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Acting and Drama: Character (Mixed Level)

Course Description

The focus of this course is finding ways to develop and show character as an actor, whether this is a well-known character from a famous play, one from a lesser-known script, a character from your imagination, or someone you have observed who has inspired you. So where do you start...come and find out. The emphasis, where possible, is on larger scenes and the collaborative work demanded by them.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

You will need to complete an Individual Learning Plan and be prepared to work in a group.

For people with no or little or experience; for people who want to refresh their skills or try out approaches. Progress through the three courses over the academic year or take just this term’s course as stand alone. Returning learners can build on what they have already achieved

Please note – this is not a Dramatherapy course. Dramatherapy uses role play, voice work, movement and storytelling to help clients explore and solve personal and social problems. If you feel that Dramatherapy is more suited to your needs, please check our courses Performing Arts for Personal Development and Communicating with Confidence or visit where you should be able to get the information you need.

Course Content

The course will adopt a workshop style format and will consist of improvisation, script work and technical approaches. It will also focus upon specific content and techniques such as: monologues, ten questions to ask your character, actioning, archetypes and physicality.

Please note: although acting and drama covers specific content each term, the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year, e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the early bird discount.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through practical activities, peer assessment, listening and analysis, demonstration and discussion, use of supporting online materials, individual practice, use of ILT and continuous assessment. In addition to the classes, you will be expected to develop yourself by going to the theatre, reading plays and seeing films. The library stocks a variety of plays and reference texts that will help you to enrich your own learning.

Virtual Learning Platform - the digital learning platform is Microsoft Teams. This will be used to access resources, the Learning Plan and for communication amongst the group using Chat and Posts. You can get practical support with the digital classroom through the College Open Learning Centre below the canteen.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Next Steps and Progression

London is rich with opportunities for participating in the performing arts and the internet is the best place to start. Information and links on further study can be found on the course Google Classroom. Learners can progress through the three courses over the academic year, if desired. Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. Take a look at our accredited courses: L1 and L2 Acting and Drama. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572