This 2-year Acting and Performance HND is a diverse course designed to
push you towards your performing potential. Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) has a range of exceptional professional facilities including the Pass studio theatre as well as dance, acting and aerial studios is course will
test your skills in acting, production, voice and movement.
practical work experience will be available through PASS industry connections.
You will gain essential experience in working environments and make crucial
connections with theatre professionals. Upon completion, you will be qualified for further study of
acting at a university level.
Your final show (PassOut) takes place at the
Traverse Theatre to a paying audience and industry professionals and agents
will be invited. This course can collaborate with other students in Edinburgh
College including make-up artists, costume designers and technical
theatre designers. You will learn how to take a simple idea and expand and
explore it until becomes a final product; bringing it to life. You will meet previous PASS students who have become theatre
professionals at our yearly and inspiring PASS It On.
We organise up to
six theatre visits a year to a range of different productions. You
will also have the exciting opportunity to take part in an international
theatre visit to Romania. During the visit, you will work with Romanian and
Hungarian peers at the National Theatre Academy in Targu Mures.
Please see below for audition information.
- Acting Methods and Practitioners
- Physical Theatre: Skills for Devising and Performance
- Theatre Styles
- Live Performance
- Voice Development Skills
- Acting Development Skills
- Movement Development Skills
- Text and Performance
- Two Highers, one of which should be Higher or Advanced Higher Drama
- NC at SCQF Level 6 in Acting and Performance
- A very good personal statement with a desire to make a career in performing arts
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
We would like to invite you to audition via film rather than attending the college in person, please see below for more information:
Please film a one to two-minute contemporary monologue (ideally something from within the last 10-15 years) from a published play. We recommend using your own accent and looking for characters that are around your own age, we also suggest that you avoid anything studied at Higher or National 5 Drama as these pieces can be overused.
Please upload this film to a private YouTube channel, making sure you state your name and the title of the piece before you begin. Once you have done this include the link in your application.
Information on how to set up a private YouTube channel can be found here:
Applications will be reviewed monthly starting on the following dates in 2021
- February 19th
- March 26th
- April 29th
- May 28th
If your application is successful you will be invited to an online interview.
You will be interviewed by two of the Acting staff who will ask you a series of key questions to further assess your suitability for the course.
It is worth noting that you may be offered a place on a course of a different level, the staff team will place you on the course that they believe will best suit your needs and allow you to develop and progress within the department. For more information on these courses please refer to the Edinburgh College website.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Download our progression route map here
- Dance and Drama BA Hons at PASS Edinburgh
College with Kingston University
- Year three BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen
at Queen Margaret University
- Year three BSc (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen
at Edinburgh Napier University
- Progress to drama schools such as Italia Conti RCS, RADA
Central School of Speech and Drama, LIPA Rose Bruford Manchester
Metropolitan University, Birmingham School of Acting and The Drama Centre
- Drama school BA Drama and Performance at Queen Margaret
- A job in the acting and performance industry
- 3 - 4 days per week however this will be increased when working towards performances
Course Cost And Funding Options
asked actor Karen Gillan about her time spend on the Edinburgh College
is a fantastic stepping stone to a career in the arts. Through the encouragement
and support and the highest quality of training I realised I could pursue a
career in acting. I would highly
recommend Edinburgh College to anyone with an interest in the arts and wish the
College every success with PASS.”
leaving college Karen went on to study in London at the Italia Conti Academy of
Theatre Arts before appearing in popular tv shows such as The Kevin Bishop Show
and medical drama Harley Street. Karen’s popularity has seen a sharp rise since
she appeared as Amy Pond, Dr. Who’s assistant in early 2010.