BA (Hons) Acting Programme

73_3 Winters @ Italia Conti by Greg Goodale

Certificate of Higher Education – Intro to Acting

Programme Specification

Validated by The University of East London

Programme Director: Bradley Leech
Programme Location:
 Avondale, Clapham North, London
Programme Length: 3 Terms (Autumn, Spring, Summer), Full-Time
Home/EU Fees: £9250 per year
International Fees:
 £11440 per year
Deposit: £500 (non-refundable)
Start Date:
 17th September 2018 (Enrolment: w/c 10th September 2018)






Find this course on UCAS

‘Chicken Shop’ by Anna Jordan, Directed by Chris White and Bradley Leech – The Sheridan Studio

‘Chicken Shop’ by Anna Jordan, Directed by Chris White and Bradley Leech – The Sheridan Studio

The one year Certificate of Education in Introduction to Acting at the Academy is aimed at those who wish to enhance their existing acting skills with a view to moving onto full time actor training at an accredited Drama School or on a practical University course. It will enable you to experience the rigours of vocational training and enable you to make informed choices about your future.

You will train in the professional and disciplined environment of a leading drama conservatoire and profit from the knowledge and experience of the staff working within the Academy.

Individual sessions working on interview technique and monologue preparation will help to maximise your chance of success in future auditions. You will be encouraged to develop a self-reliance and independent working process on a programme that emphasises the importance of respect within the rehearsal room, generosity and a shared passion. Above all, the Academy aims to generate an atmosphere of security that will allow you be creatively fearless.

A series of organised theatre visits and excursions will develop your awareness and appreciation of current theatre practice. You will learn how to critically evaluate contemporary performance and to express your ideas with clarity and confidence, thereby improving your self-promotional skills.



The programme will focus on you as an individual and help you to fulfil your potential as an emerging artist. The programme is structured over three terms and includes practical classes and workshops in:

  • Improvisation
  • Contemporary and Classical Monologues
  • Acting Technique, Rehearsal and Performance
  • Sight Reading
  • Acting for Camera
  • Movement
  • Voice
  • Acting through Song
  • Audition Practice
  • Interview Skills/Professional Preparation
  • Contextual Studies

‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder, Directed by Phil Clark – Avondale Theatre

Term 1 introduces you to the fundamental principles which support a successful performance.

Acting classes are underpinned by Stanislavski’s system and focus on creating and communicating believable characters, situations and relationships through work on text and improvisation. You are introduced to vocal and physical usage through voice and movement classes. Audition practice helps you select and work on appropriate monologues (contemporary and classical) and songs for future auditions. A programme of theatre visits and excursions will be accompanied by contextual studies classes in which you will be encouraged to objectively appraise performances, yourself as an actor and develop your awareness of the work of actors, directors, theatre companies and writers currently working in the industry.

Term 2 consolidates and develops the work of term 1.

Starting with an intensive period of audition preparation and practice, you will refine and polish the speeches required for Drama School auditions. Mock auditions are held with an industry expert to improve audition technique. Interview skills and professional preparation workshops enable you to develop your personal and promotional skills in order to support your application to drama schools and elsewhere. The balance of the term is focused on the rehearsal and performance of a workshop production which will take place in the Sheridan Studio at the end of term. More advanced voice and movement classes support this project and increase your ability to work expressively and with flexibility. A programme of short workshops is also embedded into the timetable to allow a diversifying of approaches to training and practice, where sessions might include Meisner Technique, Acting for Camera, Period Dance, Clowning etc (please note that this workshop programme may change from year to year)

Term 3 offers a diverse range of intensive projects, focused on specific performance practices such as Acting for camera, Commedia Dell’Arte, Musical Theatre and a Devising project, (please note that this programme may change from year to year).

The focus of the work is on applying skills in practice, widening understanding of performance in all its many aspects and extending your work as an actor across the widest possible skill set. This helps to provide a solid base of skills and knowledge, whatever your next steps within the profession may be.

All students on the CertHE programme will be offered an audition for the BA programme for the following year. It should be noted that attendance on the CertHE programme does not guarantee you a place on the BA programme.

‘Chicken Shop’ by Anna Jordan, Directed by Chris White and Bradley Leech – The Sheridan Studio

Career Prospects and Industry Links

You will be taught by a team of industry specialists who have extensive experience of the audition processes used by both professional theatre companies and the country’s leading drama schools. In addition all of the Academy staff are successful professional practitioners (actors, directors, dialect coaches, movement directors) with excellent industry links. We also work very closely with leading casting directors and theatre agents.

Italia Conti graduates populate the performance industries and include, Tom Ainsley, Leon Annor, Gabrielle Anwar, Russell Brand, Jennifer Brooke, Karla Crome, Jonno Davies, Letitia Dean, Mark Ebulué, Jess Ellis, Barbara Ferris, Karen Gillan, Jamie Foreman, Linzi Hately, Aisling Jarrett-Gavin, Matt Lapinskas, Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott, Lesley Manville, Hans Matheson, Daniel Mays, Bethany Muir, James Nelson-Joyce, Racheal Ofori, Gemma Salter, Julia and Nadia Sawalha, Lucie Shorthouse, Daniel Francis Swaby, Gary Trainor, Nina Toussaint-White, Tracy Ullman, Dwane Walcott and Gabby Wong.


Italia Conti will interview and audition all applicants. As soon as we have received your completed audition form and your audition fee of £45 we will send you further details and an audition date. At the audition you will be asked to present two contrasting monologues, one from a list of Shakespeare plays that you will be sent and one modern speech (post 1960). You will also take part in an improvisation workshop designed to help you relax and get to know your fellow applicants. Finally, you will have an interview with the audition panel during which you will be asked to talk about your views and ideas about theatre, your interests outside the theatre, your aspirations and previous experience, in order to ascertain your readiness to undertake such a rigorous course.

Please note: If you have auditioned for the Acting BA (Hons) at Italia Conti and the panel feel it would benefit you to undertake the CertHE programme, you will be informed in writing.

Auditions usually take place during the spring term and you are advised to submit your application form as soon as possible to ensure an early audition date. On the audition day you will have the opportunity to meet Italia Conti students who will answer any questions you may have about the course and the Academy. Afternoon sessions can finish as late as 6pm so you are advised to make necessary travel arrangements. Also please note there are no catering facilities at Avondale and so you are advised to bring your own lunch, although there are cafes and shops nearby.

All CertHE students will be offered an audition free of charge for the BA programme for the following year. It should be noted that attendance on the CertHE programme does not guarantee you a place on the BA programme.

38_Harvest @ Italia Conti by Greg Goodale

‘Harvest’ by Richard Bean, Directed by Martin Berry – Avondale Theatre

Entry Requirements

Applicants are selected on their perceived ability to benefit from and successfully complete the CertHE programme.

Entry requirements:
• Successful audition through Italia Conti Academy.
• Completion of any programme offer conditions and/or requirements.
• 64 UCAS points or equivalent AEL.
• Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above (from 2018, GCSE Grade 4 or above) or recognised equivalent qualifications.
• Legal right to reside/study in the UK for the full period of the programme.
• Evidence of all of the above.

Qualification Requirements

UCAS Tariff : 64 Points

A Level : CC

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma : MPP

Access to HE Diploma : M: 15 credits, P: 30 credits

Additional Info

CertHE programme students are entitled to attend all academy performances at Avondale throughout the year for free.

Fees do not include the provision of playscripts, theatre trips and excursions. Students should expect also to budget themselves for providing books, rehearsal clothing and small items of props and costume.

The academy reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point.

‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder, Directed by Phil Clark – The Avondale Theatre