RADA course leaflet 2019-20

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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Full-time courses

Why choose RADA ‘My three years at RADA undoubtedly set an invaluable foundation for my last few years as an actor, and I am excited for whoever chooses RADA as the drama school for them.’ Patsy Ferran, BA (Hons) in Acting graduate Are you interested in becoming an actor, performer, stage manager, technician or designer? Our practical training provides you with all the skills to excel at your passion, combined with personal and professional development and invaluable insights into the industry – giving you the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Our training We offer vocational training for actors, stage managers, designers and technical stagecraft specialists. Our practical courses are led by expert tutors with strong links to the industry, with many specialist workshops, masterclasses and events – helping you grow as an individual artist and prepare for a successful and sustained career. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are validated by King’s College London. You will work towards a King’s College London degree or diploma.

Applying for a full-time course Apply directly to RADA (not through UCAS). Find application forms and information about auditions and interviews at rada.ac.uk, where you can also find entry requirements for each course.

Free auditions We offer free BA (Hons) in Acting auditions for UK students who are new to higher education and have a family income of less than £25,000. Find out more on our website. All our Theatre Production courses are free to apply.

Find out more Everything you need to know about how to apply, how to fund your training and what you will learn on each course is at rada.ac.uk. Follow us on social media to learn more about life at RADA.

‘I came to RADA wanting to be challenged and stretched, allowing me to be the best actor I can be. Not only has RADA given me that, but it has also given me a much deeper understanding of myself, life and acting.’ Aron Julius, BA (Hons) in Acting graduate

Life at RADA We are based in the heart of London. Our facilities include three industrystandard theatres, studios, workshops, the RADA Library, refectory and bar. Our students receive extensive one-to-one teaching and support throughout the training, including help with finance and accommodation, wellbeing, counselling and healthcare.

‘Whether it be an actor, stage manager, designer or director, the sky is our limit and we are shown that anything is possible if we put our minds to it. The welfare and wellbeing of every student is unquestionably an integral part of RADA’s training.’ Bethany Lockitt, FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management graduate

‘My year was fantastic… everyone came from such different backgrounds. We all challenged each other, we brought different perspectives into each other’s lives and really supported each other throughout the training.’ Grace Saif, BA (Hons) in Acting graduate

Acting We believe that you learn how to excel by doing, so all our training is based on practical experience in conditions that prepare you for the professional world, working with exceptional teachers, directors and industry practitioners.

BA (Hons) in Acting Building on the talent and potential you bring with you, over three years of training you will develop the necessary skills in acting, voice, movement, singing, research and personal/professional development. You will graduate

confidently equipped with the skills to sustain you in a professional career in theatre, television, film and radio. You start by building foundation skills in class settings before applying these through open classes, showings and performances – at first to small groups within the Academy, and, in the third year, in fully-staged public productions and short films.

MA Theatre Lab A four-term course that re-addresses the actor’s craft as an embodied and varied contemporary art form at the centre of the theatre-making process.

Foundation Course in Acting (non-HE) This two-term course provides rigorous training in the foundations of acting, giving you an insight into life at a conservatoire drama school. You will have the opportunity to meet a range of practitioners and explore careers in theatre and related industries. This course carries no higher education credits, and there is no student finance available.

Exploring techniques applicable to both interpretative and original work, the course expands your ability to work collaboratively and independently in various contexts. Working rigorously with expert practitioners, you will experiment with a range of practices empowering you to play a revitalising role in today’s theatre-making landscape.

Theatre Production Our higher education theatre production courses produce graduates who work across theatre, ballet, opera, concerts, film, radio, television and beyond. Our courses give you hands-on experience from the start.

builders, technical managers, costume makers, sound and lighting engineers and designers, and much more.

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management

A one-year top-up course for those who already have a Foundation Degree or equivalent from RADA or elsewhere. Deepen your specialist knowledge to BA (Hons) level with our expert tutors, industry-standard theatres and state-ofthe-art equipment, and further prepare yourself for a long-term career.

Our two-year course offers broad, practical training in all the areas that contribute to a theatre production, with the opportunity to specialise in your second year. Students follow successful careers as stage managers, scenery

BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management (progression year)

Other information Auditions and interviews First round acting auditions take place in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Plymouth, Dublin, New York and Los Angeles. We offer travel bursaries for third and fourth rounds in London. We interview for Technical Theatre and Stage Management courses in London, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow. Fees and scholarships Fees for our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are published on our website. You can apply for tuition fee loans for our undergraduate courses in the same way as for any university course. We also offer scholarships for UK and EU students, based on household income. Full details and FAQs at rada.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume A full-time, two-year course for students who already have a degree or have acquired relevant experience, offering an in-depth opportunity to develop your skills and pursue a career as a costume maker or supervisor. You cover all areas of costume-making, from basic sewing skills, pattern-cutting and grading through to the finished product. All these skills, as well as maintenance, alterations, budgeting and management, are practised by working on RADA’s public productions and films.

You might also be interested in:

MA Text and Performance

RADA Youth Company

In partnership with Birkbeck, University of London. Bringing together practice and scholarship in theatre and performance. This course does not offer actor training, but will deepen your critical and practical understanding of theatre and performance. Applications are via bbk.ac.uk

A year-long (Saturdays) course that gives young people aged 16-20 the opportunity to experience acting and theatre production training while working towards a performance on our main stage. Our Youth Company is free to take part in. See our website for details.

Short Courses There is a short course for everyone, whether you are a complete beginner, want to build on your existing experience, or simply get a taste of our training. Find out more about our acting and theatre production short courses at rada.ac.uk/ short-courses RADA, 62–64 Gower Street, London WC1E 6ED United Kingdom T +44 (0)20 7636 7076 rada.ac.uk

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Careers in theatre, film, television and radio Actor Artistic Director Costume Maker Costume Supervisor Deputy Stage Manager Director Dramaturg Events Manager Fly Person Lighting Designer Lighting Operator Playwright Producer Production Electrician

Production Manager Production Video Engineer Property Maker Property Supervisor Scenery Builder Scenic Artist Screenwriter Set Designer Sound Designer Sound Operator Stage Manager Technical Manager Video Designer Video Programmer

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