• Your Entitlements

    YOUR ENTITLEMENTS

    The best schools will have a very clear sense of a benchmark standard below which applicants will not be accepted on the course – that is, you will not be used merely to “make up numbers.”

    They will also allow you the freedom to choose which school you want to go to and will be happy that you may receive offers from more than one school, clearly highlighting the time period you have to make your final choice.

Training that matches your ambition

It needs to be your entire way of life for the duration of the course, not merely what you do only for part of each day. A student dancer was asked what she did. She replied “I am a dancer. That’s what I am, not what I do.” An acting student would make the same reply.

A minimum of thirty hours per week of “class contact time”

That is, being taught by, and in direct contact with, a tutor for all of each working day (not having private study time). You should usually expect at least thirty weeks of tuition during an academic year. There may be some exceptions in some weeks but you will know if these are acceptable. In addition to the thirty hours you should expect private practice, tutorials and extra rehearsal time.

Taught by people who have been, or still are, working professionally in their specialist area of teaching and who you respect

A school cannot train you to the highest vocational level unless its tutors have a thorough professional background and a passion for the future of the industry.

An intensive focus on each individual student

One clear indication that your school is getting the staff/student ratio right is that your tutors will know you very well. Tutors will not be able to do this if class and year group sizes are too large or if they come and go without commitment to the school and its students.

Manageably-sized group of final-year students

The size of the graduating year group is extremely important; if it is too large, it will be impossible for the school to use its links with practising professionals to help you get the job that you want.

A range of public performance opportunities

You need to experience a productive variety of roles, audiences and venues as a core part of your training. At the right times in your training, according to your tutors’ judgements, you need to be part of good quality work in front of audiences.

Be provided with an environment in which you will be able to take artistic risks

Be encouraged to contribute towards the development of the artform.

Exposure to key professional “gate-keepers,” such as agents, casting directors, choreographers, musical directors, production managers and designers

Different schools will do this in different ways, but you need, via showcases or other performance opportunities, to show such people your professional work.

Expert tuition to prepare you for life as an independent professional

You need to be confident in running what will be, in effect, a one-person business.