Acting Diploma (ATCL)


A One-Year, Part-Time Course for Professional Acting Training. Distance Learning available


This Part-Time, Distance Learning Acting Course is a Diploma which lasts only One Year. The Course is Distance Learning with a minimum of 7 Residential Sessions in Edinburgh spread out over 9 months. After your exam, you will have more opportunities for Industry based education, such as Professional CV writing, Professional Head-shots and visits or online sessions with Professionals. 

During the year you will cover the main skills of Acting and Performing, learning and practising theories from the pioneers of the acting world such as Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Sanford, Meisner, David Mamet, Uta Hagen and many more.

You will delve deeply into characterisation, relationships, actions and narrative.

You will have at least seven full day lessons in acting and audition preparation throughout the year by expert acting coaches, directors and practitioners.

Practical lectures and advice in the acting business are also included so you are kept up-to-date with current industry requirements and practice.

As Acting Out Drama School is connected to new writers and directors, you will also get the chance to work with some highly successful and award-winning artists.


You will also have direct contact with all your coaches and directors throughout the 12 month period (and after for additional guidance).

As well as the excellent training you would expect from an accredited Trinity College London and Acting Out Drama School Centre, you will also receive:


  • An ATCL Performing Qualification in Speech & Drama (a Foundation Degree in England, equivalent to an SQA HND unit)

  • Expert Training from professional performers and teachers.

  • Work with Award-Winning and Successful Professionals

  • Equity Membership (payable to Equity)

  • Professional CV

  • Excellent Facilities in the centre of town

  • An NUS Student Card (payable to NUS)

  • Opportunities for Professional Head-shots 

  • Opportunities for Spotlight Membership



During your residential days of the Acting Diploma (HND Unit Equivalent), your lessons will take place in the heart of Edinburgh at the Augustine Centre, George IV Bridge (opposite the cafe where J.K.Rowling wrote Harry Potter)! Near to shops, cafes, train stations and buses, it’s a great place to study.

Acting Diploma, Acting HND, with Acting Out Drama School Venue Ednburgh

The facilities are excellent with a large hall space, a newly refurbished theatre and smaller classrooms/breakout rooms. 

Your sessions will run from approx. 10am to 5pm over the course of the year. 

You are also expected to do around 4-8 hours private study a week, preparing you for each session, and a follow up assignment after each session. You must pass your assignments and exam to complete the course. Extra morning/afternoon sessions may be added for Professional Visits and/or extra Tuition. Some weeks will be busier than others.


You are also encouraged and able to enrol onto our vocational performing courses, where you will be trained even further and be apart of a performance in a professional theatre where agents are invited.

Acting Diploma, Acting HND Scotland

Your practical exam will be assessed by Trinity College London (held in Edinburgh).

Acting Trinity College London Acting Out Drama School


The residential dates for 2018-2019 year are as follows:

Saturday October 13th 2018

Saturday November 17th 2018

Saturday January 19th 2019

Saturday February 23rd 2019

Saturday March 30th 2019

Saturday April 27th 2019

Saturday May 18th 2019

The 2018-2019 Exam is on:
Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June 2019

* We may add more residential days or Skype sessions depending on the requirements of the course. 

* All dates/changes/extra sessions are at Acting Out Drama School’s discretion. 

* While we will endeavour to run things to the above schedule, sometimes dates may change due to other external factors, which will be discussed with you in the unlikely event that this happens.



Acting Out Drama School is a Private Drama School, accredited by Trinity College London and offering students professional and vocational courses in acting.

The Diploma Acting Course (1 Year) fees include the standard college tuition fee, professional expertise, small class sizes, excellent facilities, preparation for working in the industry, sound business advice, Equity Membership plus opportunities for professional head shots, CV and Spotlight Membership. 

The full fee is only £1300.

On acceptance of a place, an initial payment of £200 will be due. The balance can be paid using instalment options.


Once you have applied you will be emailed with your audition time and options. Our main auditioning methods are face-to-face, online via Skype and Self-tape options. 

For the auditions, you are required to perform (from memory and in character) one monologue, lasting no more than 2 minutes, either classical (preferably by Shakespeare and in verse) OR a contemporary. For face-to-face or Skype auditions, reworking of your piece or improvisation activities may also be required. This will be followed by a short interview. For Self-tape methods, we require you to film your monologue and answer questions to the camera that are sent beforehand via email. More details will be given after we receive your application.

We will be looking for clear evidence of the abilities required for the course, evidence of practical and intellectual skills necessary for the nature of this course, and personal qualities that would contribute to the class and the school.

Decisions will be sent to you via email within approximately seven working days after your audition.


Entry to the Acting Diploma Course is by Audition Only.

Auditions are on-going and can be taken face-to-face or online.

Acting Out confirm audition times, dates and options after you have booked.

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