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Courses

What types of courses can I apply for?

IDSA offers part-time actor training, and is an alternative to a full-time drama school. You can choose to apply for IDSA Online (open to actors worldwide) or the IDSA In-Person Course based at our London or Los Angeles branches.

How long are IDSA courses?
Unlike full-time drama schools where you have to commit to 3 years of training, IDSA offers ongoing training and runs on a term-by-term basis. Students have the flexibility to stay for as long as they like but the average time for a student to train with IDSA is 2-4 years and we believe this is down to the consistency and quality of training available for actors.
How many classes will I attend?

Students will attend two classes per week (six hours per week), for a 12-week semester. There are three semesters in the year: Spring, Summer and Autumn.   

To get the most out of IDSA training, we would expect students to train for a minimum of 3 years. However, you have the flexibility to attend for as many semesters (terms) as you wish.

What is the Fresher Course?
Irrespective of previous experience, fresher students ages 21+ who are successful in their audition are automatically placed onto the two-term Fresher Course. In the first semester, students work on developing and mastering the major techniques that will be required throughout their training. Then in the second semester, students get the opportunity to put their work into practice in their In-House Presentation (IHP) which is presented to the faculty. After the IHP performance, fresher students have the chance to potentially move up or down a tier level or stay the same before they join the Adult Core Training Programme (CTP) in their third semester.
Do Young Actors (ages 16-20) take part in the Fresher Course?
Young Actor students who gain a place at IDSA after their audition are automatically placed on the Young Actors Course (YAC). Click here to find out more.
If I'm 21 which curriculum will I be enrolled on?

After being accepted into IDSA, if you are 21 (and above) upon entry you will be admitted to the Fresher Course. If you are between the ages of 16-20 you will be enrolled onto the Young Actors Course (YAC). Students move up to the Adult Core Programme in the January after their 21st birthday. 

Do IDSA Los Angeles students take part in the Fresher Course?
IDSA Los Angeles offers a similar training to London and Online. However, in LA you are placed directly onto the Core Training Programme (CTP) and we do not offer an Under 21 Group. 
What modules will I learn during my lessons?

Please see our ‘What We Teach’ page here for our current modules. In addition, we offer short courses and pop-up sessions throughout the year with leading casting directors and current directors and practitioners. 

What are the tuition fees and can I pay in instalments?

Please click here to view the tuition fees for IDSA London, Los Angeles and Online. Students can choose to pay for each semester/term in one, two or three instalments.

What days and times will I have class?

Successful applicants will be entered into one of the following tier levels:

Adults – Core Training Programme (CTP)

Freshers Foundation, Freshers Intermediate or Freshers Advanced.

 

Under 21 – Young Actors Programme (YAC)

Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced.

 

Please click here to view class days and times.

 

Can I swap my class days/times?

When you audition and join the school you are placed in a class and assigned dates and times. These will fall into the times listed here. Regrettably, you are not able to change your times once they have been confirmed.

Where can I find semester/term dates?

You can find more information about our semester/term dates here.

Do you offer training online?

Yes! We offer online training that is accessible to students worldwide. You can find more information about the course here.

If I choose the Online Course, can I change my mind and move to the In-person Course?

Students may change from online to in-person LA or London, provided they give a half term’s notice and dependent on availability.  

Does IDSA offer qualifications?

IDSA doesn’t offer an accredited course, instead we offer industry focused and vocational part-time training. With the flexibility to attend for as many semesters (terms) as you wish. Being a student at IDSA also offers opportunities for short courses which may be accredited, depending on the course content.

Does IDSA hold showcases?

Yes! Online & London In-Person Adult and Young Actor tier level students on the Core Training Programme (CTP) take part in Showcase in the Summer Semester. Students attending the Los Angeles In-Person Course take part in Showcase in the Fall Semester. Please Note: Fresher students (those in their first two semesters) do not take part in Showcase and instead complete an In-House Presentation performance. Find out more here.

Why are the tuition fee rates different for each insitution?

 Tuition fees are based on the cost of delivery of the course. We budget to give you the best deal but it costs more to put on in-person classes than online. The costs incurred by each institution are different and therefore the fees reflect this. 

Auditions

Do I need to audition to be accepted into IDSA?
Yes. All applicants need to apply and audition for a place at any IDSA school.
What is the audition process?

You can find out more about the audition process here

When are auditions open?

We hold on-going auditions year-round, so you can apply at any time. All IDSA auditions are currently held online via a Zoom. Click here to apply now.

Do I need to prepare a monologue or learn a script for the audition?
Yes, you will be sent a script to learn and prepare for the audition. This will be sent to you once you have applied, alongside relevant audition information.
What should I wear to the audition?
Online Auditions – Ensure you are in a quiet room with minimal disturbance. Wear comfortable, plain clothing. If you have long hair please tie back away from your face.
I have completed my audition but haven’t been sent through an audition result.

