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
Course Length | 1 Year, Full-Time
Start Date | September 2020
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.
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."
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:
Contemporary and Classical Monologues
Acting Technique, Rehearsal and Performance
Acting for Camera
Acting through Song
Interview Skills/Professional Preparation
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.
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 | £250 (non-refundable before commencement, but returned in the 2nd/3rd term
FEES TERMS & CONDITIONS
Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti and can be found on our Policies page.
The Cert HE course offers the following funding options:
- Private Funding
- Student Finance
"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."
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.
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 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
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.
The entrance audition comprises of two components - Acting and Interview. The audition process is designed to ensure that prospective students meet the criteria for acting training including a demonstration of prior knowledge and a good understanding of the commitment full time acting training requires.
Both audition components will take place on the same day, and candidates should be prepared to spend at least half a day at the audition. You may wish to bring lunch or a snack to the audition, as breaks between sections will not be long enough to leave the audition site. Also, please note that family and friends will not be permitted to observe the audition and depending on the set-up of the audition site may not be able to have contact with the applicant until their audition is finished.
The audition day begins at 9am. Auditionees come to the Avondale Building on Landor Road, Clapham, London, SW9 9PH and report to Reception. See Contact page for map and travel information.
1 Classical Monologue (from our Shakespeare Audition Pieces list below)
1 Contemporary Monologue (Post 1950)
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).
Unsuccessful auditionees are entitled to feedback should they require it, and should contact the Academy by email to email@example.com.
Successful auditionees are reminded that they are not permitted to accept offers at more than one Drama School within the CDS.
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
“Thou, nature art my goddess………”
“I heard myself proclaim’d………”
“To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus……Who’s there!”
“Nay, ‘twill be this hour…..” [Prose]
“Thus do I ever make my fool……”
“This fellow’s of exceeding honesty,…….”
“Have you the heart? When your head did ache………”
“I know you all, and will awhile uphold……”
“But I do think it is their husbands’ faults…..”
“I left no ring with her……..”
“Brave warriors…….. may sing and dance”
“Sir, spare your threats……..”
“The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse……...”
“You see me, Lord Bassanio, where I stand…….”
“By day and night he wrongs me………Prepare for dinner”
“Is Brutus sick………”