that we prepare actors, directors, technicians, designers, and writers for professional careers in live and recorded media. The courses offered by CDS schools are intensely practice based and focus on producing graduates who are ready to work in the performing arts industry. From the professional staff who meet you when you are auditioned, to the agents and casting directors who come to the final performances and showcases, we provide training for professionals by professionals. Many of our courses have the added advantage of providing graduates with a nationally recognised qualification, mostly at undergraduate and post graduate level, validated by various Higher Education Institutions, even though the teaching and learning is firmly embedded in the traditions of drama school training. The CDS and its members are consistently supported by professional practitioners in every branch of the industry and by their professional organisations such as the Spotlight, Equity, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Theatrical Managers’ Association, the Globe Theatre and the National Theatre. With their partnership, the Conference of Drama Schools will continue to maintain and improve the highest standards of professional training. CDS members provide the British theatre, film and television industries with well-trained, educated and innovative actors, directors, technicians and designers. Graduates from all our courses find work in the world’s leading stage and screen productions, in all areas of expertise. The UK theatre profession is internationally renowned as one of the highlights of British culture and the performance industry makes an immense contribution to the national economy; CDS is proud of its role as a key part this industry. I hope you enjoy our Guide and trust that you will find the process of auditioning for the schools of your choice enjoyable and rewarding. We would also like to thank Spotlight for their continued sponsorship and welcome Oberon Books as a new and valued sponsor. Remember, we are selecting you as you are choosing us and we feel sure this guide will help you in this important process. We all look forward to meeting you at our 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. To contact CDS directly, please write to: Executive Secretary CDS Limited PO Box 34252 London NW5 1XJ

Please remember: • 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

info@cds.drama.ac.uk www.drama.ac.uk

For the latest information on CDS schools, an online version of this Guide and a searchable database of courses please see

• 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.

www.drama.ac.uk

Leon Rubin Chair CDS Director East 15 Acting School

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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

technical theatre sound

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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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.

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 else? what level?

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

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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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 BSA (B’ham) Bristol Old Vic

Musical Theatre Foundation

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1

Central Cygnet Drama Centre

Drama Studio

Guildhall Italia Conti LAMDA LIPA

• •

Manchester Mountview

• •

Oxford RADA

Dip

BA

PG Dip

MA

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2

East 15 GSA (Guildford)

Cert

Rose Bruford RCS* RWCMD

Foundation

Cert

Dip

BA

PG Dip

Central Drama Centre

LAMDA Rose Bruford RCS*

MA

Foundation

Central East 15 Rose Bruford RCS*

Foundation

ArtsEd

Design Cert

Central GSA (Guildford)

Mountview Oxford

Dip

BA

• • • •

• • • • •

PG Dip

MA

• • • •

Cert

Dip

• •

RWCMD

PG Dip

• • • • • •

Schools

Foundation

Cert

Dip

BA

PG Dip

• • •

Rose Bruford

MA

• •

Central

Schools

Foundation

Cert

BA

PG Dip

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Rose Bruford RCS*

RWCMD

Dip

BA

PG Dip

Bristol Old Vic

4

• •

Schools

Foundation

Cert

Dip

BA

PG Dip

Bristol Old Vic

LIPA

MA

RWCMD

OTHER FULL TIME COURSES

• •

East 15

LIPA

• • •

Mountview

• • • • • • 4

RADA

Dip

BA

PG Dip

MA

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. ArtsEd

GSA (Guildford)

RADA

BSA (B’ham)

Italia Conti

Rose Bruford

Bristol Old Vic

LAMDA

RCS*

Central

LIPA

RWCMD

Drama Centre

Manchester

East 15

Mountview

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ONE YEAR CONVERSION COURSES 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.

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Central

MA

2

East 15

RCS*

BSA (B’ham)

LAMDA

Bristol Old Vic

Rose Bruford

Cert

Guildhall

Directing

Mountview

Foundation Degree

GSA (Guildford)

directing

LAMDA

MA

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

MA

• • •

Drama Centre

Cert

PG Dip

technical theatre

ArtsEd GSA (Guildford)

• • • •

• • •

Rose Bruford RCS* RWCMD

• •

Costume Schools Bristol Old Vic Central

Foundation

Cert

Dip

BA

Rose Bruford

PG Dip

MA

1

RADA

RCS*

18

Central

ALRA

Central

Foundation

BA

Bristol Old Vic

Schools Dip

ArtsEd

• •

• •

Dip

Technical Theatre/Stage Management

Television, Film and Radio Performance

Drama Centre

Cert

RWCMD

• •

MA

Arts Management Foundation

Actor Musicianship

RADA BA

Schools

RADA

RCS*

Schools

Contemporary Theatre Schools

Schools

3

Classical Acting Schools

other

design

• •

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.

