This class will be taught using a blended model of online learning and face-to-face teaching. The RCS campus is currently open with a limited capacity for degree students only to ensure a safe learning environment for all.
*Applications open – deadline 1st December 2020. Bursaries available – please see Financial Support for further details.
This credit-rated short course is designed to introduce you to foundation acting skills and prepare you for further vocational training. It is inspired by content from the first year BA Acting degree programme and students will benefit from a thorough induction to what is expected in a full-time acting programme.
Introduction to Actor Training is the only credit-rated short course of its kind currently on offer in Scotland. Students will have access to some of the facilities and resources which full-time degree programme students use and will be taught by experienced lecturers and theatre professionals
On successful completion of this course, students will have learnt key acting techniques, have a solid foundation of skills to build upon and earned 20 credits at SCQF level 6.
This course is open to anyone aged 16+ who is considering studying acting at degree level and wants a thorough introduction to basic acting skills. Entry to the course is by audition only – please see Entry Requirements for more information. Please prepare all necessary documents before starting your online application.
By the end of the course, students should have:
- been introduced to a foundation in realistic acting
- developed technical voice and movement skills required of an aspiring actor
- developed their understanding of what is required to study acting at degree-level in a conservatoire training
- worked with some of the Royal Conservatoire’s most respected acting staff
- been assessed on their performance and given critical advice on how to improve
Commitment, focus, energy and professionalism will be expected at all times by the teaching team and your fellow students. In this respect, the experience resembles that of the students on our BA Acting programme and gives you a taste of what life and study is like at drama school.
Please note, the completion of this course does not have any direct articulation with the BA Acting course or any other degree study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The course will culminate in a performance exam and an informal sharing of work for family and friends on the final day.
Please see How Does an Online Course Work? section for information about how the course will run and what you need to do in advance.
Please note that when booking the course you will be asked to agree that you have read and understood our Pre-HE Online Teaching Policy
If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Under the expert guidance of staff from the Royal Conservatoire, you will explore the notion of the self as the actor’s main resource and learn to use voice and movement to create genuine characters. You will also work with staff from the Centre for Voice in Performance as well as movement specialists to learn the technical movement and voice skills required of an aspiring actor.
As well as focusing on performance, you will be introduced to textual analysis and will use this to explore characterisation and relationships in your performance work.
By the end of this credit-rated short course, you should be able to:
- access, analyse and communicate a character’s inner thoughts, feelings and behaviour to scene partners and an audience
- use voice and movement appropriately in the further exploration of character
- demonstrate the foundations of autonomous and collaborative practice in acting, voice and movement contexts
- evidence reflection on your personal development as an aspiring actor
Teaching will take the form of lectures, seminars and group workshops. Independent study is required to fulfill the course requirements.
This course offers students a bespoke opportunity to study acting intensively at conservatoire level. The style of engagement with this short course is open, supportive and fun, yet it is also challenging and hard work.
Applications should be submitted by Friday 2 October 2020. Following this you will be invited to an online interview on 5/6 October 2020.
Applicants must be 16 years or over and should have:
- 6 Standard Grades/4 GCSEs or equivalent
- prior knowledge and experience of drama and acting
Entry to the course is by audition only. All auditions this year will be via video applications.
Please submit the following through our online booking system:
- one classical and one contemporary monologue*, each monologue should last no longer than two minutes each.
- short two minute video of you introducing yourself your background and why you wish to study on the Introduction to Actor Training course.
- a passport sized photograph of yourself suitable for a student card
- A personal reference (this is not essential at point of application and can be provided at a later date if accepted onto the course)
At the beginning of your monologue videos please introduce yourself and tell us the name of your character and the play that your monologue is from.
Here is a short video from Ali de Souza, lecturer on the BA Acting with some tips on filming your audition.
Your monologues will be assessed by one of our lecturers and if successful you will be invited to an interview via Zoom. We aim to let you know the outcome within 7 days after your interview.
In exceptional cases, applicants may be admitted to the course whose qualifications do not match the entry requirements, but who clearly satisfy the selection procedures and indicate they have the capacity to complete the course successfully.
