16 places of 20 available
£425 for 2018/19 (see FAQ's for further information)
Through improvisation exercises and character development, you will develop a basic acting vocabulary. You will explore techniques in freeing the actor’s voice, imagination and physicality, as well as enhancing skills in working supportively with others in the creation of character, situation and role. You will work with experienced tutors who will aim to nurture both your confidence and creativity. Irrespective of whether you're hoping to pursue a career as an actor, or you're just looking for a fun way to learn some new skills and to widen your social network, this is the course for you.
Regardless of prior experience and training, everyone is invited to attend to this course. The course tends to attract people who are new to acting, or those that have had a long break, but we also welcome more experienced performers who are looking to brush up their skills or regain their confidence.
After this course, you might like to consider moving to the second level of study by choosing one of our specialist short courses, such as Acting - Working with Text, Acting - For Camera, or Voice for Performance - An Introduction.
‘Our teacher was able to transform my engagement within a group then take that one step further each week, drawing out skills I never knew I had and enabling me to perform tasks I would never have believed possible.’ – 2018 participant
‘This has been the best ‘intro’ I could have asked for.’ – 2018 participant
‘Really great value and very enjoyable.’ – 2018 participant
Times: This course takes place over one term on either Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays from 7.00pm - 9.30pm. The course consists of 16 sessions in total. Please note places are given on a first come first served basis, we therefore advise applying early to avoid disappointment as our courses are usually oversubscribed.
General: Applicants must be confident speaking English to a conversational level (IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent).
Age: Minimum age is 18 on the first day of the course. No upper age limit.
Attendance: Due to the structure of the courses, full attendance is required.
Monday 14 January 2019 – Wednesday 6 March 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Monday 29 April 2019 – Wednesday 26 June 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00pm – 9:30pm
(School closed for Bank Holidays on Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May)
Tuesday 30 April 2019 – Thursday 20 June 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Our courses are available on a first come, first served basis in order of payment. To secure a place, please follow the steps below:-
1. Read through our Terms and Conditions by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this webpage.
2. Click on "Apply for....." on the left-hand side of this screen and complete the online application.
3. You will then receive an automated email with confirmation of application and your Student ID number.
4. Please then call the office on 0207 559 3960 quoting your Student ID number to make payment of the course fee. Our phone line is open from 9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Please note, to confirm a place, payments must be received in full.
Do I have to audition/apply for an evening course?
All of our evening courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No auditions, no need for a lengthy application process and no need to submit a CV/resumé. You just need to register and then pay! For further information on how to secure your place, please see the Booking section above.
Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?
Many of our courses are perfect for complete beginners. Please see the course information above for more details on the amount of experience required for your preferred course.
I’m a bit older – will everyone be 18 years old on your evening courses?
Absolutely not! Our evening courses are open to everybody over the age of 18, with no upper age limit. Whilst we do attract a lot of people in their 20s and 30s to our courses, it’s not unusual for us to also have people in their 40s and beyond on our courses too. We believe that a varied and diverse class of students makes for a much more interesting learning experience, so we encourage people of all ages to apply.
How many students are there per class?
This varies by course - it will be a maximum of 20 people in Acting - An Introduction and 16 people for most other evening courses.
Where does the course take place?
All of our evening courses take place at our purpose-built, main campus at Swiss Cottage. It’s in Zone 2, right next to Swiss Cottage tube station on the Jubilee Line.
How are the classes structured?
All of our courses are interactive and participatory and we hope you’ll arrive ready to get stuck in. In common with our degree and graduate courses, the evening courses are all about learning by experience – you’ll be up on your feet in a rehearsal room rather than sitting still looking at a Powerpoint presentation in a classroom.
Expect lots of practical exercises, working in groups, pairs and sometimes solo to practise and implement the new skills you’ll be learning in a welcoming, respectful environment.
Please be aware that, by its nature, acting and voice training may be physical and mentally demanding (but also highly rewarding!)
Will there be homework?
Depending on the course, you may be given some work to do outside of the class. This can vary from learning lines to reading a script to making some notes about characterisation. It shouldn’t take up too much of your time, and will greatly enhance your learning experience.
