Drama Studio London


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Drama Studio London, established over 50 years ago, is renowned for delivering a world-class training for the profession by the profession. The unique curriculum covers core traditional classic training whilst incorporating up to the minute techniques Read More and trends.

Our greatest pride is in providing a safe creative space in which talented people can find themselves as artists, reaching their potential with the support and generosity of a highly talented faculty. Our diverse faculty bring passion, integrity and commitment to every minute of rehearsal or class and all work in the industry. There is a genuine family feel and graduates remain connected and loyal.

Our demanding training, delivered by working industry professionals, will bring out the very best you have to offer, hone your ability and skills and have you industry-ready by graduation. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 5

Academic Qualification: NQF/QCF Level 5 (for those taking the optional Trinity Diploma)

Our 1 Year Diploma in Professional Acting started back in 1966 as a radical, new and vocational approach to drama training. The training is vocational and practical, is full-time and runs over 44 weeks. During the course we aim to take students through the three stages of learning: 1. Awareness: of yourself and the needs of the profession. 2. Skills: learning techniques which are relevant to you and for your career. 3. Application: using this awareness and these skills in performance and employment.

Course Duration: One Year

Course Fee: £ 12000.00 Full course fee

Qualification Level: MA/MFA

The aim of the MFA is to produce highly skilled, versatile and independently thinking professional actors who can confidently shape a sustainable career in the diverse and continually evolving Performing Arts industries including stage, screen and audio. It includes modules in Independent Production in recognition that today’s actor must create work as well as be in it.

The course is practical, in-depth and industry informed in its design and delivery. Applicants will be taught throughout the two years by current professional practitioners and working directors in all the specialist training areas of voice, movement and acting for stage, screen and audio; providing them with advanced actor training, alongside rigorous academic study and performance research. Regular contact is also maintained with leading producers, directors, casting directors and agents to ensure that they emerge confident, capable and industry ready.

The course includes two international residencies: a one-week, intensive training workshop with a European partner organisation and a substantial training residency in the USA, at a leading performing arts conservatory. 

Graduates will  leave the MFA with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. They will be given the opportunity to showcase their talent in events for the public, agents and casting directors, as well as emerging with their own fully realised production that is ready for touring, viewing or listening.

The focus for the MFA is the creation of industry ready confident professional actors and the independent production is there to build actors skills to enable them to also create their own work, to be proactive in the industry - providing a grounding in producing and project management as well as actor training.

  • Those holding a first degree – does not need to be in a related subject - OR
  • Those with relevant professional experience in performance.
  • Those looking to lecture - in certain countries an MFA is regarded as an essential Higher Education teaching qualification.

The MFA is validated and awarded by the University of West London.


Course Duration: Two Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

Our full-time three year BA (Hons) degree course in Professional Acting is validated and awarded by University of West London. Taking all the successful elements of the vocational programmes run by DSL, and adding the experience and opportunities offered by a University, this course gives every student a rock solid foundation for a successful career as an actor. This course is designed for students who have the talent, passion and commitment to become a professional actor but would also like to gain a BA (Hons) acting degree. Those who already have a degree might prefer to consider our one or two-year vocational courses. The course is 80% vocational which broadly consists of 50% classes across all disciplines (Acting, Voice, Movement, Media, Preparation for the Profession) and 50% scene studies and productions. 20% will consist of written project work in journals, essays, blogs and recordings. During the first two years training in core skills provide a solid foundation from which to work from and in the final year there are multiple productions and several opportunities to perform in front of the profession.

Course Duration: Three Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Federation of Drama Schools
Awarding Bodies
Trinity College London
University of West London