The YAFTA Acting for Screen Youth Diploma is a one year, part time, blended learning course. The Youth diploma has been designed for those aged 11 to 16 years who have demonstrated the potential to pursue careers as professional screen actors.


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Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

This course has been designed to work alongside mainstream education 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 affecting their education.

structured syllabus

Acting for Screen Youth 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

Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

This is a blended learning course requiring 3 full contact days per month, which run on either Saturdays, Sundays at our studio in Leeds. In addition to homework set by tutors, there is a distance learning aspect of the course which must be completed.


Acting for Screen Youth 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 in order to achieve the full diploma award.

The ultimate aim of the course is to develop students’ acting skills to an exceptional level, at which stage they will be offered representation by YAFTA Talent Agency (PMA). Additionally the course aims to build upon the skill of our young actors who are already represented to give them the best chances of succeeding in auditions and essentially, securing mainstream film and television roles.


Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

During the course, as well as your actor training, you will undertake a number of workshops including:

Understanding the Acting Industry

The Business of Working as an Actor

Marketing Yourself as an Actor

Casting Director Workshops With Various Top Casting Directors

Director workshops with directors working in mainstream film & TV

Psychological Preparation for the Industry

Audition Technique

You will also create your: Showreel, Headshots, CV, Various online profiles including Spotlight.

All of the above will be under the expert guidance of our highly qualified team of tutors, managers and agents. All of our teachers are drama school trained, experience teachers with a proven track record for training and developing talent.


Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

On completion of the course you can expect to:

Have developed your acting skills to a level suitable for working as a professional actor

Understand and be able to deliver performance specifically for screen

Have a thorough understanding of the acting industry and the requirements of a working actor

Have all of the necessary skills and tools to enable you to obtain agency representation and work as a professional actor

In the final semester, students will start preparing their final short film which will be shot, edited and screened at the End of Year Showcase event.


Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

To develop those with identified potential from beginner to professional working actor within 12 months.

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


Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

The course is suitable for those:

Aged 11 to 16 years of age who are passionate about pursuing careers as professional screen actors.

Actors who are already agency represented but wish to develop their skills to enable them to secure more work.

Time commitment

Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

Learning Hours (Semester 1, 2 & 3)


Semester 1

May 2019 – September 2019
Beginner Certification in Screen Acting. Headshots


Semester 2

October 2019- February 2020
Intermediate Certification in Screen Acting


Semester 3

March 2020- May 2020
Advanced Certification in Screen Acting. Short Film Preparation and Filming.

6 x contact hours on either a Saturday or Sunday
2-3 x Independent study hours per week.



Stage One

Students will complete an online application form for the course, available below.


Stage Two

If successful at stage 1, students will be invited to attend an audition workshop.


Those who are identified as having potential to succeed in the industry will be offered a place on the course.

The next course starts May 2019 Apply Now.

If you would like further information about the YAFTA Diploma or would like to register for an audition please contact us at [email protected].

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£3950 (Inclusive of VAT)

(Fees include all training, showreel filming, end of course short film filming, headshots and casting workshops. Fees do not include travel and accommodation costs).

It is possible to pay in instalments, please contact [email protected] if you wish to discuss payment options.

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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.

Acting for Screen Youth Diploma

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