Why choose this course?
- 13 weeks - one evening class per week
- Designed for those want to learn the craft of acting
- Suitable for people with or wihout prevous experience
- Links into the profession and industry
Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates should actively enjoy all aspects of practical drama work, be motivated, enthusiastic and prepared to devote free time to the study of texts and rehearsal.
The Programme at a glance
This course offers a one year introductory course to the skills associated with theatre. 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 13 weeks. You will attend the college on one evening a week (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) 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.
The Programme Structure:
Term 1 – 13 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 – 13 weeks from January – April
You will study Ibsen and/or Chekhov, or some other well established playwright and other classes 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 – 13 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 a flair, enthusiasm and real commitment may be asked back to attend Terms 4 + 5:
Term 4 – 13 weeks of the following year from September – December: Pre-view Presentation
Term 5 – 13 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.
Mature performers such as Shazia Mirza, Sharon Lawrence, Lee Bentley, Jean Summers, Caroline Turvey and Matt Pinckney have all successfully launched acting and showbiz careers from participating on this programme.
Many students 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.
Please click here to register your interest in applying for this course.
For any detailed enquiries about programme content please contact the Course Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Course Fees
£524 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)
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. You will also receive a written report and private tutorial after the end-of-term performance. There is no automatic progression into Term 2.
YEAR ONE Term 2: Classic Scenes.
This term focuses on Transformation. 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.
Each student will receive written report and private tutorial after the end-of-term performance. 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 perform on two nights in a contemporary 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 written report and 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 at the discretion of the Course Director. Guided by the Course Director, you will select a contrasting monologue and a duologue, which show your strengths. Through group exploration, you will define your monologues and duologues, and rehearse these (with support from your colleagues) until ready for presentation. 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. At the end of term 4 you will perform the monologue and duologue in a Preview Presentation in a Studio Theatre.
Those invited back for Term 5 will refine their choices into another monologue and duologue, which you will present to the profession, and you will perform this to an invited audience of professional practitioners in the Final Presentation in the Barn Theatre.
Paige Carter, (Three Days in The Country, The National Theatre)
Sharon Lawrence, (PREMature, New Tricks)
James Lorcan, (Sunny Afternoon, Damn Yankees, Forget Me Not)
Shazia Mirza, Comedian and Writer