Acting Part Time

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About this course


1 Year with the possibility of additional training

Term Start

14 September 2020

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates should actively enjoy all aspects of practical drama work, be motivated, enthusiastic and willing to use their leisure time for the study of texts and rehearsals.

The Programme at a glance

This course offers a one year introductory course to the skills associated with theatre acting.  More specifically, it is tailored to those wanting to learn about the craft of acting, how to develop your own physical, vocal and imaginative skills, and to explore the dramatic text in performance.

It runs over 3 terms, each term lasting 12 / 13 weeks.  You will attend the college on one evening a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) from 7pm to 9.30pm, plus extra rehearsals as required (usually on a Saturday), technical and dress rehearsals and performances as the work demands, totalling approximately 120 hours of contact time.  You will act in APT productions at the end of each term and are expected to watch all other APT productions. 

The Programme Structure:

Term 1 – 12 weeks from September – December
You will study the Basics of Acting, experience Movement, Voice and other classes all leading to an in-house final performance of Text and Verse in front of your tutors and your course colleagues.

Term 2 – 12 weeks from January – April
You will study Ibsen and / or Chekhov, or some other well established classic playwright, leading to in-house performances of one of the aforementioned playwrights in the final week of term in front of your tutors and your course colleagues.

Term 3 – 12 weeks from April – July
You will rehearse and perform in a Contemporary Play before an invited audience of tutors, professional practitioners, and your friends and family. 

At the sole discretion of the Course Director, students who have shown progress, enthusiasm and a real commitment may be asked back to attend an additional two terms:

  • Term 4 – 12 weeks of the following year from September – December:
    Preview Presentation.
  • Term 5 – 12 weeks of the following year from January – April:
    Final Presentation to Industry.

Please note this is a training programme and not an accredited academic programme.

It is an intensive part time programme one evening a week that offers you a practical introduction to the skills and techniques of the acting profession. Designed specifically for those who want to learn the craft of acting, develop physical, vocal and imaginative skills, and explore dramatic text for performance.

Classes are taught by experienced, professional tutors, and include visits from outside directors and specialist practitioners to supplement your training.

Many performers such as Shazia Mirza, Sharon Lawrence, Paige Carter, Anyebe Godwin, Martin Langham, Emily Dilworth, Jean Summers, James Lorcan, Malcolm Jeffries and Scott Wickes have all successfully launched acting and performance careers from participating on this programme.


What our alumni say:

“APT was an amazing two years of my life where I learnt to trust myself in making mistakes but committing to an idea or action and finding out if it worked or not. I learned a lot about acting whilst I was at Bruford and it has helped me since leaving. The teachers are amazing, helpful, and extremely supportive and helped many people including myself blossom over the two years I was there.”   

“The feedback after each term has been invaluable.” 

“I can’t really put into words how grateful I am for this course.  It has given me so much.” 

“One of the best things that has happened in my life is the day you accepted me onto the course.” 

“I feel I have learned so much and am now one step closer to becoming a professional actor.” 

“A genuinely fantastic experience.” 

Why choose this course?

  • Ideal if you wish to begin the pursuit of acting as a potential career, a rewarding side-line or would like to hone your skills to prepare for auditions.
  • It is designed to give you a basic practical training that will prepare you: physically, mentally and technically for approaching work as an actor.
  • Develop physical, vocal and imaginative skills, and explore dramatic text for performance.
  • To widen your frame of reference and increase your vocational vocabulary.
  • Classes are taught by experienced, professional tutors, and include visits from outside directors and specialist practitioners to supplement your training.

Employability & Industry

Many graduates enter directly into the acting profession, or enter full time drama school training. The programme is particularly suited for those who have little or no experience, but wish to contemplate a career as an actor/actress.

