Your Start in the Industry
With film production in B.C. at an all-time high, now is the time to develop the skills for a career in film and television. Join us at VAD Arts and take the first step to becoming a working actor!
Our signature full-time Acting for Film & TV program is an intensive 8-month acting career development program that is fully designated by the provincial and federal governments.
Graduate equipped with a diploma, professional headshots, audition demo reel, and the skills and confidence to launch your professional acting career in film, television, or theatre.
The program’s rigorous learning schedule consists of in-class study and assigned homework set by our professional faculty. This is balanced by a supportive group of students, enthusiastic and commited instructors, and the opportunity to study in the beautiful city of Victoria, B.C. We combine two of the most successful acting techniques used in modern actor training — Movement Psychology and Meisner Approach — to develop performers who excel in front of the camera and in front of a live audience. As a VAD Arts student, you will gain a foundation in naturalistic acting techniques that prepares you for a successful career in film, television, and theatre.
We are auditioning NOW for the 2017/18 A program which runs September 25, 2017 to May 25, 2018.
Want to get started or simply find out more?
September 25, 2017 – May 25, 2018
$13,000 CDN (+ GST). Please contact us for international tuition cost.
Please see our Refund Policy.
Scene Study – The nuts and bolts of acting
Tradition – Accessing your “tools” and the art of preparation
Voice and Speech – Total voice training in the Kirsten Linklater/Patsy Rodenburg traditions (includes an introduction to Shakespeare in Term II)
Movement Psychology – A linear diagnostic approach to creating character
Improvisation – Exploring authentic behaviour without pages
Meisner Approach – The art of living truthfully under imaginary circumstances
Shakespeare – An in-depth examination of the Bard’s writing: How to understand it, speak it, and play it
Movement – Developing your physical/emotional expression, response and range
Staged Combat – Safe fighting technique for stage and camera
Acting for Camera – The camera and you, set etiquette
Audition Technique and Career Development – Auditioning for film and TV, career management, resumes, and headshots
Performance Projects – These include live theatre performances, demo reels, and on-camera productions
“Any person looking to embark on a career as an actor would do well to study with Joe. He has the ability to understand and engage with actors in pragmatic language. He is able to shape each individual actor by holding them accountable to the work, while coaxing the best of who they are to come out and play in a safe environment. He is able to do this with a profound respect and love that very few acting coaches have. The knowledge that Joe passed on to me provided me with a strong foundation as an actor. To this day, any discovery I make in this art form has the fingerprints of Joe’s guidance and coaching.”, “Cosmopolis”, “Crash and Burn”, “The Listener”
“Joe is without question the finest teacher I have had in my entire life. His way of teaching can be intensely personal, but never invasive. How does he do that? I think I speak for all of us when I say that working with him has been a profoundly transformational experience. Thank you, Joe.”, Multi-award-winning theatre artist, Vancouver
“Graham McDonald’s style is like no other. He has the precision of a surgeon in his direction, and with his hands-on style, has the ability to completely reroute a scene, leaving the actors with a depth of understanding of themselves and their characters.”, Actor, Victoria