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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part-time and short courses ArtsEd LONDON Course

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

CENTRAL (CONTINUED)

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

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Foundation Course in Performance – Acting

32 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Acting – Text 2

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Foundation Course in Performance – Musical Theatre

32 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Actors’ Audition Pieces

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Acting for Stage – Tier 1

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Audition Techniques

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Acting for Stage – Tier 2

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Combat and Stage Fighting

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting for Screen & TV – Tier 1

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Directed Scenes

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Hourly

Short course

17+

Course

Acting for Screen & TV – Tier 2

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Individual Voice Coaching for Actors

Musical Theatre – Tier 1

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Musical Theatre

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Musical Theatre – Tier 2

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

17+

Saturday Drama Class

10 weeks

Young persons

6–17

1 week

Easter/Summer school

16+

Singing

8 weeks

Short course

17+

3 weeks

Summer school

N/A 17+

Audition Technique West-End Week

1 week

Easter/Summer school

17+

Spoken English

Musical Theatre School

1 week

Easter/Summer school

17+

Summer Shakespeare

2 weeks

Summer school

Actor’s School

1 week

Easter/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+

Liberating the Text with Nickolas Grace

1 week

Summer school

17+

Moscow Art Theatre School for Actors

18+

Voice & Text with Nickolas Grace Youth Theatre for Actors

Birmingham School of Acting (BSA) Course Foundation course in Acting Acting Jesters 11-day course

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

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Summer Theatre Company

20 weeks

Full-time

18+

History of Theatre: Greeks to Restoration

2 weeks

Summer school

18+

Acting for Radio

11 days

Summer school

14–17 18+

8 weeks

Short course

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+

How to become an Actor

1/2 week

Summer school

17+

1/2 week

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting for Camera for Beginners

Effective communication

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

Creative drama

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Improvisation

Stage combat (Basic and Advanced Certificates)

30 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Making a soap opera: devising, writing & performing

Performance Certificate course – introductory stage

30 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Summer School at Moscow Art Theatre School

1 week

Summer school

n/a

1 week

Summer school

6–17 6–17

Performance Certificate course – advanced stage

30 weeks

Part-time – evening

18+

Youth Theatre for Actors I

Creative drama and effective communication

10 weeks

Young persons – Sat

14–17

Youth Theatre for Actors II

2 weeks

Summer school

Interview skills workshops

1 day

Intensive workshop

17+

Voice Fundamentals 1: Good Voice Use

1 week

Summer school

17+

Preparing for audition

1 day

Intensive workshop

17+

Voice Fundamentals 2: Voice in Performance

1 week

Summer school

17+

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

10 weeks min.

Part-time – Sat

17+

Shakespeare Summer Schools (Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice: Linklater’s Approach and Playing Shakespeare)

1/2 weeks

Summer school

18+

Cygnet TRAINING THEATRE Course Intensive Acting Courses

BRISTOL OLD VIC Course ACT III

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

10 weeks

Part-time – Sun

16–18 16+

Theatre Skills – Week 3

1 week

Summer school

1 week

Summer school

17+

Classical Acting Course

1 week

Summer school

17+

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

1 week

Short course

18+

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

Modern Acting Course

CENTRAL

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

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

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

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

Duration

Course type

Summer School – A London Theatre Experience

3 weeks

Summer school

Age requirements 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+

Audition Technique for Drama School

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Diploma in Acting

24 weeks

Part-time

17+

Creating a Character

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Diploma in Musical Theatre

24 weeks

Part-time

17+

Dance Photography

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Gap Year Diploma (Acting)

1 year

Part-time

17+

Design and Make Puppets

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Accent and Dialect Coaching

Hourly

Short course

17+

Fight Scenes and Acting for Beginners

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Acting – An introduction

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Foundation in Acting

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Acting – Shakespeare

8 weeks

Short course

17+

Foundation in Singing and Voice

3 weeks

Short course

Acting – Text 1

8 weeks

Short course

17+

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

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

GSA (Guildford) (CONTINUED) Course

For further information: +44 (0) 1483 684040 / www.gsauk.org

Duration

Course type

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 week (2 date options)

Summer school

17+

Part-time course

1 year

Evening (2 per week)

16+

Acting

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Intensive Dance Audition Techniques

Age requirements

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Introduction to Acting for Camera

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Physical Acting

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Singing

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Play-Writing for Beginners

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Jazz

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Summer Study Abroad – Dance

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Tap

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Summer Study Abroad – Shakespeare in the City

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Ballet

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Television Presenting

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Street Dancing

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

Voice Skills for Better Presentations

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Musical theatre styles

1 hour

Saturday school

8+/adult

After Effects for Television

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Private Acting and Singing Tutorials

30 min

Saturday school

8+/adult

Computers for Theatre Design

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Costume Design for Theatre and Screen

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Costume Making

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Guildhall

Design for Television

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Fashion in Film

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Course

Scenic Art Techniques

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Set Design for Film and Television

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Set Design for Performance

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Summer Study Abroad – Theatre and Costume Design

3 weeks

Short course

18+

Theatre Scale Model Making

3 weeks

Short course

18+

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+

Italia Conti Course

DRAMA STUDIO LONDON Course Summer Acting

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

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

4 weeks

Summer school

18+

Summer School Boot Camp

LAMDA Course

EAST 15 Course

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

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

1/3 weeks (3 date options)

