The Degree works in two phases: students begin with a year of intensive teaching, then move gradually toward more independent work in their final year: forming companies, working with playwrights, screenwriters and film makers, having the opportunity to produce and be mentored through a potential run at the Edinburgh Festival. Along with this career-launching run, students leave with a show reel and significant experience in acting for screen.
The degree is designed to help students make the transition from student learning to independent freelance artist as smoothly as possible.
Given our Edinburgh location, you’ll be working in some exciting venues, with professional directors and teachers, and the course culminates in the opportunity of a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
What you study
Intensive training in voice, movement and acting
Approaches to sustained performance and theories of performance
Stage and screen performance technique
Advanced techniques for performing classical texts
Entrepreneurial business skills appropriate for a freelance career in the entertainment industry
Professional standard productions on stage and screen
Critical approaches to acting and performance
The integration and practice of skills in public performances
The application of acting techniques appropriate to a particular style of performance
The development of a personal portfolio showcasing the individual’s work
Workshops and auditions with industry professionals
In both years there will be particular focus on style and the ability to adapt performance to specific medium. Through intensive study of the similarities and differences between the demands of stage and screen acting, you’ll gain a critical understanding of your own acting process and confidence in your ability to work in both areas.
Additional mandatory costs
Recommended for the start of the course:
Year 4, trimester 2:
- ‘Mastering the Shakespeare Audition: A Quick Guide to Performance Success’ by Donna Soto-Morettini (£17)
- 32GB USB pen drive which (around £15)
- Women: A rehearsal skirt (£10-£20) and character shoes (£10-£25)
- Men: dark rehearsal suit jacket (second hand is fine- £10-£30) and dark-coloured hard-soles shoes (£10-£30)
you will need to get a professional head shot (ranging from £50-£150 depending on the photographer)