Introduction to Acting and Performance Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

At some point, most of us have wondered what being an actor might be like. For many, this thought goes no further. However, some of us consider how we might turn that thought into a reality.

The Introduction to Acting and Performance Diploma Course provides a comprehensive overview of the many facets of the performance industry, introducing exercises designed to engage your voice, body, heart and brain – the same essential skills found in some of the world’s leading performance training programmes.

The course begins with an overview of the history and societal role of theatre across the world. You’ll explore the techniques and styles of key practitioners of modern theatre, become familiar with ideas, terms and roles within the performance sector, and understand the distinctions between acting for stage and for camera.

You’ll be guided through vocal and physical warm-up techniques, creating and bringing your own characters to life, and analysing text – examining character motivations, emotional expression, relationships and the internal and external factors at play. Physicality is also incredibly important – you’ll learn the components of a walk and the theories of dynamics and tension.

No acting course would be complete without Shakespeare. We look at how to interpret Shakespeare’s language through his use of techniques such as imagery, iambic rhythm and antithesis and how to embody the characters of Shakespearian plays.

The course concludes with guidance on auditions, creating self-tapes, building your personal brand, laying out an actor’s CV, and finding an agent.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of theatre culture
  • Know how to prepare physically and vocally for performances
  • Be able to develop and apply techniques for creating characters
  • Understand how to dissect scripts to understand characters
  • Know how to use structured techniques to step into a role with confidence
  • Have insight into the performance industry and its requirements
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Definition of Performance and the Early Days of Western Theatre
  • Part 2: The Renaissance and Restoration
  • Part 3: Theatre’s Rise in the East
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Introduction to Modern Performance
  • Part 2: Konstantin Stanislavski
  • Part 3: Bertolt Brecht
  • Part 4: Augusto Boal
  • Part 5: Styles of Theatre
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Stage Directions
  • Part 2: Different Performance Spaces
  • Part 3: Glossary of Industry Terms
  • Part 4: Glossary of Key Roles in Theatre
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Importance of Preparation
  • Part 2: Vocal Physiology
  • Part 3: Warming Up the Breath
  • Part 4: Warming Up the Resonators
  • Part 5: Facial Warm-Ups
  • Part 6: Exercising the Lips and Tongue
  • Part 7: Pitch
  • Part 8: The Body’s Framework
  • Part 9: Physical Exercises
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Where We Can Begin
  • Part 2: The Nine Questions
  • Part 3: Contextualising Your Character
  • Part 4: Finding Your Voice
  • Part 5: Writing a Monologue
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Getting into Character
  • Part 2: Breaking Down the Text
  • Part 3: Annotating Scripts
  • Part 4: Embodying Our Discoveries
  • Part 5: Going Solo
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Language of the Body
  • Part 2: Laban’s Theory of Dynamics
  • Part 3: The Seven Levels of Tension
  • Part 4: Elements
  • Part 5: Create a Movement Sequence
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: A Brief History of Shakespeare
  • Part 2: Iambic Pentameter
  • Part 3: Translating Shakespeare
  • Part 4: Analysing Shakespeare’s Text
  • Part 5: Movement and Shakespeare
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Differences in Stage and Screen
  • Part 2: Techniques for Screen
  • Part 3: Camera Shots and Angles
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Audition Process
  • Part 2: Making a Self-Tape
  • Part 3: Building a Presence
  • Part 4: Useful Resources
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The main purpose of this course is to outline the first steps for anyone looking to go into acting, whether on stage or in front of the camera. However, it’ll also prove useful if you want to gain a basic understanding of the processes employed by actors to embody a character – whether that’s out of general interest, as a screenwriter, or someone looking to work within the performance sector.

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The Introduction to Acting and Performance Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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Introduction to Acting and Performance Diploma Course
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