TWO YEAR

DRAMA COURSE

The Actors Door Studio currently offers professional training through the 2Yr Drama Course that takes students from Beginners level all the way to Graduation and the Industry Showcase. Upon successful completion of modules required to graduate with a 2Yr Drama Course certificate, you will be able to join Spotlight as an Actor.

The Course is divided into 2 yearly stages, which include the following modules:

YEAR 1

  • Acting Technique 1
  • Scene Study 1
  • Voice 1
  • Movement 1
  • Screen Acting 1
  • Year 1 Scene Performances

YEAR 2

  • Acting Technique 2
  • Scene Study 2
  • Voice 2
  • Movement 2
  • Screen Acting 2
  • Industry Showcase
  • FilmCase (Optional)

At the conclusion of Year 1, eligible students will be invited to Year 2 of the course. Students need to successfully complete and achieve a Pass grade in Year 1 and must attend 90% of class sessions to be considered eligible for Year 2.

2 YR Drama Course Core Modules

Toggle the titles below to read the descriptions of each stage of the Course.

YEAR 1

ACTING TECHNIQUE 1

Acting Technique 1 develops fundamental acting skills in actors. Using fundamentals from the Meisner Technique and BEAT, during this stage actors will:

  • Learn how to connect with their emotions
  • Take the first steps to training their ’emotional instrument’
  • Develop their artistic instinct
  • Learn how to connect ‘truthfully’ with other actors

Teaching Modules for Stage 1 are as follows:

  • Repetition
  • Activities & Door Exercises

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 3.5hr acting class weekly

SCENE STUDY 1

In this module, actors are taught how to apply the fundamental and core acting skills they developed in Acting Technique 1. The Scene Study module can be thought of as the application of those skills to text work. In this module actors will:

  • Learn about story and character
  • Form an understanding of character ‘doings’
  • Practice scene analysis techniques
  • Perform scenes in front of an audience

Teaching Modules for Scene Study 1 are as follows:

  • Story
  • Scene Study
  • Performance

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 3.5hr acting class weekly

VOICE 1

Voice 1 will explore the basic foundations of relaxation and best vocal practise. Classes will complement skill development in acting as well as increasing confidence and personal presence.

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 1.5hr acting class weekly

MOVEMENT 1

Movement 1 has been specifically designed to reflect your acting training, taking you outside your physical comfort zone.

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 1.5hr acting class weekly

SCREEN ACTING 1

Acting for the screen involves learning a set of specialist skills that actors need to develop, in addition to core stage acting competencies. The Screen Acting module comprises teaching units in:

  • Screen Acting theory
  • On camera practice
  • Audition and Self tape

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 3.5hr acting class weekly

YEAR 2

ACTING TECHNIQUE 2

Acting Technique 2 focuses on relationship work and emotional preparation. The skills learnt in this module extend the actor’s ability to portray characters powerfully on stage. In Acting Technique 2, actors will:

  • Gain insight and understanding of their own relationships
  • Develop techniques for relationship development in acting
  • Build on techniques learnt in the previous stage in order to establish deeper connections with other actors on stage
  • Develop skills in emotional prep to help fuel performance

Teaching Modules for Acting Technique 2 are as follows:

  • Relationships
  • Activity & Door Exercises
  • Emotional Preparation
  • Repetition

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 3.5hr acting class weekly

SCENE STUDY 2

In this module, actors are taught how to apply the acting skills they developed in Acting Technique 2 to scene work. The Scene Study module can thought of as the application of those those acting skills to text. In this module actors will:

  • Develop more advanced scene study skills
  • Learn to create compelling character portrayals
  • Learn to deliver monologues powerfully
  • Expand on key performance capabilities
  • Perform scenes in front of an audience as part of the Industry Showcase (Term 3)

Teaching Modules for Scene Study 2 are as follows:

  • Scene Study
  • Monologues
  • Performance

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 3.5hr acting class weekly

VOICE 2

Voice 2 is a tailor made module, designed to help you further strengthen your vocal instrument. Voice 2 looks to build on the work of Voice 1, deepening the understanding of your instrument and the skills required to make clear vocal choices. Voice 2 will have a greater emphasis on text and how we use our words, sounds, and rhetoric to create a dynamic vocal landscape that paints pictures.

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 1.5hr acting class weekly

MOVEMENT 2

Movement 2 has been specifically designed to reflect your acting training, teaching you elements that will help you connect with the other actors on stage.

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 1.5hr acting class weekly

SCREEN ACTING 2

In Screen Acting 2, students will learn more advanced screen acting skills to help them navigate set life. Students find this module invaluable since in addition to key competencies in camera work, it helps them understand screen acting in the wider context of the film industry.  The Screen Acting module comprises teaching units in:

  • Set environment
  • Set survival
  • Continuity
  • Professionalism on set
  • Business of Acting
  • The Film Industry

MODULE LENGTH

3 Terms/36 weeks, 1 x 3.5hr acting class weekly

FINAL YEAR INDUSTRY SHOWCASE

The Final Year Showcase is an event for industry professionals and takes place at a central London theatre venue. Past showcases have taken place at the Tristan Bates Theatre. The focus of the showcase, is to bring together everything you have learned throughout your training and to showcase your abilities in front of talent agents, casting directors and other industry professionals.

MODULE LENGTH

You will be preparing for the Final Year Showcase during Term 3 of the Scene Study 2 module.

FILMCASE (Optional)

The FilmCase course is designed to equip graduates with showreel material as they finish their training. Students are able to apply what they have learnt during Screen Acting modules into their showreel performances. Bespoke scenes are created for graduating actors, taking into account casting types and the student’s own preferences as regards story, style and characterisation. Scenes are screened at the Graduation Industry Showcase, giving invited agents and industry professionals an opportunity to see not only the stagecraft, but also the screen acting skills of graduating actors. The module includes:

  • Casting type consultation
  • Consultation with the writer
  • Bespoke showreel script development (2page script)
  • Showreel production

FEE

£750 (this fee is additional extra to course fees)

SESSION TIMES

We understand that students may have other obligations such as full time work. As a result, we scheduled the course to run in the evenings freeing up students to work during the day and on the weekends.

Course session times are:
Monday – Thursday 5:45pm – 9:45pm (with 30mins break)

NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply to our courses. Students must however be fluent in English. Non-native English speakers are encouraged to take additional classes in RP. The Studio runs one-on-one Skype coaching sessions that can be booked individually by non-native English speakers.

Fees

Year 1, £4,032

Year 2, £4,732

Payments

Course fees may be paid upfront prior to the beginning of each year. A £500 non-refundable deposit is payable to secure your spot.

We are committed to helping actors who may not be in a financial position to forward advance payments on the Drama Course. As a result we are able to offer students the ability to pay on a monthly instalment basis.

Applications

There are two ways to apply to the course:

  1. Apply to the Drama Course, by submitting an online application. Along with your application you are required to submit a short video. On the basis of your submission material, you may be invited to send a self-tape (a £15 processing fee is applicable at this stage). You will be informed of the outcome of your application within a few weeks.
  2. Apply to the Drama Course, having been invited following successful completion of the Foundations Course. Following successful completion of the Foundations Course, you will be eligible to join the Drama Course without an audition process. Based on our performance criteria, you may be formally invited to join the Drama Course. Invitations are e-mailed within a week of completing Foundations.

Follow the link below to submit an online form now.

*Minimum performance criteria for invitation to the Drama Course include: 90% attendance rate, completion of assigned tasks and homework, a willingness to be open and to engage with course material, a focus and genuine interest to become a professional actor.