Three-Term Intensive Course: September to July (evening and weekend)
Two-Term Intensive Course: January to June (daytime+, weekday)
Download course-information and an application form for the FOUNDATION DIPLOMA ATCL
GFCA’s successful ATCL Foundation Acting Diploma course is offered in conjunction with Trinity College London. We are registered with TCL as an examination centre, and the award provides 90 credits at Level 4 of the QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework). We are pleased that, to date, our students have achieved an average mark of 77% (over two-thirds being awarded a Distinction) and we have maintained 100% success-rate in the ATCL examinations.
The course is ideal – for young people in their gap year who are interested in developing a future in acting – and for older people seeking a change in direction – who would like to gain a thorough appreciation for what it means to train as an actor. Everyone has the opportunity to dramatically improve their skills under the guidance of top experts in acting, movement, improvisation and voice.
The course prepares students for the Trinity ATCL examination in July [or December] and a whole lot more.
It is equivalent to a foundation in Acting at one of the main conservatoire drama schools here in the UK, but with more intensive tuition; many of the students to go on to train at one of those drama schools; or continue with us, opting for the studio training approach.
In the Method-based training that we offer at the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting, the acting class is of central importance. Students learn a rigorous process for opening up emotionally, learning to trust their impulses and how to analyse a script thoroughly. They learn to deconstruct characters, to discover the core motivations and to develop clear character thought processes. They also take part in intensive movement and voice classes in order to gain a degree of mastery of their instrument from a technical perspective, as well as Meisner technique, and improvisation classes to expand and test the limits of their imagination and spontaneity.
The analysis class provides an introduction to the history of drama from the Greeks to the present day, and most of the major philosophical and technical influences on the art form.
Students constantly rehearse scenes and monologues and there are other performance opportunities during the year; there is a full-length stage production in July, as well as the ATCL examination. In term two we support students if they wish to apply to other Drama Schools for follow-on study, and they are welcome to audition for our 15-month Advanced Intensive Diploma. Most of our tutors teach or have taught at the major UK drama schools, and all continue to work professionally; some are renowned in their fields.
3-term: The timetabled sessions are based around evening and weekend attendance, so are designed to allow people to hold down a job while taking their acting to the next level. Students take part in 19 hours of core-classes and preparation each week, as well as rehearsals and examination coaching.
2-term: Monday to Friday daytime attendance, plus one evening. Students take part in 30 hours of core-classes, preparation rehearsals and examination coaching each week.
In both modes, students are expected to make themselves available for rehearsals outside of normal timetabled hours, and are also encouraged to see as much theatre and film as possible. Includes intensively-coached sessions in Acting, Meisner Technique, Voice, Movement, Improvisation, On-Camera and Audition-preparation, taught by the Centre’s teaching team of leading professional coaches.
Entrance is by application form, and a personal interview; please contact us for further information. Interviews for the courses are held between May and December.
Download the enrolment form.