One Year Acting Course for Stage and Screen Acting Coach Scotland



  • Imagine waking up each morning and doing something you love all day. 
  • Imagine learning the craft of acting from professional actors, directors, producers, agents and casting directors.
  • Imagine performing at the world's largest theatre festival for three weeks!
  • Imagine learning the craft on acting on camera through the experience of making three professional films. 
  • Imagine finally following your dreams.
  • Imagine preparing for a career on stage and screen with Acting Coach Scotland.

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This One Year Acting course is an accredited qualification, but let’s face it. Only your family care about whether you get a bit of paper. If you can’t act - the industry won’t be interested in your certificate. And if you can act - they won't want to see your certificate either.


We designed our own one year acting course which means we cut out all the crap you don't need to learn, and focus on what's going to get you employed - because that's the real goal. 

Our course is recognised by the industry - our students are members of Equity, the Actors' Union and Spotlight, which means when you graduate, you're ready to start auditioning for work. Our past students are working in the industry all over the world in television, film and theatre.  

The next course begins January 2021. (Our year runs January to December, so we can fit the full 3 weeks of the Edinburgh Festival into the middle of the course.) 


"Nine months on from finishing the full time course at ACS and my life has never been better. ACS has provided me with the tools and mindset to achieve my goals out there in the big bad world. I came into this course green as the hills, and less than a year from finishing, I have an agent and get to do what I love. Thank you guys!" ALASTAIR WILLIAM DUNCAN

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  • If you can commit one year of your life - you can begin your acting career right here.

We take people from all over the world, from all walks of life and train them together intensively for one year, and give them the tools they need to THRIVE.

We don’t want to change you. We don’t want to strip you down and rebuild you. We just want to help you get out of your own way.  And let the ability you already have SHINE through.

Our mission is to train actors so that they can go to work. We do this by immersing you in a professional environment from Day 1. We give you the practical tools, skills, knowledge and experience. To help you get the job. And once you have the job, to nail it, so you build a reputation that people trust.


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Our students appear in major televisions series. 

Our One Year Full Time Acting Course is split into TWO parts: 

FIRST HALF: intensive training in acting, voice, improvisation, stage combat, and performance psychology. Classes all day, every day. Building team work, individual skills, developing knowledge, gaining experience. Doing. Because that’s what matters, hands on practice in the craft of acting under expert tuition. In the first half of the year, you'll perform in public in every term, the greatest (and hardest) lessons are learned through doing. You'll take part in a Live Improv Show, a Festival of One Act Plays, the Spring Theatre Project and the self-directed 20 Minute Project. We follow this up with 6 weeks of rehearsal and 20 performances over three weeks at the Edinburgh Festival.

Then comes the SECOND HALF of the year - an intensive experience focusing mainly on screen acting. Here you'll learned about the Business of Acting, meet agents, casting directors, theatre and film makers. You'll train intensively in stage and screen combat and received an internationally recognise professional qualification in Stage Combat from the BASSC.

You'll receive intensive screen acting training, you'll also get three opportunities to put that training into practise as we produce three short films to showcase your skills. 

You'll learn about self-taping and how to audition for theatre, film and television. You'll graduate with Spotlight membership - which means you'll be able to start auditioning for work as soon as you graduate. 

We also encourage the other skills in you, the organiser, the creative, the teacher - the producer, the writer, the director. Because when you leave, we want you to be ready to work. And when you're not working, you're not sitting around, waiting for someone to pick you - you're making your own work.



Here’s what we offer:

  • SMALL CLASSES/LONG HOURS: Because if you want to learn skills, you need a lot of contact hours with our coaches. You'll learn most in small classes, so we keep them small and plenty. Our students have classes from between 9am to 6pm and then are expected to complete assignments, preparation and rehearsal outside of these times. Classes are run from Monday to Friday. During the Fringe, Saturdays are required for a month.

  • UNRIVALLED FILM EXPERIENCE: There is no acting course that matches our level of acting for camera tuition and experience. You make THREE films, which are professionally produced. You leave with potential showreel material, but not just a wee clip of a scene that someone filmed. Completed films.

  • PHENOMENAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES: You need the experience of performing to the general public, it builds your confidence and performing experience. Performing to your friends and family teaches you little. A real public audience is scary, they are hostile, they have no reason to clap loudly at the end. They can get up and leave if you don't entertain them. And so, it teaches some of the most important lessons. There will be over 40 public performances each year from our full time students. No one can compete with that kind of experience on a one year course.Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 16.50.15.png

  • SERIOUS STAGE COMBAT SKILLS: Stage Combat is an important part of an actor's skills. This year, one of our full time films involved a long fight sequence with a professional fight director. And our students were prepared for it by their intensive training in Stage Combat with Janet Lawson, our stage combat teacher. Students who pass the exam leave with a BASSC Actor-Combatant certificate - which means people know you can kick ass.
  • PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY: There is no acting course in the UK that provides the kind of mental skills preparation that this course does. Just like atheletes, a performer's mental preparation makes a significant impact on their performance on stage, screen and in auditions. We teach you to prepare yourself mentally for the challenges ahead of you.

