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FAQs

New students generally have lots of questions about ArtsEd, which we have tried to cover in the FAQs below. If you are offered a place at the school it's a good idea to get involved in the ArtsEd online community – like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See Applications for full details of the audition process.

Do you take students from overseas?

We welcome students from across the globe but please bear in mind that non-EU students need to have a student visa. You will also need a good grasp of spoken and written English as this is the working language of the training.

Will disability affect my application?

We welcome applications from disabled students and if you are successful at audition we will do our best to meet your access requirements. However although our building is fully accessible for public performances, at present many of the teaching areas are not easily accessible for disabled users. We are working to improve this with our current building project.

Before offering you a place we will discuss how we might best support you during training. If we cannot provide adequate support and are therefore, unable to offer a place, we will explain why and advise you on alternative opportunities.

Are you able to audition via video or DVD?

No - we need to see you in person.

Do you hold any open days?

Our audition day is an open day and our public productions are a fantastic way of seeing the results of our excellent training at first hand.

Is entry via UCAS?

No, entry is through direct application and audition.

Do you have to have any specific exam results or grades to be able to apply?

No.

How do you apply for the course and what’s expected at audition?

Please see the Applications page for full details.

When is the closing date for receipt of applications?

28 February 2014 for entry in 2014.

When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Thursdays from January to July during term time. If we offer you a date please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances such as illness or an exam commitment.

What’s the maximum applicant age?

There is no maximum age.

What’s the minimum applicant age?

You need to be 21 when the course commences.

How do I find people to live with?

The school will send an accommodation list with details of private landlords and local letting agents. You will also be ‘buddied’ with a current student who will give you some guidance. The majority of students live locally in rented accommodation, sharing flats and houses. Students looking for flatshares often find accommodation through student postings on social network sites.

Are there any residential halls for new students?

No.

Is there a canteen at school and what’s the average price for lunch?

There is an ArtsEd canteen and you can generally eat lunch for under £5.

I’m dyslexic, is there much support for me at the school?

Yes, we offer a range of support for a variety of learning needs, including a dedicated staff member and a welfare tutor.

Do we get to go on any organised theatre trips to see shows and if so do we have to pay for these?

We do not organise theatre trips but due to our strong industry links we are offered complimentary or reduced price tickets for many productions which we make available to students.

Are you allowed to have a part-time job whilst studying?

Yes, but the course is very intensive so you will need to take this into account.

Is there a physiotherapist at the school and if so do we have to pay for this and when is the physio available?

We have visits from a physiotherapist two or three times a week at a heavily discounted rate.

What support does the college offer to any injuries I may sustain during the course?

In addition to our physiotherapist we have a fitness tutor for rehabilitation and can provide access to an Osteopathic consultant and a teacher trained in Alexander Technique. We also offer a free counselling service.

Is there an anti-bullying policy?

Bullying is not tolerated at any level. Nor does the School  discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs or age. 

What sort of pastoral care is available?

There is a Year Head for the MA students. We have an open door policy and are always here for the students. You can contact a senior member of staff at most times of the day.

Is there a school doctor?

Yes, they visit the school weekly for appointments.

What is Chiswick like?

Chiswick is a leafy suburb in London, zone 2. It has a vibrant shopping, café and bar culture. It is well connected with tubes and buses into central London.

What would I expect to pay for rent in the area?

The average rent for a room in a shared house is between £90-120 a week.

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FAQs

New students generally have lots of questions about ArtsEd, which we have tried to cover in the FAQs below. If you are offered a place at the school it's a good idea to get involved in the ArtsEd online community - like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See Applications for full details of the audition process.

Do you take students from overseas?

We welcome students from across the globe but please bear in mind that non-EU students need to have a student visa. You will also need a good grasp of spoken and written English as this is the working language of the training.

Will disability affect my application?

We welcome applications from disabled students and if you are successful at audition we will do our best to meet your access requirements. However although our building is fully accessible for public performances, at present many of the teaching areas are not easily accessible for disabled users. We are working to improve this with our current building project.

Before offering you a place we will discuss how we might best support you during training. If we cannot provide adequate support and are therefore, unable to offer a place, we will explain why and advise you on alternative opportunities.

Are you able to audition via video or DVD?

No - we need to see you in person.

Do you hold any open days?

Our audition day is an open day and our public productions are a fantastic way of seeing the results of our excellent training at first hand.

