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Performing Arts - Acting (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

A cross-lev­el pro­gramme which focus­es on the skills required to progress onto fur­ther train­ing as an Actor, is run by the 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 pro­grammes, 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.


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and Maths, and a suc­cess­ful 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

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

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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Thanks to the expert train­ing, I’m now able to fur­ther my act­ing career with HNC in Per­form­ing Arts — right here at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Stamford!

Rosie Fisher



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