Film Acting Diploma Program

A full-time four month film acting diploma program.

WELCOME TO TORONTO ACADEMY OF ACTING:
FULL TIME FOUR MONTH FILM ACTING DIPLOMA PROGRAM ESSENTIALS FOR ACTING

“APPROVED AS A VOCATIONAL PROGRAM UNDER THE PRIVATE CAREER COLLEGES ACT 2005”
NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION  5135

The film acting diploma program is an intensive four month 360 hour hands on camera training diploma program .This program is designed to teach what students need to know in a short period of time and to find out if film acting is a career for the student to pursue.

Our intensive, hands on, full time four month program is designed for film acting students to learn what is necessary to succeed in this highly competitive industry in a relatively short amount of time. In addition to receiving quality instruction on a variety of essential acting skills and camera techniques students come out of the program with three professionally edited film scenes for their demo reel. Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television is the only school that provides edited scenes for students.

About  Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television

Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television established since 1998 is recognized as a private career college registered with the Ministry of Training of Colleges and Universities under the “Private Career Colleges Act 2005” offering vocational programs. It is the only film school and acting school that has access to all film and television projects across Canada, making it one of the best film acting schools in Canada.

Film Acting Diploma Program

  • On camera training
    Four month full time 360 hours intensive on-camera training
  • Strong portfolio for marketing
    Students will finish the program with three edited scenes for their professional demo reel, which is a key marketing tool.
  • Networking opportunities:
    Graduate Canadian & American students will be introduced to talent agents, talent managers and casting directors
  • Instructors
    Our instructors are award winning Directors and Professional film & television actors who are active in the industry and up to date on industry standards
  • Easy Payment Plan
    Toronto Academy of Acting offers Interest free payment plans for our accepted students.

To read more about the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television click here.

Additional Information

Month One:
Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television students will be introduced to Meisner Acting Technique and how to apply it! The goal to Meisner Acting Technique is for each actor “To live truthfully under given imaginary circumstances. ” Academy of Acting students will be dealing directly with the elimination of self-conscious behavior and strengthening their ability to focus. These lessons will be applied at the end of the course in partnered short scene. Students will also be introduced in the first month to Acting Fundamentals & Script Interpretation. Part of the training will have the students focus on emotional embodiment for the actor. The biggest trap for actors is to avoid emotions or push emotions in a scene. Students will learn to express authentically using themselves, trusting themselves and allowing themselves to be an emotional reservoir. In order to work as an actor in the entertainment industry one must have 100% emotional flexibility. An actor must be emotionally available on camera, otherwise they will not appeal to directors, casting directors or producers. Students will gain the tools to analyze a script, build a character that honors the script writer’s intention and stay true to the story while shooting their scenes.Another acting technique film acting students will be learning to apply is called the Susan Batson Acting Technique. Students will learn a number of ways to access any emotions with ease. A series of fun and intense exercises will teach students to open up and live in the given circumstances of the character. They will learn to become comfortable revealing vulnerability, as well as how to regain a sense of well being after difficult scenes. A minimum of three scripted scenes, a monologue and an improvised scene will be practiced applying the Susan Batson Acting Technique.
Month Two:
Academy of Acting students will now be introduced to film scenes that incorporate Method Acting. The technique, developed by Konstantin Stanislavski, allows actors to achieve realism in acting by relying on sense memory, imagination, personal life history and personal emotions. It is one of the many ways we teach students to bring depth into their portrayal of a character and make their performance jump off screen. During the second month students will also be introduced to Voice & Movement. Voice for actors is based on the concept of the voice as a transparent screen free of restrictions and capable of expressing a wide range of emotions. Voice & Movement will be reinforced throughout months two and three to prepare the actors for their scenes.
Month Three and Four:
It is imperative for actors to understand the business side of their careers. This course will present a series of special guest speakers who will provide an overview of the Canadian film & television industry. Guests will include talent agents, film/television producers/directors, professional film actors, industry photographers, casting directors and an accountant. Students will learn how to prepare a resume that stands out, what is a good head shot, the difference between non union and union film & television projects, what to wear to an audition, and why every film actor needs a professional demo reel.Students will now apply the full spectrum of skills they have learned with international award winning film & television director Andrej Acin. Film Acting School students will learn from the Director the Naturalistic portrayal of character, the most frequent style used in film. By practicing the on location shoot exercises, students increase their knowledge of the filming process, and where physical and emotional continuity is needed to fulfill the technical requirements of a role. Students will learn to work within the confines of a tight shooting schedule, how to effectively gage performance levels from a Master shot to extreme close-ups, how to become proficient in hitting multiple marks with a shot set up and come to understand the rules of onset etiquette and protocol. Each student will be directed in a scene from a feature film script of their choosing. Two scenes from the program chosen by the student & director will be professionally filmed and edited as a professional promotional reel ready to present to potential talent agents, casting directors, producers and film directors.The last part of the fourth month program will involve the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television students working extensively on camera. Students will reproduce actual commercials, as well as work on improvisation techniques ending with mock auditions. The last week of the program will be dedicated to how to audition for film & television. Students will learn what works and what doesn’t, and get to create their own tool box of techniques learned from drop in professional actors, directors and other industry guests. Students will be exposed to cold reading techniques, audition etiquette and protocol with a mock audition set up for the last day in class with a guest director/producer/actor/casting agent to give feedback on the audition.
    • Have an Secondary School Diploma or equivalent.