Summer school

17+

Acting for Singers

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting Shakespeare

1 week

Summer school

17+

Audition Technique

1 week (3 date options)

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 week (2 date options)

Summer school

17+

Introduction to Acting

Introduction to Acting on Camera Stage Combat Theatre Directing Devised and Collaborative Theatre

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+

Physical Theatre

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting for International Students

1 week

Summer school

17+

Introduction to Technical Theatre

1 week

Summer school

17+

GSA (Guildford) Course

For further information: +44 (0) 1483 684040 / www.gsauk.org

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

For further information: +44 (0) 20 7733 3210 / www.italiaconti-acting.co.uk

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

1 Week

Part-time/Short course

16+

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

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

8 weeks

Summer school

18+

Shakespeare

4 weeks

Summer school

18+

Physical Theatre

2 weeks

Summer school

18+

Audition Technique*

2 weeks

Summer school

16+

Introduction to Drama School*

2 weeks

Summer school

16+

English Communication Skills Through Drama (EFL)

3 weeks

Summer school

18+

Stage Management

2 weeks

Summer school

18+

Introduction to Acting for Camera

2 weeks

Summer school

16+

* Easter Course is also available

LIPA Course

For further information: 0151 330 3009 / www.lipa.ac.uk

Duration

Course type

LIPA 4:19 Acting

1 week

Summer school

7–19

LIPA 4:19 Band and Vocal Academy

1 week

Summer school

13–19

LIPA 4:19 Dance

1 week

Summer school

7–19

LIPA 4:19 Musical Theatre

1 week

Summer school

7–19

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

BA (Hons) Theatre Conversion Course

1 year

1 year Distance Learning

Graduation age

Musical Theatre

1 hour

Summer school

17+

MANCHESTER School of theatre

Acting for Camera

5 days

Summer school

17+

Directing A Musical

5 days

Summer school

17+

Course

Intensive Acting

1 week

Summer school

17+

Intensive Singing

1 week

Summer school

17+

Age requirements

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

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+

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part-time and short courses (continued) MOUNTVIEW Course

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

ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE (CONTINUED)

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

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Foundation Course – Acting

1 year

Part-time

17+

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Foundation Course – Musical Theatre

1 year

Part-time

17+

Young People’s Theatre

Various

Part-time

8–18

Introduction to Acting

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

MA Theatre for Young Audiences

2 years

Part-time

18+

Introduction to Musical Theatre

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

BA Theatre Studies (online distance learning)

3 years+

Part-time

18+

Introduction to Performing Arts

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

BA Opera Studies (online distance learning)

3 years+

Part-time

18+

Introduction to Street Dance

10 weeks

Part-time

17+

Perform: Acting

2 terms

Part-time

17+

Perform: Devised Theatre

2 terms

Part-time

17+

Perform: TV and Film

2 terms

Part-time

17+

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Acting Summer School

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Course

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Musical Theatre Summer School

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Acting: Shakespeare and Greek Theatre

3 weeks

Summer school

17+

Audition Technique

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting: Stanislavski and Naturalism

3 weeks

Summer school

17+

Lighting Design and Technology

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting: Radio and Voiceover Technique

1 week

Summer school

17+

Acting: For Camera

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

Acting: Gaelic Drama

2 weeks

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+ 17+

RADA Course

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

Teaching Acting: Gaelic Drama

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

Acting Shakespeare

8 weeks

Short course

18

Musical Theatre

RADA Shakespeare Summer School

4 weeks

Short course

18

Performing Rock and Pop

Young Actors Summer School

LEM: Laboratoire Etudes de Movement

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

1 week

Summer school

3 weeks

Summer school

17+

1 week

Summer school

17+

Devising Theatre

1 week

Summer school

17+

Site Specific Theatre in Glasgow

1 week

Summer school

17+

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

Directing Theatre

1 week

Summer school

17+

Property Making for the Stage: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Drama Facilitators Skills Development

1 week

Summer school

17+

Lighting Design for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Technical and Production Arts