Is entry via UCAS?

No, entry is through direct application and audition.

Do you have to have any specific exam results or grades to be able to apply?

No.

How do you apply for the course and what’s expected at audition?

Please see the Applications page for full details.

When is the closing date for receipt of applications?

28 February 2014 for entry in 2014.

When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Thursdays from November to June during term time. If we offer you a date please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances such as illness or an exam commitment.

I have already done a year on a different course but don’t like it, am I able to transfer onto the ArtsEd course and go straight into the second year?

No, the ArtsEd course is a three-year training programme and unique to other institutions. You must complete all three years.

What’s the maximum applicant age?

There is no maximum age.

What’s the minimum applicant age?

You need to be 18 when the course commences.

How do I find people to live with?

The school will send an accommodation list with details of private landlords and local letting agents. You will also be ‘buddied’ with a current student who will give you some guidance. The majority of students live locally in rented accommodation, sharing flats and houses. Students looking for flatshares often find accommodation through student postings on social network sites.

Are there any residential halls for new students?

No.

Is there a canteen at school and what’s the average price for lunch?

There is an ArtsEd canteen and you can generally eat lunch for under £5.

I’m dyslexic, is there much support for me at the school?

Yes, we  offer a range of support for a variety of learning needs, including a dedicated staff member and a welfare tutor.

How do I qualify for a DaDA?

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) are awarded to the most talented auditionees but their financial circumstances are also taken into consideration.

If I'm not awarded a DaDA where can I go to get help and advice about other funding?

We recommend you research funding options as soon as possible, your local library will hold a list of charitable trusts and foundations that may be able to help you. 

Do we get to go on any organised theatre trips to see shows and if so do we have to pay for these?

We do not organise formal theatre trips but due to our strong industry links we are offered complimentary or reduced price tickets for many productions which we make available to students.

Are you allowed to have a part-time job whilst studying?

Yes, but the course is very intensive so you will need to take this into account.

Is there a physiotherapist at the school and if so do we have to pay for this and when is the physio available?

We have visits from a physiotherapist two or three times a week at a heavily discounted rate.

What support does the college offer to any injuries I may sustain during the course?

In addition to our physiotherapist we have a fitness tutor for rehabilitation and can provide access to an Osteopathic consultant and a teacher trained in Alexander Technique. We also offer a free counselling service.

Is there an anti-bullying policy?

Bullying is not tolerated at any level. Nor does the School  discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs or age. You can download the full ArtsEd Equal Opportunities Policy here [link].

What sort of pastoral care is available?

There is a Year Head for each of the three years and one for the MA students. We have an open door policy and are always here for the students. You can contact a senior member of staff at most times of the day.

Is there a school doctor?

Yes, they visit the school weekly for appointments.

What is Chiswick like?

Chiswick is a leafy suburb in London, zone 2. It has a vibrant shopping, café and bar culture. It is well connected with tubes and buses into central London.

What would I expect to pay for rent in the area?

The average rent for a room in a shared house is between £90-120 a week.

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Applications

If you are over 18 with a good general standard of education you may apply for the three-year Acting course. You will be assessed at a workshop-style audition - more details below.

We look forward to welcoming you to ArtsEd.

How Do I Apply?

Download an application form and post back to us:

School of Acting
Arts Educational Schools
Cone Ripman House
14 Bath Road, Chiswick
London W4 1LY

Closing date for 2014 course applications is 28 February 2014.

Auditions

Auditions are generally held from November to June/July for the Acting courses. There will be a chance to see the School in operation and to ask questions on the day so you should expect to be at ArtsEd for most of the afternoon.

Acting Audition Procedures and Criteria for Selection

For the Acting for Film and Television (3 YR) auditions you must prepare:

  • two monologues and a short dialogue scene
  • one monologue from a modern play written after 1980 (two minutes max)
  • 8-10 lines of heightened text from a classical play (preferably Shakespeare)
  • a short dialogue scene which we will provide

You will be assessed on how well you understand the text, how clearly and fluently you perform; how connected you are; and how well you use vocal and physical skills.
The short dialogue scene will be performed on camera and the acting tutor will direct it.

In addition to performing these pieces, candidates will participate in a workshop consisting of games and improvisations run by an Acting Tutor. For this you will need to bring clothing that gives you freedom of movement.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to be shown around the school by current students during the audition day. If you would like to see our current work, please come along to one of our forthcoming productions - see What's On for full details.