OR

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to pass the Wonderlic Test, a superintendent approved qualifying test if high school was not completed.
    Contact the Academy to set up an appointment to do this test.

An application form together with two letters of references must be submitted. Students may audition in person, or upload a video online of a two minute monologue and a brief explanation of why they want to train in acting. Students who have taken previous non vocational courses at the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television or other acting studios can just provide one letter of reference from the school where they studied and an application form (no audition required).

Audition videos can be sent to admin@torontoacademyofacting.com.

Each applicant who is applying for admission to the school is required to furnish the information necessary for the school’s records. If you already have attended the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television individual courses you need only to submit a letter or recommendation by your teacher who taught you with this form.

If you have never trained with the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television and are applying for the full time film acting program “Essentials for Acting” then applicants must satisfy:

ACTING PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

    • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent

OR

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older to pass “Wonderlic Test”, a superintendent approved qualifying test if high school was not completed. Contact the Academy to set up an appointment to do this test.
  • Application form together with two letter of references must be submitted.
  • Student may audition in person or student may upload a video submitted on line of a two minute monologue as well as talk about themselves and why they wish to train in film acting.
  • If film acting student has taken previous non vocational courses offered by the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television or other acting studios they can just provide letter of references by the teachers with the application form.

You can submit the application form by clicking here for the PDF document filling out the application form (contact school) and submit to the Academy along with the application fee of $150.00 Cdn. (non-refundable) fee to be paid either by cheque, money order or credit card. If paying by credit card please contact the Academy with the credit card information after you have filled out the application form either by on line, pdf or word document.

If mailing please mail to:
1179 King Street West, Suite #215,
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C5,
Attention: Admission Department If emailing please send to: register@torontoacademyofacting.com or fax to 416 536-0227 with all other documents.

Remember students must have payment of $150.00 by way of money order mailed in with their application form or you can call in with the credit card information to 416 536-8574 or
toll free # 1-866-420-4077

AMERICAN APPLICANTS REQUIREMENTS

Each applicant who is applying for admission to the school is required to furnish the information necessary for the school’s records. If you already have attended the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television individual courses you need Only to submit a letter or recommendation by your teacher who taught you with this form.

If you have never trained with the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television and are applying for the full time film acting program “Essentials for Acting” then applicants must satisfy:

ACTING PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Have an Secondary School Diploma or equivalent

OR

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older to pass “Wonderlic Test”, a superintendent approved qualifying test if high school was not completed. Contact the Academy to set up an appointment to do this test.
  • Application form together with two letter of references must be submitted.
  • Student may audition in person or student may upload a video submitted on line of a two minute monologue as well as talk about themselves and why they wish to train in film acting.
  • If film acting student has taken previous non vocational courses offered by the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television or other acting studios they can just provide letter of references by the teachers with the application form.

You can submit the application form by clicking here for the PDF DOCUMENT filling out the application form (contact school) and submit to the Academy along with the application fee of $150.00 Cdn. (non-refundable) fee to be paid either by cheque, money order or credit card. If paying by credit card please contact the Academy with the credit card information after you have filled out the application form either by on line, pdf or word document.