3 weeks

Summer school

17+

Scenic Art for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Film-making

3 weeks

Summer school

17+

Corset Making for the Theatre: An Introduction

1 week

Short course

17

Learning English through Drama

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 week

Short course

17

Accessing the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival

1 week

Summer school

17+

Contemporary Drama School

2 weeks

Short course

18

Modern Ballet

1 week

Summer school

13–17

Directing course – how to rehearse

2 weeks

Short course

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Choreography

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 week

Short course

18

Dance and Film

1 week

Summer school

17+

Scenic Construction for the Theatre: An Introduction

European Greats Musical Theatre Youth Weekend Workshops

1 week

Short course

18

Weekend

Young persons

16–24

Danceilaymi South Indian Dance

1 week

Summer school

17+

Contemporary Dance Performance

1 week

Summer school

17+

1 year – weekend only

Young persons

16–20

Modern Ballet Spring Course

3 days

Short course

13–17

Advances in Scriptwriting

8 weeks

Short course

18+

Acting Audition Preparation

15 weeks

Short course

17+

The Role of the Producer

8 weeks

Short course

18+

Musical Theatre Audition Preparation and Skills Weekends

15 weeks

Short course

17+

1 week

Short course

18+

4 days

Short course

17+

10 weeks

Part-time – evening

24+

Technical and Production Arts – Interview and Portfolio Preparation

Youth Company

Introduction to Acting in Film and TV Acting

ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE Course

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

Duration

Course type

Age requirements

1 day

Summer school

16–18

Combat

1 day

Summer school

16–18

Voice and the Actor

2 days

Summer school

16–18

Improvisation

2 days

Summer school

16–18

16+ Non-residential 18+ Residential

Approaches to Text

2 days

Summer school

16–18

Acting Intensives

10 days

Summer school

16–19

Acting Intensives

10 days

Summer school

20+

Corsetry

5 days

Summer school

18+

Jazz

3 days

Summer school

8–18

Chamber Music

5 days

Summer school

13–18

Course type

Age requirements

Acting Summer School

2 weeks

Summer school

16+ Non-residential 18+ Residential

International Acting Summer School

2 weeks

Summer school

16+ Non-residential 18+ Residential

1 week

Summer school

Stage Management Summer School

1 week

Summer school

16+ Non-residential 18+ Residential

Sound Design Summer School

1 week

Summer school

16+ Non-residential 18+ Residential

Part-time Theatre Arts

1 year – weekly (evening)

Part-time

18+

Course

For further information: +44 (0) 29 2039 1391 / www.rwcmd.ac.uk/summerschools

Movement for the Actor

Duration

Lighting Design Summer School

RWCMD

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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.

Mountview Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 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 musical theatre school offering a triple threat undergraduate training. There are film screenings annually in London and Los Angeles and recent graduates are currently working internationally in Film & TV, in the West End and on Broadway, at The National Theatre and the RSC.

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 Head of Postgraduate Studies: Andrew Fillis HOW TO APPLY For all Acting courses and one-year Technical Production please contact us directly to apply. For two-year Technical Theatre, apply through UCAS: www.ucas.co.uk

Courses offered 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. Three-year Acting A BA validated by the University of Greenwich and a Diploma validated by Trinity College London. NCDT accredited. ALRA is the only drama school to offer acting for camera alongside theatre 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. One-year Technical Production An intensively vocational course in all aspects of film, TV and recorded media.

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.

Applicant INFORMATION 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. 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.

Deputy Principal and 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 Acting/One-year Certificate in Professional 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. 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, plus at least three years professional performance experience.

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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 *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. 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.bcu.ac.uk/bsa

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

Courses offered All courses are validated by Birmingham City University. 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. 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 all Postgraduate courses apply directly to the School. 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 for International students (Cert HE) An intensive three-term (33 weeks) training in the core-skills, techniques and approaches to acting on stage. Three-year Professional Acting BA (Hons) Broad and comprehensive training and preparation for professional performance in theatre, radio, television and film. 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.

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. Technical Theatre Two-year Professional Stage Management (FdA) Long established training in theatre production skills offers a fast track course for more experienced students. Three-year Professional Stage Management BA (Hons) Provides a broad-based training, combining theatre production skills with television and radio drama experience. One-year Theatre Arts Management (PG Dip) Students will normally have previous training in a practical theatre discipline and/ or professional experience in theatre. 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

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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 acting, 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. Scenic Art* UCAS Course Code: W463

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: Acting; Collaborative and Devised Theatre; Musical Theatre. Students entitled to full equity status on graduation.

Stage Management* UCAS Course Code: W491

MA Acting

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

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

MA Performance Practices and Research

PGCE Drama or Media Studies

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

Design MA Scenography

MA Advanced Theatre Practice

MA Movement Studies

Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Strands: Costume Construction* UCAS Course Code: W460 Design for the Stage UCAS Course Code: W461 Performance Arts UCAS Course Code: W440 Production Lighting* UCAS Course Code: W451 Prop Making* UCAS Course Code: W462 Puppetry UCAS Course Code: W441

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Technical and Production Management* UCAS Course Code: W493

Cygnet Training Theatre New Theatre Friars Gate Exeter Devon EX2 4AZ

Other MA Creative Producing

MA Actor Training and Coaching

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

Scenic Construction* UCAS Course Code: W464

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

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.

MA Theatre Studies (Performance and the City) MA Voice Studies MA Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) 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 20. 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, Tom Hardy, 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 Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design University of the Arts London Granary Building 1 Granary Square London N1C 4AA 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

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 Vakhtangov Institute, Moscow.

Acting Principal: Jonathan Martin, MA

Two-year (60 weeks) MA Screen: Acting Acting for the screen and radio.

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.

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.

UCAS Institution Code: UAL U65

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 2012 entry will begin in November 2011.

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

Vice Principal: Crispin Harris 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 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 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 All courses are validated by the University of Essex.

One-year MA Filmmaking*

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

Part-time and short courses We also offer a range of Summer School courses. For information on short courses, please see page 22.

