This drama school course in Acting & Musical Theatre is an intensive course based at Lighthouse, Poole. During your time with us you will begin to realise your true potential. This combined course in Acting & Musical Theatre has been created for you to discover your path in the world of performing arts. In just one enlightening year you will develop your core skills for performance and be prepared for the next step on your journey. You will become a professional performer whether you go on to further training or straight into the industry. These courses are vocational and also offer nationally recognised qualifications from Trinity College London. To be part of the Dorset School of acting is to be become the next generation of fearless actors and performers.
1 Year Diploma Course in Acting & Musical Theatre
Monday – Wednesday September – May 30 weeks per annum APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Lighthouse 21 Kingland Road Poole BH15 1UG
- Acting technique including approach to text and character using "The Process"
- Devising projects
- Classical & contemporary text including Shakespeare
- Audition support
- Voice training and vocal coaching
- Individual and choral singing
- Ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and body conditioning
- Masterclasses from major industry professionals
- Theatre visits
Throughout the course you will rehearse for at least one performance ranging in style from improvisation and scene study, musical theatre and Theatre in Education.
You will be regularly taught by several teachers and coaches at DSA who have trained at Rose Bruford, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Oxford School of Drama, Performers College and Birmingham School of Acting. Their professional work is both national and international, West End, off West End, touring, TV, film and some have their own successful theatre companies. A number of coaches have taught at schools such as Central School of Speech & Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Oxford School of Drama, Arts Educational, Manchester Metropolitan and RADA.
£6420 + £250 Theatre visits. £35 audition fee. There are two ways to pay for this course. Paying the full amount 4 weeks before commencement entitles you to a £500 discount from the yearly fee bringing the total to £5920. You can also pay in 3 instalments. The theatre visit fees of £250 are to cover the cost of several theatre visits both locally and in London. This money is non-refundable, negotiable, exchangeable or transferable. There is currently no government funding for any one year course.
We totally appreciate how challenging it is to fund courses of this nature and as such we are always striving to help students by offering limited bursaries of up to 15% to exceptional students. In order to qualify for these bursaries students are required to demonstrate that they have attempted to raise the funds by other means initially such as private grants, initiatives etc.
Minimum age for entry: 17 yrs Entry onto the Dorset School of Acting’s 1 year diploma course in Acting & Musical Theatre is by audition only. It is expected that candidates will have some experience in one of the three disciplines of acting, singing or dancing with potential to be coached in the other two. You will be asked to prepare:
- 2 contrasting monologues, 1 contemporary, 1 Shakespearian/Jacobean.
- 2 contrasting songs, at least 1 musical theatre with piano accompaniment in your vocal range. Please be prepared to sing unaccompanied.
The audition process may last all day and could also include dance and acting workshops. The audition will also include an individual interview where you can ask questions. Please wear appropriate and comfortable clothing and footwear and bring a bottle of water with you.
Speech & Drama ATCL As a registered centre, DSA students will also work towards their Trinity College London Diploma in Speech and Drama at Associate Level in May. This will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification at NQF Level 4, equivalent to the first year of a Degree course. The examination fee for this is included in the main fees.
Students who have completed this course have gained places at:
Being on the course at DSA has prepared me thoroughly for the next level of training. My time here has been insightful, challenging and has pushed my boundaries to the limit which has strengthened my physical and mental attitude toward a career in acting. The teaching staff are knowledgeable, thorough and the specific attention you receive is personal and they create a safe environment to discover and explore. The wide range of experiences and opportunities that have been offered have has been a massive highlight. The things I have learnt at DSA will stay with me for the rest of my training and beyond and I can’t thank everyone enough.