All the different options you have for progression, (University Courses / Drama or Dance or Musical Theatre or production Arts conservatoire courses / Apprenticeships / Employment etc.)
I have already researched many different drama schools. Drama school is were I see myself in the future but I understand how hard it is to get a place at drama school especially with my level of experience. So what I have done as well as getting all the research on different drama schools and annotating it, is looked at other potential colleges and university I could go to for back a back up.
I have copied most of the information from the drama school websites but then put my own opinion under, I have also posted clips from the websites which have helped me get a feel for what it would be like attending drama school.
Firstly here is a list of the drama schools I am most interested in:
LAMDA: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (155 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA)
BA (hons) Professional Acting.
(1) LAMDA offers so much that interests me here are some thing that caught my eye when looking on there website: Year One ‘Classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing’. I need to gain more experience in all of these areas. Year two offers screen acting which interests me massively and students take part in a ‘Make Your Own Film module’. If I got a place here I would also get a chance to collaborate with a professional writer and director to produce the first draft of a new play! Basically this course offers everything and more.
The applications for LAMDA I will need to apply and pay online for an audition in September.
Arts Education (14 Bath Road Chiswick, London W4 1LY )
Acting BA (hons) / 3 Year Diploma
On the Arts Ed website it says
(2) ‘A successful 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. Perform in a wide range of shows and experience West End theatre conditions in our two theatre spaces and film show reels and original screenplays.’
This Drama school would develop my skills and prepare me to become a professional actor. I really like Arts Ed, it is defiantly one of the drama schools I am most interested in.
The video below shows what some of the current students at Arts Ed think of thought of their audition and think of the course.
Applications: Audition Fee (non-refundable) £45
Auditions are held from November – June/July for the Acting courses.
On your initial audition day you will have an opportunity to see the school in action, meet current students and ask questions, so you should expect to be at the School for most of the afternoon.
For the audition you must prepare:
- one monologue from a modern play written after 1980 (two minutes max)
- no more than 14 lines of heightened text from a classical play (preferably Shakespeare)
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.
Successful applicants will then be called to a recall audition where they will be asked to present the same two speeches again and a short duologue scene which will be provided in advance. The duologue scene will be performed on camera and direction will be given.
Mountveiw (Clarendon Road, London N22 6XF)
Mountveiw also offers a huge range of different things. Here is what some of the students say about the drama school:
Applications close 6 March 2017 (for BA courses),
Undergraduate and postgraduate acting auditions at Mountview take place as part of a day of workshops with movement and improvisation sessions. There are opportunities to meet current students to find out about life at Mountview and learn about student funding.
Candidates are required to prepare:
- One Shakespeare monologue
- One monologue from a modern play (written after 1979)
Please note that the monologues must:
- Last no longer than two minutes each
- Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
- Involve a character chosen from your own gender and close to your own age
- Be performed in your native accent
Royal Central ( Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage NW3 3HY)
I found another video about Mountview as the first one didn’t give much information.
This one gives more information about the audition at Central.
RADA: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art ( 62-64 Gower Street, London WC1E 6ED)
RADA course trains talented actors to develop a high level of technical facility, flexibility, individuality and imagination. Join us to develop skills in the areas of acting, voice, singing and movement, and apply these skills through projects, productions, and recorded med
- candidates must have complete fluency in the English language.
- the minimum age for admission is 18.
- you will need to demonstrate an intellectual, creative and practical ability to undertake degree level training.
There is an intake of up to 28 students in September each year. We audition all eligible applicants who apply before the deadline.
You may only apply only once per academic year, but you may apply for our Foundation Course in Acting at the same time and using the same form as our BA in Acting. Auditions run from November until June, with the option to audition in London, Manchester, Leicester, Dublin, and New York.
THE AUDITION PROCESS
Our audition process is lengthy and rigorous, spanning several months, and you may be called to attend at short notice. Due to the number of candidates we audition, we do not provide feedback. The decision of the audition panel is final.
Below is an audition experience posted by a student who recently auditioned at RADA.
GSA: Guildford Shool of Acting (71 Haydon Pl, Guildford GU1 4ND )
I like these Drama schools above because they offer a lot, I would like to go for an audition at each of these drama schools. Of course it is expensive to travel to each audition and the audition itself but over the summer I have set myself a certain amount that I will need to earn to afford the fees. Even if I don’t get a call back audition at least I have the experience and I will build my confidence for the next time I audition.
If I don’t manage to get a place at a drama school this year or next year I plan to go back to college for another two or one year to get more experience. I want look to get experience at another college in Suffolk. Below is a list of colleges that seem to offer good performing arts courses.
Suffolk New College (Ipswich, Rope Walk, Ipswich IP4 1LT)
- Attendance: Full-time
- Duration: 1 Year
- Course Code: DPN43F1
This Performing Arts study programme explores a wide spectrum of Performing Arts skills including; Dance, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Acting Techniques, Classical and Contemporary Drama, TV and Film, Theatre in Education, Stage Management, Performing Arts Business and Historical Context.
Combining theoretical and practical work the course offers a wide range of Performance opportunities, culminating in a final Performance Showcase.
4 GCSEs at Grade C, one of which must be English Language (or their equivalent) or level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts and successful audition.
You must gain a pass on this qualification to progress on to the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (equivalent to 3 A Levels).
At the end of my two years at West Suffolk College I will have all the entry requirements. I like the college its very modern and would help me gain more experience for drama school.