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PROSPECTUS

CONTENTS
03 WELCOME
04 WHY CHOOSE RADA?

WELCOME...

06 PREMISES AND FACILITIES

ACTING AND PERFORMANCE


10 INTRODUCTION
12 BA IN ACTING
16 MA IN THEATRE DIRECTING
18 MA THEATRE LAB
20 MA IN TEXT AND PERFORMANCE
22 FOUNDATION COURSE IN ACTING
23 SHORT COURSES
TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION
24 INTRODUCTION
26 TECHNICAL THEATRE
AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
28 THEATRE DESIGN
(SET AND COSTUME)
30 THEATRE COSTUME
32 SOUND DESIGN
34 PROPERTY MAKING
36 SCENIC ART
38 SCENIC CONSTRUCTION
40 STAGE ELECTRICS
AND LIGHTING DESIGN
INFORMATION
42 EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
44 HOW TO APPLY
44 FEES AND FUNDING
45 ADVICE
46 CONSERVATOIRE FOR
DANCE AND DRAMA
46 ACCESS
47 ACADEMY ADVISORS AND STAFF
47 OUR MAJOR SUPPORTERS

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www.rada.ac.uk
www.rada.ac.uk

For over 100 years RADA has specialised


in professional training for the dramatic arts.
The Academy was founded by the leading
theatre-makers of their day, and ever
since our connection to the profession has
been broad-based and dynamic. It is a rare
RADA student whose time with us does
not include an encounter with a major actor,
writer, designer or director. Annabel Arden,
Howard Barker, Alecky Blythe, Rick Fisher,
Tom Hiddleston, Jane Horrocks, Paul Hunter,
Nicholas Hytner, Alex Kingston, Neil LaBute,
Paul McGann, Maxine Peake, Jonathan
Pryce, Michael Sheen, Simon Stephens,
Eve Stewart and Heidi Thomas have been
amongst the visitors in just the last few
months. Our technical students placements
have included everywhere from the Harry
Potter movies to the Royal Opera House.
Our qualifications are validated by major
academic institutions, while the training
itself is rigorous, intensive and practicebased. RADA students spend very little
time sitting around in lectures: the skills
of the actor, the stage manager, the scenic
artist need to be practiced to achieve
expertise. Our staff combine excellence as
teachers with continued engagement with
the profession, winning awards, directing
movies, publishing books and working with
major producers both in the UK and abroad.

through all these. Drama is above all about


transformation and we believe passionately
in our students ability to transform,
transcend and realise their individual
potential. To achieve this, we keep our
class sizes small and arrange a lot of tutorial
time; but our students also learn the values
and skills of working in a team, because
all our work is ultimately collaborative.
Because of our unparalleled connection
to the industries we serve, our graduates
have an impressive record of employment:
you can find their names on the posters
of many plays and films, and youll also find
them in the wardrobe, the workshops and
at the lighting desk. Some move away from
their first profession, transfering the skills
they gained with us: our graduates include
actors who have become teachers, writers,
directors and video-game makers, stage
managers who have become producers,
agents and one who runs the farmers
markets in London. All of them testify
to the impact a RADA training had on
their lives, inspiring a sense of discipline,
generosity and excellence.
We hope you want to join them.
Edward Kemp
Director

People coming to RADA for the first time


are often surprised by the diversity of
our students. Talent does not recognise
categories of social or educational
background, so neither do we. Our job
is to train people who can, as Shakespeare
says, hold the mirror up to nature, who
can represent the whole spectrum of
society as it exists in the world now: so
we want people who come from every
corner of society. Many of our students face
challenges, some economic, some personal,
some educational: our team are extremely
experienced at supporting students

WELCOME

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WHY CHOOSE RADA?


This is a year of many changes in Higher
Education. Along with most other
Higher Education Institutions we have
had to increase our undergraduate tuition
fees to 9,000 to compensate for the
governments cuts in teaching grant.
In fact the real cost of a RADA training
is more than twice this, much of the
difference being made up by RADAs own
commercial and fundraising activities.
Why does it cost so much?
Because our training is first and foremost
vocational. A vocational training, taught
properly and effectively, will provide
you with the skills necessary for a long
and rewarding career in your chosen
profession. It will include intensive hours
working with specialist staff on practical
challenges at an institution with strong
industry links.

Liverpool Everyman, Sheffield Crucible,


BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Path Films and
Warner Bros. Entertainment.
How will I afford it?
If you are on an undergraduate course
and new to Higher Education you should
be eligible for a government loan to cover
the total cost of your tuition, so you wont
pay anything for this up front. This loan
will not have to be paid back until you
graduate and earn over 21,000 a year.
You may be eligible for the following
financial support:
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Government loans to cover tuition


fees and living costs (through
Student Finance England)

Government maintenance grants


to help with living costs, for students
from a household income of below
42,875 these grants do not have
to be paid back

WHY CHOO
RADA ?
There is approximately one teacher
for every four undergraduate students
at RADA; this does not include one off
lecturers or support staff.

We run three professionally equipped


theatres, as well as workshops, sound
studios and film equipment, producing
twenty productions a year, as well as
short films, radio plays and design and
technical exhibitions.

Every RADA technical course includes


an industry placement, which is not only
a hugely valuable training experience,
but builds contacts for the future. Many
students go on to paid work with the
company where they held their placement.

Employment Prospects
In industries notorious for short term and
intermittent employment, RADA graduates
have an impressive record, with over
70% still active in the profession 10 years
after graduation. Meanwhile, the most
recent RADA graduates are beginning
their careers at the National Theatre, RSC,
Shakespeares Globe, Royal Court, Donmar,
Almeida, West Yorkshire Playhouse,

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Conservatoire Scholarships many


students will be eligible for fee
discounts and will not have to pay
the full 9,000

Career and Professional Development


Loans, for students who already have
a degree

In addition to the above RADA has its


own bursaries and financial support which
have meant no student has had to decline
a place because they could not afford to
train with us.
If you believe you have the talent and
the commitment for your chosen career,
then the most important thing is to apply.
If you allow financial concerns to deter
you at this first hurdle, then you may miss
out on an excellent opportunity to realize
your potential. If you are offered a place,
RADA will work with you to ensure you
receive all the financial support available
to you; you may be eligible for the
Academys own Scholarship and Bursary
Awards and we will even help you with
your own fundraising.

WHY CHOOSE RADA?

Most RADA students receive between


36 and 40 hours of contact time a week
with their teachers. The national average
for Higher Education is 14.7.

More information on fees and the financial


assistance available to you can be found
in the Fees section of this prospectus and
on the CDD website: www.cdd.ac.uk

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THEATRES
Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre:
The largest auditorium &
a multi-configuration theatre
GBS Theatre:
Our mid-sized studio theatre
John Gielgud Theatre:
A black-box studio space
STUDENT FACILITIES
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Scenic art workshop,


including paint frame

Scenic construction
workshops: wood & metal

Costume workroom
& fitting rooms

Sound studio with three


associated control rooms

FACILITIES
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Student offices

State of the art


video recording &
editing equipment

- Acting studios
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Property making
department

Box office & foyer bar

Costume store with


over 17,000 costumes

Media suite

- Design studios
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Library with over


25,000 books

- Dance & fight studio


CAD Suite

FACILITIES

- Refectory
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Specially equipped
rehearsal studios

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There are more than 17,000 theatrical


performances each year in London.
In addition to the National Theatre,
Royal Court, Donmar, Globe, Almeida
and Young Vic, there are more than
50 theatres in the West End and a host
of fringe venues. We work with many
of these theatres offering placements
to our students

There are more than 32,000 music


performances a year in London 621
a week, 17% of which are free

London has four UNESCO world


heritage sites: Tower of London,
Maritime Greenwich, Westminster
Palace, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

LONDON
LIFE
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The Tate Modern is the worlds most


popular modern art gallery. Like most
of the main London museums, it is free

There were 14,350 film shooting days


in London in 2007, making it the third
most filmed city in the world

London is the centre of the UK film


industry. All the major studios are near
London and a great many of the postproduction facilities are in Soho, a short
walk from RADAs front door

Londons 395 public libraries stock


17 million books

London has 40,000 listed buildings


and over 150 ancient monuments

Londoners speak over 300 languages

London is one of the greenest capitals


in the world with more than 3000
parks and open spaces in the city

London is Europes most diverse


metropolis, offering cultural and
culinary delights from right across
the globe

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LONDON LIFE

London is a city like no other. Studying


here means you will have access to one
of the most rich and vibrant cultural hubs
in the world, but most importantly,
the experiences you have here and
the contacts you make in the industry
can be directly relevant for the future
of your career.

