Advanced Intensive Acting Diploma (PGIP)
is equivalent in level to Post Graduate study: the training is designed for those creative individuals from any background who have the capacity, ability and motivation to enter the Industry.
The programme involves around 30 hours of intensive classes and rehearsal exercises per week, taught by top-level specialist coaches each with extensive professional experience.
Plays are presented in-house during the first two terms, and to the public during the final two terms. During the fourth term, from September to December of Year Two, students continue with regular advanced-level classes, Industry events and intensive rehearsals tailored towards a high-profile industry showcase, and a range of further performance opportunities, which continue after the conclusion of the formal training.
We take only a single cohort of Intensive-Route acting students each year, to provide a focussed training designed to bring out individual strengths, and we welcome applications from people from a wide variety of previous backgrounds and experience.
The programme is tailored towards the unique mix of talent drawn to our centrally-located Studio from across the UK, Europe and beyond. We have excellent links with UK and European Casting Directors, as well as a new base in New York, and offer many opportunities to showcase talent on a wider scale as well as within the UK.
We also offer an ACTOR/DIRECTOR route and an ACTOR/PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR route, explained in more detail below.
THE COURSE IN MORE DETAIL:
At the heart of everything is the acting class. Here participants learn the Methodological technique, influenced by the work of Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg.
Students explore in depth the Laban/Jungian transformative Character Analysis technique of Yat Malmgren that distinguished the original Drama Centre worldwide as a centre for acting excellence, taking our inspiration from the man who launched the Drama Centre with Yat Malmgren, Christopher Fettes, led by leading practitioner Giles Foreman.
Participants have regular Meisner-technique classes, and a range of Voice-work including Song, Movement and Movement-Psychology classes led by renowned teachers including Janet Amsden, Ballet and Period Dance with Glen Snowden. On-Camera classes, Stage and Film fight-skills, meetings with a range of top Industry Professionals, and unique industry-related opportunities arise throughout the programme. Rehearsal scenes and showings are built around classical repertoire as well as contemporary film and theatre texts, including two song showings; these take place at intervals throughout the course. During terms Three and Four there are a range of public performance opportunities including an industry-acclaimed showcase in Term Four. Production stills and filmed scenes are made available to use for Spotlight Graduate membership from term Four.
Directing demands multiple skills and personality traits. It requires intellectual abilities, intuition and access to emotions. A capacity to work with many different types of artists – actors, writers, designers, musicians and production staff. This course is designed to help the student develop an understanding of technical and creative theatre skills, and places particular emphasis on gaining experience of the acting process as part of the acting cohort. From term 2 onwards, Actor/Directors learn to direct scenes; they build their understanding of how to work with actors in rehearsal, and are tutored by Giles Foreman with a focus on all the above. In term 3 they assist him and other directors. In the final term they are assessed on a play that they direct.
ACTOR/PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR ROUTE:
This is designed for those individuals who might wish to develop as a professional acting coach. It develops an understanding of a range of theories and approaches to the art of acting. From term 2, Actor/Instructors are tutored by Giles Foreman with a focus on all the above. In term 3 they assist him and other coaches in a series of classes and workshops. In the final term they are assessed on a workshop that they design and deliver to an invited student body. They are offered advice on gaining employment in the field.
Following the course, we offer continued membership of the studio to graduates of our full-time programmes to help them sustain their development in the period following full-time training. To date, alumni have already achieved huge successes*, and 60 – 70% of our actors are regularly working.
* Short-film Stutterer, featuring post-graduate alumnus Richard Mason, won the Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.
* Short-film La Femme et le TGV, featuring post-graduate alumnus Lucien Guignard, was Oscar-nominated for Best live-action short at the 2017 Academy Awards.
* For further updates: Studio-and-alumni-news
For 2021 entry, the four-term (16 month-programme) fee is £12,200 (equivalent to £9,150 per year) for all students regardless of their home country. This is an incredibly advantageous rate for such an intensive taught curriculum, and is considerably more affordable than other institutions – we are able to do this because we are an independent organisation.
We offer payment by instalment, either termly or by monthly bank transfer. We are also able to offer one half-scholarship each year.
* For those without an equivalent Level 4+ qualification, we offer the ATCL Diploma in Speech & Drama (Performing, or Teaching) to be taken by the middle of term 4. This is subject to an additional fee for examination under the auspices of Trinity College London, for whom we are a registered Examination Centre. Further details upon request.
HOW TO APPLY:
New! video-auditions are welcomed for the first round – email us with your APPLICATION FORM, for more information.
For each September entry, live auditions are offered between January and August. Dates are listed on the front-page post on our website: Dates and special events coming up. Since 2020 we have offered our alternative online audition option: here are details
Full-time video auditions 2021
For face-to-face auditions, our panel ask to see a classical and a modern monologue, and we provide opportunities for exploration and for feedback during the session. There are no stressful group sessions, nor impersonal results lists.
We offer an audition to all suitable applicants especially those from less well-represented backgrounds, and we advise on the result promptly.
Auditions are held at our Dean Street base, Studio Soho in central London.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – INFORMATION
EU students are welcomed, and those from countries covered by the Youth Mobility Scheme visa (Tier 5) GOV.UK.