BA (Hons) Acting Programme

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Foundation

Course Location Avondale
Course Length 3 Terms (Autumn, Spring and Summer), Full Time
Home/EU Fees £8450 (which includes the £200 Registration Fee and £300 Studio Fee)
International Fees
 £12500 (which includes the £200 Registration Fee and £300 Studio Fee)
Deposit £500 (non-refundable)
Full fees payable on or before the first day of the academic year.
Information regarding payment options to be arranged with the Accounts department (after being offered a place) prior to the first day of the academic year.
Start Date 11th or 18th September 2017 (tbc)

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The Foundation Course at Italia Conti 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. 

‘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

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 course 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 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.

 

Structure

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

  • Acting
  • Monologue and Scene Study
  • Acting for Camera and Microphone
  • Improvisation
  • Movement
  • Voice
  • Acting through Song
  • Audition Practice
  • Interview Skills/Professional Preparation
  • Rehearsal and Performance
  • 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 Del’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 skillset. This helps to provide a solid base of skills and knowledge, whatever your next steps within the profession may be.

 All students on the foundation course will be offered an audition for the BA course for the following year. It should  be noted that attendance on the foundation course 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, Gabrielle Anwar, Lynsey Baxter, Tracie Bennett, Russell Brand, Noel Coward, Karla Crome, Jamie Davies, Letitia Dean, Barbara Ferris, Karen Gillen, Jamie Foreman, Linzi Hately, Patsy Kensit, Matt Lapinskas, Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott, Lesley Manville, Hans Matheson, Lisa Maxwell, Daniel Mays , Martine McCutcheon, Anton Rogers, Julia and Nadia Sawalha, Lucy Speed, Nina Toussaint-White, Tracy Ullman.

Auditions

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 Foundation Course, 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.

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‘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 foundation course.

The Academy recognises that academic qualifications offer only a limited indication of your capacity to do well on this course. However, applicants who would most profit from the Foundation Course will normally be over 17 years of age by the start of the course and have achieved either:

  • 1 AS level
  • 3 GCSE Grades A* to C
  • a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts

Applications are welcomed from mature candidates and in the case of applicants over the age of 21 formal academic requirements may not be necessary.

Additional Info

Foundation Students are entitled to attend all academy performances at Avondale throughout the year for free. (subject to ticket availability).

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