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

The structure of our teenagers classes is similar to that of the adult classes, however, tailored to be age and ability specific for teenagers.

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 are essential to succeed in the film and TV industry. Our students are encouraged to be professional, punctual, polite and reliable throughout their education at YAFTA. Through the classes they will develop team working skills, build confidence and strengthen interpersonal relationships, all whilst embracing their own creativity through acting.

YAFTA can help you to achieve your goals

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.

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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.


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
Textual Awareness
Mechanics of Character
On-Set Skills
Audition Technique
Professionalism Skills
Industry Skills


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.

half price taster session

Classes are charged at £135.00 (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.

Students are expected to attend an initial half price taster session to determine which class they are most suited. You can book in for this by selecting the appropriate location, date and time from the section below.


In need of a last minute gift for the actor or aspiring actor? We might have the perfect solution with our YAFTA gift vouchers available for our evening classes and workshops. Choose any value from one class to a year’s worth and redeem them at our locations across Yorkshire. To purchase or for future queries email us

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.