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Fees and Funding

ANNUAL FEES ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-14

FULL-TIME THREE YEAR ACTING COURSE

BA (Hons) Acting for Film and Television / 3 Year Diploma in Professional Acting – £13,540 per year.

Audition Fee (non-refundable) £35 / €60
Overseas students please pay by bank transfer.

Deposit for full-time courses
(Payable on Registration)
UK / EU Students £350
Overseas Students £2,000

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded when the student leaves in full or in part without interest dependent on whether there is an outstanding balance on the student’s account.

City University London
For those wishing to register for the degree there is a one-off payment of approximately £420 (based on 2012-13 figures).

Funding

If you are successful in being offered a place on the course, and whether you are eligible for either means tested scholarships or student loans, you must be absolutely certain you have enough funds for the fees and the considerable expense of living in London for three years, before accepting a place.

BA (HONS) ACTING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION, VALIDATED BY CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON

Student Loans

The BA (Hons) Acting for Film and Television is designated for funding by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and therefore students can apply for loans from the Student Loan Company. At current rates, students are eligible to apply for loans of up to £6,000 per year towards tuition fees, and up to £7,625 per year in maintenance loans for those living away from parents and studying in London. Part of this maintenance loan may be awarded as a grant for those on lower incomes.

Note: students who accept Dance and Drama Awards to follow the Trinity Diploma (see below) are not permitted to take out student loans even if they also choose to register for the BA (Hons) degree.

For further information about student loans see the student finance website

LEVEL 6 TCL DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL ACTING

Dance and Drama Awards

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) are scholarships offering reduced tuition fees and income-assessed support with living and learning costs at some of the leading independent dance and drama schools in England. DaDAs are only available to those on a course that leads to an approved qualification. For the 3-Year Acting course this qualification is the Trinity College London Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting.

DaDAs are funded by the Education Funding Agency and continue to be available in 2013/14, for new students starting courses as well as continuing learners. Awards for new students will however now be income assessed for both fees and maintenance on the basis of a national scale – with students from lower income families contributing less and those from higher income families contributing more. If you are successful in being offered a place on the course and you wish to apply for a DaDA, you will be sent a form to complete declaring your family’s annual household income.

Arrangements for existing students who will be entering their second or third year of study in 2013 will remain unchanged, until these students have finished their courses.

Students in receipt of DaDA awards can also register for the BA (Hons) degree, but must be aware that the DaDA funding is given to the student so they can complete the Trinity College London Diploma, and registration for the degree is voluntary and in addition to the Trinity Qualification.

For further information about the awards and eligibility, please visit the DaDA website and download this DaDA pdf

Other Funding

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you.

For further information, visit the Career Development Loans website or contact The National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Our learning provider registration number is: 8496

Note: Applicants should look at all other forms of funding before taking out an unsecured loan for education and should only borrow what is required to enable them to study. Early repayment of the loan is possible and reduces the overall cost of the loan.

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Course Overview

This dynamic three-year course will develop your individual skills and help you become an inventive and imaginative actor. You will discover how to develop truthful and original characters and make the most of a wide range of performance opportunities.

Promise, 2012

First Year

The first year concentrates on the development of all the vocal and physical skills that you will need to express your artistic vision. Students are also taught various methods of text analysis and character creation based on the work of Stanislavski combined with the improvisation methods of Mike Leigh. You will acquire performance and craft skills to enable you to work confidently and effectively in film and television. You will also learn how to crew a film as well as create truthful characters who communicate directly with an audience.

Projects

Devised storytelling
Chekhov
The Performer and the Audience (i.e. Brecht, Beckett, Ionesco)

Second Year

You will continue to develop your technical and artistic skills necessary for acting in film, television and theatre. You will also study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner. The second year also includes a thorough exploration and analysis of heightened language, verse texts and contemporary theatre, and classes in Interview Technique and the Recorded Voice.

Performance projects throughout the year provide the opportunity for a practical application of the training in a variety of styles and genres.

Projects

Screen Acting One, Single Camera Filming - This covers all aspects of screen craft, from understanding vocal levels of intensity, mastering continuity and shooting out of sequence, to acting preparation, character choices and revealing thoughts on screen. This will enable you to work confidently and effectively in front of a TV or film camera.

Classic American - Study of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Clifford Odets.

Screen Acting Two  - This module concentrates on preparing students for the pressures and intensity of real-life filming.