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ACTING &
PERFORMANCE
The two term Foundation Course in Acting
offers a preliminary insight into life at drama
school and may be suitable for students
considering a gap year before either an
academic or vocational training.
The MA in Theatre Directing is designed for
students with the experience and vision to
pursue a career as a director in the theatre.
MA Theatre Lab is a performance-based
course exploring ensemble and experimental
theatre-making.
The MA in Text and Performance, run in
collaboration with Birkbeck, University of

All our acting and performance courses


draw on the same pool of richly experienced
and expert RADA teachers and directors.
For a full list of entry requirements please
see individual course pages and for detailed
fees information and the funding options
available please see the fees and funding
information on page 44.

DURATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

FEE

FOUNDATION
COURSE
IN ACTING

2 terms

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Fluency in the English language


18 years old by September 2012

10,950 for 2 terms

BA (HONS)
IN ACTING

3 years

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Fluency in the English language


18 years old by September 2012

UK/EU
9,000 per year
Non EU
16,200 per year

MA IN THEATRE
DIRECTING

4 terms

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Honours degree in an arts based subject


Professional technical theatre
or actor training
IELTS level of 7 or above for spoken
English and 6.5 or above for written English

UK/EU
12,000 for 4 terms
Non EU
22,000 for 4 terms

Appropriate Honours degree


or recognised diploma
Practicing performers/actors must
have significant professional experience
(minimum three years)
IELTS level of 7 or above for spoken
English and 6.5 or above for written English

UK/EU
10,000 for 4 terms
Non EU
16,000 for 4 terms

Honours degree in arts based subject


In exceptional circumstances career
experience may be considered
IELTS level of 7 or above for spoken
English and 6.5 or above for written English

UK/EU F/T
9,950 for 1 year
UK/EU P/T
4,975 per year
Non EU F/T
14,000-15,000
for 1 year

MA
THEATRE LAB

4 terms

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MA IN TEXT &
PERFORMANCE

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In addition RADA has a long association


of supporting and developing new writing
work. We are unique amongst UK drama
schools in employing a full-time Dramaturg.

COURSE

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London, may be particularly suited to those


wishing to study dramaturgical or textual
aspects of the theatre-making process.
Graduates from this course have gone on
to work as playwrights, dramaturgs, directors
and teachers.

1 year
full-time

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2 years
part-time

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ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

At the core of our actor training is the


three year BA in Acting, designed for those
students with the talent and dedication to
pursue a career as a professional actor.

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BA (HONS)
IN ACTING
THE PROGRAMME
The programme includes the development
of individual skills in the areas of acting,
voice and movement, and their application
in a variety of projects and productions
across the three years. Work is continuously
assessed and students have regular feedback
sessions with teachers. The aim is to train
actors with a high degree of technical facility
and flexibility but also individuality and
Imagination. The course includes work on
contemporary plays and styles and classes
in camera and microphone technique.
The training is, however, classically based
because we believe this provides the best
possible foundation for acting in any form
or media.
ACTING WORK
Acting work in the first year moves from
Stanislavsky-based exercises to scene and
project work around realist material; these
run in parallel with classes on classical text
and improvisation. In the second year the
project material is chosen in order to stretch
students both imaginatively and technically:
this includes Shakespeare and Jacobean
plays, Greek Tragedy, contemporary writing,
devised work and Restoration/eighteenth
century comedy. Acting for camera and
microphone technique are primarily taught
in the second year.
VOICE TRAINING
Voice training develops the range, clarity,
strength and flexibility of the actors voice
and speech. Speaking and singing are closely
connected, focusing on breath, rhythm, tune,

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and phrasing, and releasing the authentic


truthful voice in heightened forms. The
study of dialects helps in the mastery of
unfamiliar speech patterns, sight reading
in spontaneous interpretation of text.
MOVEMENT TRAINING
Movement is an integral part of the
training and runs throughout the course.
Teaching draws on a variety of sources,
including Laban, Pisk and Lecoq, with an
emphasis on the ensemble and play. The
students also study period dance (Medieval
to 20th Century), animal, mask (neutral
and character), stage fighting (armed and
unarmed combat) tumbling, acrobatics
and Alexander Technique.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Throughout the course these sessions
introduce guest speakers from across
the industry to stimulate, provoke and
broaden the students appreciation of
the career on which they have embarked.

MENTORING
Final year students benefit from the RADA
Buddy mentoring scheme. This programme
supports the transition from student to
professional actor. Graduate Buddies
provide professional advice, feedback
and networking opportunities throughout
the final year and beyond.

INDUSTRY SHOWCASE
The Tree performance by final year students
takes place in April each year and is named
after the Academys founder, Herbert
Beerbohm Tree. Students present scenes or
speeches to an invited audience of agents,
casting directors and industry professionals.

PUBLIC PRODUCTIONS
The first opportunity to perform in front
of the public comes at the end of the
summer term of the second year, when
students rehearse a production which tours
to schools as well as playing at RADA.
The third year is spent mainly in rehearsal
and performance of productions for one of
RADAs three theatres. These productions
draw on the diversity of world repertoire
and are directed by industry professionals,
often of national or international standing.
Recent directors at RADA include Jonathan
Miller, Lindsay Posner, Jonathan Moore,
Philip Franks, Toby Frow, Mike Bradwell and
Jessica Swale. In 2010/11 productions have
included works by Stephen Sondheim, Sarah
Kane, Sam Shephard, Pierre de Marivaux,
Simon Stephens, Nol Coward, Arthur Miller,
Vassily Sigarev, William Shakespeare and
Thomas Middleton.

ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

COURSE DETAILS
The three year BA in Acting (validated
by Kings College London) is a vocational
training designed to provide a thorough
preparation for a career in a wide variety
of media, including theatre, television, film
and radio.

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BA (HONS)
IN ACTING
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Late applications will not be considered


under any circumstances

There is an intake of up to 28 students


in September each year

Auditions run from November until


June, with an option of auditioning in
London, Manchester, Leicester, Dublin
and New York

It is RADAs policy to audition all eligible


applicants who apply before the deadline

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM


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Please email reception@rada.ac.uk for


a hard copy of the application form

All applications must be submitted with


the registration fee (50 for applications
received before 16 December 2011, 55
for applications received after this date)

The registration fee is non-refundable

THE AUDITION PROCESS


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Candidates auditioning in New York,


Manchester, Leicester and Dublin should
be prepared to attend subsequent recalls
and workshops in London if required

A list of audition guidance notes


will be sent to all applicants

It is a lengthy and rigorous audition


process and may span several months

THE FOUR AUDITION STAGES


1.

Preliminary audition November to April

2. Recall audition December to May


3. Short workshop (three hour session)
4. Workshop day (9am to 6pm)
1. Preliminary audition
Candidates must perform two pieces of their
own choosing, neither of which may be
longer than THREE MINUTES. One piece
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must be a monologue from any play by


Shakespeare or other Elizabethan/Jacobean
playwright, the other a monologue from any
play by a modern author (post 1950). Only
one of the two pieces may be a direct address
to the audience. All candidates should have
an alternative classical piece prepared. This
may or may not be called upon.
2. Recall audition
Speeches presented at the preliminary
audition are repeated at the recall
audition, unless candidates have been
recommended to prepare a new audition
piece. They are also required to sing
a prepared unaccompanied song.
3. Short workshop
A three hour workshop, where students
work on scenes from a variety of classical
and contemporary plays.
4. Workshop day
This is the final stage and all candidates
are required to prepare a new audition
speech of their choice, from any era of
dramatic literature.

LEO WRINGER
RADA GUEST DIRECTOR

New York auditions


Candidates can attend auditions in New York
and this can be indicated on the application
form. The New York auditions in 2012 will take
place from 27 February to 04 March and are
administered by the Institute of International
Education (IIE) in New York. Applicants will
be notified of the time and place of their
audition by the IIE, to whom an audition fee
of $115 will then be payable, in addition to the
registration fee payable to RADA. Candidates
opting for the New York auditions should
ensure that they are available for a recall
on the same day if required.

ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

ADMISSION PROCEDURE FOR BA IN ACTING

Candidates will also be requested to attend


a workshop in London at a later date.
For a full audition guide please go to
www.rada.ac.uk.

JONATHAN MILLER
RADA GUEST DIRECTOR
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ma in
theatre
directing
THE TRAINING COVERS:

Candidates are selected for first stage


interview from the information included
in their application. From this interview
final candidates are selected for a second
stage interview with a small panel of senior
members of staff.
Interviews are held in London at the
Academy between April and May and short
list candidates will be asked to direct actors
in front of the panel (actors will be provided
by RADA).

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Participation in first term acting classes


Working with the design department
on a play design project

If a candidate has a project or directing


work which could be viewed as part of their
application, they are asked to submit all
details on their application form.

The aim of this MA is to prepare the students


for working in professional theatre and
to encourage exceptional new talents to
develop their own vision for the theatre
of the future.

Courses in developing rehearsal


methods, theatre history and theatre
producing

For further information contact Sue


Dunderdale, Head of Course, via Jo Lynch
at jolynch@rada.ac.uk.

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Working with writers and new writing

There is a special emphasis on training the


students to understand the acting process
and to develop their own particular methods
for working with actors in rehearsal.

At least one attachment as assistant


director on a third year RADA production

A production of a play with professional


actors in a RADA theatre space

An attachment as an assistant in
a professional theatre company
or production

The four term MA concentrates on the


practice of theatre direction with a strong
underlying theoretical component.

THE PROGRAMME
The course aims to develop the students
understanding of both the creative and
technical aspects of theatre production.
It will also provide a basic foundation in
the business of theatre.
At the end of the third term the student
will work with a cast of professional actors
in a production for a public audience.
This will give experience in managing the
stages of development of a production,
from the choice of script, to the final
performances staged in one of RADAs
studio theatre spaces.
In the final part of the course students
arrange their own professional attachment,
supported by RADA and the course leader.
This involves working with a theatre company
or individual director and offers an invaluable
insight into direction at a professional level.

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A technical attachment to a RADA


production

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants should have a good honours
degree in an arts based subject or
professional technical theatre or actor
training. If the honours degree is in a nonarts based subject the applicants outside
interests should demonstrate intense
interest in drama and theatre. In exceptional
circumstances appropriate career experience,
for example in theatre, may be considered
as an alternative qualification.

ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

COURSE DETAILS
This course leads to an award of an
MA in Theatre Directing.

APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS


There is an intake of up to three students
in September each year.

Students for whom English is not their native


language must demonstrate IELTS levels of 7
or above for spoken English and 6.5 or above
for written English.

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COURSE OVERVIEW
The MA Theatre Lab is validated
by Kings College London.
The RADA MA Theatre Lab is a one-year
course running over four terms. The aim
of the course is to enable students with
a strong background in performance
to develop and explore their skills in an
experimental framework. There is a strong
emphasis on devised and group work, and
students are taught to approach the
process of developing performance from
a post-Stanislavskian standpoint.
The course is built around three
primary strands:
Acting and Performance
Practice and Methodology
Working from the foundation of the
Stanislavski system, students are introduced
to the approaches and responses of later
practitioners, including Grotowski, Brecht,
Copeau, and Sanford Meisner. Students also
study Theatre and Performance Contextual
History. This will place special emphasis on
the links between historical, improvisational
and physical practice (eg Commedia) and the
developments in experimental theatre, new
writing and performance since the middle
of the twentieth century.
Skills Development
Skills Development assumes a prior
performance background - this can mean
experience in different kinds of performance.
The skills classes aim to build on the students
strengths, whilst improving areas where
the student is less experienced. Voice and
Movement training forms the fundamental
of the skills-based work, supplemented by
improvisation, circus skills, singing, and dance.
Scene Study
Scene Study provides a forum for students to
develop and experiment with the techniques

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they are learning. Each term, students use


Scene Study to explore ideas and work
towards an internal, workshop performance
in response to a theme or topic.
THE PROGRAMME
The MA Theatre Lab is taught over a period
of four terms. The first three, September
to July, are each twelve weeks in duration
with teaching taking place from Thursday
to Saturday for an intensive 20-25 hours.
The fourth term, July to September, is fulltime for eight weeks of production and
dissertation work.
The course balances a desire to expose
students to a wide range of practices whilst
allowing them to specialise and develop skills
at a deeper level. In the summer there will be
a full-time six-week block of teaching, leading
to a dissertation presentation.
THE TRAINING INCLUDES:
CLASSWORK
Student classwork culminates each term in a
workshop-style, internal performance, devised
through the Scene Study and Performance
classes. In addition to their practical
coursework, students complete written
assignments providing a critical analysis
of their work and theories of performance.

There are no upper age restrictions and


the intake is enriched by a wide spread
of nationalities, backgrounds and levels of
experience. Students for whom English is
not their native language must demonstrate
IELTS levels of 7 or above for spoken English
and 6.5 or above for written English.
The teaching hours are at the end of the
week to allow students to continue earning
whilst studying if they wish. These students
will have to be able to commit to the fulltime block of 6 weeks through the summer
(August/September).
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
All applicants are required to submit an
application form detailing their previous
experience and explaining why they feel
this course is right for them (maximum
800 words). Appropriate candidates will
be invited to audition in a workshop-based
format to highlight their individual skills and
ability to work as a productive member of
a group. If necessary, recall auditions may
be held.
For further information please contact:
Sue Dunderdale, Head of MA Courses at
RADA. Sue can be contacted via Jo Lynch,
MA Administrative Assistant.
Email: macourses@rada.ac.uk

ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

MA
THEATRE LAB

a rigorous professional refresher and who


wish to broaden the range of their skills to
research, analyse, rehearse and perform.

DISSERTATION
In the final term students work as an
ensemble (in one group or more where
appropriate) to create their experimental
piece. The rehearsal process, the performance
and the accompanying written portfolio make
up the students MA degree dissertation work.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Graduates of completed training courses with
an appropriate honours degree or recognised
diploma and practicing performers/actors
with significant professional experience
(minimum three years) who are in need of

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MA IN TEXT &
PERFORMANCE
THE PROGRAMME
Teaching sessions are concentrated
mainly in the autumn and spring terms
with contact hours on Tuesday afternoon
and evening, Wednesday evenings,
Thursday evening and Friday afternoons.
During the summer term students focus
on their dissertation work supervised
either by RADA or Birkbeck. RADA offers
workshop sessions through the year and
Birkbeck offers a programme on theatre in
London today and dissertation preparation.
In the spring term the students are
encouraged to express themselves as
writers, directors or dramaturgs through
their choice of pathways at RADA.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Qualification for entry is a good arts
based honours degree.
In exceptional circumstances appropriate
career experience, for example in theatre,
may be considered as an alternative
qualification. The course should appeal
equally to candidates with an academic
knowledge of drama who wish to increase
their practical and creative awareness and
to candidates already involved in their own
practice who wish to explore it through
academic study. Students must be prepared
to join in practical group work as well as
class discussions.
There are no upper age restrictions and
the intake is enriched by a wide spread
of nationalities, backgrounds and levels
of experience.
Students for whom English is not their
native language must demonstrate IELTS
levels of 7 or above for spoken English and
6.5 or above for written English.

THE TRAINING COVERS:

APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS


Entry to the course is through Birkbeck,
University of London.

Study of texts in their cultural context

For more information please go to:

Practical classes in performance skills


and text analysis

Lectures, seminars and workshops held


at Birkbeck (five minutes from RADA)

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TMATEXPR.html

Scene-study workshops with


professional directors and classes with
specialist skills tutors held at RADA

Writing and directing classes

Opportunities for play writing


and directing guided by theatre
professionals

Specialist seminars with professionals


from theatre and related arts

ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

COURSE DETAILS
Offered in partnership with Birkbeck,
University of London, this course can
be studied full time for one year or part
time over two years. The courses taught
at RADA are designed to deepen and
extend an awareness of drama and plays
in performance and encourage the students
own creative practice.

