The Acting Course - The School of the Science of Acting The Acting Course - The School of the Science of Acting

The Acting Course

The School is unique in having the most comprehensive methodology and more contact teaching hours than any other British acting school.

The Acting programme is centred upon a core acting curriculum, with the addition of many other subjects relevant to professional development. With an approach rooted in the Stanislavski system we will show you the fundamentals of the craft from your first term. From there, your path will be to hone your skill throughout the course so that by the time you graduate you will be ready to work in any facet of the profession.

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From this course you will clearly understand the principles of good acting and will gain the skill to put them into practice. This is often wrongly considered to be a rare gift of God or nature given to a lucky few. We will teach you how to become as talented as you want to be. Within hours of starting the course, you will begin to see that is designed for someone who wants to become a highly skilled professional actor and artist.

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Course Information

A group of up to 14 students undergoes three years of intensive training that also uniquely includes the optional study of stage direction, again, according to our brand approach.

Students are given thorough training in Voice and Speech, Stage Movement, Dance and Singing. The course is also characterised by the many opportunities to perform: each academic year culminates with the production of a full-length play; students across the three years perform in student directed and devised acting exercises and etudes as well as in full-length plays. A methodical approach to reflection, as well as written and oral communication skills is also taught in parallel to acting techniques and skills.

The purpose of The Science of Acting is to make the ways and means by which high quality acting is achieved clearly defined, understandable and made into a workable knowledge system. Most British acting schools set high standards for the technical skills they teach (voice, movement, singing, and so on) but they are often neglectful of providing clear points of reference that underpins the actor’s creative process. Since its opening, it has been the School’s aim to clarify and demystify the actor’s process and offer training that allows students to be able to play any part, in any style for any medium.

The School of the Science of Acting was founded in 1991 by Sam Kogan. Kogan studied acting and stage directing at GITIS, the State Institute of Theatre Arts (now The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) in Moscow, under the tutelage of Professor Maria Knebel, herself a pupil of Stanislavski and later a close colleague.

The Science of Acting offers clear and applicable guidelines for the study of human behaviour, thought processes, dramatic analysis and acting, utilised within the context of performance and creation of character. It is believed at the School that good acting can only be achieved when the actor is acting as though unobserved. Through the teachings at the School, this quality of acting can be achieved – starting with interrogation of the usual definitions of what acting is, i.e. ‘reacting’, ‘being in the moment’, ‘all about emotions’ or as Stanislavski believed ‘feelings’.

The Science of Acting goes to the roots of all these phenomena by classifying and explaining the origins, patterns, consequences and manifestations of thoughts, of which reactions, feelings, emotions and behaviours are all manifestations. This ground breaking work has been set down in the book The Science of Acting written by Sam Kogan and published in 2010 by Routledge, making ours one of the very few drama schools in the world to have a book published on the acting technique it has developed.

The continued success of the School underlines the notion that there remains a need within the industry for the School’s approach to drama training; i.e. the provision of a clear and critically measurable methodology. We are intent on producing graduates who are highly skilled, self-reliant artists and individuals, who can manage their own careers and are able to create their own professional work.

To understand how we train our Directors, click the link to download our 3 year ‘Actor to Director pathway explained’.

The School of the Science of Acting – Acting to Directing Explained.

Acting/Directing Pathway

All film and theatre directors need to understand how to act. Based on Russian traditions, any person wishing to study in our directing course will have had to have trained in our acting course for at least a year. Therefore in effect a person training as a director in our academy will have to remain with us for four years. The last year of study for a director is dedicated to directing a full length, fully produced stage play. By then the directing student will have staged a great number of different exercises from a wide variety of genres, including short plays, self adaptations of short stories and fairy tales.

Click here to download the document that bullet points the key information about both acting and directing courses and how they are embedded into each other.

Fees and Dates

Price – £10,480 for the full 4-term year – £2,620 per term


Teaching year – official start date 1st October 2018

Term 1 – 30th September 2019 – 21st December 2019

half term – 7th November 2018 – 10th November 2019
Christmas Holidays – 22nd December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Term 2 – 6th January 2020 – 28th March 2020

Easter Holidays – 29th March 2020 – 13th April 2020

Term 3 – 14th April 2020 – 20th June 2020

Summer Holiday – 21st June 2020 – 28th June 2020

Term 4 – 29th July 2020 – 12th September 2020

Nb. Term 1 of Academic Year 2020-21 starts 28th September 2020

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