This fast-paced two year course is designed to turn students into working actors, proficient in both film and stage techniques.

It offers specific vocational training for today’s live and recorded media. The course allows individuals greater time to train, absorb and develop acting techniques of renowned practitioners, advanced acting and self-creation techniques, and have the opportunity to attend professional castings via representation of our associate agency ‘Stage A Management’.


Level 06 in Performance (Trinity College London)

Course Duration

Two-Year full-time intensive training (October-July) consisting of six terms of twelve weeks. 17 years+

Terms 1 & 2:

Terms 1 & 2 are the technique terms that provide the foundations of the students’ skillset in acting, movement and voice. All work is internal during the initial terms allowing students time for discovery, exploration and understanding of various approaches of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Meisner, Michael Chekhov,Robert Altman and Mike Leigh. Also an introduction to storytelling, and to advanced acting techniques such as Image Streaming and Mind-Mapping, with special reference to how these are applied to preparation for a screen role. Term 2 also sees the introduction of Shakespeare and screen acting.

Term 3:

Term 3 continues to consolidate the new techniques learned in terms 1 & 2 through a variety of rehearsal projects each exploring a different facet of stage and screen acting, such as physical theatre, performance without words (an essential film skill), Film re-enactment – in which scenes from famous films and TV productions will be staged and filmed to clarify the difference between acting for the two mediums. Stage and screen combat is also introduced and the term culminates in a devised performance project.

Term 4:

Term 4 continues the TV and film training whereby students take part in both studio and location projects as well as being introduced to radio/voiceover and TV presenting. During this term students begin preparations for their diploma examination.

Term 5:

Term 5 becomes more intensive as students create and film their own productions, learn how to stream film over media such as YouTube and Vimeo, undergo training for audition technique, sit their Diploma examination, and undergo professional preparation, which covers management, headshots, C.V’s, Equity and Tax.

Term 6:

Term 6 introduces students to the industry starting with a London 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 then formulated to prepare each student for entry to the profession.

Subjects covered during the course:
  • General Introduction – what do we mean by ‘acting for screen/stage’?
  • Investigating the difference.
  • The importance of thinking (being) rather than showing/demonstrating
  • 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?
  • How does this differ from the actor’s relationship to a live audience?
  • Voice for camera vs voice for the stage
  • Re-action shots – ‘listening with the eyes’
  • Technical considerations to make note of when working on set or stage
  • Hitting the mark – what does this mean?
  • 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 stage, film and TV
  • Creating your own work for both stage and film
  • How to survive (and prosper) on a stage or a film set – professional ‘dos’ 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, Michael Chekhov, Grotowski, Mike Leigh,Robert Altman
  • Advanced acting techniques for rapid characterisation and line-learning
  • Shakespeare (a modern, filmic approach)
  • Improvisation and rehearsal projects
  • Character/Scene Study
  • Single and multi-camera technique
  • Radio/voiceover
  • Actors physicality – the importance of understanding and being able to control body language
  • Stage and screen combat
  • Voice production for stage and screen
  • Diction, articulation and projection
  • Resonance, clarity and audibility
  • Verse and prose
  • Writing your own material – speeches, scenes, plays
  • The use of digital technology to create and broadcast your own work
  • Audition technique/mock screen tests
  • Spotlight, Equity, Tax
  • CV’s headshots
  • Industry state of play: show reels and voice reels
  • Showcase, graduating productions, graduating screenings
  • Selling yourself/ The use of social media/funding
  • Basic design for posters, flyers, websites

APT Students that wish to pursue teaching pathways have the option to convert their accredited Vocational Diplomas ATCL, LTCL, into academic Degrees BA (Hons) via a Distance Learning Course at either Surrey University or Middlesex University (subject to interview). This allows students to commence working professionally whilst completing their studies.

Upon satisfactory completion, students are awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Practice in the Arts.

  • Entry to APT’s Two-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 the 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 two-year course is 16 years.
  • Please note, there is no upper age limit for this course.
  • Read our about audition procedure here
  • Full Course Fee: £ 11,500.00
  • 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 £1,000 (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 £10,500.00 must be received by the academy on or before August 31st for the year of entry.

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