Three-year BA Acting and Community Theatre†

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Three-year BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre* NCDT accredited. Experiment with creative writing, European physical theatre, and music.

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.

Three-year BA Acting and Stage Combat† The only BA course in the world offering professional and vocational training in stage combat and performance.

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 MA Acting* NCDT accredited. One-year/twenty months MA/MFA Acting (International)* Directing One-year/twenty months MA/MFA Theatre Directing* Technical Theatre Two-year/three-year FdA/BA Stage Management and Technical Theatre* Other Three-year BA Physical Theatre† Three-year BA World Performance†

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T: +44 (0) 1483 684040 F: +44 (0) 1483 684070 E: gsaenquiries@gsa.surrey.ac.uk W: www.gsauk.org Contact Names 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: Admissions Officer: T: +44 (0) 1483 684052 E: gsaadmissions@ gsa.surrey.ac.uk

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 One-year Foundation Course – Acting or Musical Theatre For students contemplating a drama degree or three-year diploma Course. 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.

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

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.

Part-time and short courses GSA offers a Part-time evening course plus 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 22.

MA Acting Industry-led intensive practical actor training that produces versatile and confident performers in theatre and film.

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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. 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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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 directly via: www.italiaconti-acting.co.uk

Courses offered Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting UCAS Course Code: W410 Awarded by University of East London 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. Part-time and short courses Summer School Boot Camp Over an intensive week of workshops, we will provide you with taster sessions for the classes you can expect on a drama school course, from vocal technique to physical skills. For information on short courses, please see page 23.

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.

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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 LAMDA has been fuelling the global performing arts industry with new talent for 150 years. We offer exceptional vocational training to actors, directors, designers, stage managers and technicians. Our acting course graduates can be found in the West End, Broadway, Hollywood and the UK’s flagship theatre companies, as well as on television and radio. Our stage management and technical graduates thrive across the global entertainment industry and in an extraordinary range of other managerial positions. LAMDA 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: John Bashford Head of Drama School: Rodney Cottier Stage Management & 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. This comprehensive two-year course is for students whose university education or professional experience enables them to receive and retain training at a quicker pace. 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 for international students. Single Semester Acting Course Designed to develop the individual’s knowledge and understanding of classical texts. Directing One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Directing Design One-year Postgraduate Diploma in 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.

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Other One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Movement Instruction One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Direction One-year Foundation Course Provides a basic training in acting, stage management, writing and design. Ideal for students wishing to develop their skills prior to applying to drama school. 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, Audition Technique and Introduction to Acting for Camera Courses, which have a minimum entry age of 16). For information on LAMDA’s short courses, please see page 23.

Applicant INFORMATION As an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama, LAMDA receives funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This means that eligible UK/EU students are able to access loans to assist with their tuition fees and maintenance costs. LAMDA and the Conservatoire also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available to ensure that the most talented students can access the Academy’s training, regardless of their financial circumstances. Further details are available at www.lamda.org.uk For general information on application procedures, please see page 52.

LIPA opened in 1995 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 Certificate Performing Arts (Acting) One-year LIPA Foundation Certificate Performing Arts (Dance) One-year LIPA Foundation Certificate 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 Certificate 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 23.

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 Performance: Donna Soto-Morettini Director of Production: 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

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.

UCAS Institution Code: M95

Directing MA in Theatre Directing Validated by the University of East Anglia.

Part-time Courses for Adults and Young People: email: copd@mountview.org.uk

One-year Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Directing Technical Theatre Two-year BA (Hons) Theatre Production Arts 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

RADA – Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

www.oxforddrama.ac.uk

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

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 television serials (Little Dorrit, The Promise, Monroe, The Tudors and Casualty); at the National Theatre, RSC and Royal Court; in the West End and on Broadway.

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.

www.rada.ac.uk

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. Funding is available for its three-year and one-year courses. In 2011 it received a Grade 1 – ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted and an ‘exemplary’ rating from Trinity College London who validate its courses.

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.

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

RADA – Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 62–64 Gower Street London WC1E 6ED T: +44 (0) 207 636 7076 F: +44 (0) 207 323 3865 E: enquiries@rada.ac.uk W: www.rada.ac.uk 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.

Courses offered Performance Foundation Course in Acting Two-term, full-time course. Students contemplating undertaking a drama degree or vocational theatre training. Three-year BA (Hons) Acting Validated by King’s College London. Three-year vocational training for a career in theatre, television, film and radio. Directing MA in Theatre Directing Validated by King’s College London. Four-term MA course concentrating on the practice of theatre directing. Design Four-term postgraduate diploma in Scenic Art Validated by King’s College London. Training includes spray techniques, scenic drawing, life drawing, perspective drawing and scenic carving. Two-year postgraduate diploma in Theatre Costume Validated by King’s College London. Covers all areas of costume making from pattern cutting to the finished garment. Two-year postgraduate diploma in Theatre Design Validated by King’s 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 Validated by King’s College London. Broad practical foundation training in all areas of theatre production.

