About Acting Courses
Acting is the ability to perform a part in a movie, teleshow, drama/theatre and the like. Acting needs voice modulation, the portrayal of emotional and fun scenes with equal importance to detail and importance to facial expressions, diction, dubbing, and movement. Acting requires the ability to improvise, memorize and enchant the audience so they might want to see more of the actor/actress. It is very necessary for an actor/actress to have the ability to hold the attention of their viewer through various small nuances that form the art of acting.
Acting can be pursued as a full-fledged Bachelor’s degree. Someone willing to pursue a career in acting can get a Bachelor’s in Acting, or a Bachelor’s in Drama (Honours) or Theatre Arts (B.T.A) if their interest lies in Theatrics. There are options for Masters too, such as Masters in Theatre or Indian Theatre. If one wants to act after earning a degree in acting they can go on to get a Ph.D. in Dramatics or Indian Theatre.
There are Advanced Diploma courses in Acting, Acting and Drama, Dramatic Arts and Theatre Arts as well. These can be pursued both as Post Graduate Diploma Courses as well as regular Diploma Courses. There are certificate courses in Acting and Acting Foundation too.
Some good acting schools in the country are
- Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
- National School of Drama
- Whistling Woods International
- National Institute of Film and Fine Arts (NIFFA)
The Bachelor’s programme usually runs for 3 years and there are 6 semesters under it. The Master’s programme runs for 2 years and 4 semesters. As for the Diploma courses, they can range from 1-3 years.
Certificate courses are usually for 1-6 months. The Post Graduation Diploma course can run up to 2 years.
For someone willing to pursue acting as a career, they can try looking into the specific requirements of the particular acting institute they wish to join. Certain schools conduct entrance tests whereas some conduct acting demo sessions to understand the student’s aptitude in the field. Since candidates can apply to act courses immediately after they complete their 10+2 (for Bachelor’s) the entrance test is the most common procedure of admitting students.
For the Bachelor’s programme, eligibility is 10+2 from a recognized board in any field – Arts, Commerce or Science. For the PG Diploma course, a graduate degree is a must. For the Master’s programme, a graduate degree or its equivalent is a must. For certificate and diploma courses, 10+2 is considered valid.
The examination is usually conducted during end semesters and mid semesters and consists of all that has been studied through practical classes as well as through classroom studies. Final examinations usually include play productions or acting out parts in a play or drama. Students might have to perform plays and projects in order to pass in their course. The final semester also included an internship which a student must do in order to get the certificate or degree he/she has applied for.
Jobs and Career Opportunities
For students who have a degree in Acting, they can enter the following specialized fields
- Movie Acting
- Television Acting
- Theatrical Acting
- Voice Over Artist
- Brand Ambassador
- Stage Show Anchors
- Television Show Host
- Stage Performer
- Acting Trainer
Employment opportunities are abundant in the field of acting through
- Advertising Agencies
- Acting Institutes
- Modeling Agencies
- Music Companies
- Acting Workshops
- Movie Production Houses
India is home to one of the largest acting industries in the world and it is said that if one is really good in the art they are performing then chances of success are in plenty. Although the field is extremely lucrative, it is also extremely competitive. Also, luck plays an important factor too, along with talent, since there are thousands who aspire to become actors every day and thus get into the rat race. The Television Industry is also a booming and upcoming industry and has offered in plenty. Since work hours and pay scales are not really fixed for an actor, it is also a very risky profession as it lacks stability. If one has good sources, stable projects, and contacts, then sustaining a career in acting can be a little easy, else it can be very tough to survive.