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Career Launch

"The college has very good connections with a wide range of industry professionals. It uses these to give students good exposure and plentiful opportunities to be seen." Ofsted

Of our 2020 graduating classes 64% are signed with an agent, less than 6 months after graduating.

We believe that successfully launching each of our students into their career is one of our main responsibilities. We want your accomplishments and talent fully recognised within the industry. We have a track record of success in this area.

Our graduates are very successful at finding employment, with an average of 80% working in the industry within the first six months of graduating and 87% after 2 years. Many go on to attain notable and, in some cases, outstanding success. 

A glance at our alumni pages will show that many of our students have had outstanding successes in film, TV and theatre, and include BAFTA, EMMY and OSCAR winners in their ranks. Read More

Meet The Professionals

Throughout the courses you will have opportunities to meet talent agents, directors and casting directors for seminars, Q&As, mock auditions and early evening talks. This also includes representatives from Casting Call Pro and Spotlight.

Honey Gabriel 2019 “DSL showed me that I don’t just have to be an actor. That my creativity can be used in different avenues from writing and directing, to producing. DSL gave me the confidence to think outside of the box in terms of what I want my career to look like.”

Professional Preparation

In the final year of the courses we hold workshops, talks and advice sessions with people making their living in the industry. These include casting directors, producers in the commercial, fringe and corporate worlds, agents, alumni, accountants, Equity and Spotlight. All this is supported with sessions preparing you for the world of work, looking at auditioning skills, letter writing, CVs and photographs.

West End Showcase

Each year we hire a major London venue to showcase the talent within each graduating group. By this stage in the programmes casting is aimed to show your ability and talent in the best light. Short scenes are rehearsed especially for this event.

We invite industry professionals and encourage them to follow any students they might be interested in as they go on to perform in Graduation Productions and Launch Projects. After the performanceyou will get the opportunity to meet your professional audience.

Ensemble Productions

For the penultimate block of performances we traditionally mount a series of one-hour Ensemble plays based on texts from many ages and cultures.

It is important for our graduates to be able to work quickly and accurately with a number of colleagues and to be seen working in this group environment. We employ professional directors and hire a central London venue for up to three performances a day.

Family and friends are invited as well as members of the industry.

Graduation Productions and Launch Projects

Traditionally the course leads towards a series of full-length plays performed over three weeks in July in Central London venues. Everyone is cast in a way which shows their talent and range and are the culmination of all the hard work the students have done. The productions have full marketing support and are the final showcase to the profession.