Contemporary Theatre - Verbatim and Recorded Delivery, New Writing and Devised Theatre.

Screen Performance - Each student is cast in at least one short film. These films are put on a showreel DVD which is circulated to agents, directors and casting directors, attracting immediate industry interest.

Shakespeare - Covers all aspects of Shakespeare's work and influence on theatre today.

Third Year

You will have the opportunity to present your work to the public through a series of theatre productions and film screenings. You will also receive a comprehensive induction in self-promotion and professional practice.

Professional Business Preparation

Students are given a thorough, all round professional training in how to succeed in a competitive industry. You will have regular lectures from industry professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of all the business and behind-the-scenes aspects of the profession.

You will also receive extensive training in audition techniques, and learn how to present yourself when meeting agents, casting directors, directors and the media. You will be given advice on promotional photographs and how to present your CV and will create a post-graduation action plan. We aim to prepare you thoroughly for your first job.

Plays

Each student is cast in two different plays during their final year. The plays are directed by professional freelance directors who audition the students and cast them in suitable roles. The plays are rehearsed and then presented in one of our two on-site theatres.

Films

You will be given a part in two or more films which are produced and directed to industry standard with a professional director of photography and multiple locations.You will also get the chance to crew each other's films and see how a professional film set actually works. Your DVD showreels are sent to agents and casting directors.

Showcase

All students are involved in a showcase of short scenes. This is presented at a London theatre for industry professionals and DVD showreels are made available for agents and casting directors at this event.

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3 Year Diploma

Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting
Our three-year Acting course is validated by Trinity College London and accredited by Drama UK. The course is a creative and successfuI route to both stage and screen. Actors need appropriate training in film, television, theatre and radio and ArtsEd provides this and much more. Dynamic and diverse, this course focuses on improvisation, story-telling, character creation and analysis, and vocal and physical articulation.

See Course Overview for more details.

Machinal, 2013
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Applications

If you are aged 21 or over and have a first degree, or at least three years' professional experience, you may apply for the MA in Acting. Your potential for training will be assessed at a workshop audition. We look forward to receiving your application.
 

How Do I Apply?

Download an application form and post back to us:

School of Acting
The Arts Educational Schools
Cone Ripman House
14 Bath Road, Chiswick
London W4 1LY

Closing date for 2014 course applications is 28 February 2014.

Auditions

Auditions are generally held between January and June/July for the Acting courses. There will be a chance to see the School in operation and to ask questions on the day so you should expect to be at the School for most of an afternoon.

Acting auditions Code of Practice
Audition procedures and criteria for selection

For the Acting auditions you must prepare:

Two short monologues (max 2 mins)
- one from a classical play written before 1900
- one contrasting piece from a modern play written after 1980

You will be assessed on how well you understand the text, how clearly and fluently you perform, how connected you are and how well you use vocal and physical skills.

If you have any problems with dyslexia or visual impairments, please inform an Audition Assistant on the day.

In addition to performing these pieces, candidates will participate in class work consisting of movement, voice and games with the Course Tutors and for this you will need to bring clothing suitable for floor exercises.
 

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Fees and Funding

ANNUAL FEES ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-14

FULL-TIME ONE YEAR ACTING COURSE

MA in Acting / Level 5 Diploma in Professional Acting £14,160 per year
Audition Fee (non-refundable) £35 / €60

Overseas students please pay by bank transfer.

Deposit for full-time courses
(Payable on Registration)
UK / EU Students £350
Overseas Students £2,000

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded when the student leaves in full or in part without interest dependent on whether there is an outstanding balance on the student’s account.

City University London
For the MA in Acting there is a one-off payment of approximately £105 (based on 2012-13 figures) to register with City University London.

Funding

If you are successful in being offered a place on the course, you must be absolutely certain you have enough funds for the fees and the considerable expense of living in London for a year, before accepting a place.

MA in ACTING, VALIDATED BY CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON

The government does not fund postgraduate courses. If you have a disability, the course is designated for Disabled Students Allowance.

For further information about this see: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

LEVEL 5 TCL DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL ACTING

Other Funding

Professional and Career Development Loans
These are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you.

For further information, visit www.gov.uk/career-development-loans or contact The National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Our learning provider registration number is: 8496

Note: Applicants should look at all other forms of funding before taking out an unsecured loan for education and should only borrow what is required to enable them to study. Early repayment of the loan is possible and reduces the overall cost of the loan.

