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Drama Short Courses: Kickstart Your Career With 3 Reasons to Attend An OSD Short Course

A young girl on a screen holding a clap-board during a drama short course

Considering a Drama short course as part of your Drama School journey? It may not be the first option that comes to mind, but it offers unique benefits that can make your experience both enjoyable and valuable. Whether you’re a Drama School hopeful or just curious, here are three compelling reasons to consider a drama short course.


All of our drama short courses at OSD are taught by the same exceptional tutors who teach our full-time courses. So, for those interested in applying to our full-time courses, attending a short course gives you a glimpse at the experienced, passionate, and inspiring tutors that make OSD so special. For those who are simply looking to expand their skill set or dip their toes into the world of acting, our short courses offer an incredible learning experience.

Amongst the incredible teaching staff is Niall Ashdown. Niall is a celebrated actor, improvisor, writer, and comedian who has worked with pioneering theatre companies such as Kneehigh, and regularly appears at London’s Comedy Store. Niall is just one of the world-class tutors you can expect to learn from if you take part in one of our Drama short courses.

So, get a real drama school experience, meet passionate and talented tutors, and immerse yourself in the acting world by booking a place on one of our short courses today.


From screen acting to auditioning, Shakespeare to Contemporary, we have a Drama short course that will suit the skills you’re looking to develop.

Our Unlocking Screen Acting course remains incredibly popular with all who take part. Taught by our Principal Ed Hicks, the course garners feedback such as “the notes and advice from Ed were invaluable, and his passion for supporting actors to deliver their best is inspirational. In short – train at OSD, you will not be disappointed!”.

Our Creating and Devising Course is a new offering this summer. This four-day masterclass explores techniques for devising and creating new work. It is a fun and exciting masterclass that aims to inspire and guide you as you create your own work.


All of the Drama short courses here at OSD are designed with your convenience in mind. Our popular Audition Technique course is held online in the evenings, fitting into your busy schedules. Our on-site courses are all four-day intensives designed to give you maximum learning in just the right amount of time. We know it’s not easy to book days off work or travel away from home, so we have designed all of our courses with you in mind.

With so many fantastic options available, it’s hard to find a reason not to join a Drama short course this Summer. For dates, availability, and pricing, visit our Short Courses page here.

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