* The Contemporary Monologue
It is safe to consider anything written in the latter half of the twentieth century onwards to be contemporary. However, even a period play written in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century if it has been adapted by a living author is considered as contemporary. So for example Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters or Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie would both be fine. A good rule is if the author is alive, or could theoretically still be alive if they died young (e.g. Sarah Kane) then you can consider the work as contemporary. Of course finding a speech from a relatively new work (e.g. from the last ten years or so) gives us some indication of your knowledge, understanding and passion for theatre today, so the more recent the work, the better
Credit-rated short courses are designed in accordance with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).
By studying a credit-rated short course, students can benchmark their learning against national standards, and credits may be used towards further education programmes at many institutions throughout the world.
The course consists of 160 contact hours as well as additional independent study. It is worth 20 SCQF credits and 10 ECTS credits. This course is set at SCQF level 6.
As this is a credit-rated course, students will be assessed in three components; continuous observation of your working process, a presentation of completed work on set scenes and monologues, and a written Summative Statement. Students must pass all areas to achieve the credits for Introduction to Actor Training.
Students will receive oral feedback from staff and peers throughout the course to inform both learning and reflection.
This will include both instantaneous oral feedback from staff and peers arising continuously during the working process and evaluative oral feedback and discussion, shared in one-to-one tutorials.
On completion of the coursework, students will receive an overall module grade and written report after the exam results have been ratified by the next Exam Board following the course.
Indicative dates and modes of learning*
Block 1 (blended delivery)
Sunday 10 January – Sunday 28 March (10am – 1pm at RCS Campus)
Tuesday 12 January – Tuesday 30 March (7pm – 9pm – online)
Block 2 (at RCS Campus)
Sunday 11 April – Sunday 4 July (10am -4pm) (no classes on the 20th June)
Saturday 10 July and Sunday 11 July (10am – 4pm)
Saturday 17 July and Sunday 18 July (10am – 4pm)
Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July (10am – 4pm)
Saturday 21 July and Sunday 1 August (10am – 4pm)
Sunday 1 August is the EXAM day.
Tutorials after that will be conducted online the week after.
Deadline for Summative Essay: 13 August 2021
*subject to Scottish Government restrictions in relation to the delivery of performing arts education.
Agnes Allan Bursary
Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.
The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.
Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.
More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.Â
James McAvoy Drama Scholarships
Bafta-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCSÂ Short Courses.
James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.
The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.
More information about the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship.
Our online courses have been designed to allow students to continue being creative at home, and to gain confidence in their abilities to learn and create. We anticipate that it will move to a blended model of online and face-to-face teaching in the new year, subject to Scottish Government restrictions in relation to the delivery of performing arts education.
The online sections of the course will run via of Microsoft Teams and Zoom. In advance of the course you will be added to a class group within MS Teams. The links/password for each Zoom session will be posted with the chat function of this group. This will also be used as a place for discussion, sharing of materials and of course work.
You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions.
You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions on Zoom/MS Teams.
You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the classes be delivered?
Each class will be delivered using a mixture of live teaching sessions and structured activities for students to take part in from home.
All participants will be added to a Microsoft Teams class group where course resources will be available. The live classes will be delivered using Zoom.
What safety precautions are in place?
The MS Teams groups which host each class group are private and members will be added by the RCS Short Courses team. Please note, participants emails will be visible to other group members.
When using Zoom to teach the live sessions, our teaching staff will be using RCS licensed accounts and all meeting links and passwords will be posted only on the MS Teams group page. Each meeting will have a unique password, and our staff will use the waiting room function to ‘admit’ students to the session.
You may find it useful to read our Online Teaching Policy for detailed information about security and safeguarding.
I am in a different time zone, can I still take part?
As long as you are able to take part in the live classes, you are very welcome to join our short courses programme from anywhere in the world.
Are there any resources that I will need in order to take part in the course?
The most important resources you will need are those that let you take part comfortably in the online activity. You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions. You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions (for example, like you would using Skype or Zoom) and to watch film footage.
We won’t be asking you to print out any resources — you should be able to view them on your screen — but there will be some written documents which you may want to print out if you are able to.
You may also want to consider whether you have a suitable space to take part. Please keep in mind that the other participants taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
Please also check the Course Preparation section for specific resources which you may need to take part.
What happens if I miss a class?
We will not record the live teaching sessions, but if you miss one, your tutor will do their best to help you catch up and continue participating in the course