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FAQs

New students generally have lots of questions about ArtsEd, which we have tried to cover in the FAQs below. If you are offered a place at the school it's a good idea to get involved in the ArtsEd online community - like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See Applications for full details of the audition process.

Do you take students from overseas?

We welcome students from across the globe but please bear in mind that non-EU students need to have a student visa. You will also need a good grasp of spoken and written English as this is the working language of the training.

Will disability affect my application?

We welcome applications from disabled students and if you are successful at audition we will do our best to meet your access requirements. However although our building is fully accessible for public performances, at present many of the teaching areas are not easily accessible for disabled users. We are working to improve this with our current building project.

Before offering you a place we will discuss how we might best support you during training. If we cannot provide adequate support and are therefore, unable to offer a place, we will explain why and advise you on alternative opportunities.

Are you able to audition via video or DVD?

No - we need to see you in person.

Do you hold any open days?

Our audition day is an open day and our public productions are a fantastic way of seeing the results of our excellent training at first hand.

Is entry via UCAS?

No, entry is through direct application and audition.

Do you have to have any specific exam results or grades to be able to apply ?

No.

How do you apply for the course and what’s expected at audition?

Please see the Applications page for full details.

When is the closing date for receipt of applications?

28 February 2014 for entry in 2014.

When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Thursdays from November to June during term time. If we offer you a date please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances such as illness or an exam commitment.

I have already done a year on a different course but don’t like it, am I able to transfer onto the ArtsEd course and go straight into the second year?

No, the ArtsEd course is a three-year training programme and unique to other institutions. You must complete all three years.

What’s the maximum applicant age?

There is no maximum age.

What’s the minimum applicant age?

You need to be 18 when the course commences.

How do I find people to live with?

The school will send an accommodation list with details of private landlords and local letting agents. You will also be ‘buddied’ with a current student who will give you some guidance. The majority of students live locally in rented accommodation, sharing flats and houses. Students looking for flatshares often find accommodation through student postings on social network sites.

Are there any residential halls for new students?

No.

Is there a canteen at school and what’s the average price for lunch?

There is an ArtsEd canteen and you can generally eat lunch for under £5.

I’m dyslexic, is there much support for me at the school?

Yes, we  offer a range of support for a variety of learning needs, including a dedicated staff member and a welfare tutor.

How do I qualify for a DaDA?

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) are awarded to the most talented auditionees but their financial circumstances are also taken into consideration.

If you aren’t awarded a DaDA where can you go to get help and advice re: other funding?

We recommend you research funding options as soon as possible, your local library will hold a list of charitable trusts and foundations that may be able to help you. 

Do we get to go on any organised theatre trips to see shows and if so do we have to pay for these?

We do not organise theatre trips but due to our strong industry links we are offered complimentary or reduced price tickets for many productions which we make available to students.

Are you allowed to have a part time job whilst studying?

Yes, but the course is very intensive so you will need to take this into account.

Is there a physiotherapist at the school and if so do we have to pay for this and when is the physio available?

We have visits from a physiotherapist two or three times a week at a heavily discounted rate.

What support does the college offer to any injuries I may sustain during the course?

In addition to our physiotherapist we have a fitness tutor for rehabilitation and can provide access to an Osteopathic consultant and a teacher trained in Alexander Technique. We also offer a free counselling service.

Is there an anti-bullying policy?

Bullying is not tolerated at any level. Nor does the School  discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs or age.

What sort of pastoral care is available?

There is a Year Head for each of the three years and one for the MA students. We have an open door policy and are always here for the students. You can contact a senior member of staff at most times of the day.

Is there a school doctor?

Yes, they visit the school weekly for appointments.

What is Chiswick like?

Chiswick is a leafy suburb in London, zone 2. It has a vibrant shopping, café and bar culture. It is well connected with tubes and buses into central London.

What would I expect to pay for rent in the area?

The average rent for a room in a shared house is between £90-120 a week.
 

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Applications

If you are over 18 with have a good general standard of education you may apply for the three-year BA Acting degree course. You will be assessed at a workshop-style audition - full details below. We look forward to welcoming you to ArtsEd.

Auditions

Auditions are generally held from November - June/July for the Acting courses. There will be a chance to see the School in operation and to ask questions on the day so you should expect to be at ArtsEd for most of the afternoon.

