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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.
Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!
Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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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.
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.
Language of Instruction: English
Language of Instruction: English
Course Level: Upper Division
Course Level: Upper Division
Course Level: Upper Division
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. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.
Students will be housed in privately owned student accommodations, that include quality furnishings and areas for socializing. 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 are unable to take housing requests. Students will be placed in one of the following three options based on availability and their API program:
Lady Margaret – Kentish Town
The accommodation building is a 4-story, 8-bedroom period townhouse shared among 16 students in double rooms with two single beds in each room. All bedrooms have private bathrooms. The kitchen is a large, shared space with a seating area and TV. Cooking utensils and crockery are provided. Bed linens are also provided but towels are not. There is a free washer and dryer in the building. Students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms and bathrooms.
Lady Margaret is located on a quiet residential street within Kentish Town where there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants, and pubs. All the benefits of the bustling, vibrant area of Camden Town are a short walk away, as are the delights of the large ancient park of Hampstead Heath. The accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the Kentish Town tube stop, where students are able to take the Northern Line into Central London. The travel time from Lady Margaret to the API office is 20-25 minutes, and the travel time to the Westminster Regent campus, Central Saint Martins, and London College of Fashion is 20-30 minutes. Past students have been pleased with this location, as it offers both a quiet neighborhood and easy access to Central London.
Acorn – Bloomsbury
The accommodation buildings are Georgian 18th-century townhouses and are laid out in flats, with 3-11 students within each flat. Standard rooms will be doubles or triples within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. There are no single rooms available at this housing. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.
These accommodations are situated on the Duke of Bedford’s Estate, between Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square and within walking distance of the many attractions of London’s West End including just a 3-minute walk to the British Museum and the API office. There are numerous shops, restaurants, bars and pubs within close proximity to the flats. The travel time from Acorn Bloomsbury to the API office, as well as FSU, is a 10-minute walk, and the travel time to the Westminster Harrow campus is a 45-50 minute tube ride. The travel time to most UAL campuses is 15-20 minutes.
Acorn - Clerkenwell
Acorn Clerkenwell accommodations are laid out in flats with 6 students per flat. Standard rooms will be doubles within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. There are no single rooms available at this housing. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils, and living room. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.
These accommodations are situated in the arty and popular area of Clerkenwell in Central-East London. The Barbican Centre, Museum of London and Charles Dickens Museum are just some of the attractions naerby and you can see St Paul's Cathedral from your doorstep. There are numerous shops, restaurants, bars and pubs within close proximity to the flats. Farringdon underground station is located 0.3 miles away, which is served by the London underground and national rail services. Central London is only a 20 minute walk away and most Westminster, UCL and UAL campuses are a 30 minute walk or 15 minute tube or bus ride.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.