Alternatively please email the programme


administrator, Anne-Marie Taylor at
a.taylor@bbk.ac.uk or write to the
Department of English and Humanities,
Birkbeck, University of London, Malet
Street, WC1E 7HX.
For further information about the
RADA elements of the course please
contact the course leader Sue Dunderdale
via jolynch@rada.ac.uk.

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COURSE DETAILS
The RADA Foundation Course is a two
term course of full time study. Each term
lasts 12 weeks. It is primarily intended for
those students leaving the senior year of
secondary school contemplating a gap year
before undertaking either a drama degree
or a vocational training for the theatre.
The course aims to give an insight into
life at drama school. It provides a rigorous
and in-depth training, while at the same time
asking students to reflect on their suitability
for this training and ultimately this career.
The foundation course is taught by RADA
tutors and runs from September to March.
The cost of the course is 10,950. This is
a non accredited course which does not
attract government funding. All students
offered places on the foundation course are
required to fund both the annual fee and all
living costs privately.
THE PROGRAMME
The curriculum offers foundation acting
classes which explore different approaches
including Stanislavsky and some of his
later exponents.

THEATRE HISTORY AND DRAMATURGY


The students receive a solid introduction
to theatre history in the form of a practical
devising class covering modes and genres
from Greek Tragedy to Kitchen Sink
realism. Throughout the year there will
be frequent theatre visits to a variety of
different productions, each with a follow
up dramaturgy class and discussion.

Group size for projects and skills


classes will be no more than 16.
CAREERS
In the first term students are
given the opportunity to explore
other careers in theatre and film
as guest speakers come in to
discuss the roles of casting director,
theatre director, film director,
designer and stage manager.
Guest speakers in the second term
are all professional actors.
APPLICATIONS
AND ADMISSIONS
After submitting your application
form (see page 44) applicants will
be invited to a preliminary audition
which run from November to April
and has the same format as the
BA in Acting audition. The audition
process is made up of two stages
and some candidates will be invited
to take part in a recall audition
which may include group work.

Movement for actors including


Laban, group Alexander Technique
and Animal Studies
Dance covering a wide range of periods

- Voice
-

Text and sight reading

Music and group singing

Clowning
-

ACTING & PERFORMANCE


-

The role of the producer


17 Jan - 20 Mar (9 sessions)

- Acting ShakespearE
04 JUN - 27 JUL
- RADA SHAKESPEARE
SUMMER SCHOOL
17 JUL - 10 AUG
- YOUNG ACTORS
SUMMER SCHOOLS:
EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE
23 JUL - 27 JUL
CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
30 JUL - 03 AUG
MUSICAL THEATRE
OR DEVISING THEATRE
06 AUG - 10 AUG
- CONTEMPORARY DRAMA
SUMMER SCHOOL
06 AUG - 17 AUG
- SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION
13 AUG - 18 AUG
- EUROPEAN GREATS
03 SEP - 07 SEP

Candidates may be called


for an audition at short notice

- Musical Theatre
03 SEP - 07 SEP

Candidates may apply for the


Foundation Course in Acting
at the same time and using the
same form as the BA in Acting

- introduction to acting
in film and television
date tbc

The Academy does not provide


feedback to audition candidates

The decision of the audition


panel is final

Each candidate can only apply


once per academic year

ADDITIONAL SKILLS CLASSES ARE:


-

2012
SHORT COURSES

PRODUCTION & DESIGN

16 - 20 JUL

Lighting Design | Sound Design


Scenic ArT | Scenic Construction
Property Making | Corset MakinG
Set & Costume Design

Acting for screen


Please note that all dates are correct at time of going
to print. Please check our website regularly for updates.

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ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

FOUNDATION
COURSE IN
ACTING

PROJECT WORK
During the course, three major
projects will be undertaken and
skills classes will be tailored to
the period or theatrical style of
each project. Teachers will assess
the students progress and give
individual feedback based the
projects. The three projects will
cover Shakespeare, contemporary
text and devising from a shared
source text.

RADAs technical and production courses


develop the creative and practical skills
necessary to pursue a successful career
in a wide range of areas within theatre
and related industries.

SPECIALIST COURSES
We also offer specialist courses which give
the opportunity for a more intense and
advanced study of specific areas of technical
training. These courses are:

Graduates from RADA technical courses


have a considerably high and successful
employment record.

Theatre Design (Set And Costume)

Theatre Costume

TECHNICAL THEATRE
AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
The two year course in Technical Theatre
and Stage Management offers a broad
and comprehensive training in all aspects
of technical theatre, allowing the student
to specialise in their final year. Typically
half of the intake go onto pursue successful
careers in Stage Management, the rest
choose a wide range of alternative technical
career options.

Sound Design For The Theatre

Stage Electrics & Lighting Design

Scenic Art

Property Making

Scenic Construction

DURATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

FEE

Technical Theatre
and Stage Management
Foundation Degree

2 years (with the


option of a one year
completion award)

-
-
-

Fluency in the English language


18 years old in September 2012
Some practical experience is desirable

UK/EU
9,000 per year
Non EU
16,200 per
year

Theatre Design
(set and costume)

2 years

-
-
-

Fluency in the English language


18 years old in September 2012
These are vocational courses
therefore candidates who can
display Applied Prior Learning (APL)
will always be considered regardless
of academic qualification

UK/EU
4,750 per year
Non EU
16,200 per
year

4 terms

-
-
-

Fluency in the English language


18 years old in September 2012
These are vocational courses
therefore candidates who can
display Applied Prior Learning (APL)
will always be considered regardless
of academic qualification

UK/EU
6,333
for 4 terms
Non EU
17,500
for 4 terms

Sound Design
for the Theatre
[Postgraduate
Diplomas]
Stage Electrics
and Lighting Design
Scenic Art
Property Making
Scenic Construction
[Postgraduate
Diplomas]

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RADA believes in the importance of strong


links to industry and the relevance of its
training programmes to professional work.
The technical teaching staff are themselves
all drawn from all areas of the industry.

COURSE

Theatre Costume

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All our technical training courses give


the student hands on experience from the
start, centred around RADAs programme
of public productions.

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TECHNICAL
PRODUCTION
RADA
OUT THEREAND
RADA
OUT THERE RADA OUT THERE RADA OUT THERE RADA OUT THERE

TECHNICAL &
PRODUCTION

TECHNICAL
THEATRE
& STAGE
MANAGEMENT
COURSE DETAILS
The first year of this two year Foundation
Degree incorporates a broad, practical
training in the areas that contribute to
a theatre production. In their second year
students choose to specialise in an area that
interests them. They can choose from stage
management, lighting, construction, sound,
property making or costume. The training is
almost entirely vocational and practical, with
a focus on a career in the industry.

THE FOUNDATION DEGREE


TRAINING COVERS:

Rich and diverse in its scope and facilities,


the course combines in-depth technical
instruction with a clear insight into the
necessary organisational, managerial and
collective skills which also form the core
of successful dramatic work.

Set design

Production management

From the outset, the training involves work


on RADA productions as crew and/or
operator. In their second year students take
on senior roles such as Stage Manager,
Production Electrician, Head of Construction,
Wardrobe Supervisor or Property Maker on
RADAs public productions. All students work
with professional directors and designers.
Second year roles are chosen by the student
in consultation with teaching staff and the
Course Director in order to facilitate a clear
and well focused career pathway. Career
guidance and professional development
sessions are given throughout the course.
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Stage management

Stage electrics/lighting design

- Sound
-

Scenic art

Scenic construction

Property making and procurement

- Costume

- Stagecraft
-

Technical and creative film roles


eg Script Supervisor, First Assistant
Director, Location Manager

Professional secondment / work


placement - up to six weeks with
a theatre company, organisation
or practitioner

First aid (students receive


a First Aid Certificate)

Health and safety in the workplace

Technical drawing

Music score reading

History of theatre

Company management

Career development

APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS


There is an intake of up to 30 students
in September each year.

BA COMPLETION YEAR IN TECHNICAL


THEATRE AND STAGE MANAGMENT
Subject to suitability, students may wish
to progress to a third year BA in Technical
Theatre and Stage Management
(completion award).
This can be taken in a number of individual
areas: Stage Management; Stage Lighting;
Property Making; Scenic Art; Costume;
Technical Management; Production
Management; Stage Sound. Combinations
of subjects may also be considered,
dependent on the applicant persuading
the interview panel of the personal and
vocational relevance of their choice.

TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

The training also teaches skills relevant to


other areas of the entertainment industry
film, radio, television, conferences, events
and other commercial ventures.

To be accepted onto this third year training


the student must have gained a high award
on completion of the RADA Foundation
Degree or similar level qualification, be
successful in interview and pass other
specific criteria. Very few places are awarded
in each area per year, but this does allow
students to enjoy a very high level of
individual focus on their programmes.
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What is your dream job? Therere


so many things Id like to try. As long as
there is good collaboration and a sense
of adventure Im happy.
Why did you choOse to train in
this area? I always knew I wanted to
work in theatre, and design is such a great
mix of creativity, artistic, literary, and
analytical skills. Its a really varied job and
its exciting to know that new adventures
are always around the corner.

CLEANSED
DESIGNED BY SARAH JANE PRENTICE

Why RADA? I liked the fact that the


training included work in props, scenic
art, construction and costume epartments.
Few other courses seem to offer that. I
was looking for a specialist post-graduate
course after having already studied for
four years at university, and as the RADA
course is entirely practical and offers the
chance to be really hands-on with actual
productions, it seemed perfect.
What advice would you give to
prospective students?
Take every opportunity that
is offered and make the most
of every experience - two
years is a really short time,
so cram in as much as you
can and make the most of the
fantastic resources available.
Alison Neighbour
Theatre Design Graduate 2009

THEATRE
DESIGN (SET & COSTUME)
COURSE DETAILS
The postgraduate two year set and
costume design course covers the extensive
process of design for performance. First
year studio based design projects are aimed
at developing specialist skills in the
following areas:
-

Script analysis and period research

Director/designer collaboration

Creative interpretation

Visual languages available to design

Venue architecture: facility and


constraints

2-D and 3-D problem solving

Figurative costume drawing

Scale model making

Technical and perspective drawing

Life drawing

Design presentations

First year students will also gain skills in


technical theatre, stagecraft, construction,
scenic art, prop making, wardrobe, fabric
treatment, wigs, hair and make-up, lighting
and health and safety.
Supplementary classes include:

OUR TOWN
DESIGNED BY FRAN REIDY
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MOTORTOWN
DESIGNED BY ALISON NEIGHBOUR

First Aid (students receive


a First Aid Certificate)

History of theatre

Specialist career development

In the second year of training students


design an opera or musical studio project,
then embark on designing for RADAs
public productions. Roles include Design
Assistant and Set and Costume Designer.
At the end of the second year students take
part in the Design and Costume graduate
exhibition. This is a public display of
projects and design work presented through
sketchbooks, storyboarding, prop

drawings, costume renderings, and final


presentational models. This exhibition
provides the opportunity for students to
talk about their work with an invited group
of industry contacts.
The course leads to the award of a
postgraduate diploma in Theatre Design.
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
There is an intake of two or three students
in September each year.
At the time of interview, applicants will
be asked to bring their creative portfolio,
displaying personal interest in art and
design, degree/diploma or course work,
along with any previous work related
to performance.
The portfolio should include original work
and demonstrate interest in some of the
following; drawing, life drawing, still life,
landscape and in particular the use of colour
in craft work for fine art work. Included may
be sculpture or installation, printmaking or
fabric design, and examples from study of
craft disciplines where experience in 3-D
modelling is evident. Portfolios must also
include sketch books showing creative and
practical process work, representing the
ability to problem solve on the page.
Interviews are held in person with the Head
of Design, Director of Technical Training and
another member of the department.
This is a vocational course therefore
candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.
If you dont think you fulfil the entry
requirements please see page 44.

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TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

Three words to describe your


training Tough, In-depth, Inspiring.

THEATRE
COSTUME
COURSE DETAILS
This two year course covers all areas
of costume making, from pattern cutting
through to the finished garment. The course
also includes organisational and managerial
skills, budget control and ordering, and will
prepare you fully for a career in costume
making and wardrobe supervision.
Throughout the training, students will gain an
understanding of the employment framework
of costume/ wardrobe departments within
theatre and related industries.
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR
COSTUME MAKER MANNA LIU

The training will provide students with


the skills needed to take a design and
transform it into a finished garment. The
training will also give students all the skills
required to take on the role of Costume
Supervisor on a show. Students will supervise
on the Academys public productions, where
they will work with professional directors
and designers.

This course leads to the award of a


postgraduate diploma in Theatre Costume.
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applicants will be asked to bring a
portfolio and samples of previous work
to the interview.
There is an intake of up to four students
in September each year.
This is a vocational course therefore
candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.
If you dont think you fulfil the entry
requirements please see page 44.

Role of costume supervisor


on RADA productions

History of costume and costume props

Pattern cutting flat and stand

Corset making

Ruff making

Fabric sampling

Costume construction

Wig and hair maintenance and make up

Fabric and costume dyeing

TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

THE TRAINING COVERS:

- Tailoring
- Millinery
In the final term, students project work will
be exhibited, providing the opportunity to
talk about their work with an invited group
of industry contacts.

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SOUND DESIGN
FOR THE
THEATRE
Course Details
This two year course covers all aspects
of sound for live theatre performance
and related areas. Run in association
with the sound department of the Royal
Shakespeare Company (RSC), the course
includes a comprehensive hands-on
exploration of current sound equipment
for the recording, manipulation and
playback of sound for theatrical
performance alongside organisational
and managerial skills, budget control
and production understanding. Based
in RADAs state of the art sound studios
in London the course includes a series
of placements with the RSC culminating
in a six to twelve week attachment in their
theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The training will provide students with the
skills required to underpin a successful
career in theatre sound at the highest level.
THE TRAINING COVERS:
-

The theatre production process

General theatre techniques

Sound theory

- Acoustics

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Electronics / equipment maintenance

Production sound techniques

Studio recording

Field recording

Pro Tools editing

Use of plugins

Radio drama recording

Theatre sound design

Production sound for film

Post sound for film

In the final term, students project work


will be exhibited, providing the opportunity
to talk about their work with an invited
group of industry contacts.
This course leads to the award of
a postgraduate diploma in Sound Design
for the Theatre.
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applicants will be asked to bring a
portfolio of their work to the interview,
including samples of three dimensional
work (where possible), photos, drawings
and evidence of practical experience.
There is an intake of up to three students
in September each year.
This is a vocational course therefore
candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.

TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

In association with the


ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

If you dont think you fulfil the entry


requirements please see page 44.
This is a new course and subject to
approval by Kings College London.

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Why did you choOse to train


in this area? I have always been
making, drawing, sculpting, tinkering,
so finding a school that could equip me
with more knowledge of techniques and
materials made sense, and would enable
me to find work in a field that I will never
grow tired of!
Why RADA? RADA seemed like the
most professional choice, with all it's
history, and it's location smack in the
middle of one of the most distinguished
cultural cities of the world made it all
the more appealing.
What advice would you give
to prospective students?
Check out who your tutors
will be, ask them questions
if you can. Try to contact
former students and hear
what experiences they might
have, to see if it sounds like
the right place for you. If you
are admitted; get involved,
find answers to the things
YOU want to know, push
the teachers just like they
are going to push you.
GEIR CHRISTIANSEN
Propmaker

PROPERTY
MAKING
COURSE DETAILS
In four terms, students will learn all the
essential techniques in making props,
plus organisational and managerial skills
including how to control a budget. The
training will provide students with the skills
needed to take on the role of Property
Maker on the Academys public productions,
where they will work with professional
directors and designers.
In the final term students project work
will be exhibited in the Specialist Technical
Graduate Exhibition giving students the
opportunity to talk about their work with
an invited group of industry contacts.
THE TRAINING COVERS:
-

Role of property maker/supervisor


on RADA productions

Stage carpentry

Practical sessions in fibreglass,


woodturning, furniture making
and upholstery

Fake food preparation

Technical and perspective drawing

Visits to prop hire companies

Polystyrene carving

This course leads to the award of a


postgraduate diploma in Property Making.
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applicants will be asked to bring a
portfolio of their work to the interview,
including samples of three dimensional
work (where possible), photos, drawings
and evidence of practical experience.
There is an intake of up to three students
in September each year.
This is a vocational course therefore
candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.
If you dont think you fulfil the entry
requirements please see page 44.

TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

Most exciting career moment


so far... Being a pretty green
propmaker in charge of the props for
Narnia at the biggest theatre in Oslo
was a bit daunting!

- Welding
-

Safe use of hand tools including routers,


jigsaws and sanders

Safe use of power tools including


bandsaw, table and wall saws,
morticer, polystyrene cutter

A shell mould project

Rubber moulding
and casting techniques

Fabric dyeing course

- Sign-writing
-

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Up to six weeks
professional attachment

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COURSE DETAILS
Throughout this four term course
students will be encouraged to keep
a visual diary, develop a portfolio and
build professional connections.
In the final term at RADA students project
work will be exhibited in the Specialist
Technical Graduate Exhibition giving them
the opportunity to talk about their work
with an invited group of industry contacts.
THE TRAINING COVERS:
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
SCENIC ARTIST GRACE BRENNAN

Role of scenic artist on RADA


productions

Scenic interpretation and sampling

Life drawing

Spray techniques

Scenic drawing

APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS


Applicants will be asked to bring
a portfolio of their work to the interview,
including samples of work (where
possible), photos, drawings and evidence
of practical experience. Drawings, paintings,
printmaking and mixed media should be
included. Sketchbooks should show the
process of creative thinking which supports
the finished work.
There is an intake of up to three students
in September each year.
This is a vocational course therefore
candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.
If you dont think you fulfil the entry
requirements please see page 44.

- Texture
- Woodgraining
-

Trompe loeil

Perspective drawing

Principles of geometry

Scenic carving using polystyrene

Cloth work including architectural


and portrait

TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

- Marbling

- Sign-writing
-

Up to six weeks professional


attachment with a company or
practitioner, as well as strong links
with the Royal Opera House and the
National Theatre scenic workshops.

This course leads to the award of a


postgraduate diploma in Scenic Art.

OUR LADY OF SLIGO


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SCENIC
CONSTRUCTION

RADA prides itself on superb industry links


and throughout this course students will
visit various professional organisations
such as the National Theatre and the Royal
Opera House.
In the final term, students project work
will be exhibited in the Specialist Technical
Graduate Exhibition, giving them the
opportunity to talk about their work with
an invited group of industry contacts.
THE TRAINING COVERS:

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Building, fit up and maintenance


of sets in both timber and metal

Bench carpentry and joinery

Knowledge of construction materials


and their properties

Metal work: use of MMA, MIG


and TIG welding processes and
metal working tools, such as grinders
and the engineering lathe

Theatrical flying and rigging using


the counterweight system, winches
and rope work

In depth knowledge of construction


materials and their properties

Safe use of all workshop tools


stage equipment

Principles of design for the stage

Computer Aided Design (CAD)


to produce accurate and professional
working drawings

Budgeting, quantifying and ordering


materials for productions

Four to six weeks professional


attachment to a theatre or scenic
contractor

Safe use of power tools including band,


table and wall saws, morticer, tenoner
and planer thicknesser

This course leads to the award of a postgraduate diploma in Scenic Construction.


APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applicants will be asked to bring a
portfolio of their work to the interview,
including samples of work (where
possible), photos, drawings and evidence
of practical experience.
There is an intake of up to three students
in September each year.
This is a vocational course therefore
candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.
If you dont think you fulfil the entry
requirements please see page 44.

TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

COURSE DETAILS
In four terms, students will work in
the Academys carpentry and metal
fabrication workshops, where they will
learn and practice all aspects of scenic
construction for the stage, produce
several personal practical projects, and
work with fellow students, professional
directors and designers on the Academys
public productions.

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STAGE
ELECTRICS
& LIGHTING
DESIGN
COURSE DETAILS
At the start of this four term course
students will learn the basics of production
electrics, including rigging, focussing and
plotting and basic stage craft skills.

Lectures in theory and practice


of lighting design

Research, style and period

Project work in production


electrics and lighting design

The training will provide students with all


the skills they need to take on the roles of
Production Electrician, Lighting Operator
and Lighting Designer on the Academys
public productions.

Production electrics work and


lighting design on RADA productions

Opportunities for professional


work placements

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APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS


Applicants will be asked to bring
a portfolio and samples of previous
work to the interview.
There is an intake of up to three students
in September each year.

Lantern identification and equipment


maintenance; rigging and focusing

This is a vocational course therefore


candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.

Lighting Console operation and


programming

Use of colour, direction of light and


intensity

If you dont think you fulfil the entry


requirements please see page 44.

Using lighting technology:


moving light, LED and video

Theatre history

THE TRAINING COVERS:

CLEANSED
LIGHTING DESIGNER Amy Schofield

This course leads to the award


of a postgraduate diploma in Stage
Electrics and Lighting Design.

TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION

Students will work with professional


directors, scenic designers and lighting
designers. The highly practical training
is supplemented by visits, guest lectures,
seminars and demonstrations. In the
final term, students project work will
be exhibited in the Graduate Specialist
Technical Exhibition giving them the
opportunity to talk about their work with
an invited group of industry contacts.

- Stagecraft
-

Sound operation and design


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EDUCATION AND OUTREACH


RADAs Education and Outreach
programme supports the organisations
ethos of social inclusion and participation,
providing activities for people aged from
16 to over 60. The Academy seeks to
develop partnerships with like-minded arts
organisations in London and the regions.
The Youth Company is a year-long
drama project for young people aged
16-20 who live in and around London.
The Youth Company members meet on
a weekly basis for a full year. Auditions
are held in September each year for
new members.
Saturday Youth Workshops
are designed for young people aged
between 16 and 24. RADA tutors, guest
directors, and graduates lead these
popular full day acting workshops,
which help participants to develop
a diverse range of acting skills.

The Princes Trust Partnership


has been working with RADA for the
past six years on the XL programme
in schools. For the second year running
the programme will be supported by
Land Securities plc.
This year RADA will also be running the
second Get Started in Drama project in
partnership with the Princes Trust.
Camden Summer University
was hosted by RADA for the third time
in August 2011 thanks to the support
of the Richard Reeves Foundation. This
project is in partnership with Camden
Council and gives young people living
within the borough the opportunity to
experience an intensive week of training
similar to that undertaken by the core
course students at RADA.
Empowering Volunteers is a training
project set up to enhance the reading
and storytelling skills of volunteers, who
are interested in supporting the work of
a variety of social organisations, such as
schools, hospitals/hospices, care homes,
and prisons.

EDUCATION
OUTREACH
Graduates in Schools offers
a broad range of activities that allow
pupils to participate in acting or
technical workshops run by RADA
graduates. Through careers talks
graduates can also provide first hand
information about vocational training
and career opportunities in the theatre
and related industries.

Regional Access Workshops


are run in partnership with regional
arts organisations. These workshops
are targeted at young people who
have limited access to drama, and can
provide a taster for those young people
who do not recognise the dramatic arts
as a viable career choice.

We are looking to develop partnerships


with organisations specifically in Leicester,
Manchester and Liverpool.

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NHS Programmes are bespoke


programmes created for hospitals and
hospices to complement the palliative
care of people recovering from illness.

Over 24s classes are led by RADA


tutors and guest directors and are
designed for anyone over the age of
24 who has an interest in acting.

Teacher Training Programme


2011 sees the launch of our TTP which is
designed as a professional development
programme for teachers of A Level or
BTEC drama. The aim of the TTP is to
support the work of drama teachers and
providing fresh and innovative ideas.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

The School Tours provide the


opportunity for central London schools
to host a production performed and
supported by RADAs second year acting
and technical students. Schools also have
the option of bringing a group of pupils
to the Academy to see one of these
productions performed at RADA.

FUTURE RADA PROJECTS:


(subject to funding)

The Elders Company is a programme


for people over the age of 60. In addition
to the ongoing Elders Company the
programme will also include one off
workshops in community centres, and
over 60s clubs in and around London.

