Professional Full & Part Time Training Courses

Full Time 1
DSC_3253-2 320x248 pts-12
Full Time 2
DSC_2429BW cropped-34
Full Time 3
Full Time 6

The Dorset School of Acting is a national drama school.  It offers two full time courses and a 12 week part time course.

For those wishing to pursue a serious career as a professional performer the 1 year diploma in acting & musical theatre and 12 week intensive audition preparation course in acting & musical theatre are the ideal choices. Whilst the 1 year diploma delivers a fully rounded training equivalent to the first year of a degree at drama school and offers a Level 4 qualification, the 12 week course focuses on every element of preparing you for auditions whether that is for drama school or for the industry. Both courses include our unique and highly successful approach to acting, “The Process” and gives students the tools to be truthful performers.

Our 2 year vocational sixth form course in performing arts with acting is ESFA funded making it free for those aged 16-19 years (*top up private funding may be applicable).  This offers a level 3 (OCR) vocational qualification in performing arts equivalent to 3 A-Levels.  This course allows young people to access free performing arts education & training within a drama school.

Based within a working theatre and the largest arts centre outside London, our courses nurture students through the differing levels of performance training and provide a pathway for those interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts industry.

To be part of the Dorset School of Acting is to become the next generation of fearless actors and performers.




Dorset School of Acting has consistently produced students of a high calibre who are excellently prepared for drama school. I have always been impressed by their skills and readiness for training.

Jeremy Harrison
Programme director, Acting & Actor Musicianship
Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

The DSA Experience

The Dorset School of Acting is based at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, the largest arts centre outside of London and a working touring theatre venue.  You will have an unique experience by training under its roof along with our faculty of professionals.

During your time with us you will become the best you can be.  As a small, bespoke school, students are nurtured by our amazing team who truly get to know who you are and work incredibly hard to support you through your journey.