Three Year Acting - Overview

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This programme is suitable for anyone determined to become a professional actor wanting to work in Theatre, TV, Films and Radio.  A practical, vocational course, you will learn acting strategies and techniques for stage, screen and microphone, train your voice and body, and understand how the industry works.


  • Building Performance – Devised work and Scene Study; you will work on a variety of texts – Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Tragedy, TV Comedy and Contemporary writers. 
  • Acting Studies – Classes in Acting Technique, Acting for Camera, Acting for Radio, Improvisation.
  • Voice Studies – Classes in Voicing Text, Technical Voice, Articulation and RP, Choral.
  • Movement Studies – Classes in Creative Movement, Period Movement and Dance, Combat.
  • Contextual Studies – Classes in Script Preparation, Voice Physiology, Physical Theatre Practices, Musicianship, Critiquing, Professional Practice and Industry Opportunities. 

Teaching and learning

The first year is about discovery and exploration – understanding the equipment you have and how to use it.  The second year builds on this as you begin to apply the growing techniques in the acting space, on screen and to the microphone using increasingly complex texts.  The final year is where you show your skills to a public and professional audience in films, plays, tours and two showcases.

Contact time is 36 timetabled hours a week.

ALRA tutors are both trained teachers and professional practitioners. Third year directors are professional theatre or television directors.

Classes are practical involving group, pair or solo exercises; you will be asked to research, reflect and share your discoveries in occasional presentations.  Rehearsals can be workshops, script analysis and traditional rehearsals.

Scene Study presentations take place twice every term.

Extra-curricular workshops take place at the end of every term.

Public Productions

At the end of the second year you will take a Shakespeare presentation into local schools.  In the final year you will –

  • Perform in three plays in the ALRA Theatre, taking one of the plays on a short tour.
  • Record a 10 minute film which will streamed on the ALRA website in conjunction with your showcase
  • Make a TV presenting showreel
  • Make an audio reel
  • Perform in a Showcase in both London and Manchester to industry professionals


Upon successfully completing the Three Year Acting Programme you will be awarded –

  • Diploma in Professional Acting Level 6 (validated by Trinity College, London)
  • BA (Hons) Acting (validated by St Mary’s University College)

In addition you will be entitled to Full Equity Membership through our Drama UK accreditation and join Spotlight at the start of your final year.

Entry Requirements

Selection made by audition.  In addition you must be:

  • 18 years old at the start of the course, although we positively welcome older students 
  • Have 2 A Levels – Or
  • BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts  with a high profile – Or
  • GNVA Advanced in Performing Arts
  • Fluent English – if English is not your first language (B2 CEFR  or 7.5 TEEP.)