CertHE Acting & Theatre Making

Applications open for 2022 Entry

Course Overview

Delivered in both London and Bristol and working alongside national and internationally renowned practitioners Fourth Monkey’s accredited CertHE Acting & Theatre Making is a rigorous foundation training where students experience a variety of industry relevant core skills in acting, movement, voice, performance, and creative theatre & filmmaking practices. Fourth Monkey’s CertHE is designed to support the students in progressing to their next phase of training, with over 90%* regularly successful in gaining places on accredited BA Acting courses upon completion of the CertHE.

Additionally, all Fourth Monkey students and alumni benefit from subsidised access to extensive enrichment masterclasses and short courses as part of Fourth Monkey’s Evolve programme of professional development training.

This unique course aims to successfully support the actor in discovering themselves as an artist, fully preparing them for the next step in their professional career, guided by our dedicated team of industry professionals and practitioners.

Charleen Qwaye

Director of Training

Key Information

Course Delivery: One Year (Full-time)
Location: The Monkey House, London OR The Bamboo House, Bristol

Tuition Fees: £9,250
Funding: Qualifies for student loans towards tuition fees

Training Provider: Fourth Monkey
Qualification: Certificate of Higher Education
Awarding Partner: Falmouth University

Entry Requirements

Applications are currently open for September 2022 entry

Fourth Monkey commit to meeting everyone who applies to train with us at audition. Applicants interested in applying to audition for the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making can select their preferred training location (London or Bristol) when submitting their online application form, with auditions offered in London and Bristol, via our Auditions Page.

Admission onto the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making is by Audition.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course.
  • Previous formal academic qualifications are not essential.
  • Applicants are assessed at audition solely on merit.

Upon completion of a successful audition, to accept any offer to study made by Fourth Monkey, you must register and satisfactorily adhere to the Admissions Policy of our Awarding Partner, Falmouth University prior to the completion of enrolment for the course.

If you have any questions regarding Entry Requirements, please do get in touch with our friendly Admissions Team.

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About the Course

Delivered in both London and Bristol, the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making course is designed to offer the actor the strongest and most comprehensive of foundational years training. Working within an ensemble training environment, students receive holistic training in the foundational processes and practices necessary to establish thriving and contemporary careers, aimed at empowering a sustainable life as an actor and theatre maker for both stage and screen.
Designed to suit those at the start of their professional acting journey, training on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making course takes place across three study blocks of Fourth Monkey’s unique vocational thematic structure of ACT. MAKE. MOVE. COLLABORATE.

Fourth Monkey is proud to develop ‘artists’ as well as actors and to us, the training journey encompasses learning in not only how to act, but how to move, make work and collaborate with others. According to the industry itself, this is the modern ‘actor’, and we are passionate about supporting them to thrive.

I have grown massively as an actor and as a person. I have discovered so many new angles and disciplines…I believe this course has majorly helped me develop as an actor and creator.


Bristol CertHE student 2022

Students begin their training by exploring physical, vocal, and acting practices which connect body, breath and thought, helping them identify their own impulses and develop a personal process as an actor, mover, and maker with the combined objective of enabling them to access contemporary and classical text, craft embodied character and create original work of their own.
Understanding and professional skillsets develop cumulatively and individually, with learning being integrated into scene and text-based work as students’ progress through the course, whilst the development of original devised work is celebrated throughout several creative projects.

Real-world industry knowledge alongside practical experience through technique classes, workshops, masterclasses, and professional preparation culminate in a final study block where students are given opportunity to showcase their emerging skills as imaginative intuitive, actors, performers, and creative artists in a public performance season.

The Monkey House

The Bamboo House

Core Modules

  • Gobbledygook
  • The Body & Objects
  • Mono Monkey
  • Express Yourself
  • Contemporary Play Project
  • Ensemble Devising Project


Core Practices and
Training Methods

  • Meisner
  • Uta Hagen
  • Voice
  • Laban
  • Clown
  • Lecoq
  • Screen Auditions and the art of the Self-tape
  • Monologue Work
  • Classical & Contemporary Scene Study
  • Stage Combat
  • Puppetry

Course Delivery

Students training on Fourth Monkey’s CertHE Acting & Theatre Making work alongside acclaimed, established industry professionals on the core thematic modules of their training.



