Foundation Course in acting
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Full time course. Academic year runs from September - March.
This is a full time course which runs for two terms of 12 weeks. It is primarily intended for students leaving secondary school who are considering whether a conservatoire training is right for them. The course aims to give an insight into the life and culture at a conservatoire drama school. It provides a rigorous and in-depth training, while at the same time asking students to reflect on their suitability for this type of training and ultimately this career.
The course also challenges students to examine what it means to be a creative individual; how to nurture this creativity, how to collaborate, and how to find as many platforms as possible to be creative.
One of the main aims of the course is to provide the students with an insight into life at drama school and ask them to reflect on whether they are suited to this training and this career.
The curriculum offers acting classes, skills classes, three performance projects and workshops to help with future drama school applications.
The Training Includes:
- Movement for actors including Laban and Animal Studies
- Dance covering a wide range of periods
- Text and sight reading
- Music and group singing
- Acting for Screen
Theatre History and Dramaturgy
The students receive a solid introduction to theatre history in the form of a practical devising class covering modes and genres from Greek Tragedy to Kitchen Sink realism. Throughout the year there will be frequent theatre visits to a variety of different productions, each with a follow up dramaturgy class and discussion.
During the course, three major projects will be undertaken and skills classes will be tailored to the period or theatrical style of each project, these will cover Shakespeare, contemporary text and new writing. Teachers will assess the students’ progress and give individual feedback based on the projects. Group sizes for these classes will be no more than 16.
In the first term students are given the opportunity to explore other careers in theatre, television and film with guest speakers coming in to discuss the roles of casting director, theatre director, film director, designer and stage manager. Guest speakers in the second term are all professional actors.
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