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Course overview

This course will give you a semi-intensive training in acting skills over six weeks. It is suitable for anyone at the beginning of their acting journey – particularly those who are thinking about going to drama school.

Taught by RADA's expert tutors in a blend of online and in-person classes, you will learn the essential skills every actor needs to have in their toolkit, including acting techniques, acting for camera, voice, movement, text analysis and rehearsal practice, amongst others.

The course will give you a taste of RADA's world-leading actor training. If you’re thinking of a career in acting, this course will give you a solid grounding, develop your acting skills and expand your experience to prepare you for further training.

Classes are taught online on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6.30pm - 9.30pm) AND in-person at RADA on Saturdays (10am - 5pm). They are structured to make the most of the opportunity for participants to be in their own environment for certain activities, whilst also being able to work collaboratively in the rehearsal room.

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Entry requirements

  • There is no selection process for this course, if you feel this course is suitable for you and have read all the information on this webpage, then please proceed to booking.
  • Participants must be over 18 and have fluent, confident use and knowledge of the English language.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Beginners with no prior experience
  • Anyone interested in learning the basics of acting
  • Anyone considering applying for drama school.
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Course information

What are the Terms and Conditions of my booking?

You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Will there be anything I need to prepare before the course starts?

You do not need to prepare anything ahead of this course.

Is there any work to do outside of class time?

Some preparation and reading may be required between classes.

What’s included in the fee?

The fee covers the cost of your tuition for the times advertised above and any materials essential to the course (and not specified here as materials you need to provide yourself). The fee does not include any meals or accommodation.

RADA cannot provide written references for Short Course participants.

What materials or equipment do I need?

You need to wear loose clothing that you can move in freely.

Our Zoom guidelines advise on technical requirements for participating in online sessions, as well as advice on working in a suitable space. Due to the way Zoom profiles speakers on the screen, it would be our preference that participants do not join classes on a phone.

I have a disability or access requirement – can reasonable adjustments be made?

We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our training where possible. Many of our courses are highly practical. Most involve movement and some may include work on the floor. You may also be asked to read from various texts. If you have access requirements and/or require more information on access and facilities in our RADA buildings, please email

Are there any funding or payment plans available?

There are no RADA Scholarships available for Short Courses. We cannot offer payment plans, and full payment is required to secure your place on a course.

Can RADA provide accommodation?

We are unable to provide accommodation for RADA Short Courses.

Please note that in the event of cancellation, RADA can accept no liability for any costs you may already have incurred; and we strongly recommend you purchase insurance cover for any travel or accommodation booked before the start of the course.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course. Certificates are awarded to students who had no unexcused absences or lateness and operated within the obligations laid out in the Terms and Conditions.

Does the course count towards University credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

What is the attendance policy?

Our attendance policy can be read within our Terms and Conditions. 100% attendance and punctuality are expected for all classes.

How do I register for an in-person course?

You will be providing most of the information we need when you fill in your application form or information form.

On the first in-person day of your course, you will be asked to arrive at RADA up to 30 minutes before the start of your first session, and you need to bring a copy of your passport, and, if applicable, evidence of your right to join a short course in the UK.