What is the course about?
This in-depth course offers a route to higher education or further training and is for anyone who would like a career in acting. All sessions are taught by industry professionals and are underpinned by a grounding in acting methodology. This, combined with essential study skills that develop your analytical and academic abilities, provides a solid grasp of the key industry expectations and the tools necessary to succeed in HE or further vocational training.
On qualifying, students will gain a full level 3 qualification (the equivalent to three A levels) validated by OCN London.
What will we cover?
The course covers a wide variety of acting theories and practical techniques. You will explore Stanislavski, Shakespeare and Laban. You will study contemporary and classical texts, develop your abilities in improvisation, screen acting and audition technique and apply these skills in the third term during final production which is performed in front of a public audience at the John Lyons Theatre.
Coursework will underpin your studies, and allow you to achieve an academic qualification.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Apply your practical skills confidently in a range of acting scenarios. Progress to drama school or further vocational training. Some students take their first steps into the industry or continue training with us on a bespoke range of courses designed to complement and enhance the skills developed on Access.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Entry on to this course is via audition. You will need to demonstrate suitable practical skills and be able to work academically at level three. Please prepare two monologues (one classical, one contemporary) no longer than 2 mins in length. You may also be required to participate in a workshop involving voice, movement & acting. To arrange an audition please contact the department on 020 7492 2542. A £20 audition fee is payable prior to audition.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
All sessions are practical and skill based and you will develop from the safety and support of the ensemble company, comprised of twenty of your peers. For many of the sessions you will be spilt into two smaller groups and your scene work will involve individual solo pieces, paired work, small group pieces and work within the full ensemble.
In addition to a significant amount of line learning and preparatory work for each class you will be required to support your studies with some written reflective work. Each term there is a Subject Review and Evaluation (SRE) that you must complete in order to achieve the full level 3 diploma. You are also encouraged to read widely around the subjects and practioners that you are studying outside of class in order to underpin your practical understanding.
This course is intensive and it demands full commitment and 100% attendance.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be required to attend all classes in ‘your blacks’ (comfortable black clothing that you can move in) and wear soft shoes in the studios. There will be set texts to purchase, although for some classes, script extracts will be provided for you. You also need an A4 ring binder, notebook, pen and pencils with rubbers for script work for each class. You will receive further advice once offered a place on the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Progress to drama School, or further vocational training. Some students will go onto study further as part of the Build Theatre company.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details