Guidance for students
The training lasts three years. Attendance is obligatory in all subjects.
Morning: technical teaching, geared to developing a basic understanding of the various disciplines.
Afternoon: topic-based sessions of between one and six weeks, which generally culminate in a performance. At the end of the first and second years, intermediate exams are taken in all subjects.
At the end of the second year, technical studies give way to personal creative work. Under the supervision of their teachers, students produce scenes, sequences of scenes or complete dramatic pieces, concentrating on individual expressive skills.
Work goes on all day, generally from Monday to Friday. Holidays: at Christmas, Easter and in the summer, totalling roughly 11 weeks.
The curriculum breaks down into three phases:
1st year: discovery
The student gradually works his way into the different subjects; his personal positions/preconceptions are neutralized; his body opens up to acting impulses; he gains confidence in gesture as a means of communication; he discovers the importance of timing; he learns to learn.
2nd year: development
The student learns to recognize his own expressive tools, to understand the importance of perseverance and discipline, and to develop the expressive forms required for acting. Broadening of dramatic timing, transposition to the stage. Staging a collective piece for an evening performance.
3rd year: consolidation
Practising and gaining total control of the expressive tools acquired on the course.
The diploma examination consists of four parts: written work; an oral examination on dramatic theory or history of the theatre; staging an original piece; development and participation in a collective piece involving an evening performance with an external director.