Third Year Film Work 2019

Third Year Film Work 2018

Second Year Shakespeare Film Project 2018


“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 Course

This is a demanding course based on the traditional values of classical acting adapted to suit the needs of contemporary media. 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. So this means, for example, that the assessments you will undertake throughout the course are structured like auditions, rather than like tests, in order to give you experience of working to the highest possible standard in a high stakes situation.

The training is very much student-centred giving time for individual attention.

To audition you must be eighteen or over when the course begins and have thought carefully about pursuing professional acting training. Whilst academic achievement is not a prerequisite for entry, a degree of intellectual and emotional curiosity is important.

Available Funding

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

Course Content

First Year

Technical classes in acting, voice, movement, applied movement and characterisation, music, film and stage combat. The year ends with an internal production performed to tutors and students.

Second Year

Technical classes continue with the addition of radio, acting through song, devising and sightreading. Internal performances of a C19th realism play, a Restoration play and recording of a radio production. Public performances of a rehearsed reading, a Schools’ Tour and an outdoor Shakespeare production.

Third Year

Technical classes continue with additional focus on sightreading, audition technique, workshops and masterclasses and professional development. This year includes public performances at Soho Theatre and another  professional theatre in London, such as the Royal Court, Fortune Theatre or Trafalgar Studios. There is also the Showcase to an invited audience of casting directors and agents at Soho Theatre in London, the recording of a short film on location with a professional crew and the recording of an audio showreel at a professional studio. The Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Globe Theatre, BBC’s Carleton Hobbs radio competition and the Spotlight Prize take place in this year.

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


This course is awarded 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.