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Affordable | High-Quality | Inclusive | 

One year | Part-time



Our Professional Foundation Course in Acting & Theatre Arts will enable you to develop an essential performance practice through training in acting, movement and voice. The course is built to be enriching yet affordable, preparing you for whatever your chosen next steps may be: whether further training at a top conservatoire or jumping straight into the industry.

The course takes place over a full academic year and culminates in a production at YATI’s home theatre in Islington. During your three terms, you will take classes in acting, movement theatre, voice, screen acting, musical theatre, stage combat, audition technique and devised practise, as well as be given essential insights into the industry and opportunities to see productions and network with professional artists.

“There’s still a huge gulf between people who can afford to go to drama school and those who can’t. We help address the need for affordable drama training in London and provide a realistic view of what it’s like to start out and develop a career in the industry.”

Andy Serkis, YATI President


Lessons in the techniques of Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner, stagecraft, modern and classical monologues and a Classical Theatre Project and Contemporary Theatre Project both with presentations at the end of the module.

Final Project

At the end of the course, students will rehearse, tech, dress and perform a full-length play, with public performances including an industry showcase performance.


Modules in pure movement, movement into character, and embodying confidence.


Modules in group singing, rep folder in preparation for audition and a Musical Theatre Project, where students will rehearse and present a short performance based on a musical.

Video Games & Mo Cap

Vocal performance for video games, vocal and physical characterisation based on long and short profiles, and studio skills techniques for motion capture and audio recording.

Audition Technique

Classes in audition technique, and Mock Auditions throughout the year with feedback.


Two modules: one in short form improvisation, one in long form improvisation, covering the practices of Keith Johnstone and Mike Leigh.


Object manipulation and imagination, ranges of motion and heart sources and team working.

Stage Combat

Lessons in hand-to-hand and/or armed combat, concluding in a Stage Combat Exam to achieve a BASSC certificate.


Students explore a range of devising techniques, including the work of Frantic Assembly, Ontroerend Goed, and Rimini Protokoll, and mock research and development sessions.

Intimacy Coordination

A masterclass to prepare students for industry standards and practices around intimacy and consent.


Modules in acting for screen, screen Duologues and a Film Project, where students work through pre-production, production and post-production to write, shoot and edit group scenes for showreel.


Modules in pure voice, voice and text, and an audiobook masterclass.

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