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Four-term postgraduate diploma in Stage Electrics and Lighting Design Validated by King’s 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 King’s College London. Students learn essential techniques in making props. Four-term postgraduate diploma in Scenic Construction Validated by King’s College London. Students will work in the carpentry and steel fabrication workshops. Other MA in Text and Performance With Birkbeck University. Designed to deepen and extend an awareness of drama and plays in performance. MA Theatre Lab Validated by King’s College London. Students develop and explore their performance skills in an experimental framework. 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.

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Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance www.bruford.ac.uk

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

(formerly known as Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama)

www.rcs.ac.uk

Founded 1847, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 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. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB T: +44 (0) 141 332 4101 F: +44 (0) 141 332 8901 E: registry@rcs.ac.uk W: www.rcs.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)

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

Dean of Drama: Hugh Hodgart BA (Hons) FRSA FRSAMD

Part-time and short courses For information on short courses, please see page 24.

HOW TO APPLY Please see www.rcs.ac.uk for application information or contact:

Applicant INFORMATION

T: +44 (0) 141 270 8265 E: dramaadmissions@rcs.ac.uk or danceadmissions@rcs.ac.uk W: www.rcs.ac.uk

UCAS Institution Code: ROSE R51 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 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

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Three-year BA (Hons) Stage Management* UCAS Course Code: W450 BA/StMgt Other Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre Studies (by online distance learning) Apply directly to the College.

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

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

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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.

Vice-Principal: Professor Maggie Kinloch FHEA FRSA

Courses offered All courses are validated by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland unless otherwise indicated. 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 Acting and Directing options. Structured around new writing and classical text, and professional practice. Performances in 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.

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. 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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RWCMD – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama www.rwcmd.ac.uk

Drama Training from Oberon Books Catherine Weate

RWCMD provides specialist training within performance, technical theatre and design, in an environment reflecting the professional industry. RWCMD graduates can be found working at the highest levels internationally across stage, television and film. In 2011 RWCMD opened its new world-class £22.5 million campus, including The Richard Burton Theatre, acting and movements studios, an exhibition gallery and concert hall. RWCMD – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Castle Grounds Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3ER

Courses offered

T: +44 (0) 29 2039 1361 F: +44 (0) 29 2039 1301 E: admissions@rwcmd.ac.uk W: www.rwcmd.ac.uk

Performance Three-year BA (Hons) Acting Apply through CUKAS NCDT accredited. Acting, vocal, movement, stage combat skills modules.

Contact Names Principal: Hilary Boulding Director of Drama & Head of Design & Production: Sean Crowley Head of Acting: Dave Bond HOW TO APPLY Admission to RWCMD is through application either through CUKAS (www.cukas.ac.uk), UCAS (www.ucas.ac.uk) or direct through the college. CUKAS Institution Code: R59 UCAS Institution Code: R86 Direct College Application: www.rwcmd.ac.uk/howtoapply

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

MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio Apply through CUKAS The postgraduate element of the masters award is NCDT accredited. Acting, vocal, movement, stage combat skills modules.

Technical Theatre Three-year BA (Hons) Stage Management UCAS Course Code: W450 NCDT accredited. Stage management, stagecraft, technical theatre modules. MA Stage Management Apply through the college Stage management, technical studies, stagecraft, event management modules.

MA Arts Management Apply through CUKAS Marketing, fundraising, education, organisation & planning & venue management.

Design Three-year BA (Hons) Theatre Design UCAS Course Code: W460 Technical drawing, CAD, pattern cutting, costume construction, millinery, tailoring, puppetry, scenic art modules.

Part-time and short courses Young Actors Studio – training for talented young people (12 plus) covering all the components areas considered to be essential for any successful actor.

MA Scenic Arts & Construction for Stage & Screen Apply through CUKAS Includes productions and work placement modules.

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Summer Schools – for information 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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Other MA Event Production Apply through the college Includes productions and work placement modules.

MA Musical Theatre Apply through CUKAS Vocal technique, repertoire, movement, acting modules.

MA Theatre Design Apply through CUKAS Scenography, set design, costume design, costume construction, sound design, lighting design, puppetry.

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step 4: how to get in

course Is this what you want to learn?

campus The atmosphere within the college.

productions What sort of public shows are produced?

graduates Check out what graduates are doing.

location current students

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

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 applications 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. While 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 form 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 about 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 applicant 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 after 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 government 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 At the time of writing this Guide, CDS Schools supported exclusively by HEFCE funding, were still considering fees and charges for 2012–13. Information on the government’s plans can be found on the web pages of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills or www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance and http://yourfuture.direct.gov.uk/costs At the moment the main points of the new proposals are as follows:

• Full-time students may be entitled to a grant of up to £3,250 towards living costs such as food, accommodation and travel if their household income is below £25,000 per annum. Students from families with incomes up to £42,000 will be entitled to a partial grant.

