Directing & Devising Diploma (ATCL)



A One-Year, Part-Time Course for Professional Director & Theatre Creating Training. 


This Part-Time, Distance Learning Directing & Devising 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, including visits to the Traverse Theatre. 

During the year you will cover the main skills of Directing and Devising, working with Artistic Director from the Traverse Theatre, Orla O'Loughlin as well former Associate Director of the Traverse Theatre, John Mitchell and other leading Directors and Coaches of today.

You will also explore other Theatre Art Forms, including acting and writing.

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

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

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

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

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 Arts Qualification (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

  • Professional CV

  • Excellent Facilities in the centre of town

  • An NUS Student Card

  • Opportunities for Professional Head-shots 

  • Opportunities for Spotlight Membership

  • Opportunities for Equity Membership



During your residential days of the Directing & Devising Diploma, 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 too. 

Sessions will run from approx. 9:30am to 4:30pm over the course of the year. 

Students are 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. Some weeks will be busier than others.

Directing Diploma, Devising HND Scotland

Your exam will be practical through 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  20th October 2018

Saturday 17th November 2018

Saturday 26th January 2019

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

Saturday 4th May 2019

Saturday 25th May  2019

The 2018-2019 Exam is on:
Friday 31st May 2019 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 subject to Acting Out Drama School’s discretion. 

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



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

Our Diploma Directing &Devising 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, opportunities for professional head shots and CV, plus the opportunity to obtain Spotlight Membership and Equity Membership. 

The full fee is only £1400.

On acceptance of a place, an initial payment of £200 will be due. The balance can be paid using one of the following payment plans:

One payment of £1,200 payable by 25th September.

Two payments of £775.00 payable by 25th September and 25th January.

Three payments of £550.00, payable by 25th September, 25th December, 5th March.



Once you have applied you will be emailed with a decision based on 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 fourteen working days after you apply.


Entry to the Directing & Devising Course is by Application only. There is a small application fee.

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