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The Acting Course

The Academy is unique in having the most comprehensive syllabus and contact teaching hours of any Drama School.

The Acting programme is centred upon a core acting syllabus, 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 have participated in directors showings, internal assessments, full theatre productions, productions by visiting directors, international festivals, and so on, you will be ready to work in any facet of the profession. Combined with a range of workshops given by a wide variety of visiting industry professionals, lecturers, termly tutor reports and assessments, developmental feedback on a daily basis…it is easy to see why the Acting course is likely to be one of the most demanding, fulfilling and eye-opening times of your life.


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 is designed for someone who wants to become a highly skilled professional actor and artist. Because we teach knowledge of acting rather than wishy washy opinions on it, you will be thoroughly prepared for the theatre, tv or film. Whilst many acting tutors can tell their students what was bad or, very rarely, good about their acting, here we tell you what was right and what was wrong, and why you did not act as well as you could. To do this we have developed standards for acting and education which we believe are among the fairest you can find. We also tell you what to do to correct your mistakes.


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Entry Requirements

The minimum entry age for this course is 18. There is no upper age limit. It is not necessary to have any acting experience for this course and there are no academic prerequisites. Applicants must be fluent English speakers. Admission is by audition and interview. Click here to download the application form.


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Course Information

A group of up to 30 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, Movement 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, the acting technique founded and developed at The Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts, is to make the ways and means by which high quality acting is achieved clearly defined, understandable and made into a workable knowledge system. Like the Kogan Academy, leading British acting schools set very 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 and thus a readily applicable acting technique that underpins the actor’s creative process. Since its opening, it has been the Academy’s aim to clarify and demystify the actor’s process and offer an objective perspective on both our trademark method, the Science of Acting, and other key acting techniques that are taught in conservatoires and practised in the profession today.

The Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts 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. After working in the professional theatre and immigrating to England, Kogan started to teach Stanislavski’s technique in numerous leading London drama schools including ALRA and Mountview. During this time Kogan readdressed Stanislavki’s work, began his own study into the actor’s process, and as a result started filling in the knowledge gaps of the Stanislavki system (in particular the workings of the subconscious mind) and his ‘Science of Acting’ evolved.

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 Academy that good acting can only be achieved when the actor is acting as though unobserved. Through the teachings at the Academy, 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. From this, if the actor can only think the character’s thoughts during performance, these experiences will appear naturally. The Science of Acting is a new milestone in the evolution of understanding what good acting is and how to achieve it. The system comes at the end of a celebrated line of Russian actors, directors and dramatists who shared a common goal of creating realistic theatre to enlighten their audiences. 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 KADA 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 KADA underlines the notion that there remains a need within the industry for the Academy’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.

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Please Contact Us with your details and we’ll send you the application form. You’ll need to print it out, complete the form and either scan and email the form back to us, or send it by post, together with your audition fee.


Auditions are only necessary for the full-time acting and directing courses.  The audition fee is currently  £30.00, unless you attend an Open Day when it is reduced to £10. Please enclose your audition fee with your application form – you can pay by cheque, bank transfer or Paypal.  To join other courses at the Academy just return your completed application form with the appropriate deposit.  Once paid, neither audition fees nor deposits are refundable.

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