Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Course Introduction

Students concentrate on acquiring the skills they need as professional actors. The time is divided between classwork and rehearsal projects. Both classwork and rehearsal projects focus on developing and integrating 4 main areas of study: acting; voice; movement; and playtexts. The training is based on working both individually and as an ensemble. Rehearsal projects give students the opportunity to apply the skills learnt in classes to a wide variety of plays. These usually include: early English drama, Shakespeare, Restoration or 18th'century comedy, Chekhov and other 19th'century drama, Twentieth Century political plays, devised work, musical theatre and other modern drama. Students take part in an in'house radio production directed by a well known producer and record a play, as well as a great deal of camera work. Students will work on around 6 productions, playing a wide variety of roles in plays of varying styles, working with several different directors. There are also sessions to prepare students for the acting profession, as well as audition showcases regularly attended by agents, theatre and casting directors. In the final year the entire year group forms a company which performs in about 8 public productions in the School's theatres and in other professional theatres, in a TV project and in audition showcases. Students play a wide variety of roles in plays of varying styles. The particular qualities of the group help to determine the choice of plays, but the repertoire usually includes: a major classical play, usually one by Shakespeare; a musical; a contemporary play, often recently written and where possible with the involvement of the author; translations; adaptations. A selected team of students enters the competition for the BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award and students also perform in occasional outside events, such as the Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare's Globe.

Course Modules

Acting studies include stagecraft, improvisation, games and storytelling, mime, circus and physical theatre. Classes in radio and television work are added later in the training, using the School's own equipment and radio studio. Voice studies cover voice and speech classes, poetry and prose, singing, phonetics, dialects and a great deal of work on language, including Shakespeare. Movement studies cover pure movement, movement improvisation, including animal studies and mask work, period dance and 20th'Century dance, showdance, acrobatics and stage combat. Acting Research investigates plays and theatre forms representative of the major periods of Western theatre, as well as examples from world drama. These are explored within their cultural context.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £20,800  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level EE
  • Audition