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Acting has been around since ancient times. Even prehistoric man must have passed their experiences of day-to-day life and history through storytelling. One can say that acting is storytelling in action.
From ancient plays to modern theater, tv, and cinema, acting has journeyed through many mediums and is still expressed through them all. From plays and feature films to animation films, acting has grown to be the integral part of a multi-billion dollar industry. If you have a dream to be an actor or wish to work in the art of acting in different roles, then acting courses can help you find your way.
What is Acting?
It is an art form where you convey a story by adopting the life of a fictional or non-fictional character. You take on the character’s idiosyncrasies, language, dialects, etc. You as the character convey the message through monologues, dialogues, facial expressions, gestures, actions, and even through silence.
Who can pursue Acting courses?
- You are a great observer and a storyteller. Expressions and body gestures simply come to you
- You are already a professional looking to enhance your skills
- You love the art form and wishes to gain more knowledge about it
Do any of the above reasons appeal to you? Then acting courses are for you.
Eligibility Criteria for Acting courses
For UG Acting Courses, you must have (10+2) with a minimum passing percentage (45%)
For PG Acting Courses, you must have a bachelor’s in a related field with a minimum passing percentage (45%)
Note: The admission would mostly be based on entrance exams, auditioning, interviews, etc. However, the rules may vary depending on the institute.
UG Acting courses
- BA (Hons) Acting
- Bachelor of Theatre Arts in Fine Arts
- Bachelor in Theatre
- BA in Performing Arts
- BA in Theatre and Performance
PG Acting courses
MA/MFA in International Theatre
Master's in Theatre and Performing Arts
Master of Arts in Acting
Entrance Exams for Acting courses
Most institutes offer their own specific entrance exams
- National School of Drama
- Film and Television Institute of India (FTII JET)
- Barry John Acting Studio
- Whistling Woods International
- Asian Academy of film & Television
You can also take online acting courses to enhance your knowledge and skills.
Important skills for Acting courses
- Visualisation skills
- Observational skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Time Management
What will you learn in Acting courses?
Depending on the different types of acting courses you may learn different skills. You can also specialise in specific subjects. For e.g: different dance forms. Some of the prominent subjects are:
- History of acting
- Method Acting
- Realistic forms
- Modes (Traditional, classical, modern )
- Body movements (pose, gait, pace, facial expressions, gestures, etc.
- Dance (Different genres: Western, eastern, hip-hop, street style)
- Martial arts
Popular acting certification courses
Depending on where you stand, acting certification courses can offer you different benefits. If you are a beginner, then these online acting courses can give you an overview and prepare you for degree courses. If you are a seasoned professional, then acting certification courses can allow you to specialise in a particular area.
Mercy College, Palakkad via Swayam
Free (charge for certificate)
Career Opportunities after Acting courses
You capture the essence of your character and act out the script (sometimes improvise) with fellow actors. You observe your fellow actors/actresses following their movements, perfectly syncing with them.
Average Base Salary p.a.: INR 11,00,000/-
You have an eye for picking the right talent for the film, tv show and play production. You give instructions for the actor/actresses to follow and then evaluate their performance based on the criteria which you have prepared.
Average Base Salary p.a: INR 5,74,596/-
You teach different techniques in acting to students. You will teach them the history of acting as well as different methodologies, genres etc. You will also teach them the multidisciplinary aspects of acting (e.g. how music, dance and other forms influence acting)
Average Base Salary p.a: INR 4,79,323/-
- Acting consultant
- Dialogue Instructor
- Stunt person
- Dance performer
- Acting Instructor
Average salary of art/drama teacher based on experience
Experience in years
Average Base Salary p.a.
1 - 4
INR 4,00,000 /-
** Source of Salary Details: Payscale, Glass door
Note: The given salary details may vary depending on experience, skill, company, location etc.
Scope after acting courses
Acting is the core of the movie and tv industry which is worth billions of dollars. You could be a favourite household name in your place or become a household name in the global spectrum. If you have the skills and eagerness to learn and evolve then you can make beautiful art through acting. There are infinite opportunities for actors/ actresses alone both in India and abroad.
So choose from some of the best acting courses and explore this beautiful artform.
The Goodman Theatre
Ramoji Film City
Q: Are acting courses difficult?
A: If acting has always been your dream, then you can surpass any hurdles. If you are a free-spirited performer who won’t shy away from acting then, acting courses will be enjoyable. Take some of the online acting courses to have an idea of what you are getting into.
Q: What is the cost of different acting courses?
A: For UG acting courses it can range from 2 to 14 lakhs. For PG it can go up to 2 lakhs whereas for a diploma in acting courses it can reach up to 13 lakhs. Acting certification courses on the other hand are quite affordable.
Q: How long does it take to complete different acting courses?
A: This would vary depending on different acting courses. The duration of UG acting courses is 3 years. For PG acting courses it is 2 and for diploma, it could be 2-3 years. You can complete acting certification courses within a few months.
Q: Are there any particular age limits for acting courses?
A: Some institutes have rules regarding age limit. For example, the age limit for admission into NSD is between 18 to 30 years. But you could always take online acting courses, or even better hire a personal acting coach.
Q: What are some of the top institutes in India that offer acting courses?
A: Here are some of the best colleges in India for acting courses
- Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
- Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, Gurgaon
- Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur
- Amity University, Noida
Q: What is the purpose of acting workshops?
A: They serve many purposes. They prep the professional actors for their roles or simply give them more practice. For an aspiring actor, this is quite beneficial. For someone who is looking into taking acting courses in college, he/she might have to audition in the acting workshops and pass the test.
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