Acting Courses | ALRA

BA (hons) Acting, Creative Performance Practice

A performance Degree providing professional preparation, studied intensely over two years.

This course is validated and awarded by De Montfort University and delivered at Leicester College with curriculum and training approaches designed using ALRA's Conservatoire ethos.

  • Conservatoire standard curriculum with strong vocational emphasis to include workshops and projects with professional practitioners as well as traditional skills classes in voice and movement
  • Preparation for auditions, higher study and practical tools to use as a professional actor including entrepreneurial preparation
  • Delivered at the fully equipped Sue Townsend Theatre in the heart of historic Leicester
  • De Montfort University will provide full access to their student union, library resources and other student services including student accommodation
  • Leicester College and De Montfort University are both TEF Gold institutions
  • Selection to the programme is based on audition, academic qualification and/or vocational experience

ALRA Professional Acting Courses are practical, vocational courses led by highly skilled tutors. Students at ALRA learn acting strategies and techniques for theatre, screen and microphone from week one of their training.

In year 3, BA students perform in at least three public productions, audition to a panel of acting agents and casting directors, work with a casting director to present a Showcase to Industry Professionals and receive diverse lectures, from keeping accounts to finding an agent.

There are many drama degrees and acting courses available at colleges in London and Manchester. As there is such a diverse range of specialist performing arts courses it’s important that you choose the right one to suit you.

ALRA offers diverse, practical training in all aspects of acting from the very first term. Our auditions are fully inclusive and reflect our ethos of ensemble practice and peer support.

Please read through the course content and audition guide before you apply and come to one of our Open Days to get a taste of what life at ALRA is like.

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Nottingham College 1 Year Acting Foundation – in Association with ALRA

This Foundation Course at Nottingham College is designed to refine skills in preparation for drama school or university. This course is endorsed by ALRA with elements of the Foundation course.

With classes in acting, voice, devising and producing theatre and projects during the year, students will get a taste of what vocational training is like. Other aspects of the course include local and National theatre trips, learning how to review performance an insight of current industry trends and visiting industry professionals who will share their experience. Taught by tutors with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge who will help you explore different texts, periods and genres of theatre, and support your creative process as you devise your own work.

  • 'We are really excited to be working with ALRA to run this new Foundation Course here at Nottingham College.

    Students will experience excellent teaching from Industry Professionals in key areas in order to prepare them for full time Drama School training. Focusing on vocal and physical development as actors, as well as specific training in Acting for Screen and Audition technique, the course will culminate in a full scale production in one of our professional theatre spaces.

    Nottingham College is a superb place to study with a long held reputation for the training of actors. Ex students are currently on accredited BA Acting Courses at ALRA, LIPA, Bristol Old Vic, Arts Ed, Manchester Met, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and East 15. Nottingham is a vibrant and diverse city with a lively student population, which makes it a great place to live and study.

    We are offering this course as a BTEC Higher National Certificate, which means that students will gain a Level 4 vocational qualification on completion of the course.'

    Amy Legge
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Applied Creative Movement Advanced Diploma | Professional Acting Course  | ALRA

Course Leader Kieran Sheehan
Course Location Wigan, Greater Manchester
Study Level Undergraduate
Study Mode Full Time
Course Length 1.3 Years
Application £45
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This vocational course offers a small cohort of movement practitioners (no more than 4) the opportunity to develop skills in facilitating and creating projects that involve engaging diverse members of the community in creative movement activities. The course has been developed to include learning experiences within the applied movement industry and will be tailored to the needs of the cohort.

On completion of the diploma learners will have experienced planning, delivering and evaluating applied creative movement projects within an educational, theatrical and community setting. Drawing purely on the principles of actor movement training and movement direction, the learner will be supported to accumulate their own practice through verbal, written and experiential reasoning.

 

Subcategories

Three Year Acting BA (Hons)

This programme of study is suitable for those determined to become professional actors working in today’s Theatre, Screen and Audio industries. Combining practical actor training with theoretical study and research methodologies, this vocational course aims to equip you to operate effectively in a highly competitive artistic industry.


 

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  • ALRA North Open Day | October

    ALRA North Open Day | October



    Saturday 19th October
    Doors Open at 09:30AM
    Starts at 10:00AM

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ALRA understands that choosing to go to drama school is a big decision. We have put together some useful information to help you through the application process and beyond.

Here is some useful information for applicants:

  • FAQs

  • Next Interview / Audition Dates

  • Audition Guidelines

    Auditions Guidelines

    For information on Free Auditions please see this page.

    • Your Audition
    • Audition Format

    For Acting Courses

    There are new guidelines for 2020 entry, set out below:

    Each applicant is asked to prepare three audition pieces.

    • a contemporary monologue (from a play written post 2000)
    • a piece of poetry OR spoken word OR a second contemporary monologue (this piece should be contrasting from your first and can but does not have to be self-written)
    • a classical monologue (this can be Shakespearean/Jacobean/Elizabethan or an equivalent text that may be from cultures other than western classical text but contain elements of rhythm and poetry

    Please make sure you have read the whole plays your monologues come from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.

    Ensure that you:

    • Prepare and learn your pieces thoroughly
    • Choose pieces that are close to you in age
    • Do not use props or costume
    • Use only your natural accent
    • Wear clothing that's easy to move in (i.e. no tight jeans/skirts etc.)

    ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities throughout the day: 

    • Truth, focus and concentration
    • Potential to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
    • Openness and responsiveness to others, imagination and creativity
    • Ability to take direction

    For further help and advice, please see our FAQ Audition Advice Videos

    ALRA offers various provisions for access to our full-time courses for applicants:

    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at ALRA North & South Campus
    • Workshops & Auditions at Private Outreach  Venues
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at Regional UK Venues
    • Preliminary Online Assessments for International Students
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at International Venues
    • Collaborative Partnerships

    ALRA follows the ‘Auditioning and interviewing for Dance & Drama Code of Practice’ as detailed on the CDMT and EFA websites.

    Audition Days (All Acting Courses)

    Selection is made by audition that takes place over one day. Applicants will be considered based on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.

    The day will consist of two stages.

    Stage 1 all applicants will perform their two contrasting contemporary audition pieces (see Your Audition tab above).

    At this point the panel will consider all applicants and decide who will progress to the next stage.

    Stage 2 applicants will participate in a workshop, perform their classical monologue and finally be invited to interview.

    There are opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.

    Audition Day Format

    This is a rough format of how a typical audition day runs.*

    Stage 1

    • 9.00 – 9.30: Arrival and Registration
    • 9.30 – 10.15: Warm Up
    • 10.15 – 11.15: Audition Piece One
    • 11.30 – 12.30: Audition Piece Two

    Stage Two (for applicants who progress onto this stage)

    • 1.00 – 2.00: Workshop
    • 2.00 – 3.30: Audition Piece Three
    • 3.30: Interview

    *Please note that the times given may vary, dependant on numbers. 

    Audition Results

    ALRA operates an Equal Opportunities Policy: all candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards.  

    The audition panel for all full-time courses are run by Course Leaders, Lead Tutors and Senior Staff members, final selection is completed by the Principal and Registrar.

    Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from training with ALRA. 

    Audition results are usually processed and sent out via email as well as available on the Audition Management System within ten working days of the date of audition. ALRA always aspires to inform applicants of the audition result within this timeframe but during busier times results can take longer and we ask for patience and understanding in these circumstances.

     

    Feedback from Auditionees

    • Thank you for the opportunity, and for providing a thoroughly enjoyable experience... even if I don't get a place I have loved the experience.
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Reasons to study at ALRA
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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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