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• Eligible students (UK and EU) will not have to pay up front for their tuition. The cost of tuition (up to £9,000) can be paid by a loan, which students will only start to repay once they have left their course and are earning over £21,000. Repayments will be 9% of income above £21,000, so the amount repaid each month will depend on earnings. Someone earning £21,500, for example – currently the salary of a newly-qualified teacher – would initially make repayments of just £4 per month. All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years.

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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

• Loans for living costs are available for all eligible UK and EU full-time students. • Students from lower income families will be able to benefit from a new £150m National Scholarships Programme (details to be finalised). • Contact individual schools for their latest updates on fees.

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) Students in receipt of a DaDA pay a maximum of £1,275 per annum (2011/2012) towards training and can also apply for a means tested grant to help with living costs, which does not have to be repaid. Students are also eligible for Career Development loans of up to £8,000. 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. Students who do not receive a DADA are eligible for a student loan if the Drama School course offers a Degree. Information about DaDA is available from 0800 121 8989.

City University London

Full Fee payers

University of East London

Students who receive neither HEFCE nor DaDA funding can expect to pay fees in the region of £14,000 per year for their training, and additionally will need to fund their own maintenance, although they may still be eligible for Student Loan funding towards the cost of tuition fees and living expenses. The total cost of funding a three-year independent programme, including living costs can be substantial.

University of Kent Liverpool John Moores University Manchester Metropolitan University UEA/Middlesex University/Trinity College London Trinity College London King’s College London University of Manchester

Where to find funding Even within the HE institutions, courses aimed at graduates or mature students do not normally attract funding, though some graduates are eligible for DaDAs. Some bursaries may be available for post-graduate study but government loans are not available. There are also some bursaries and trust grants which can be accessed by selffunding students. However these fall a long way short of providing all the funding necessary for training. Individual schools may have bursary schemes. 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 contacts on the following page may also be useful in finding funding.

Scottish/Non-UK EU Students The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay tuition fees for all eligible full-time Scottish-based and other non-UK EU students, studying in Scotland, who are at studying degree level for the first time. Students should apply to SAAS for payment of tuition fees even if they are not applying for any other means of support. English, Welsh and Northern Irish Students Students who intend to study in Scotland will be eligible for the same funding package that they would benefit from if they attended an institution in their home country. Variable top-up fees have not been introduced in Scotland. Eligible students will be able to apply for a student loan for fees to cover tuition fee costs. Students will repay these loans once they have left the institution. For further advice, please visit the following websites: Scotland www.student-supportsaas.gov.uk England www.direct.gov.uk/ studentfinance Wales www.studentfinancewales. co.uk Northern Ireland www.studentfinanceni. co.uk

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useful contacts Career Development Loans To find out more about applying for a Career Development Loan visit the new CDL Directgov website at: www.direct.gov.uk/cdl +44 (0) 800 100 900 Careers Service or Connexions Partnership The Connexions Direct website has now become part of Directgov Young People. All relevant content for young people can now be found on the Directgov website at: www.direct.gov.uk/en/ YoungPeople/index.htm DISABLED STUDENTS Skill has closed but the website still contains information. www.skill.org.uk FAMILY ACTION EDUCATIONAL GRANTS ADVISORY SERVICE Grants Service Family Action 501–505 Kingsland Road London E8 4AU +44 (0) 20 7241 7459 (2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only) www.family-action.org.uk Higher Education students Please see the information at: www.direct.gov.uk/en/ EducationAndLearning/ UniversityAndHigher Education/StudentFinance

information for international students INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS www.direct.gov.uk/en/ EducationAndLearning/ UniversityAndHigher Education/Student Finance/StudentsFrom OtherEUCountries

Equity Equity Head Office Guild House Upper St Martins Lane London WC2H 9EG

Student finance www.direct.gov.uk/en/ EducationAndLearning/ UniversityAndHigher Education/StudentFinance

Foundation for Community Dance LCB Depot 31 Rutland Street Leicester LE1 1RE

Student Finance England +44 (0) 845 300 50 90 Student Finance Wales +44 (0) 845 602 8845 (no email enquiries) www.studentfinancewales. co.uk The Young People’s Learning Agency For information about Drama and Dance Awards +44 (0) 800 121 8989 www.direct.gov.uk/en/ EducationAndLearning/ 14To19/MoneyToLearn/ DanceandDrama/index www.danceanddrama. ypla.gov.uk 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

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+44 (0) 20 7670 0273 www.equity.org.uk

+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 +44 (0) 1325 363330 nayt@btconnect.com www.nayt.org.uk National Operatic and Dramatic Association NODA House 58–60 Lincoln Road Peterborough PE1 2RZ

National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) 22–30 June 2012 in Sheffield National Student Drama Festival Woolyard 54 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3UD +44 (0) 20 7036 9027 info@nsdf.org.uk www.nsdf.org.uk National Youth Theatre (NYT) National Youth Theatre of GB Woolyard 52 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3UD +44 (0) 207 281 3863 info@nyt.org.uk www.nyt.org.uk Music and Dance Scheme Music and Dance Scheme Department for Education Great Smith Street London SW1F 3BT United Kingdom +44 (0) 20 7340 7046 www.education.gov.uk/ b0068711/mds CDS Executive Secretary CDS Limited PO Box 34252 London NW5 1XJ

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: • 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 p20 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 6.5–7.5 or TOEFL 500–550 (220 for Computer Based Testing) for entry to most CDS courses. 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 £14,000 or more per year and their own living costs. The total cost of funding a 3 year course including living costs can be substantial. Students will also need to demonstrate their ability to support themselves during their time of study and fulfil all the appropriate Tier 4 Visa requirements to study in the UK. 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.

