Directing & Devising Diploma (ATCL)


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


This Part-Time, Distant Learning Directing & Devising Course is a Diploma which lasts only One Year. The Course is Distant Learning with a minimum of 7 Residential Sessions in Edinburgh spread out over 9 months.

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.

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.

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 10am to 6pm over the course of the year. 

Students are expected to do around 2-4 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.

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 date are as follows:

Saturday 2017 October 21st
Friday 2017 November 17th
Saturday 2018 January 27th
Saturday 2018 March 3rd
Saturday 2018 April 7th
Saturday 2018 May 26th

*One more date to be confined*

The 2017-2018 Exam is on:
Friday June 1st 2018

* 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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