We receive a high volume of applications each term, so although we endeavour to contact you within 7-10 working days, there may be some instances where we do not meet this deadline. If you have any concerns about your audition results, after 7-10 working days please contact us at [email protected].

I’ve been accepted into IDSA, but I can no longer attend - can I defer until the next term?

If you are offered a place on our course but are suddenly unable to start the following term, please email us at [email protected] with your query and we will do our best to accommodate you.

I attended IDSA previously and I would like to come back, do I need to audition again?

Yes, all former students must audition to return to the any IDSA school.

Applications

What are the application requirements?

Applicants do not need to have trained professionally or had any experience to apply for Identity School of Acting. All applicants are judged solely on their performance during the audition process. In order to attend Identity School of Acting you must:

  • Be fluent in the English language
  • Be 16+ when commencing at IDSA

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What is the application process?

Please fill in the short application form on our website. We do not accept postal or telephone applications. Once you have clicked submit, your form will be sent to our Auditions Team who will process your application. You will then be sent an email with your audition details, you do not need to prepare a monologue instead you will be sent a scene to learn for the audition.

If you are given a date and time that you cannot attend, please email us at [email protected].

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How much is the application fee?

Audition Fees are £50 for IDSA Online and London applicants, and $40 for IDSA Los Angeles applicants. Our audition fees are non-refundable.

I’ve applied for my audition, how soon will I receive an audition date?

Once you have applied for your audition you will be contacted via email within 7 – 10 working days. If you have any queries in the interim, please email us at [email protected]

How often can a student move up or down a tier level?
Students can potentially move up or down a tier level during the following periods:
Fresher Students – End of the two-term Fresher Course, In-House Presentation (IHP) 
Adults (ages 21+) – Summer Semester Showcase
Young Actors (16-20) – Autumn Semester Showcase
If I already have acting experience, does this mean I can join the Advanced tier level straight away?
Regardless of previous experience, entry to IDSA Online, London, and Los Angeles is solely based on your performance in your audition.
I'm having trouble with my application, who do I email?

If for any reason you are having issues applying to the school, please email us at [email protected]

Can IDSA assist with advice on Visa applications?
Please reach out to your country’s embassy to find out more about Visa applications. Unfortunately, IDSA cannot give advice on Visa applications for international students.

Identity Agency Group (IAG)

Can I audition if I am already represented by another talent agency?
Yes. Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group are two separate entities. Therefore, your training will not be affected in any way if you are represented by a talent agency.
How do I join Identity Agency Group (IAG)?
Acceptance into Identity Agency Group (IAG) is by invitation only. IAG does not currently accept unsolicited CV’s and headshots. The agents select their clients from the drama school throughout the year after the showcase, and through continual class observation and feedback.
Does the Identity Agency Group (IAG) represent students from the school?
Acceptance into Identity Agency Group (IAG) is by invitation only. However, IAG agents attend various showcases, and may decide to approach students for representation. 85% of IAG clients are from IDSA, but attending the school is no guarantee of representation.

General

I have questions, who can I speak to?

If your query is regarding an application or audition please email [email protected].

If you have a general enquiry please fill out our contact form or email [email protected] If you would like to arrange a call with our Enquiries Team please note this in your message and we will schedule a call back.

Do you accept mature students?
Of course! As a school focused on promoting diversity in the Arts, we encourage applicants of all ages (16+) to apply, you will be assessed on your acting ability, not your age.
Is there on site parking?
Unfortunately we do not have any parking facilities at any of our London locations. However, there are convenient transport links for train, tube and bus which makes it really easy to get to. 
Our LA campus, Thymele Arts, does have parking facilities in a garage just behind the building (1110 N Western Ave), which costs $5. Cash and Venmo are accepted, but credit cards are not. Additionally, spots do fill up quickly and are allocated on a first come first serve basis, so please arrive early. Alternatively, if you don’t mind a short walk, there is FREE street parking two blocks down from the school, across the bridge, near 5363 Santa Monica Blvd. 
I'm not from the UK, can I pay student fees in dollars?

For the London & Online schools all tuition fees are payable in Pound Sterling (£).

Tuition fees for the Los Angeles school are paid in US Dollars ($).

When is the next short course?

To keep updated on masterclasses and short-courses, please click here to sign up to our mailing list.

Can I attend an IDSA Short/Master Course if I'm not a student?

Yes! Our Short/Master Courses are open to the general public as well as IDSA students.

Does the school offer drop-in classes for students to attend on a one off basis, every now and then?

IDSA is a part-time drama school and attendance at our regular classes is via audition and admittance to the school. However, some of our short courses are open to the public so keep an eye on the website here. 

Do you teach musical theatre at IDSA?
No, at this time we do not. However, we have recently acquired our own theatre studios, so this may be something we offer in the near future.