Acting Audition Procedures and Criteria for Selection

For the Acting for Film and Television (3 YR) auditions you must prepare:

  • two monologues and a short dialogue scene
  • one monologue from a modern play written after 1980 (two minutes max)
  • 8-10 lines of heightened text from a classical play (preferably Shakespeare)
  • a short dialogue scene which we will provide

You will be assessed on how well you understand the text, how clearly and fluently you perform; how connected you are; and how well you use vocal and physical skills. 
The short dialogue scene will be performed on camera and the acting tutor will direct it.

In addition to performing these pieces, candidates will participate in a workshop consisting of games and improvisations run by an Acting Tutor. For this you will need to bring clothing that gives you freedom of movement

Prospective students will have the opportunity to be shown around the school by current students during the audition day. If you would like to see our current work, please come along to one of our forthcoming productions.

How Do I Apply?

Download an application form and post back to us:
School of Acting
Arts Educational Schools
Cone Ripman House
14 Bath Road, Chiswick
London W4 1LY

Closing date for 2014 course applications is 28 February 2014.

Acting : BA : Course Overview : ArtsEd
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Acting

Course Overview

This dynamic three-year course will develop your individual skills and help you become an inventive and imaginative actor. You will discover how to develop truthful and original characters and make the most of a wide range of performance opportunities.

The Wonderful World of Dissocia, 2013

First Year

The first year concentrates on the development of all the vocal and physical skills that you will need to express your artistic vision. Students are also taught various methods of text analysis and character creation based on the work of Stanislavski combined with the improvisation methods of Mike Leigh. You will acquire performance and craft skills to enable you to work confidently and effectively in film and television. You will also learn how to crew a film as well as create truthful characters who communicate directly with an audience.

Projects

Devised storytelling
Chekhov
The Performer and the Audience (i.e. Brecht, Beckett, Ionesco)

Second Year

You will continue to develop your technical and artistic skills necessary for acting in film, television and theatre and study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner. The second year also includes a thorough exploration and analysis of heightened language, verse texts and contemporary theatre, and classes in Interview Technique and the Recorded Voice.

Performance projects throughout the year provide the opportunity for a practical application of the training in a variety of styles and genres.

Tory Boyz, 2012

Projects

Screen Acting One, Single Camera Filming - This covers all aspects of screen craft - from understanding vocal levels of intensity, mastering continuity and shooting out of sequence, to acting preparation, character choices and revealing thoughts on screen. This will enable you to work confidently and effectively in front of a TV or film camera.

 

Classic American - Study of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Clifford Odets.

Screen Acting Two  - This module concentrates on preparing students for the pressures and intensity of real-life filming.

Contemporary Theatre - Verbatim and Recorded Delivery, New Writing and Devised Theatre.

Screen Performance -  Each student is cast in at least one short film. These films are put on a showreel DVD which is circulated to agents, directors and casting directors, attracting immediate industry interest.

Shakespeare - Covers all aspects of Shakespeare's work and influence on theatre today.

Third Year

You will have the opportunity to present your work to the public through a series of theatre productions and film screenings. You will also receive a comprehensive induction in self-promotion and professional practice.

Professional Business Preparation

Students are given a thorough, all round professional training in how to succeed in a competitive industry. You will have regular lectures from industry professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of all the business and behind-the-scenes aspects of the profession.

You will also receive extensive training in audition techniques, and learn how to present yourself when meeting agents, casting directors, directors and the media. You will be given advice on promotional photographs and how to present your CV and will create a post-graduation action plan. We aim to prepare you thoroughly for your first job.

Plays

Each student is cast in two different plays during their final year. The plays are directed by professional freelance directors who audition the students and cast them in suitable roles. The plays are rehearsed and then presented in one of our two on-site theatres.

Films

You will be given a part in two or more films which are produced and directed to industry standard with a professional director of photography and multiple locations.You will also get the chance to crew each other's films and see how a professional film set actually works. Your DVD showreels are sent to agents and casting directors.

Showcase

All students are involved in a showcase of short scenes. This is presented at a London theatre for industry professionals and DVD showreels are made available for agents and casting directors at this event.

ArtsEd has a great theatre and TV department. You tend to make your own films in the second and third year and you have to crew the whole thing. You get the chance to do sound, lighting and camera work. And that means you get to know the value of every job. It prepares you really well. It's one of the few schools that does a 50/50 theatre and television training.

