The YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma is an 18-month, part time, blended learning course. The diploma has been designed for those with little or no experience of the acting industry who wish to undertake intensive training to equip them with the necessary tools and experience to progress from beginner to professional actor within 18 months.



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YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma

To develop those with identified potential from beginner to professional working actor within 18 months.

To equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools to enable them to work as professional actors.

structured syllabus

YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma

Our students follow a structured syllabus which has been designed by a team of graduates from the world’s top drama schools including; RADA, LAMDA, Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA and LIPA, and Occupational and Business Psychologists who specialise in assessment and selection, specifically, the design and delivery of examination processes.

blended learning

YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma

This is a blended learning course requiring 3 full contact days per month, which run on either Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday at our studio in Leeds. Each cohort will attend on the same day for the first three weeks of every month. In addition to the contact hours, there is a distance learning aspect of the course and mentoring programme which must be completed.

The YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma course qualifies students for Equity Student Membership.


YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma

Throughout the course, students will work on developing their craft as well as their industry skills knowledge and experience. Students will be required to pass the YAFTA Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Certifications in Screen Acting to be able to achieve the full diploma award.

In addition to this, students will be mentored throughout the course. Your mentor will guide you through the industry aspects of the course to ensure that you are Spotlight ready upon completion of the course. You mentor will advise you of the next steps that you need to take throughout the course to enable you to start working as a professional actor.


workshops with high profile directors

Throughout your course you will be offered the unique opportunity to undertake a number of workshops with high profile directors, casting directors and other industry professionals.


With various directors including but not limited to:

Ian Bevitt
(Emmerdale & Coronation Street)

Mickey Jones
(Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Eastenders, Coronation Street)


With various casting directors including but not limited to:

Joanne Moss
(Coronation Street)

Rick Laxton
(BBC, Hollyoaks, Disney, Nickelodeon)

Jane Anderson
(CBBC, Wolfblood).


As part of your regular programme

You will undertake training on a number of topics designed to prepare you for the realities of working as a professional actor, including:

Understanding the Acting Industry

The Business of Working as an Actor

Marketing Yourself as an Actor

Agent workshops

Audition Technique

Psychological Preparation for the Industry

Scholarships are available for those who show outstanding potential at audition stage. These scholarships offer an award of £1500 towards the full cost of the Diploma.

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Full course information including the course syllabus can be found in our course brochure. If you would like to request a course brochure please complete the expression of interest form.


£7700 (Inclusive of VAT)

(Fees include, All actor and industry training for 18 months | All masterclasses offered by YAFTA throughout the course duration. Recent masterclasses have included workshops with Ian Bevitt (Director of Coronation Street & Emmerdale), Joanne Moss (Casting Associate Coronation Street), Jane Anderson (CBBC Wolfblood Casting Director) | A full showreel worth £475 | A mentoring package worth £2100 | Headshot Package worth: £85 | All online training courses | YAFTA End of Year Showcase and Awards Ceremony)

Finance options available

Spread your course fees over a period of up to 5 years. Subject to application.

How to apply

The next diploma intake is in February 2019. For this cohort attendance will be required for on a Sunday starting on Sunday 3rd February 2019. The next round auditions will take place on the 18th NOVEMBER & 15th DECEMBER 2018.

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