  • INDUSTRY SHOWCASE: Show the industry what you can do - get connected to the people that matter in the entertainment industry by putting your work on show. We'll show clips of you acting on camera and you'll give live perfomances for them.  

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All our auditions are small and personal, and held at regular interviews throughout the year. 

Applicants outside Scotland may audition via Skype, although we encourage everyone to visit. 



We accept applications throughout the year and hold auditions at regular intervals. The first stage is to contact us for an application form, submit it, and then we will contact you regarding a date for an audition.

Auditions are held in our Glasgow Acting Studio, but applicants from outside the UK may audition via Skype. 


Auditions may consist of group workshop, interview and the applicant will be expected to perform two contrasting contemporary monologues, of roughly 2 minutes length each.

Unlike other full time acting courses, we don't charge a fee for you to audition!

To arrange your audition and interview, contact our Admissions Team at or call 0141 440 1272 



Our students appear in major Hollywood films across the world. 


We’re looking for creative, motivated, committed individuals with original ideas and the determination to succeed in this most competitive industry. Our students come from all over the world, our current students come from Scotland, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Portugal and Ireland.

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PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT A TIER 4 VISA SPONSOR - As such, we are limited as to who can apply for our course.

 Applicants between the ages of 18-30 from Canada, New Zealand and Australia can come to the UK under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa.  Please check to see if this applies to you.

Please do not make an application until you've checked that you are eligible to train in the UK without a visa. ALL EU and EEA Students are welcome and will be able to come to the UK without a visa. 


We Accept a Maximum of 24 Students in any year, but practical class size is restricted to 12, which means you’ll get plenty of attention from our coaching staff.

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This is a private acting course. As such, students are responsible for providing their own funding. 

As a charitable organisation, all of our student fees go toward the actor training we provide, keeping it ethical in it’s delivery and delivering top quality training. 

At ACS, you make a one-off deposit of £1500 on acceptance and then spread the rest of the costs through monthly payments. 

That's a total of £8250, and we assure you, you'll get the benefit of every penny.

Our course and its students receives NO SAAS/ government funding. Public colleges receive tuition fees AND government funding per student.  Our OTHER Full time course, the Foundation Acting Course - also one year and starting in September each year IS publicly funded for students who are resident in Scotland - find out more here. 


The cost of running a course with so much practical experience and training is considerable. There is no funding for this course. However, we allow our students to pay per month, which many do.




I’ve worked with other coaches and directors in the past and none have made such an impact or been as insightful as the wonderful industry professionals at ACS. JESSICA ARBUCKLE 

Whether you are new to acting, which I was, or a veteran this technique allows you to develop your skills in a logical and fun way, in what always feels like a safe environment. All of the coaches at ACS are fully committed to making you the best you can be, which is why I have since signed up to the 1 year full time course!  CARRIE DODDS

I left ACS with solid and reliable technique that I can employ and adapt to whatever work I do and an amazing network of professionals and friends. GWEN HARCUS


The course is run by experienced coaches, award winning producers Nick J Field and Mark Westbrook. All staff are working actors, directors, writers and producers. They continue to work in film, theatre and television. Their film TO THE SEA won a Judges Prize at the Scottish Short Film Festival and was nominated for best short film at the prestigious Orlando Film Festival. 


Full Time Students perform in I, Sniper, a Fringe project that played to sell out audiences and received a 5 star review from top Fringe review site Broadway Baby

  • We are an approved Centre with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. 
  • We are a registered UK Learning Provider - 10063204.


Recent visitors to the course have included: Patrick Tucker (Director/Leading Screen Acting Coach), Morag Stark (Actor/Voice Coach), Graham McLaren (Artistic Director The Abbey - Ireland), John McPhail (Film Director - Anna and the Apocalypse) Pete Collins (Director), Laura Donnelly (Casting Director National Theatre of Scotland), R Paul Wilson (Film Director), Ruaraidh Urpeth (Film Director), Helen Raw (Producer/Equity Representative) Emma Dyson (Spotlight), Duncan Airlie James (Actor - Tomb Raider), Claire Murray (Agent), Peter Davis (Agent), Luke Kernaghan (Theatre Director), Lisa Nichol (Writer/Producer). 




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