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Performing Arts - Acting (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

A cross-lev­el pro­gram which focus­es on the skills required to progress onto fur­ther train­ing as an Actor, while also devel­op­ing gen­er­al per­form­ing arts skills, run by East­ern School of Per­form­ing Arts (ESPA). Gain an excel­lent ground­ing to become a ver­sa­tile per­former and devel­op your indi­vid­u­al­i­ty and per­for­mance skills to allow you to progress to pro­fes­sion­al act­ing schools and employment.

Across the pro­grams, you will par­tic­i­pate in a wide vari­ety of projects that intro­duce you to var­ied styles, gen­res, and method­olo­gies. With a focus on the devel­op­ment of prac­ti­cal skills required, you will explore areas such as devis­ing, clas­si­cal text, con­tem­po­rary text, move­ment, and voice. The projects will intro­duce you to act­ing styles such as nat­u­ral­ism, epic, sur­re­al­ism, and phys­i­cal the­atre through script­ed and devised projects.

ESPA pro­vides indus­try-expe­ri­enced tutors for all their cours­es, enabling stu­dents to devel­op skills required for their next steps. The course is high­ly voca­tion­al and you will spend your days in the dance studio.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

From day 1 of the course you are treat­ed as are expect­ed to con­duct your­selves as a pro­fes­sion­al the­atre com­pa­ny. This means that you are giv­en free­dom to be cre­ative and ful­ly explore your strengths and lim­i­ta­tions as a per­former. It also means that a high lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al­ism is expect­ed at all times; some­thing that is vital when work­ing in this com­pet­i­tive and often tough indus­try. The major­i­ty of your learn­ing will be explored through prac­ti­cal work­shops, rehearsals and per­for­mance. You will cov­er some ele­ments of the­o­ry that are embed­ded into prac­ti­cal ses­sions to ensure that the­o­ry under­pins your prac­ti­cal explo­ration of dif­fer­ent per­for­mance styles, gen­res and your own char­ac­ter development.

Entry Require­ments

To be eli­gi­ble for the pro­gram, you will need to have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above, includ­ing Eng­lish and Maths.
  • Suc­cess­ful­ly pass the audi­tion at one of our audi­tion days.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess’ pro­gramme that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course availability.
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy/​too hard — sub­ject to course availability.
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well.

You will be expect­ed to com­mit to rehearsal sched­ules and some addi­tion­al hours for per­for­mances. You will be required to wear uni­form for class­es as per the essen­tial kit list pro­vid­ed before start­ing the course.

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther ques­tions. Alter­na­tive­ly, con­tact the Prin­ci­pal at ESPA, Kel­ly Ann Gor­don on 01780 767696 or admin@​easternschool.​co.​uk.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed con­tin­u­ous­ly through­out the pro­gramme, includ­ing; Assessed class­es, assessed per­for­mances, reflec­tive jour­nals, research, dis­cus­sion, group work, presentations.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be expect­ed to com­mit to rehearsal sched­ules and some addi­tion­al hours for per­for­mances. You will be required to wear uni­form for class­es as per the essen­tial kit list pro­vid­ed before start­ing the course. The course is run in part­ner­ship with East­ern School of Per­form­ing Arts (ESPA). ESPA is based in the cen­tre of Stam­ford, with our own per­form­ing arts build­ing includ­ing 4 stu­dios, class­rooms, com­mon rooms and kitchen facil­i­ties. ESPA pro­vides indus­try expe­ri­enced tutors for all of their cours­es, enabling stu­dents to devel­op skills required for their next steps. Please see our social media plat­forms for more con­tent and updates, our Insta­gram is @espa_arts and our Face­book is @EasternSchoolPA. You can also find infor­ma­tion on our web­site www​.east​ern​school​.co​.uk where our vir­tu­al stu­dent expe­ri­ence area gives you chance to try out some online taster sessions.

Poten­tial Future Career

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course will allow you to progress to the HND in Per­form­ing Arts at The East­ern School of Per­form­ing Arts or study at pres­ti­gious per­form­ing arts schools. Pre­vi­ous stu­dents have gone on to study at estab­lish­ments such as: Arts Ed, Guild­ford School of Act­ing, Urdang, Per­form­ers Col­lege, Bird Col­lege, Mid­lands Acad­e­my of Dance and Dra­ma, Italia Con­ti, Liv­er­pool The­atre School, Liv­er­pool Insti­tute of Per­form­ing Arts and Stel­la Mann.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units: Prin­ci­ples of Per­for­mance Engag­ing with an audi­ence Intro­duc­tion to pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice Crit­i­cal and con­tex­tu­al stud­ies Pro­duc­tion skills and con­text Per­for­mance skills and con­text Prepa­ra­tion for spe­cial­ist study Col­lab­o­ra­tive Per­for­mance Project Devel­op­ing Per­for­mance and Pro­duc­tion Skills Prepar­ing for pro­gres­sion Explo­ration of spe­cial­ist study and con­text Extend­ed Project


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Dur­ing my course I per­formed at many pres­ti­gious venues such as Drury Lane, Her Majesty’s The­atre and the 02 Are­na. I was award­ed a ful­ly paid schol­ar­ship at Mid­lands Acad­e­my of Dance and Drama.

Megan Thompson-O’Connor



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