Tuppence Middleton
Tuppence Middleton
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Course Overview

The MA course is purpose-built and designed around the one-year time frame. You will gain professional discipline and rigour as well as a flexible process to work across all disciplines, with diverse directors on a range of theatre, film and television projects.

First Term

The first term acting classes focus on the core technique of living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Making you as affectable as you can be. Alexander technique, physical practice, Laban and combat all build up the body to find it’s most expressive way of responding vividly to text, your partner, imaginary circumstances and the audience. Voice and acting through song classes start raising awareness and building up new techniques to allow you to express yourselves fully. Working on a contemporary play you learn to apply the core technique.

Second Term

While continuing your skills training, which is ongoing through the year, the second term focuses on heightened language and on pushing you to be bigger and bolder. In all classes Shakespeare is used to allow you to fully express more heightened emotion. We work on a number of plays, as well as in depth analysis we get to grips with Shakespearean terms enabling you to become very confident at how to approach classical work. Alongside the Shakespeare we work on other writers like Tennessee Williams who allow us to explore different physical externals and accent work. And working closely with the movement specialists we look at physical character transformation.

Performance projects throughout the year provide the opportunity for a practical application of the training in a variety of styles and genres.

Third Term

While continuing your skills classes you will have the opportunity to present your work to the public through a theatre production. These are directed by working professional directors currently working in the industry and will give you a real world feel of the entire process. The plays are rehearsed and then presented in one of our two on-site theatres. They are fully supported by the production team.

Film

This term is also focused on film. You will learn how to apply your knowledge so far to the medium of film. With plenty of opportunities for watching yourself back and analyzing your performances. You will also learn how to audition for various types of film audition. You will learn to crew your final film projects and become very familiar and thus confident with all areas of the process.

Fourth Term

Professional Business Preparation

Students are given a thorough, all round professional training in how to succeed in a competitive industry. You will have regular lectures from industry professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of all the business and behind-the-scenes aspects of the profession.

You will also receive extensive training in audition techniques, and learn how to present yourself when meeting agents, casting directors, directors and the media. You will be given advice on promotional photographs and how to present your CV and will create a post-graduation action plan. We aim to prepare you thoroughly for your first job.

You will meet with a wide range of theatre and film makers in order to test yourselves and your process against their unique ways of working, to make contacts for the future and to inspire you to form your own companies and make your own work.

I want to say a HUGE thank you for everything you did for me at ArtsEd. It has really dawned on me this week how prepared I am for the industry. All your teaching and words of wisdom have meant I feel on a par with those who have been in the industry for years. I feel confident and 'entitled' to be here and am just enjoying every minute.

MA Acting student, 2013

Showcase

All students are involved in a showcase of short scenes. This is presented at a central London theatre for industry professionals.

Who can apply?

Anyone with an undergraduate degree, although sometimes at the Course Director’s discretion if you don’t have a degree, depending on your level of aptitude and enthusiasm.

Email drama@artsed.co.uk for more information.

 

 

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MA in Acting

ArtsEd's one year intensive MA Acting degree is validated by City University London and accredited by Drama UK.

Rooted in Meisner, our mission is to train students over a full year of four terms, to become the best possible actors, provide you with the skills of an industry professional to get hired and empower you to make and develop your own work. Our dedicated team of staff are all experts in their field and many are industry professionals. Uniquely, Butterfly, a professional theatre company, is attached to the course providing strong ongoing links with the current acting profession.

‘The course gave me the ability to understand what truthful acting is and, most importantly, develop the skills needed to be responsive, truthful and an engaging actor... I relished every minute!’ MA student                                                                    

Hot Fudge and Ice Cream, 2012

Course Aims

• Train students to be the best possible actors

• Provide you with industry professional skills to get hired (and re-hired)

• Empower you to make your own work

Course Benefits

• New approach – We’re training our students to ‘live truthfully under a given set of circumstances raised to the optics of theatre and film’ using a method rooted in the Meisner technique but enhanced to develop ‘affectable’ performers who can work with any director.

A genuine, year-long course  Unlike many shorter MA courses, we run from September to September with a whole term dedicated to film training. This produces well-rounded actors who can audition for and work on stage or film confidently from day one.

• A company in residence  To bridge the gap between learning and acting, we involve professional theatre company Butterfly in this course. They model best practice, run workshops and give the students a pragmatic and professional approach to the industry.