This module is designed to explore, experiment with, and expand the vocal range and habitual movement patterns as an actor through a variety of practices and disciplines. Exploring work with text, voice, and movement this module affords the actor in training the space to commence their own developmental understanding of physical embodiment and vocal expression.


The Body & Objects

This module is a playful and physical exploration of the actor as maker and mover. In this module, students will be introduced to the body as an expressive and communicative instrument. Through the work of a range of international practitioners and practices students will build physical strength, stamina and co-ordination and will have the opportunity to explore expression and communication with their body, puppets and / or through object manipulation.


Mono Monkey

This module further explores working with both classical and contemporary text in both scene study work and in monologue form for stage and screen / self-tape. Students will prepare and perform their scene work for an audition setting and will be supported to utilise the self-discovery and self-exploration found in the previous modules, to inform their text choices. Students will also be expected to integrate the physical, vocal, and acting techniques learnt therein into their performance work and in conjunction with the above, they will be afforded the opportunity to learn how to analyse text, make character choices, embody acting choices, and utilise imagination, in support of their development in this module.

Express Yourself

This module offers the creative freedom to investigate, explore, develop, and communicate a solo performance piece / creative solo project of the students choosing. Using source material or creative impetus, students will be supported to self-generate and realise an artistic performance or creative project. This module and the work therein is designed to celebrate the students individual, artistic and creative self, culminating in a final performance.

The purpose of this module is to give every student an opportunity to find their own unique place within this theatrical, creative, and artistic industry and to allow you them to unrestrainedly follow their creative passion wherever it takes them.


Contemporary Play Project

Following the final assessments on the CertHE Fourth Monkey’s performance bootcamp affords the company of students an opportunity to work toward a final contemporary text performance project as a conclusion to the course. This project is very much designed to allow the students to express themselves, their learning and development in a final public facing performance which can be shared with friends and family.


Ensemble Devising Project

Similarly, to the Contemporary Play Project, the Ensemble devising project concludes the student’s journey and affords them the opportunity to devise a final performance piece as an ensemble company. This project enables them to employ the learning from the year in a piece of originally devised work that is shared in a final public facing performance which again, can be shared with friends and family.

It’s been a challenge but in the best way possible. I’ve become so much better as a performer and as an actor just in the first few months that I’ve been here.


Course Delivery

The CertHE Acting & Theatre Making is delivered by experienced practitioners, who work with our students to share their passion, specialist knowledge and industry experience to create an accessible, inclusive, and dynamic working environment.

An accredited vocational course designed to enable the student to learn through the process of practice and ‘doing’. This course runs over the duration of one academic year, commencing in September and the core framework focused on providing a generous, creative ensemble learning environment, something Fourth Monkey as a school and indeed our alumnus are renowned for.

The full-time course allows students to engage intensively and holistically with their training, promoting a fully immersive and concentrated experience whilst enabling a considered sense of space and life balance. With contact training hours ranging from 24-30 hours per week dependent on the study block, students have space to support their learning and life balance with a part-time job should there be a need to do so, whilst self-study and self-led studio time is expected of all students outside of their core training hours.

After the first two study blocks, formal credit bearing assessments for the Certificate of Higher Education qualification will be complete. The final study block is constructed entirely as a professional enhancement and performance opportunity delivered as part of an additional Fourth Monkey certificate.

The CertHE course is delivered at both of Fourth Monkey’s dedicated training centres – The Monkey House in London and The Bamboo House in Bristol.

In London CertHE training hours of delivery are Monday – Wednesday / Thursday evenings (17:00 – 22:00) and Saturdays (09:00 – 18:00) to enable students living and working in London to support student learning with daytime self-study / self-led studio time or employment.

Whilst in Bristol CertHE training hours of delivery are Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 16:00 / 17:00 with Fridays designated as a self-study / self-led studio day.

Student Destinations

CertHE Acting & Theatre Making students graduate with a grounding in professional readiness – knowledgeable and prepared actors and creative makers, who are ready to take the next steps in their professional actor training journey.

Students studying on Fourth Monkey’s accredited CertHE Acting & Theatre Making foundation course have progressed onto BA Acting studies at ArtsEd, Central, East 15, Guildhall, LIPA, LAMDA, Mountview, Oxford School of Drama, RADA, Rose Bruford & Royal Scottish Conservatoire, as well as continuing their studies with Fourth Monkey by progressing onto our own BA (Hons) Acting.

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