Third Year 2021 Films

Third Year Film Trailer 2022


“The training is specific and multifaceted and the teaching staff are experienced in the industry and from differing backgrounds. This gives the students many perspectives, all bonded by the overall ethos of truth, trust and hard work. It’s a very safe space in which to make the discoveries about acting that you’ll take with you for your whole

Charity Wakefield, Graduate of the Three Year Acting Course, 2003

“Students show real strength for the stage and screen. Poise, passion and great presentation”

Anne McNulty, Casting Director, Michael Grandage Company

Three Year Acting Course

This is a demanding three-year acting course based on the values of classical acting, adapted to suit the needs of the contemporary world. It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become a dynamic and courageous actor. The training is very much student-centred, giving time for individual attention.

The acting course is designed to help you reach your full potential through vocal, physical and imaginative techniques, and provide you with the ability to continue learning and developing beyond these three years and throughout your professional life.

You will be taught in group classes and through regular one-to one tutorials across all of the core disciplines. You will have many opportunities to work with leading practitioners from theatre, film and television as well as key industry casting directors and agents.

In your final year you will make your transition into the performing arts industries by spending your final term in London making work with directors and writers and performing at venues in London.

Available Funding

There is government funding available for students who are accepted on to this drama course. The Dance and Drama Awards Scheme and Advanced Learner Loans will support both course fees and living costs. Additional bursaries are also available. Please see all details of the different funding options and fees on the Fees and Funding Page. 

Three Year Acting Course Content

First Year

In this year you will concentrate on foundation exercises in acting, movement and voice that will be the building blocks for shaping your approach to being a creative actor. You will spend time exploring yourself and your identity as well as the dynamics of human behaviour. Our tutors are all specialists in their field and draw from the approaches and techniques of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Michael Chekhov, Linklater, Laban and Lecoq among others. The first performances that you will share will be work you have made to express your creative voice. You will have an introduction to film and you will begin to build your vocal technique through song. The first year ends with a full scale production.

Second Year

In the second year the emphasis shifts to the rehearsal process, looking at how to work creatively and effectively in the rehearsal room with different directors. You will develop your skills in approaching diverse texts with lots of opportunities to explore the context and relevance of a range of classical and modern plays across four productions in the year. The work on freeing your voice and building confidence in your physical expression will continue throughout this year. You will be encouraged to be open, playful and imaginative through ensemble work in clown and mask. Acting for screen will include mock shoots and the opportunity to devise and create a film.

Third Year

Your final year of this three year drama course is about applying your craft in performance with flexibility and confidence. You will work towards entering a career in the performing arts by building your knowledge and experience through talks and workshops with leading practitioners and meetings with key industry professionals. You will acquire skills in auditioning, film and television castings and in self-taping and you will showcase your skills in the production of film and audio show reels as well as an industry-targeted Showcase at a theatre in London. For your final term you will consolidate your skills through a programme of creative development projects with directors and writers as well as rehearsing and performing a new theatre commission in a London venue.

London Season

Moving to London for the final term of the course means you will be where most employment opportunities for actors start. Rehearsals for public productions, masterclasses, individual auditions and special projects are organised to help you grasp the exciting possibilities on offer. In 2018/19 students had a showcase at Soho Theatre, performed Mark Ravenhill’s pool no water at the Royal Court, filmed specially commissioned scenes and worked on a production of a new play by Sami Ibrahim at Soho Theatre. In addition, they worked on projects with outstanding industry professional such as Josh Roche, Fay Lomas and Matthew Butler-Hart.

Directors who have recently worked with students in their final year include:
  • Hannah Hauer-King
  • Blythe Stewart
  • Alice Malin
  • Cathal Cleary
  • Abigail Graham
Writers who have been commissioned to write for students in their final year include:
  • Danusia Samal
  • Sami Ibrahim
  • Joel Tan
  • Luke Barnes
  • Isley Lynn
  • Amy Rosenthal
  • Zinnie Harris

Meet the Tutors

Hear our Principal, Ed Hicks, talk about screen training at The Oxford School of Drama.

Meet Ashley Howard, Senior Voice Tutor.


This course is validated by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual. It is Level 6 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. Equity membership is awarded to all students who complete this course.