I want to say a HUGE thank you for everything you did for me at ArtsEd. It has really dawned on me this week how prepared I am for the industry. All your teaching and words of wisdom have meant I feel on a par with those who have been in the industry for years. I feel confident and 'entitled' to be here and am just enjoying every minute.

MA alumna, 2013

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Fees and Funding

ANNUAL FEES ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-14

FULL-TIME THREE YEAR ACTING COURSE

BA (Hons) Acting for Film and Television / 3 Year Diploma in Professional Acting – £13,080 per year.

Audition Fee (non-refundable) £35 / €60
Overseas students please pay by bank transfer.

Deposit for full-time courses
(Payable on Registration)
UK / EU Students £350
Overseas Students £2,000

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded when the student leaves in full or in part without interest dependent on whether there is an outstanding balance on the student’s account.

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For those wishing to register for the degree there is a one-off payment of approximately £420 (based on 2012-13 figures).

Funding

If you are successful in being offered a place on the course, and whether you are eligible for either means tested scholarships or student loans, you must be absolutely certain you have enough funds for the fees and the considerable expense of living in London for three years, before accepting a place.

BA (HONS) ACTING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION, VALIDATED BY CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON

Student Loans

The BA (Hons) Acting for Film and Television is designated for funding by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and therefore students can apply for loans from the Student Loan Company. At current rates, students are eligible to apply for loans of up to £6,000 per year towards tuition fees, and up to £7,625 per year in maintenance loans for those living away from parents and studying in London. Part of this maintenance loan may be awarded as a grant for those on lower incomes.

Note: students who accept Dance and Drama Awards to follow the Trinity Diploma (see below) are not permitted to take out student loans even if they also choose to register for the BA (Hons) degree.

For further information about student loans see the student finance website 

LEVEL 6 TCL DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL ACTING

Dance and Drama Awards

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) are scholarships offering reduced tuition fees and income-assessed support with living and learning costs at some of the leading independent dance and drama schools in England. DaDAs are only available to those on a course that leads to an approved qualification. For the 3-Year Acting course this qualification is the Trinity College London Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting.

DaDAs are funded by the Education Funding Agency and continue to be available in 2013/14, for new students starting courses as well as continuing learners. Awards for new students will however now be income assessed for both fees and maintenance on the basis of a national scale – with students from lower income families contributing less and those from higher income families contributing more. If you are successful in being offered a place on the course and you wish to apply for a DaDA, you will be sent a form to complete declaring your family’s annual household income.

Arrangements for existing students who will be entering their second or third year of study in 2013 will remain unchanged, until these students have finished their courses.
Students in receipt of DaDA awards can also register for the BA (Hons) degree, but must be aware that the DaDA funding is given to the student so they can complete the Trinity College London Diploma, and registration for the degree is voluntary and in addition to the Trinity Qualification.

For further information about the awards and eligibility, please visit the DaDA website and download this DaDA pdf

Other Funding

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you.

For further information, visit the Career Development Loans website or contact The National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Our learning provider registration number is: 8496

Note: Applicants should look at all other forms of funding before taking out an unsecured loan for education and should only borrow what is required to enable them to study. Early repayment of the loan is possible and reduces the overall cost of the loan.

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BA Hons in Acting for Film and Television

Our three-year BA degree course in Acting for Film and Television is validated by City University London and is a creative and successfuI route to both stage and screen. Actors need appropriate training in film, television, theatre and radio and ArtsEd provides this and much more. Dynamic and diverse, this course focuses on improvisation, story-telling, character creation and analysis, and vocal and physical articulation.

Go to Course Overview for more details or contact the School of Acting on 020 8987 6655 - email drama@artsed.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to ArtsEd.

At a Glance


• You will learn how to use the techniques developed by Stanislavski, Meisner and Mike Leigh (to name but a few) in order to explore character creation and script preparation.
• You will perform in a wide range of plays, from Shakespeare, Chekhov and Arthur Miller to very contemporary theatre written in the last ten years.
• You will be skilled in screen acting and have a working understanding of all aspects of a film or television set.
• You will develop as an actor and become highly skilled in all areas of this profession.
 

My three years at ArtsEd were some of the best years ever – the support and training the tutors provide is incredible and sets you up with the tools you need to audition and work as a professional actor. ArtsEd is a safe environment to practise and develop your craft – the training comes from a supporting and encouraging place.

Laura Haddock
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