How important is it that I’m available for every session?
Very important! Our courses give you the chance to experience conservatoire-style training and as such we take attendance and punctuality very seriously. All of our courses are collaborative in nature and if you’re missing from class it impacts on your fellow students’ learning, as well as your own.
Who will my tutor be?
All of our courses are run by professional actors, acting coaches and directors and as such it may not be possible to confirm the name of your tutor until just before the course begins. Rest assured that we only work with the best of the best – all of our tutors have a background in working as professional actors and directors as well as being fantastic, highly experienced, much sought after teachers! See our Visiting Lecturer page to find out more.
Can I have my tutor’s contact details?
We’re unable to give out the direct contact details for your tutor, but we’re happy to pass on an email on your behalf if you send it to the Short Courses team.
Is there an order you would you recommend taking your courses in?
If you are new to acting, we would recommend taking our evening courses in the following order:
First, Acting - An Introduction
Then we suggest picking one of our standalone acting courses: Acting - For Camera, Acting - Through Song or Acting - Shakespeare, which will appeal to students with interests in particular specialisms.
Our Audition Techniques course is ideal if you are thinking of taking your acting to the next level and auditioning for a Diploma, BA, MA or MFA programme at any drama school.
Our other standalone courses, suitable for non-actors as well as actors, are Voice for Performance - An Introduction, Directing - An Introduction and Playwriting - An Introduction, which can be taken at any point.
How often do you run each course?
We run three terms of our evening courses each year – Autumn, Spring and Summer. Dates for the courses that we currently have on sale are listed above. In general, the Autumn term starts at the beginning of October, the Spring term in January and the Summer term towards the end of April.
Do you hold Open Evenings for the evening courses? Or offer taster sessions?
Not at the current time. If you would like more information about a course ahead of booking, please get in touch with our Short Courses team.
Do I get a certificate?
As these are short, non-accredited courses, we don’t offer a certificate as standard. Once the course has finished, we can supply a Certificate of Attendance on request, provided that you have attended at least 85% of the course. Please email the Short Courses team to request the certificate with the name you would like on it and the address where you would like the hard copy sent. Please note, it may take up to four weeks for your certificate to reach you.
Will this course help me get a Spotlight pin?
Spotlight, the industry directory, does not currently accept part-time, non-accredited courses as a way to get a pin. If you already have a pin, however, you’ll be able to list that you took one of our courses under the Education section of your Spotlight page.
Who is eligible for the concessionary fee?
Central offers a concessionary rate for some evening courses and you may be eligible if you can submit proof with your registration form of being an EU citizen in receipt of benefits for unemployment and/or disability within the UK.
Can I pay in instalments?
Unfortunately not. We need to receive payment in full to confirm your place on the course.
Can I pay online?
At the present time, we’re only able to accept payment over the phone by credit or debit card or cash in person at our reception. Please see the Booking section above for more details.
I have paid but can no longer attend – can I get a refund or deferal?
In all the cases below, you would need to contact the Short Courses team.
Within two weeks of the date that you pay for a course, you can cancel your booking and receive a full refund.
Up until two weeks before your course begins, you can cancel your booking and receive a partial refund (you will be charged a 15% administration fee).
Within two weeks of the course beginning, you can no longer receive any refund.
Up until seven days before the course begins, you can however defer your place to the following term. We can do this only once, and only to the following term. If you defer your place, you will not be able to receive a refund at a later date.
I have more questions – whom can I contact?
Please get in touch with our Short Courses team if you have any further questions.
Do you accept International Students on the evening courses?
Yes we do, however, you will need to ensure you have the correct visa.
If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Visa prior to entry to the UK (if you are a visa national) or upon entry to the UK (if you are a non-visa national). It is each student's responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at Central.
Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor's Visa if your primary reason for travel is to study on this course. if you do not have a valid visa you will not be allowed to study at Central.
As our evening courses are classed as part-time, non-accredited short courses they are not eligible for a Tier 4 Student Visa however you may be eligible for a Short Term Study Visa.
Please see this website for more information.