Visit www.rada.ac.uk and follow the links from Education and Outreach

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FeeS AND FUNDING information

APPLICATION DEADLINES
BA in Acting / Foundation Course
Dublin/Leicester/Manchester:
20 Jan 2012
New York: 01 Feb 2012
London: 01 Mar 2012
Late applications are not accepted
under any circumstances
- MA in Theatre Directing /
MA Theatre Lab: 29 Feb 2012
Technical & Production: 31 Mar 2012

FEES

Eligibility and applications


for tuition fee discounts
Applicants need to indicate on the
application form to RADA if they wish
to be considered for a fee discount from
the Conservatoire. In order to qualify you
must have applied for income assessed
loans from Student Finance England as
early as possible and make a separate
application to the Conservatoire. This
will allow the Conservatoire to assess
what level of discount you may be
entitled to. Please note that as this
is a new system, you may also be
means tested through the Conservatoire.
Please refer to the CDD website for
further guidance on eligibility.

Undergraduate courses

Financial Assistance

UK/EU 9,000 per year

Non EU students are yet to be agreed


but will not be less than 16,200

Student Loans
Home and EU students new to higher
education can apply to Student Finance
England / Wales, NI, or Student Awards
Agency Scotland for a loan to cover their
fees and be assessed for a maintenance
grant depending on their personal or
family income. Students who already have
a degree are not eligible for maintenance
loans and will need funding from other
sources to pay for their living expenses.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for
a Career Development Loan which is
available to all UK/EU students except
those on the RADA Foundation course.
For more alternative sources of funding
visit the CDD website.

GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


Candidates must have complete
fluency in the English language
The minimum age for admission is 18
You will need to demonstrate an
intellectual, creative and practical
ability to undertake degree level training
SPECIALIST TECHNICAL
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
These are vocational courses therefore
candidates who can display Applied Prior
Learning (APL) will always be considered
regardless of academic qualification.
If you have no prior qualifications and
little previous experience, we strongly
recommend you look at the two year
foundation degree in Technical Theatre
and Stage Management, the first year
of which will fill your technical theatre
experience gap and the second year
will allow you to specialise in your
chosen subject.

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UK/EU students
undergraduate courses
Fees are set by the Conservatoire for
Dance and Drama (CDD). Information
about the fees for UK/EU students and
the financial support available through the
Conservatoires Scholarship Scheme and
through Government grants and loans can
be found on the Conservatoires website:
www.cdd.ac.uk/student-info
This information can also be downloaded
in PDF format, in the CDDs booklet Fees
and Financial Assistance 2012/13.

Postgraduate courses
Theatre Design (Set and Costume) /
Theatre Costume / Sound Design
-

UK/EU 4,750 per year

Non EU 16,200 per year

Props / Scenic Art / Scenic


Construction / Stage Electrics
-

UK/EU 6,333

Non EU 17,500

MA Theatre Directing
-

UK/EU 12,000

Non EU 22,000

MA Theatre Lab
-

UK/EU 10,000

Non EU 16,000

MA in Text and Performance


-

UK/EU Full Time 9,950

UK/EU Part Time 4,975 per year

Non EU Full Time 14,000-15,000

Please note that the Conservatoire and


RADA reserve the right to alter the exact
amount payable for all their courses prior
to enrolment.

CDD bursaries
UK students who are eligible for
an income assessed government
maintenance grant through Student
Finance England may also be eligible
for a Conservatoire bursary. Please refer
to the CDD website for further details
of eligibility.
RADA Scholarships/bursaries
The Academy runs fundraising campaigns
to provide scholarships and bursary
awards to students in financial need.
RADA scholarship/bursary funding is
only available to students on the full
time, accredited, HE funded courses
and is awarded following a financial
assessment undertaken by RADA.

ADVICE
ACCOMMODATION
The Academy has no accommodation
but provides support to help students
find somewhere suitable to live.
LIVING EXPENSES
Living costs are estimated to be a
minimum of 11,500 per year for students
living in London. Please see STUDENT
LOANS section on this page for details
on the support available.
PART TIME WORK
Part time casual work during term
time may only be undertaken on the
understanding that it does not interfere
with any course commitments. Students
on the BA in Acting are not permitted to
accept professional acting work for the
duration of the course.
WORK RESTRICTIONS
Achievement of an Academy Degree/
Diploma/Certificate does not carry with it
the right to enter the theatrical profession
in Great Britain. Overseas students should
note that they are subject to the standard
United Kingdom immigration regulations.
HEALTH
All courses require a high level of energy
and commitment. Students need to
be able to demonstrate their ability to
complete what are considered to be
the core elements of the course. In the
rare cases where they are unable to do
so, students may be asked to intermit
in order to regain fitness and medical
criteria required before the student
returns to the Academy. All students are
required to complete a medical history
questionnaire prior to enrolment.
HOME STUDENT STATUS
There are strict regulations regarding
residency which must be met in order
to qualify for Home Student status.
All EU students who are offered a place
at RADA are required to verify their
EU status prior to the offer of the place
being confirmed. Please contact the
Student Finance Services European
Team on EU_Team@slc.co.uk or
+44 (0)141 243 3570.

www.rada.ac.uk

FEES AND FUNDING

HOW TO APPLY
We audition/interview all eligible
applicants who apply before
the deadline.
Download an application form from
www.rada.ac.uk or email reception@
rada.ac.uk for a hard copy
All applications must be submitted
with the non-refundable registration fee:
BA in Acting / Foundation Course
50 (before 16 Dec 2011)
55 (after 16 Dec 2011)
MA Theatre Lab 50
MA in Theatre Directing 45
Technical & Production 25

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KINGS COLLEGE LONDON


All of our higher education courses are
validated and degrees awarded by Kings
College London. For information on which
courses this applies to please see the
individual courses pages.
CONSERVATOIRE FOR
DANCE AND DRAMA
RADA is an affiliate school of the
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD).
Students registered at RADA on courses
funded by the Higher Education Funding
Council for England (HEFCE) are jointly
registered with the CDD.
The CDD is a higher education institution
created in 2001 to secure the future
of vocational training in dance, drama
and circus arts in England. It has eight
specialist affiliate schools which offer
some of the best arts vocational training
to be found anywhere in the world. The
opportunity to offer HEFCE-subsidised
training through the Conservatoire helps
to ensure that all eight schools are able
to recruit students based on talent,
irrespective of background.
The eight Conservatoire schools are:
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
www.oldvic.ac.uk
Central School of Ballet
www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk
The Circus Space
www.thecircusspace.co.uk
The London Academy of Music
and Dramatic Art
www.lamda.org.uk

NATIONAL COUNCIL
FOR DRAMA TRAINING
RADAs BA in Acting and two year
Technical Theatre and Stage Management
courses are accredited by the National
Council for Drama Training.
ACCESS
We consider diversity to be enriching
and a vital part of what makes us one
of the world leaders in providing
vocational training.
We encourage the opportunity for
self development regardless of age,
background, colour, disability, gender,
nationality, political persuasion, race,
religious belief or sexual orientation.
We welcome applications from disabled
applicants and encourage them to
disclose relevant information regarding
any disability when completing their
application form, to enable us to provide
additional support during the interview/
audition process, as appropriate. Should
you wish to talk to someone with regard
to disability, please contact the Head
of Admissions and Short Courses,
Sally Power.

