Fees & Funding
How much does the Actor Development Programme cost?
The course is free to take part in, but we are unfortunately unable to provide assistance with the associated costs such as accommodation or transport to and from our base, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. We do provide support for the cost of travel when we are touring. See below for more information about working around the course and benefit information.
How is the course funded?
Peer Productions draws down Education Funding Agency funding through our contract with JACE Training. This supports our delivery of the course, and enables us to provide it free to participants.
Can I get a student loan to cover costs?
As the Actor Development Programme is not a university course you cannot get a student loan to cover your costs. However, this does mean that it does not affect your student loan status for any course you may wish to do in the future. You would also be unlikely to be eligible for a Career Development Loan.
Are bursaries available?
Our course is completely free and therefore we are currently unable to provide bursaries for any students as there are no fees that need to be covered.
Confused? Have questions? First see if we have answered them below, but if you still have further questions or would like clarification on anything you have read here, please get in touch using the contact form here, or give us a ring on 01483 476 825 and we will happily answer any question you might have.
Frequently Asked Question's
What are the normal working hours?
Your core hours will be Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm. You are expected be ready to start at 10am, the building will be open from 9.30am. Times will vary when you are on tour. Generally, if you are in a school early in the morning you are given an earlier finish or time off later in lieu.
Do participants get holidays?
The course is made up of three terms. Participants will have time off at Christmas and Easter, with the course finishing at the end of July. These holidays will be roughly in line with Surrey school holidays however might vary depending on when projects happen during the year. Holidays will be confirmed at the beginning of the year and any variations to this will be discussed with the group. You will not get half term breaks.
Where do you tour to?
We mainly tour to schools within a 1hr driving radius of our base in Bracknell, however we do occasionally tour or run projects further afield. For projects and tours which require an overnight stay, the cost of this will be covered by Peer Productions, and basic subsistence will be paid. For all our projects, drivers will be reimbursed for petrol and travel expenses for those using public transport will be paid for anything over and above what it costs for the participant to get to our base in Bracknell.
Do you provide accommodation?
As a small charity we are not able to provide accommodation to our participants. We do however put you in touch with other members of the course who may also be moving so you can organise house shares.
Am I eligible for any benefits?
More information coming soon. For specific queries please contact us directly.
Will I get support with UCAS / Drama School applications?
The team at Peer Productions is keen that all our participants develop and thrive over the course of their time with us and to this end we offer pastoral and one-to-one support to you as both an artist and an individual. Part of this is includes your future plans, whether they be as a actor, creative, technician or otherwise. We provide individual and tailored support with UCAS and drama school applications and help with speeches and audition preparation. If higher education is not for you, then we also provide support with alternative options and will do what we can to help you to achieve your goals.
What have your graduates gone on to do?
Previous graduates have achieved places at top drama schools in the UK and America to study courses such as Acting, Musical Theatre, European Theatre Arts, Stage Combat and Applied Theatre among others, and then onto professional roles as actors, producers, directors and facilitators. Others have pursued non performance-based routes including sound production, stage make-up, project management, teaching, retail management and beauty therapy.
Where have previous successful applicants come from?
We are based in Bracknell, and many of our participants have come from Berkshire, Surrey and the surrounding areas. We welcome applications from young people aged 17 to 23 who are eligible to live and work in the UK. Historically, around a third of our participants each year are from outside our immediate area, coming from Glasgow, Newcastle, Cheshire, Liverpool, Devon, and Nottingham to name a few.
Can I get a job outside of Peer Productions?
As this is a full time programme, we are unable to allow course participants time off for work, however as core hours are Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm participants can consider evening or weekend work.
Whilst on tour, our core times will vary and there will be occasional evening or weekend requirement, however anything outside of normal hours will be agreed in advance. Participants should note that this is a strenuous and challenging course with coursework which will need to be undertaken outside of our core hours. You must therefore balance any external work alongside the requirements of the course.
I have a degree already, why can't I apply for the course?
As this course is supported by the Education Funding Agency, participants have to meet certain eligibility requirements. This funding is intended to support young people to progress forward with their education and is therefore not able to be accessed by those who have already achieved an undergraduate degree. Occasionally Peer Productions will make an exception to this rule particularly if you are from a group that is under represented in our applicants. Please contact our office to find out more.
What is a DBS Check and why will I need one?
A DBS check is what used to be known as a CRB check or criminal record check. As course participants work directly with and alongside young people in workshops and whilst touring plays, we require all participants to undergo an enhanced DBS check. This enables us to make sure that we are safeguarding both participants and young audience members. If you know your DBS check will show some kind of record but are interested in the course, please do get in touch to discuss this in confidence and we will advise you whether you would be eligible to apply.