Alumni Success

  • Paige Carter, (Three Days in The Country, The National Theatre, Endeavour TV series, 2016, All's Well That Ends Well, Globe Theatre )
  • Sharon Lawrence, (PREMature, New Tricks)
  • James Lorcan, (Sunny Afternoon, UK Tour))
  • Shazia Mirza, Comedian and Writer
  • Quilla Constance, Interdisciplinary Performance Artist
  • Scott Wickes (EastEnders and various films)
  • Malcolm Jeffries (Various UK tours)

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Please click here to register your interest in applying for this course.

For any detailed enquiries about programme content please contact the Course Director:

2020 Course Fees
£620 per term.

"This course taught me so much about pursuing a career in this exciting but challenging Industry and eventually enabled me to secure an agent.  I feel that the knowledge I gained and the experience I was given to perform has certainly allowed me to pursue my dream.  The classes are varied and offer a plethora of information that is unusual to find in many drama schools and I always felt very well supported by the College both whilst attending and since leaving.  I still miss going to classes 6 years on ... I can recommend the APT course unreservedly."
Sharon Lawrence (PREMature, New Tricks)

Course content

Core and optional modules:

YEAR ONE Term 1: Verse and Text.

This term focuses on Individuality.  You will be introduced by a series of games (warm ups, trust exercises and improvised scenes) to express and interact freely in performance, and serve to appreciate the strengths of both yourself and your colleagues. You will be required to learn, rehearse and perform both a Verse and Text piece, selected by yourselves, with help from the Tutor. At the end of term you will perform both a Verse and Text piece in front of an invited audience.

You are continually assessed on your progress, in creative, vocal and physical awareness, delivered verbally by the tutor in class. There is no automatic progression into Term 2.

YEAR ONE Term 2: Classic Scenes.

This term focuses on Transformation, i.e. becoming someone else.  Working on specific scenes from chosen plays, you will research and experiment with analysis, characterisation, performance and direction. At the end of this term you perform in a classic scene.

There is no automatic progression into Term 3.

YEAR ONE Term 3: Contemporary Play.

This term focuses on the Ensemble.  You will be introduced to and expected to rehearse and investigate a contemporary play (written within the last 30 years). You will be given one or two dedicated roles, which you are required to research, rehearse and perform as part of an ensemble to create the world of the play.  At the end of term you will perform this play.

Continuous assessment will be based upon the quality of the character research, in particular the attention paid to detail, the quality of self-transformation and embodiment of the given characters. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance after the performances.

There is no automatic progression into Term 4 or 5.

YEAR TWO  Terms 4 and 5: Preparation for the Profession

You cannot apply for Terms 4 and 5.  You are invited to attend only at the discretion of the Course Director.  Supported by a series of lectures you will be given information and guidance on becoming a professional actor. Visiting lecturers and practitioners will also be used.

In Term 4, guided by the Course Director, you will select a contrasting classic monologue and a duologue, which show your strengths. Through group exploration, you will rehearse these (with support from your colleagues) until ready for presentation. At the end of Term 4 you will perform the classic monologues and duologues in a ‘Preview Presentation’ in a Studio Theatre.

Those invited back for Term 5 will refine their choices for another monologue and duologue, which you will present to the profession.  You will perform these to an invited audience of professional practitioners in the ‘Final Presentation’ in the Barn Theatre. Agent, Casting Directors, Producers, Directors and other practitioners are invited to this Final Presentation. 

Related Information

Audition Dates

Friday 7 February

Tuesday 11 February

Tuesday 25 February

Friday 28 February

Tuesday 3 March 

Friday 3 April


Acting Summer School
20 to 31 July 2020

Led by Tony James, our Acting Summer School is an intensive and practical two-week course. It includes two performances (Shakespeare and Contemporary).


Alumni Success

Paige Carter,
(Three Days in The Country, The National Theatre, Endeavour TV series, 2016, All's Well That Ends Well, Globe Theatre )

Quilla Constance
Interdisciplinary Performance Artist

Sharon Lawrence
(EastEnders, PREMature, New Tricks)

James Lorcan 
(Sunny Afternoon, Damn Yankees, Forget Me Not)

Shazia Mirza
Comedian and Writer

Scott Wickes
EastEnders, Bonded By Blood 2, The Bromley Boys