CERT HE

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

Qualification | Certificate in Higher Education

Course Director | Bradley Leech

Validated by | University of East London (UEL)

Location | Currently Avondale (Clapham) but subject to relocation in 2021, see details

                 here.

Course Length | 1 Year, Full-Time
Start Date | September 2021

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Certificate of Higher Education, Introduction to Acting, at Italia Conti 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 Italia Conti’s teaching faculty.

Individual sessions working on interview technique and monologue preparation will help to maximise your chances 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, Italia Conti aims to generate a secure and nurturing training environment that will allow you to 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.

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

Certificate of Higher Education, Introduction to Acting, at Italia Conti, is a one-year, full time foundation in actor training for anyone aged 18+ who wishes to develop their existing skills in Acting, with the view to moving onto a full-time, three-year actor training programme at Drama School or University level.  

 

The programme is validated by University of East London (UEL). Full government funding is available through Student Finance England for Home students.

 

"THE BUILDING AND STAFF INSIDE WELCOME YOU

WITH OPEN ARMS, GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR TRAINING

AND PROUDLY PUSH YOU, PREPPED WITH THE BEST

TOOLS FOR THE JOB."

Amy Johnson

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The programme will focus on you as an individual and help you to fulfil your potential as an emerging artist. 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.

 

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

CERT HE SPECIFICATION >

TERM 1

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

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

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.

 

FEES & FUNDING

Tuition Fees | £9250 per academic year, (paid in advanced termly instalments)

EU Student Fees | £11880 per academic year

International Student Fees | £15000 per academic year (approximately)

Audition Fee | £45 (non-refundable)

Deposit | £275 (refundable)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

We are unable to accept applications from international students on the CertHE Acting due to new Office for Students regulations. Please see our International Applications page to submit your details for when International applications will open.

FEES TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti and can be found on our Policies page.

FUNDING

The Cert HE course offers the following funding options:

- Private Funding

- Student Finance

FURTHER FUNDING INFO >

"ITALIA CONTI HAS HELPED ME IN TERMS OF MY ACTING

DEVELOPMENT, BUT ALSO AS A PERSON AND HOW I ENGAGE AND VIEW THE WORLD, WHICH AIDS ME AS AN ACTOR."

Henry Brackenridge

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY TO CERT HE ACTING REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:

- 18+ by the 31st August in the year of entry​.

- Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade 4 or above or recognised equivalent qualifications. 

- 64 UCAS points or admission through recognition of non standard entry qualifications/experience:

  • A level: CC

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: MPP

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: MM

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

- Legal right to reside/study in the UK for the full period of the programme.

- Successful audition through Italia Conti, details of which can be found below.

- Evidence in hard copy of all the above must be provided.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

After completing the application process you will be invited to attend one of our audition days where you will be required to demonstrate a variety of skills. Information about auditions can be found below.​

 

APPLICATION

Application to the Cert HE Introduction to Acting course is to be made through UCAS only. Please note that our listing on UCAS is shown as University of East London (UEL) - Acting.

UCAS Institution Code | E28    

UCAS Course Code | W411

 

Once applicants have applied for the Cert HE Acting programme through UCAS they will receive an email from UEL containing a link to Italia Conti's Cert HE application form. Applicants must complete this form and pay the audition fee (£45) in order to be considered for the course. Applicants cannot apply through UCAS alone for this programme.

Applicants should have completed Italia Conti's application form and paid the audition fee by the 19th January in the year of application in order to be considered for audition. 

Applicants who have applied through UCAS and who have not received an email containing a link to Italia Conti's application form should contact

auditions@italiaconti.co.uk before the 19th January in the year of application. 

Audition fees are non-refundable. These fees act as both an administration fee for processing your application as well as a non-refundable deposit for a place on an audition day.

In line with our admissions policy, Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point.  Places on our courses are limited; it is usual for drama schools to make more offers than there are places. Acceptances are dealt with on a first come first serve basis and so early acceptance is advised.

 

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AUDITION DAY


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AUDITION OUTCOMES


Generally no decisions are made on the day. Auditionees can expect to hear the outcome of their audition by email within two weeks of the audition date. POSSIBLE OUTCOMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
R (Rejection);
C (Conditional offer);
U (Unconditional offer);
O (Offer to another course)

Recall (applicants offered a recall will be invited to a session normally held in May or June).
Successful auditionees are reminded that they are not permitted to accept offers at more than one Drama School within the CDS.




AUDITION ADVICE


MAKING SURE YOU MAXIMISE YOUR CHANCE OF MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION: 1. Please choose one Shakespearean piece, from the attached list below and one piece from a modern play (we define this as 1870 - present day), of your choice.
2. Please keep your audition pieces to one and a half minutes or under.
3. Make sure that your pieces are within your playing range in terms of gender, age and physical type.
4. Do not attempt accents other than your own unless you are very confident about your ability.
5. Learn your pieces very thoroughly.
6. Avoid self-written pieces.
7. If possible find at least one piece with which you have a particular relationship or connection: e.g. a piece by a Scottish writer if you are from Scotland.
8. Familiarise yourself with the plays your pieces are taken from.
9. Wear loose comfortable clothing, for ease of movement.
10. Try not to spend ages getting into character. It’s best to take a couple of breaths and start when you are on thought.
11. Be prepared to be redirected and if you don’t understand the redirection, please say so!
12. And finally, we don’t mind if you speak directly to the panel – we’d rather you spoke to us than to an empty chair!




SHAKESPEARE AUDITION PIECES


You must choose one of the pieces below for your audition with us. King Lear – Act 1 Scene 2 – Edmund
“Thou, nature art my goddess………”
King Lear – Act 2 Scene 3 – Edgar
“I heard myself proclaim’d………”
Macbeth – Act 3 Scene 1 – Macbeth
“To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus……Who’s there!”
Two Gentleman of Verona – Act 2 Scene 3 – Launce
“Nay, ‘twill be this hour…..” [Prose]
Othello – Act 1 Scene 3 – Iago
“Thus do I ever make my fool……”
Othello – Act 3 Scene 3 – Othello
“This fellow’s of exceeding honesty,…….”
King John – Act 4 Scene 1 – Arthur
“Have you the heart? When your head did ache………”
Henry IV Part 1 – Act 1 Scene 2 – Prince Hal
“I know you all, and will awhile uphold……”
Othello – Act 4 Scene 3 – Emilia
“But I do think it is their husbands’ faults…..”
Twelfth Night – Act 2 Scene 2 – Viola
“I left no ring with her……..”
Henry VI – Act 1 Scene 4 – Queen Margaret
“Brave warriors…….. may sing and dance”
The Winter’s Tale – Act 3 Scene 2 – Hermione
“Sir, spare your threats……..”
Romeo & Juliet – Act 2 Scene 5 – Juliet
“The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse……...”
Merchant of Venice – Act 3 Scene 2 – Portia
“You see me, Lord Bassanio, where I stand…….”
King Lear – Act 1 Scene 3 – Goneril
“By day and night he wrongs me………Prepare for dinner”
Julius Ceasar – Act 2 Scene 1 – Portia
“Is Brutus sick………”





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