Introducing ‘Acting for Screen’

Introducing ‘Acting for Screen’

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BY: Nicola King
15 November 2023

Trinity have recently launched a brand new, and very exciting, syllabus within our drama suite of qualifications- Acting for Screen. If you are wondering what this entails, and whether it would be suitable for your candidates, then this introduction to Acting for Screen should answer your questions.

What is Acting for Screen?

Acting for Screen is a new qualification designed for candidates who want to develop professional level skills in film and TV performance. It sits alongside our existing drama offer, which is primarily designed for stage performance, allowing candidates to develop a different set of acting and technical skills. Candidates could enter for Acting for Screen exams concurrently with graded exams, complimenting their graded exam journey, or it could be that candidates wish to focus solely on developing acting skills in this medium.

The exams are designed to enable candidates to perform confidently on screen, whilst developing communication skills and the ability to reflect on their learning process.

Who is this exam suitable for?

There are three levels for the Acting for Screen qualification: Screen One, Screen Two, and Screen Three, and these levels are open to candidates of any age (8 years +) or experience. Whether you have trained stage experience or are a complete newcomer, Acting for Screen is accessible to you.

Each level is recognised on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the highest level, Screen 3, is on the UCAS tariff (UCAS tariff points are subject to confirmation in March 2024).

Candidates will gain camera and screen skills, as well as confidence, which are needed for professional screen acting, but could be equally useful in other sectors and contexts, such as university or job interviews.

What tasks are involved?

The exams are spilt into three different task types: Ident, Performance, and Playback review, each of which is designed to develop industry relevant skills for the screen.

Performance tasks, such as monologue, dialogue and listening tasks, help candidates develop core screen acting skills, such as creating convincing performances, expressing character emotions, and mastering dialogue. They also build technical abilities for maintaining eyeline and adapting to different camera angles.

Ident and Playback Review tasks allow candidates to present directly to the camera, a vital skill in the digital age, while Playback Review also aids students in refining their performances by reviewing recordings during preparation.

Each level has clear assessment criteria and attainment descriptors so that teachers and candidates understand exactly what they need to demonstrate and how this will be assessed.

How is the exam taken?

Acting for Screen is digitally assessed, candidates will submit their individual task recordings to our exam submission platform; teachers who have already submitted a digital graded exam will be familiar with this platform. The tasks can be filmed on a smart phone or camera with no editing required, and so, again, the exam is extremely accessible, there is no specialist equipment needed.

Candidates will be asked to film throughout the rehearsal process capturing scenes. They will then review these takes and submit the ones in which they feel they have made their strongest performance choices.

The exam format reflects and develops industry-aligned skills essential for auditions, showreels and self-taping.

There are resources available to support with the filming process, explaining exactly how the different tasks should be framed.

When can I get started?

Acting for Screen exams will be available for booking from January 2024. To be the first to know when you can book your Acting for Screen exams, please sign up for our updates.

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