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1 Year Diploma: Course Structure

To students arriving in September 2020 for the 1 year Diploma Course

As a result of covid-19, changes have been made to the course structure to enable us to provide you with the diploma in a covid-19 secure manner. 

Changes to the course delivery

At the moment we are designing a first term which can be delivered in full, in live classes, or delivered in a hybrid of live and on-line.

Although we aim to deliver as much of the course in face to face mode as possible, we may deliver at least some of the material online. Should there be a second wave of the coronavirus, this approach will enable us to move fully online should it be necessary.

If the course is converted to online sessions for any period of time, these are limited to two 90 minutes sessions per day for pedagogical reasons as this is the maximum time to take on material. Where online teaching is necessary, it will be supplemented by individual work set by you individual course leader.

Changes to course structure

The final terms of the course from April to July traditionally includes showcases and preparation and delivery of productions held in a central London venue. This provides you with a professional launch into the profession. We hope that we will still be able to deliver this but it is dependent on venues being open and available.

If it is not possible to mount professional productions, we will provide all students with a show reel that will equally launch students into the profession. If this is the case, the final term will comprise preparation and filming of the show reels, audio and visual. This will include appropriate sessions in self taping and audio dubbing.

The DSL diploma will be awarded to those completing the full 3 term programme on successful completion of all graduating projects whether live or pre-recorded.

Winter Term

During this time you will begin to understand the nature and the language of actor training and what it means to be a professional actor: exploring your creativity, gaining confidence, and finding strategies for dealing with fear and self-consciousness.

Basic skills are taught in technical classes of movement, voice and speech and a whole series of acting classes, followed by short scene study performances. In the TV and Radio studios, you begin to explore screen acting and microphone technique.

In the second half of the term you will start with a Chekhov and/or Ibsen text block and end with full-time rehearsals for a traditional English Pantomime or Christmas themed show, which is traditionally taken on tour by bus to schools in and around Ealing.This format may be subject to change owing to any ongoing restrictions on public interactions.

Spring Term

The term begins with a two-day Shakespeare Workshop alongside a series of shakespeare text related classes. Please note that beginning your training with a regional/national dialect is a not a barrier to classical training.

With your growing understanding of text and performance, you progress to a Shakespeare serious text block, followed by a Shakespeare comedy text block with increasing production values.

Your TV and microphone work continues with an appreciation of period drama, soap operas, radio plays and commercial voice-over work.

This term is completed with a Comedy of Manners production in full period costume. This genre includes the great restoration plays as well as playwrights such as Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward. A familiarity with these difficult texts and their specific demands will be needed should you ever work in this genre and if you can master them in your training, you will feel more at ease when you audition for anything (from Shakespeare to Sitcom) during your career.

Summer Term

Following workshops with industry professionals, you will film and record TV and radio clips with external professionals. The graduate Showcase takes place in a central London venue to which agents, casting directors and other industry professionals are invited. The training then culminates in two more projects; recorded media work and graduating fully staged productions to which industry professionals are also invited.

*NB: Course details and structure are subject to change if necessary.


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