How To Apply

Our Application Process

Our ethos is to provide access to professional Drama Training for talented individuals who have been unable to follow traditional routes into the acting profession.

Short Courses: You can apply directly to our short courses via the relevant application forms from each page.

Long Courses: One Year Foundation in Acting, Two Year ATCL Diploma in Acting.

There are two routes onto our long courses. The first route is via Assessment and Audition. This is the route we usually recommend as it allows applicants the best possible opportunity to be assessed in a fully rounded manner.

The second route is via Audition only - candidates need to prepare and perform two contrasting speeches and a short interview. You can apply and pay online for an audition at our Direct Auditions page.

Assessment Route:

In order to allow applicants the best possible opportunity to be assessed in a fair and fully rounded manner, we ask that students attend one of our monthly Two Week Intensive Workshops in Acting. Students can also assess directly and fully whether ACT is the right place for them. The tutors, class structure and timetable are all carefully designed to be a reflection of the style and content of our tuition and of the rigours and demands of our courses.

Workshop Feedback Interview

Upon completion of the Workshop, every tutor submits a written evaluation of each student's potential in their discipline. Students then attend an individual feedback session and interview with the Principal. This process allows us to determine a candidate's suitability for training and, in the case of successful applicants, which course is most appropriate for their existing skill level.

Following the interview, successful students will be sent a written offer. For Foundation students, this is usually an unconditional offer and for Diploma students, this will be a provisional offer and they will be invited to audition.

Audition Only Route:

Candidates who are unable or do not wish to attend The Workshop can apply and pay online for an audition via our Audition page.

The Audition

We offer various audition dates each year. Applicants are sent a comprehensive set of guidelines and advice notes on selecting and presenting their pieces. The audition usually lasts around 20 minutes - applicants perform two contrasting pieces of around 2-3 minutes each and will have a brief interview with the panel.

We guarantee to swiftly inform applicants of the outcome of their audition.

The Bursary Scheme

ACT offers an annual Bursary Scheme to cover a percentage of the fees (up to 25%) for one year. We assess each student's individual merit and aim to offer at least two awards each year: one awarded to a female actor, the other to a male actor. Applicants wishing to be considered for a bursary should complete the relevant forms in their Audition Packs and submit these on arrival at their audition.

Overseas Students

We recommend that students, who are not already planning to visit the UK, should in the first instance video their audition speeches and send these to us (via mail or post to the internet). This way we can initially assess their suitability for training before they embark on any lengthy or expensive travel arrangements. Please keep the filming as simple as possible - the speeches should be straight to camera, be a full body shot and do not require any edits or cut away shots. We are assessing your abilities as an actor not as a film maker.

For audition students should prepare two monologues (2-3 minutes) from a published play or film script. See our Audition Guide on the website for details. Once we have assessed your video and we feel you are a suitable candidate we will invite you to audition. Auditions take place in our premises in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom. Candidates will have to travel to Brighton and are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements as well as any other costs involved. The Audition fee is £30.

Potential overseas candidates must be aware that:

All of ACT's courses are taught in English and for most courses we recommend an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirement of 6.0.

Generally, if you are classed as an International Student you will require a student visa to enter and study in the UK. New UK Border Agency regulations have tightened the procedures for allowing international students to study in the UK. Please ensure that you have researched all your visa requirements.

ACT fees only cover tuition and ACT does not supply or arrange accommodation, International students will have to find and fund their own accommodation and living costs, as well as the course fees for the duration of their study.


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