Here at YAFTA we aim to develop confidence and inspire creativity and passion to improve the performance of our students as actors.

With an emphasis on fun learning we offer acting classes for children aged 4 to 10 years of age. Children aged 11 years plus are invited to attend our teenage classes.

Our children’s classes focus on confidence building, developing interpersonal relationships with peers as actors, encouraging children to embrace their own creativity and teaching basic acting skills through fun and exciting class activities with experienced and qualified teachers.

It is our aim to prepare all students for work as a professional film and TV actors. We educate our students to equip them with the necessary skills, tools, knowledge and psychological preparation, which is essential to succeed in the film and TV industry.

Our students have gone on to secure roles in major film & TV productions such as Coronation Street, BBC1’s In the Club, From Darkness and Happy Valley to name but a few. Others have been awarded places at highly competitive and prestigious drama schools. Whatever your desired career path in acting, YAFTA can help you to achieve your goals.


All of our students follow a structured syllabus which has been carefully designed by an expert team comprising of graduates from the world’s top drama schools including London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD); Film & TV Agents and Occupational and Business Psychologists who specialise in assessment in selection.

Our syllabus is one of the most robust assessment processes offered in an academy of this nature and is open for all of our regular students to benefit from.

Our holistic style syllabus has been designed to develop a variety of skills required to work as a professional screen actor and is not simply focused on the skill of acting itself. Students will be prepared for all aspects of the acting industry to give them the best chance of success. All of these skills are transferable to the classroom, personal life and ultimately the working world.

We believe that the most appropriate way to assess progression is through continuous assessment of all aspects of the course. Therefore, students will not be assessed solely on an examination. Our assessment process takes into consideration all aspects of the educational programme at YAFTA and has four different elements:

In-Class Performance

Audition Performance

Audition Technique

On-Set Performance

Offering assessment on all components of the course allows students to gain credit for their commitment, time keeping skills, professional and motivated attitude, on- going performances in class as well as their performances on-set and in the final audition. This means you can be confident that those students who pass their exams have shown competence consistently throughout the year and in a range of environments.

There are two assessment dates throughout the year, one in January and one in July. A full syllabus and details of the assessment process will be sent to each student once their ability level has been established by their tutor, this can take a number of weeks after commencing classes.

Students must have 80% attendance throughout the year to be considered for their assessments.

Course Content

A full list of course aims and objectives will be sent to students after enrolment on the course.

In brief, the core areas that students will develop competence in are:

  • Technicalities of Acting for Screen
  • Emotion
  • Textual Awareness
  • Mechanics of Character
  • Improvisation
  • On-Set Skills
  • Audition Technique
  • Professionalism Skills
  • Industry Skills

Showcase & Awards

Students will participate in filming a short film at the end of each year. This film will be premiered at a cinema showcase and awards event. These events are a wonderful way to celebrate the achievements of the students. Family and friends are invited along to see the work of their loved ones on the big screen.


Our teacher selection process is stringent to ensure that our students receive the best quality education possible.

You can rest assured that YAFTA teachers:

  • Hold recognised qualifications in acting
  • Are experienced teachers
  • Are experienced screen actors
  • Are DBS (CRB) Cleared
  • Hold Paediatric First Aid qualifications (if working with children).


In order to supplement learning we hold regular masterclasses and workshops with industry professionals such as professional actors, casting directors, TV & film directors and agents to offer knowledge and expertise from an all round perspective.

Please see our masterclass section for further information.


Classes are charged at £105 (Incl. VAT) per 12 week term which is payable in advance.

It is important that students commit to attending classes regularly. Our courses are structured which means that those students who miss classes regularly will miss out on important information and valuable practical learning hours.

Taster Class

Students are expected to attend an initial half price taster session to determine which class they are most suited to. Taster classes involve a new student joining in with a current regular class which allows the attendee to understand how YAFTA classes typically run.

You can book in for this by selecting the appropriate location, date and time from the section below.

YAFTA Talent Agency represents actors for screen acting work. Our child and teenage actors are always under consideration for agency representation.

When we feel that a student has demonstrated the required level professionalism and commitment as well as highly competent acting skills, they will be offered agency representation.

Agency representation is not compulsory. Parents can choose if they would like their child to be considered for representation or not.


Book in for a half price taster session below – A booking fee of 3.2% will automatically be added to all bookings.



6:30pm: Mixed Child Class
Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate,HG2 0DZ
5:30pm – 6:30pm

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Starting September 2016

Starting September 2017. Please register your interest for these classes by e-mailing info@yafta.co.uk.

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