One Year Film Work 2018

“She is capable of getting to the truth of a character at the drop of a hat. And I think it’s because first of all, she’s enormously talented, and secondly, she’s incredibly well trained”

Nicolas Cage on Claire Foy, Graduate of the One Year Acting Course, 2007

One Year Course

This is an intensive course with an extended final term to allow for the last four weeks to take place in London. It is designed for those who have completed their academic studies and have some theatre or film experience already. This is a course for high achievers who are knowledgeable about the industry and are determined to succeed. It is important that you are bright and flexible but at the same time able to meet the challenge of trying new methods of working. We expect you to be fearless in your understanding of yourself and appreciation of others.

Throughout the course your application to voice and movement classes is crucial to developing your technical ability and vital if you are to realise your potential. Core classes in film and television, microphone technique and professional development run alongside acting classes and are taught by specialist tutors and practitioners with many years experience in the profession and teaching.

To audition for this course you must be twenty-one and over when the course begins. 

Available Funding

Public funding is available for this course. Find out details of the different funding options and fees.

Course Content

Throughout the course you will have contact with, and feedback from, people working in the industry including Casting Directors, Agents and graduates.

Term One

A thorough analysis of the basic principles of acting and their application to a wide range of demands: from Shakespeare through to the techniques required for film and television. Techniques are drawn from the work of Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Uta Hagen among others.

Term Two

You will be fully immersed in all aspects of the rehearsal process in preparation for a full scale production in front of tutors and students at the School. You will also rehearse and record a personal showreel in a professional recording studio.

Term Three

This begins with a full scale public production by an experienced professional director at The North Wall, one of the professional theatres in Oxford. Film work continues in preparation for filming on location of specially commissioned scenes. Over recent years these have been written by William Boyd, Phoebe Waller- Bridge and Vicky Jones.

London Season

For the final part of this term all classes take place in London where you will have workshops with casting directors, rehearse for your production at Soho Theatre and take part in the Showcase for casting directors and agents. In 2019 students performed a new play, small, especially written for them by Holly Robinson, alumni of the Soho Writers Scheme and directed by Alice Malin.

Directors who have recently worked with students in their final term include:
  • Chelsea Walker
  • Alice Malin
  • Max Key
  • Paul Hart
  • Polina Kalinina
  • Hal Chambers
Writers who have been commissioned to write for students in their final year include:
  • Holly Robinson
  • Jodi Gray
As a School we make no distinction between the graduates of our One and Three Year courses. They all achieve at the highest level. In recent years graduates of the One Year Course have secured their first acting jobs with employers such as BBC Television, ITV and BBC Radio and on stage for The National Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, English Touring Theatre, Royal Court, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Chichester Festival Theatre, Theatre Centre, Barbican Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Glasgow Citizens Theatre and Eastern Angles. Graduates from the One Year Acting Course include:
  • Ritu Arya in Genesis Inc at Hampstead Theatre
  • Rhys Bevan in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers
  • Victoria Blunt in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Watermill Newbury
  • Babou Ceesay in AMC’s Into the Badlands
  • Margaret Clunie in ITV’s Victoria
  • Paul Dodds Romeo and Juliet at the RSC
  • Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Tom Gibbons in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers
  • Emily Hughes in Liverpool Everyman repertory company
  • Louise Marwood as Chrissie White in ITV1’s Emmerdale
  • Aoibheann McCann in Assassins at The Gate Theatre Dublin
  • Jude Owusu as Tamberlaine in RSC’s Tamberlaine
  • Gary Pillai in the national tour of The Kite Runner
  • Tanya Reynolds in Sky’s Delicious
  • Kiran Sonia Sawar in Sky’s Black Mirror


This course is awarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual. It is Level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. Equity membership is awarded to all students who complete this course.