London Contemporary Dance School


www.lcds.ac.uk

RADA
62-64 Gower Street
London WC1E 6ED
United Kingdom

Northern School of Contemporary Dance


www.nscd.ac.uk

T +44 (0)20 7636 7076


F +44 (0)20 7323 3865

Rambert School of Ballet


and Contemporary Dance
www.rambertschool.org.uk

www.rada.ac.uk

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


www.rada.ac.uk
For further information please go to
www.cdd.ac.uk

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Registered Charity No. 312819


Founding affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
Photography by:
Dave Agnew, Linda Carter, Yi Chou Chen, Dan Collins,
Mick Hurdus, Fernando Maoso, Clare Park, Keith Ramsden,
Fran Reidy, Richard Smith, Matt Stuart, Sipke Visser
Image of Mike Leigh: Simon Mein Thin Man Films Limited

ACADEMY
ADVISORS
AND STAFF
PATRON
Her Majesty The Queen
PRESIDENT
Lord Attenborough
Kt CBE
RADA COUNCIL
Chairman
Sir Stephen
Waley-Cohen Bt
Vice-Chairman
Alan Rickman
COUNCIL MEMBERS
Catherine Bailey
Zac Barratt
Hon. Peter Benson
Simon Berry
Eve Best
Chipo Chung
Nicholas Cooper
Richard Digby Day
Nicholas Gold
Stephen Greene
Bonnie Greer OBE
Margaret Heffernan
Thelma Holt CBE
Richard Johnson
Mike Leigh OBE
Adrian Lester
Geoff Locker
Glen Moreno
Fiona Shaw CBE
Anthony Smith CBE
Richard Wilson OBE
ARTISTIC
ADVISORY COMMITEE
Michael Attenborough
Catherine Bailey
Eve Best
Danny Boyle
Burt Caesar
Bonnie Greer OBE
Giles Havergal CBE
Lindy Hemming
Thelma Holt CBE
Adrian Lester
Simon McBurney
Rufus Norris
Paul Pyant
Alan Rickman
Mark Rylance Waters
Fiona Shaw
Robin Soans
Timberlake Wertenbaker
DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Joseph Abrams
Deborah Bangay QC
Duncan Bannatyne OBE
Aidan Clegg
Theo Fennell
Martin Fielding
Daniel Gestetner
Joyce Hytner OBE
Richard Lissack QC
Piers Russell-Cobb
Suhel Seth
Sir Stephen
Waley-Cohen Bt
Richard Wilson OBE
RADA AMBASSADORS
Eric Abraham
Michael Attenborough
Patsy Baker
Peter Bennett Jones
Josh Berger

Kenneth Branagh
Richard Briers CBE
Ralph Fiennes
Michael Grade CBE
Sabrina Guinness
Sir Anthony
Hopkins CBE
Francine LeFrak
Martyn Lewis CBE
Deborah Lincoln
Dame Diana Rigg
Piers Russell-Cobb
Peter Sissons
Lady Solti
Sylvia Syms OBE
Hugh Whitemore FRSL
John Whitney CBE
ACADEMY
CONSULTANTS
Consultant
Otorhinolaryngologist
John Rubin
MD FACS FRCS
Speech Therapist
Dr Ruth Epstein PhD
Chartered and
State Registered
Physiotherapist
Kevin Lidlow BSc
MCSP SRP GDP MBAcC
Gower Street Practice
Dr Ali Alibhai
Dr Claire Elliott
Dr Mark Barrett
Dr Charlotte Dickens
MANAGEMENT TEAM
Director
Edward Kemp
Director of
Technical Training
Neil Fraser
Finance Director
Linda Garforth
Commercial and
Marketing Director
Antonia Gillum-Webb
Director of
BA Acting Course
Seb Harcombe
Development Director
Caroline Hawley
Registrar
Patricia Myers
STAFF
Academy Dramaturg
Lloyd Trott
Associate Directors
Geoff Bullen
Nona Shepphard
Foundation
Course Leader
Andrew Tidmarsh
Head of MA in Text
and Performance,
MA in Theatre Directing
and MA Theatre Lab
Sue Dunderdale
MA Theatre Lab
Course Leader
Andrew Visnevski
ACTING AND
PERFORMANCE
TEACHING STAFF
ACTING
AND TEXT
John Beschizza
Alex Clifton
Christopher Heimann
Helen Strange
Annie Tyson

MOVEMENT
AND COMBAT
Department
Co-ordinator
Francine Watson
Coleman
Elizabeth Ballinger
Katya Benjamin
Philip dOrleans
Jack Murphy
Jri Nael
Bret Yount
SINGING
Department
Co-ordinator
Jane Streeton
Jonathan Butcher
Frances Jellard
Darell Moulton
Philip Raymond
Tom Wakeley
VOICE
Department
Co-ordinator
Robert Price
Helen Ashton
Sally Hague
Zabarjad Salam
Helen Strange
David Timson
MEDIA STAFF
Head of Film,
TV and Radio
Edward Hicks
Microphone
Technique
David Timson
TECHNICAL AND
PRODUCTION
TEACHING STAFF
LIGHTING
Head of Lighting
Matt Prentice
Assistant Head
of Lighting
Andrew Grange
PRODUCTION
Production Manager
Dave Agnew
PROPERTIES
Head of Properties
Deryk Cropper
Deputy Head
of Properties
Davy Atkinson
SCENIC ART
Head of Scenic Art
Daniel Collins
SCENIC
CONSTRUCTION
Head of Construction
Mark Tweed
Deputy Head
of Construction
Jeff Bruce-Hay
SOUND
Head of Sound
Chris Mock
STAGE MANAGEMENT
Head of Stage
Management
David Salter
Stage Management
Tutor
Chantal Hauser
THEATRE COSTUME
Head of Wardrobe
Diane Favell
Deputy Head
of Wardrobe
Helen Chattaway
THEATRE DESIGN
Head of Design
Gary Thorne

ACADEMY
ASSOCIATE TEACHERS
Annabel Arden
Mick Barnfather
David Carey
Rebecca Carey
Michelle Chadwick
Andrew Charity
Andrew Cuthbert
Caroline Eves
Hugh Fraser
Michael Gieleta
Tim Hardy
Tom Hunsinger
Nick Hutchison
Melanie Jessop
Gareth Johnson
Lorna Marshall
Vivian Munn
Deborah Paige
Brigid Panet
Daniela Peleanu Hardie
Greg de Polnay
Darren Royston
Matthew Scott
Paul Sirett
Alison Skilbeck
Brian Stirner
Adrienne Thomas
Jessica Turner
Che Walker
Phillipa Waller
Kasia Zaremba-Byrne
Alexander Technique
Associates
Dewi Matthews
April Pierrot
Howard Sykes
Youth Company
Director
Philip Sheppard
REGISTRY AND
APPLICATIONS STAFF
Head of Admissions
and Short Courses
Sally Power
Assistant
to the Registrar
Sarah Gates
For a full list of
administrative
staff please see
www.rada.ac.uk

OUR MAJOR
SUPPORTERS
RADA is extremely
grateful to the following
for their support in 2011:
PRINCIPAL PARTNER
Warner Bros.
Entertainment
PRODUCTION
SUPPORTERS
Brilliant Films Joe Abrams
Productions Ltd
SUPPORTERS IN KIND
Green Hippo
Selecon Ltd.
Shure Distribution UK
Stage Electrics Limited
RADA BUSINESS CLUB
BGL Group
Premier
Underwriting Ltd
Sterling Insurance
The Wealth Company

PRESIDENTS CIRCLE
Eric Abraham
Celia Atkin
Guy and Lidia Bradley
Nicholas Cooper
Sir Stephen
Waley-Cohen Bt
EDUCATION
AND OUTREACH
SUPPORTERS
The Andrew Lloyd
Webber Foundation
Land Securities
The Stavros S. Niarchos
Foundation
SCHOLARSHIP
AND BURSARY
SUPPORTERS
ASRADA
The Richard Carne Trust
DOyly Carte Charitable
Trust
The Boris Karloff
Foundation
William and Katherine
Longman Trust
The Ogden Trust
QEST
Richard Reeves
Foundation
Santander UK
The Wall Trust
Garfield Weston
Foundation
Richard Wilson OBE
Steel Charitable Trust
SCHOLARSHIP/
BURSARY AWARDS IN
PERPETUITY
The Constance Roberts
Bursary
Dame Irene Vanbrugh
Bursary
The Friends of RADA
Bursary
Garth Wilson Student
Bursary - dedicated to
Ann Wilton
The John Thaw Student
Bursary
Kate Drejer Memorial
Bursary
Keely Donovan Bursary
The Keith Waterhouse
Bursary
The Lady Pilkington
Scholarship
Lionel Gamlin
Scholarship
Lord and Lady
Attenborough Bursary
Mary Higgins Bursary
Mary Morris Bursary
Max Reinhardt
Scholarship
Peter Barkworth Bursary
Peter and Sheila
Bennett Bursary
RADA Associates
Hardship Fund
RADA Student Hardship
Fund
The Rayne Foundation
The Searle Scholarship
Sir John Gielgud
Bursary
St Clair Bayfield Bursary
Sylvia London Student
Bursary
WCRS Student Bursary
The William and
Frances Branagh
Memorial Award