2 Year Accelerated Diploma Course in Acting & Musical Theatre


This 2 year accelerated vocational course is designed to get you industry ready in 78 weeks.  As the only top drama school to offer a combined training in Acting & Musical Theatre, it is designed to get you ready and raring for a career as a professional performer.  In two exciting years you will work on all essential skills to ensure you become a highly skilled, brilliant and employable actor and performer for both stage and screen. When you graduate you will gain a diploma in Drama and Speech from Trinity College London at Licentiate level. This is equivalent to a Batchelor of Arts degree and is level 6 on the national qualifications framework. As the focus of the course is to prepare you for employment, at the end of the course you will be offered a place on DSA’s Actors Co-operative Agency to support your first steps into the profession to ensure you get that all important first job.


Monday – Friday September – July 39 weeks per annum APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN


Lighthouse 21 Kingland Road Poole  BH15 1UG


  • Acting technique including approach to text and character using "The Process"
  • Improvisation
  • Devising projects
  • Classical & contemporary text including Shakespeare
  • Audition technique
  • Voice training and vocal coaching
  • Individual and choral singing
  • Ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre dance technique, body conditioning & YOGA
  • Masterclasses from major industry professionals
  • Professional studies - Industry preparation
  • Theatre visits
  • Stage Fighting
  • Scene Study
  • Act study



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.


£13140 per year (total course fee £26280) + £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 £12640 per year.  You can also pay in 7 instalments across two years. 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. Currently this course is not eligible for a student loan or grant but you may be able to secure a Career Development Loan.

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.


There will be a number of public performances including a London showcase at the end of the second year.

Audition Information

Minimum age for entry: 18 yrs

Entry onto the Dorset School of Acting’s 2 year accelerated 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 LTCL As a registered centre, DSA students will also work towards their Trinity College London Diploma in Speech and Drama at Licentiate Level. This will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification at NQF Level 6, equivalent to a Batchelor Degree. The examination fee for this is included in the main fees.