English Drama

"I learned more in 9 months on Andrew's drama course than in 4 years at university." (Elsi Vehkaniemi)

Now boasting more than 20 successful years under the leadership of internationally renowned theatre educator Andrew Fearn, this is the only full-time drama course in Finland to operate totally in English and is unparalleled. 

Famous for its student-centred approach, this unique course offers a solid foundation for those keen to improve their chance of finding entry to an English-speaking drama school or university. The 9-month course combines theoretical studies and practical work in line with the basic elements demanded by theatre schools and academies in Great Britain. Students are assessed on all of their work and on completion of the course are awarded a certificate which  reflects their efforts and the diversity of their studies.

Applicants should be 18 y.o.(There is no upper age limit and nationality is not a bar: former students have hailed from Finland, Russia, Tanzania, UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Latvia, S. Africa and Italy.). Previous experience is not a requirement. Having sufficient skill with the English language and having the will to work and learn and progress are much more important. Students will need motivation and commitment.

Skills cannot be learned by merely reading a book or watching a documentary. Academic theory combined with practical experience and then applied with enthusiasm to suitable subject matter is the way that skills are developed. Mistakes sometimes need to be made, in an atmosphere of enjoyable discovery, for growth to occur. Hard work and fun should go hand in hand. These principles play a significant part in the structuring and methodologies behind this course.

This course is designed for students interested in drama or theatre  and wondering what the first serious steps are.  It is also ideal for those who wish to experience something completely different or would like to improve their English and develop their confidence. Some former students used the course to further their language skills, develop their confidence and learn about themselves and their place in the world and have gone on to successful careers outside the realms of theatre and drama.

Admission to the course may be subject to informal interview and entrance assessment.

A balance of theory and practice. 
Contact teaching hours are approximately 25 hours per week and students are expected to add 15 hours per week private study.  
Each course is unique as it is totally student-centred. However, the core of the course will normally contain a number of key elements:
* Acting and performance skills
* Theatre History
* Stage crafts
* Film 
* Study of theatre practitioners and playwrights
* Theatre-in-Education 
* English Language development
* Communication & social skills development 
* Development of critical and analytical skills

The course is a stepping stone to other things.
The course has an excellent track record for getting students into courses of further study in related areas.
Many have gone on to study drama/theatre at University/drama school in the UK.
Many have made good use of their time here and gone on to further study in other areas (literature, education, fashion, design, stage management, etc) and in places as far afield as Finland, USA, Denmark, UK, Canada and Italy.
Many are now successful professionals working in Theatre, TV, film, education, etc. 

If you put the effort in there is no limit to what you can achieve!

VIDEO: Former English Drama student Johanna Koivu

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All students are encouraged to consider using UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service of the United Kingdom).  The course leader helps students to apply for  suitable courses and will also write a reference (as required) in support of any study applications. 

It is difficult to define a "typical" week due to the diversity of learning experience. Any given week may include theory of Drama, practical work, rehearsals for productions, aspects of Theatre History, text analysis, improvisation, students' lecture-demonstrations or any combination of the above and more besides. Performing - to a greater or lesser degree - is an almost daily item. The unique nature of each student and each group means that 'typical' is a word seldom used.

This is not mandatory but some preparatory reading is encouraged.

For beginners:
HOW TO READ A PLAY by Ronald Hayman. ACTING by John Harrop.

For those with some experience:
1. Shakespeare: Anything, ideally in English, but HAMLET has a certain fame and durability that makes it worthwhile.
2. Stanislavski: AN ACTOR PREPARES is a good place to start. Also worth considering is Benedetti's text on Stanislavski's SYSTEM (available in English and Finnish).
3. Brecht: Anything by or about Brecht will be useful.
4. Pinter: Anything. A master dramatist of huge significance and influence.
6. SIGNS OF PERFORMANCE (Colin Counsell)
Any plays in English - getting into the habit of reading plays is good preparation.

Contact Andrew Fearn (andrew.fearn (at) lansisuomenopisto.fi). He will be happy to speak to you and, if you wish, arrange for you to visit us and meet some of the staff and students.

Academic year
28.08.2017 - 04.05.2018

Application period
01.01. – 18.8.2017

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Accommodation and meals
Life at the College

Head teacher
Andrew Fearn