If mailing please mail to:
1179 King Street West, Suite #215,
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C5,
Attention: Admission Department If emailing please send to: register@torontoacademyofacting.com or fax to 416 536-0227 with all other documents.

Remember students must have payment of $150.00 by way of money order mailed in with their application form or you can call in with the credit card information to 416 536-8574 or
toll free # 1-866-420-4077

American Student Tuition: $10,000.00 CAD

 

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS REQUIREMENTS

Complete the online application form or download the application form by clicking here for the PDF DOCUMENT (pdf) to fill out and submit to Toronto Acting Academy with the application fee of $150.00 Cdn NON REFUNDABLE.

SPECIFIC ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Proof of student has graduated from a high school with a diploma.

OR

  1. Be at least 18 years of age or older to pass “Wonderlic Test”, a superintendent approved qualifying test if high school was not completed. Contact the Academy to set up an appointment to do this test.
  2. Two recommendation letters or names and contact details of references, preferably from someone who can knowledgeably.
    Comment on your passion for acting and the abilities in the area of film acting which you are applying. (Please note family Members are not eligible as references).
  3. Provide a video by email presenting a monologue two minutes in length or call the school to audition in person.
  4. If accepted into the Program you will be notified by email as well as receive a letter of acceptance together with the enrollment contract that must be signed and delivered either in person or by mail to the Academy.
  5. ACADEMY STARTS TRAINING ON THE PROGRAM START DATE. On that date students will arrive for orientation as well as pay the tuition fee.
  6. To meet English Language Requirements for International students
    1. All students are required to speak and write English at an acceptable level. In order to succeed in the Toronto Academy of Acting programs. All students need to understand technical terms as well as converse enough to participate in the program as well as read and write.
    2. Achieving the scores indicated below in any of these tests can satisfy conversational skill requirements:
      • TOEFL score of 520 paper-based, 190 computer-based, or 68 internet-based

**International applicants should arrange to have their transcripts officially translated (if not in English). We will accept official notarized copies of some transcripts, depending on the country of origin.

IF ACCEPTED

In order to accept the Acceptance Letter, students must complete the following steps:

    1. Complete and return the original signed Enrollment contract by mail or courier. If emailing Enrollment Contract student must bring original Enrollment contract to administration on the first day of class.
    2. Pay the International Student Deposit Fee of 25% of the tuition fee.
      Example: if tuition fee is $10,000 then $2,500 would go towards tuition fees. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard or a money order or bank draft payable to the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television.
    3. Once the Academy has received the signed original Enrollment Contract together with the International Student Deposit Fee the Academy will mail if enough time or courier an Official Letter of Acceptance stating student has been accepted into the four month film acting program commencing on (date of first class) and ending (date of last class). Student is to take letter of acceptance to the nearest Canadian Embassy to complete the application for a VISITOR/TOURIST VISA. Our programs are less than 6 months in duration so you do not apply for a student Visa. Click on here to check the list of countries and territories that require a visa. If you fall in the category that you require a Visa then click here Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) before traveling to Canada.

International students will need to present to the Canadian Visa Office:

  1. A Valid Passport
  2. Acceptance letter from Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television
  3. Evidence of funds to be able to live and support in Canada
  4. Letter of Support regarding funding, if applicable
  5. Documentation showing ties to your home country
  6. Mandatory proof of medical insurance coverage.

International Student Tuition: $10,000.00 CAD

Canadian students:
$7,500.00 CAD

American students:
$10,00.00 CAD

International students:
$10,000.00 CAD

Financial Aid

For details about financial aid please click here.

Scholarships

For details about all scholarships offered please click here.

Second Career

Are you laid off, working less than 20 hours a week, unemployed or currently underemployed, Second Career can provide financial help up to $28,000.00 for tuition and living expenses. Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading.

Second Career is a program offered by the Ontario government to fund eligible laid off workers with skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario such as the film & television industry in film & television production as camera operators, editors, writers, directors.

There is also a need for actors for t. v. commercial projects, webisodes, info commercials as the internet introduces more videos to small business websites to large corporate websites.

Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need; therefore, applicants may be required to contribute to their training or education. There have been some recent changes to the Second Career program. Find out more at the Government of Ontario web site by clicking here. or call Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television Second Career: 416 536-8574.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television former students on film sets in Toronto & Los Angeles

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