YAFTA Screen Acting Diploma

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

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.


This course has been designed to work alongside careers and family life to allow those who are passionate about pursuing a career as a screen actor to do so with a reputable company without too much disruption to daily life.

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.

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.


For the first 15 months, students will work predominantly on developing their craft and will be required to pass the YAFTA Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Certifications in Screen Acting.

There will be some overlap of your acting training and industry training in the last 6 months. For the last 6 months of the course, in addition to completing the advanced certification you will be working intensely towards your career as an actor under the guidance of a mentor who will be advising you regularly on the next steps that you need to take in order to start working as a professional actor.

Fees: £7700 (Inclusive of VAT)

This includes:

  • 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

During the final semester of the course, as well as your advanced level training, you will undertake a number of workshops including:

Understanding the Acting Industry.
The Business of Working as an Actor.
Marketing Yourself.
Casting Director Workshops With Various Top Casting Directors.
Agent workshops.
Audition Technique.
Psychological Preparation for the Industry.


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



Read what our YAFTA diploma students have to say about the course


The next diploma intake is September 2017 with an October start date. For this cohort attendance will be required for a full day on a Saturday. Auditions will take place on Saturday 26th August 2017.

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