VAS ACTING CONSERVATORY DIPLOMA

Go deep, find your process, and use it beyond the audition room. Our graduate Acting Conservatory program will introduce you to advanced acting methods and allow you to use them in a variety of real-world scenarios. By working on Monologues, One-Acts, and a Full-Length Play, you’ll test the waters and gain real world experience in front of an audience, which allows you to take your talents to a whole new level.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Vancouver Acting School’s Acting Conservatory program provides students with training and performance in a theatre format in front of audiences of all sizes. It is designed to expand the actor’s toolbox at an advanced level, giving the actor a necessary foundation for booking and performing challenging lead and supporting roles. Students will additionally be showcased for agents and casting directions with multiple live stage performances. 

The 9-month Acting Conservatory graduate acting program is an opportunity to build upon the skills learned in the undergraduate Acting: Film, Television & Voice-Over diploma program, providing you a true process and an extended set of skills to be prepared for roles of any size. This program offers one of the most elite level opportunities to develop a true process for stage that will allow you to confidently prepare and deliver performances for roles of all sizes and styles. It is reserved for the top students from our undergraduate acting program and is designed to expand the actor’s toolbox at an advanced level, giving the actor a necessary foundation for booking and performing challenging lead and supporting roles.

PRE-REQUISITES: completion of the Vancouver Acting School Acting: Film, Television & Voice-Over program, or a similar full time program at a recognized post-secondary institution.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants with mature students status, and/or students whose first language is not English, below are the minimum scores required from any one of the following tests in English proficiency: IELTSTOEFLTOEIC or Cambridge. If necessary, we may also require a telephone or in-person interview.

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): minimum score required is overall 6.0
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score required is 68 for the internet-based exam, 190 for the computer-based exam and 520 for the paper-based exam
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC): minimum score required is 700
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE): minimum level achieved B1
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NEXT START DATE: April 1st, 2024

What You'll Learn

The Acting Conservatory program is comprised of 870 hours of course work running over 36 weeks.

ACT-200

Intro to Classic Theatre

Students are introduced to works from the Greek Tragedies to Shakespeare’s plays focusing on theatrical/acting elements and their use in exercise to develop the beginning stages of their individual process.

TERM 1

3 CREDITS

ACT-210

Advanced Audition for Camera

Students are given specific circumstances within which they may find themselves in the professional audition industry.

TERM 1

3 CREDITS

ACT-220

Fundamentals - Improv, Story & Theory

Students explore elements of story and its structure through personal story telling, play cold reading exercises, theatre history research, and improvisation exercises.

TERM 1

3 CREDITS

ACT-230

Voice & Movement with Clown

Through a series of exercises and assignments students are introduced to elements of clown, mask, and bouffon.

TERM 1

3 CREDITS

ACT-250

Discovering the Actor's Process

This class is intended to provide the students with monologue and scene work in which they use the exercises and techniques introduced in other Conservatory classes.

TERM 1

3 CREDITS

ACT-201

Intro to Hagen & Asler

Students work with exercises developed by esteemed acting teachers Uta Hagan and Stella Adler. The focus will be on “object exercises” and “transference/substitution”.

TERM 2

3 CREDITS

ACT-202

Intro to Effective Rehearsal

Students are guided through several Rehearsal Techniques to explore the life of the character. Examples include “The Light”, “Animal”, “Regression”.

TERM 2

3 CREDITS

ACT-231

Advanced Voice & Movement

Students explore advanced Improvisation exercises, play cold reading and theatre history.

TERM 2

3 CREDITS

ACT-251

Exploring the Actor's Process

This class continues to provide the students with scene work in which they use the exercises and techniques introduced in other Conservatory classes. Scene work is strengthened using a variety of games, exercises and challenges.

TERM 2

3 CREDITS

ACT-203

Technique in Practice

Using the exercises explored throughout Term 2, students rehearse and perform 2 short length plays.

TERM 3

3 CREDITS

ACT-204

Rehearsal in Practice

Using the exercises explored throughout Term 2, students rehearse and perform 2 short length plays.

TERM 3

3 CREDITS

ACT-223

Performance in Practice

Using the exercises explored throughout Term 2, students rehearse and perform a full-length play.

TERM 3

3 CREDITS

ACT-232

The Devised Piece

Students work with Voice and Movement instructors to develop, write and rehearse a short play using personal stories and experiences.

TERM 3

3 CREDITS

ACT-252

The Actor's Process in Performance

Using the “process” they have developed during Terms 1 and 2, students rehearse and perform a full-length play.

TERM 3

3 CREDITS

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