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The Theatre Academy London (TAL) program at the Florida State University London Study Center is a training program that enables students to study with some of London’s leading theatre artists and earn academic credit toward their degrees. TAL offers a uniquely wide range of conservatory-style courses, from acting, to playwriting; from stage combat to directing; and from movement to Shakespeare.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Breakfast on Campus (class days)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Portfolio or audition reel (as applicable)
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents for stays under 6 months or valid passport with student visa for stays over 6 months
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 28, 2021 - Dec 17, 2021 $14,990 May 1, 2021 May 15, 2021
Spring Jan, 2022 - Apr, 2022 $14,990 Sep 15, 2021 Oct 1, 2021

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API London programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This is your chance to see one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but mystery still shrouds it from how the stones made it to their final resting place to the exact purpose of the site. After exploring one of the best prehistoric sites in Europe, students will be off to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students can travel through time, exploring what Bath may have been like during the Roman Occupation through the Roman Baths or explore the Georgian Architecture and Fashion of Jane Austen’s time.

  • Wales Weekend

    Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This is your chance to see one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but mystery still shrouds it from how the stones made it to their final resting place to the exact purpose of the site. After exploring one of the best prehistoric sites in Europe, students will be off to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students can travel through time, exploring what Bath may have been like during the Roman Occupation through the Roman Baths or explore the Georgian Architecture and Fashion of Jane Austen’s time.

  • Oxford & Blenheim Palace

    A stunning, but perhaps overlooked attraction when visiting Oxford, is Blenheim Palace. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is most notable for being the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. After exploring the beautiful Baroque architecture, students will have time to explore the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford. Oxford dates back to the 12th century as a place for scholars and today it continues to be the home of the 38 colleges that make up the University of Oxford.

  • Hampton Court Palace

    Hampton Court Palace originally began as the project of Cardinal Wolsey, but as he fell out of favour with King Henry VIII, he gifted it to the King and it soon became one of Henry’s favourite palaces. Subsequent monarchs also enjoyed the palace and made significant renovations and additions to try and rival the Palace of Versailles. Today you can see the different architectural styles, the historic tennis courts, wander the maze, and enjoy the 60 acres of well-manicured gardens.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 per semester

The Theatre Academy London (TAL ) program at the Florida State University London Study Center is a training program that enables students to study with some of London’s leading theatre artists and earn academic credit toward their degrees. TAL offers a uniquely wide range of conservatory-style courses, from acting to playwriting; from stage combat to directing; and from movement to Shakespeare.

Some courses may require additional fees for theater visits, course materials, labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost and will be billed separately.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from Florida State University upon successful completion of the program. Florida State University is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. university in Tallahassee, Florida.

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    Heather Lees

    Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.

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    Anna McCole

    Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!

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    Carolyn Lutes

    Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!

COURSE OFFERINGS

The academic focus varies from the fall to the spring semester. The spring semester offers a unique Dramatic Writing track that focuses on writing for stage and screen, as well as courses in the history and development of drama, and its cultural and political contexts. The fall semester offers a Performance Studies track that focuses on actor training, including an introduction to London theatre, Shakespeare, movement, and scene study.

MASTERCLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Every semester, TAL brings in professional artists from the ever-changing London theatre community to lead brief sessions on a variety of stage skills. Each session provides practical application and insightful feedback on students’ work.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Florida State University’s London Study Center is accredited by Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and issues credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits each.

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE

  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • European Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Performing Arts (Drama/Theater)
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Masterclasses and Workshops

Every semester, Theatre Academy London brings in professional artists from the ever-changing London theatre community to lead brief sessions on a variety of stage skills. Each session provides practical application and insightful feedback on students' work. Whether directing or acting, classical text or contemporary, these master classes and workshops offer insight into the Theatre as both Industry and Art Form.