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.

info@cds.drama.ac.uk www.drama.ac.uk

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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 directing students.

Spotlight Prize Shakespeare’s Globe Each year two acting students from each of the 21 CDS drama schools participate in the Sam Wanamaker Festival, presenting scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries to a packed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Two stage management students join the company to assist with the Festival. All 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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further information

CDS industry connections

Additional copies

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 and Stephen Tompkinson.

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‘Amateur Dramatics’, ‘Am-Dram’, ‘Non-Professional’, ‘Community Theatre’… it doesn’t really matter what you call it; people will always have their own unique and personal views of this very British institution. 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. Every one of today’s top professionals were amateur once! Sardines is now arguably the UK’s foremost theatre publication within the amateur sector. A media partner of Stage Talk – the UK’s first-ever TV programme dedicated to ‘am-dram’ – Sardines has also forged strong links with many of today’s top professional arts organisations and includes regular features from The Stage Newspaper as well as many of the UK’s most respected drama schools. www.sardinesmagazine.co.uk

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In recent years Oberon Books has emerged as the UK’s most exciting independent performing arts publisher, specialising in the best new writing for the stage and classic drama from across the world. Oberon also provide practical books for the drama student, including monologue collections, voice and performance coaching, introductions to the playwriting process and now the Oberon Masters Series – a range of hardback essays on the Arts, written by leading thinkers in each field. With over 1,000 titles published, including illustrated volumes on dance, opera and visual arts, Oberon is a comprehensive resource for all drama and performance students. +44 (0)207 607 3637 info@oberonbooks.com www.oberonbooks.com

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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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Enhance your future

CDS industry connections (continued)

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 National Student Drama Festival is for anyone who wants to get involved with drama and the creative industries. It is a place where the most inspirational work from diverse, young and emerging artists is celebrated and presented alongside workshops from leading professionals from around the world which at NSDF11 included: Richard Wilson, Janet Suzman, Paul McGann, Royal Shakespeare Company, Paines Plough, National Theatre of Scotland and many more.

“I had an incredible time at NSDF. The opportunity to watch some of the best student work from around the country was amazing. I learnt a great deal about how I can improve as a director.” George Bansley, University of Edinburgh, Director Amadeus, NSDF11

Fourthwall Magazine incorporating The Drama Student, is the first and only magazine dedicated to emerging artists. Published quarterly, the publication covers the entire journey, from auditioning for drama training right through to graduation and beyond. As well as interviews with leading professional actors, recent graduates, current students and staff, Fourthwall has a strong focus on applicants auditioning for drama school. There are articles on audition, voice and movement technique from some of the country’s leading practitioners. It also features articles on graduating into the industry, as well as on some of the key organisations associated with drama schools. The magazine is the essential reference for a community enthusiastically pursuing a career in theatre, film, television or radio, either as an actor or behind the scenes.

In Sheffield 22nd–30th June 2012, NSDF, in association with Sheffield Theatres, is going international with a nineday celebration of young people’s theatre, featuring the best of British work alongside exceptional productions by young people from across the world. To enter your production or book a ticket go to www.nsdf.org.uk As well as the festival, NSDF operates a year round programme of events, workshops and competitions. NSDF receives support from Arts Council England, IdeasTap, The Mackintosh Foundation, Methuen Drama, Noel Coward Foundation, Scarborough Borough Council, Spotlight, Stage Electrics and The Sunday Times.

Training at a CDS school is a great foundation for a career in the entertainment industry. The Stage can help you build on it with a range of tools to help you develop and sustain your professional future.

In print and online The Stage Online (thestage.co.uk) has the latest entertainment news, reviews and jobs and the weekly newspaper brings you even more insight from the heart of the entertainment industry, keeping you informed and in touch.

See for yourself Claim your free copy of the paper and see for yourself. Just email your full name and address to cds2012@thestage.co.uk and we’ll put one in the post to you.

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Spotlight

About Spotlight Founded in 1927, Spotlight is a central resource of over 40,000 professional performers. At the heart of the industry, it is used daily to cast hundreds of roles across Stage, TV, Film, Radio and Commercials. Take any UK film, TV show or theatre production and the chances are that Spotlight was used to find the cast. Spotlight also publishes Contacts, the essential handbook for the entertainment industry, which lists vital contact information for agents, casting professionals, photographers, rehearsal studios and hundreds of other services tailored to the professional actor.

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Spotlight is the UK’s leading casting database with over 40,000 actors, presenters and dancers. Spotlight is the best way to market yourself as a performer for professional film, television, stage and commercial work.

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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