This specialist fast-paced training is aimed at experienced graduate actors who want to hone their film, television and radio skills, learning from the methods of film masters such as Robert Altman and Mike Leigh, as well as the use of advanced techniques of mastering a script in the swift turnaround of modern film and TV.

These will be taught utilising on-camera teaching techniques and will give a full understanding of the basics of working on a film set, the 3 Cs – close up, continuity and content, and how to create your own material for the digital age. The course culminates with a London showcase and film screenings to prominent members of the profession including agents, casting directors and film producers.

Course Duration

The course is a one-year full-time intensive training (October-July) consisting of three terms of twelve weeks. 20 years+

Term 1:

Term 1 is the technique term that provides the foundation of the students’ skillset in acting, movement and voice for the camera. All work is internal during the initial term, allowing students time for discovery, exploration and understanding of various approaches of practitioners such as Robert Altman, Meisner, and Mike Leigh. There will also be an exploration of adapting Shakespeare for the contemporary screen.

Term 2:

Term 2 continues to consolidate the new techniques learned in Term 1 through a variety of rehearsal projects. Stage and screen combat is also introduced and the term culminates in a devised performance project, which will be recorded for broadcast. Students will also take part in both studio and location projects – learning the different disciplines, on-set terminologies and behaviour expected from cast and crew, as well as being introduced to radio/voiceover and TV presenting, and the creation of work for online streaming on platforms such as YouTube, and Vimeo.

Term 3:

Term 3 becomes more intensive as students practice audition technique, begin to put into practice the techniques they have acquired, and are introduced to the industry, starting with a West End showcase early in the term to which agents, casting directors and prominent members of the profession are invited. This is then followed by graduating student productions and film screenings of students’ work. A post-graduation action plan is formulated to prepare each student for entry to the profession. They sit their Diploma examination, and undergo professional preparation which covers headshots, C.Vs, Equity, Spotlight and tax.

Subjects covered during the course
  • General Introduction – what do we mean by ‘acting for screen’?
  • The importance of thinking (being) rather than showing/demonstrating
  • The perils of over-acting or ‘acting’ on screen
  • Study examples from films, asking students to select their own
  • Analysis of close-ups and mid-shots – to blink or not to blink!
  • What should an actor’s relationship with the camera be?
  • ‘Cheating’ the camera
  • Reaction shots – ‘listening with the eyes’
  • Cultivating positive mental approaches/attitudes to screen acting (relaxation, ‘stillness’) – ‘owning the space’
  • Technical considerations to make note of when working on set
  • Hitting the mark – what does this mean?
  • Technical considerations to make note of when working on set
  • The importance of working with props – from telephones to guns!
  • Working on combinations of the above e.g.close ups, props, and hitting the mark.
  • Full-on scene study and text work, employing everything discussed and experienced in class
  • How to be effective in auditions for film, TVand commercials
  • How to survive (and prosper) on set – professional ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’
  • Low budget/High budget films/shows/programmes. The importance of each and how they can both help and hinder your career
  • The importance of online content in an ever growing ‘SMART’ environment
  • Understanding that Collaboration is key!
  • Acting methodologies: Stanislavski, Meisner, Chekhov, Mike Leigh
    Shakespeare (a modern approach)
  • Improvisation and rehearsal projects
  • Character/Scene Study: Advanced techniques of line-learning and finding the character quickly will be taught. In the current film and TV world the actor has no time and little help in these fields – directors expect such such work to be done outside of the actual shooting time.
  • Single and multi-camera technique
  • Radio/voiceover/audio books
  • Actors’ physicality – the important of body language on the screen is stressed
  • Stage and screen combat – the basics of combat for the screen will be taught
  • Physical theatre – movement techniques such as Grotowskian plastiques
  • Voice productions – Film requires a different technique relying less on projection. This will be taught through exercises using camera and sound equipment.
  • Writing your own material – speeches, scenes, plays
  • The use of digital technology to create and broadcast your own work
Professional Preparation
  • Audition technique/mock screen tests
  • Spotlight, equity, tax
  • CV’s headshots
  • Industry state of play: showreels and voice reels
  • Showcase, graduating productions, graduating screenings
  • Selling yourself/the use of social media funding
  • Entry to APT’s One-Year TV & Film Acting Course is by audition.
  • Applicants must complete the online application form and pay a non-refundable audition fee of £30 via bank transfer.
  • Applicants should return the application form as soon as possible as places onto our course is limited.
  • Applicants will be notified of their audition date upon receipt of the application form.
  • Notification of auditions may be at short notice. Applicants should therefore be prepared to audition at short notice.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their audition within two weeks from the date of the audition.
  • Our minimum age of entry for the one-year course is 20 years.
  • Please note, there is no upper age limit for this course.
  • Read our audition procedure here
  • Full Course Fee: £5,950.00
  • Accepting a place on any APT course means that you, the individual, will willingly assume responsibility for the payment of all tuition fees for that course.
  • Failure to pay fees will result in withdrawal of the individual student’s place on the Course until any outstanding payment due has been received in full.
  • If for any reason a student should leave or not be able to continue or complete their course with APT, no fees already paid to the Academy will be refundable.
  • On acceptance of a place on any of APT’s full-time courses, individuals must secure that place with a non-refundable deposit of £1000 (One Thousand Pounds Sterling). The Deposit is the individual students guarantee of their place on the APT course and is counted as part of the overall fee.
  • The remaining balance of the course fees for the year £4,950-00 must be received by the academy on or before August 31st for the year of entry.

Fees MUST be paid via bank transfer only by August 31st for the year of entry

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