Language of Instruction: English   

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Introduction to London Theatre

This course is a theatre audience course and consists of theatre-going, the discussion of plays, their theoretical background, historical context, and criticism. In addition, students will make backstage visits to the National Theatre and the Globe and attend talks given by theatre practitioners and invited guest lecturers. The aim of this course is to introduce students to as wide an experience of London entertainment as possible whilst providing them with the basic vocabulary of critical terms for thinking about plays in performance.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Course Level: Upper Division  

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Theatre Encounters Workshop

This course is a practical course in theatre making. Students will devise and perform their own work. By the end of the course, we aim to have a handful of considered theatre pieces - rewritten and rehearsed - between 10 and 30 minutes long to present to the group. During the semester we will conduct our work from the perspective of theatre-makers as opposed to simply that of performers. Through exercises, improvisations, and finally rehearsals, we hope to uncover new and exciting dramatic material, but our emphasis is decidedly on the process.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Course Level: Upper Division  

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Voice Wheel

["This course is divided into three sections: Singing, Dialects, Voice Acting. The aim of the course is to give students a grounding in these three theatre skills so that they may make choices for their future development as theatre practitioners, both professionally or in an academic setting. Singing will develop students\u2019 skills from vocal support and articulation, through ensemble and a cappella singing","Dialects will introduce students to at least two regional dialects alongside Received Pronunciation","and Voice Acting will focus on voice-over work for commercials and the voicing of characters in narrative drama."]

Language of Instruction: English   

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Voice 1

This course introduces student actors to the basic principles of voice training. Group and individual exercises are designed to stimulate and develop the imagination, physical and sensory awareness, creativity, and the ability to work as part of an ensemble. Focus is on alleviating individual tensions in the vocal musculature that restrict the natural voice. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

Acting Techniques III: Acting Problems in Genre and Style

This course is an acting workshop oriented to particular problems the actor confronts in dealing with historic periods in dramatic literature or material of post-realistic and contemporary styles and thought. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

Fundamentals of Playwriting

This class is a practical exploration of the craft of writing for the stage. It emphasizes form and the mastery of form in order to empower the writer to turn imagination into a unique and satisfying dramatic work to present to an audience. Students will write their own short dramas and learn how to rewrite them in response to critical feedback from the rest of the class.

Language of Instruction: English   

Stage Combat

This course explores the development of physical dialogue through armed (rapier and dagger, broadsword, quarterstaff, or knife) and unarmed stage combat applied to acting. Focus is placed on the processes of safety, technique, rehearsal, and performance. Students have the option to participate in the Society of American Fight Directors Skill Proficiency Test.

Language of Instruction: English   

Voice Techniques III

This intermediate course in voice focuses on increasing vocal stamina, breath capacity, range, and freedom on the stage. The course introduces speaking Shakespeare and offers practice with the use of complex language in acting classical texts. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

Masterclasses and Workshops

Every semester, Theatre Academy London brings in professional artists from the ever-changing London theatre community to lead brief sessions on a variety of stage skills. Each session provides practical application and insightful feedback on students' work. Whether directing or acting, classical text or contemporary, these master classes and workshops offer insight into the Theatre as both Industry and Art Form.

Language of Instruction: English   

View Syllabus   

Introduction to London Theatre

This course is a theatre audience course and consists of theatre-going, the discussion of plays, their theoretical background, historical context, and criticism. In addition, students will make backstage visits to the National Theatre and the Globe and attend talks given by theatre practitioners and invited guest lecturers. The aim of this course is to introduce students to as wide an experience of London entertainment as possible whilst providing them with the basic vocabulary of critical terms for thinking about plays in performance.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Course Level: Upper Division  

View Syllabus   

Gender, Race and Performance

An introduction to contemporary theories and practices of live performance as they relate to race, class and gender, with the city of London itself, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, as its most significant resource.

Language of Instruction: English   

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Scene Study

Offers students the chance to rehearse and perform duet and ensemble acting scenes from both contemporary and classical dramatic canon with some of London's best actors and directors.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Course Level: Upper Division  

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Movement Techniques for Theatre

This course utilizes exercises for self-awareness, physical strength, flexibility, and versatility for the actor. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

Dialects for the Stage

This course focuses on the techniques of acquiring a dialect for stage performance. Scene study and monologues performed in dialects. Content may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

Stage Combat

This course explores the development of physical dialogue through armed (rapier and dagger, broadsword, quarterstaff, or knife) and unarmed stage combat applied to acting. Focus is placed on the processes of safety, technique, rehearsal, and performance. Students have the option to participate in the Society of American Fight Directors Skill Proficiency Test.

Language of Instruction: English   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • Courses with U.S. students
  • World-class theater instruction
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Florida State University)

London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing via public transportation or walking. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in student apartments. Most apartments have several single rooms with a shared living room and kitchen. Some have en suite bathrooms in each bedroom while others have shared bathrooms. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.

We may place students in a few different student apartment buildings depending on where they are taking classes. We will prioritize having students share an apartment with other API students, but it is possible that API students would share an apartment with non-API students.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.

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