Oh yes, I started this post with a Monty Python quote. You heard me right. Now onto the serious stuff….
All acting courses cover the basic stuff but the little differences are what tell you whether or not that course is for you. (There are other things as well like the teachers, the students etc but the content is important.) The course content can include specific people that you study/practice their theories, playwrights or modules on a technique like pilates or the Alexander Technique.
What I did before I applied to any schools I looked at their content, researched and then if I liked something or discovered something new I started looking into it. If I liked most of the course content then I applied. If the course content was not to my liking then I did not apply. There will usually be one little thing in a course that you think “that isn’t for me” but I am talking about a severe dislike for many things in the course or if the main focus of the course goes against your beliefs. There is no point applying to course if you will spend your time either unhappy or arguing with your lecturers. When the panellists are discussing whether or not to accept you into their school they are doing exactly this, ‘will this individual benefit from our particular method of teaching and acting’. The course overview is clearly displayed on all websites so don’t ignore it or just glance over it.
I hope this post contains information that is actually helpful. I know at the beginning of this whole whirlwind someone had nailed this into my head better than I did to myself. So here is me nailing it into yours in the vain hope some of it goes in!
Below is the link to the course content for the BA in Acting (or thereabouts) at a majority of the top drama schools in Britain, some I have left off are Drama Studio, The Oxford School of Drama and University of the Arts London; there are reasons for not including them but I would still recommend you check them out. I would recommend looking at each, studying them in detail and re-evaluate the school a bit. I did not apply for all these courses they are simply all the drama schools that are worth applying for (in my opinion) but they may not all be to your specific liking.
ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) http://www.alra.co.uk/index.php/Courses/three-year-acting-ba-hons-overview.html
Arts Ed (Arts Educational Schools London) http://artsed.co.uk/acting/acting-ba-course-overview
BSA (Birmingham School of Acting) https://www.bcu.ac.uk/pme/school-of-acting/courses/acting-ba-hons
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School http://www.oldvic.ac.uk/courses/full-time-adult-learning/three-year-professional-acting.html
East 15 http://east15.ac.uk/study-ba-acting.asp
Guildford School of Acting http://gsauk.org/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-acting/
Guildhall (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/acting/programmes/ba_honours_in_acting/
Italia Conti (The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts) http://www.italiaconti.com/courses.html
LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) http://www.lipa.ac.uk/content/Courses/UndergraduateCourses2/BAHonsActingPerformingArts/ModuleInformation.aspx
LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) http://www.lamda.org.uk/drama-school/all-courses/acting-courses/ba-hons-in-professional-acting
Manchester Met (Manchester Metropolitan University) http://www.theatre.mmu.ac.uk/courses/ba-acting/
Mountview (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts) http://www.mountview.org.uk/performance/3-year-acting.html
Rose Bruford (Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance) http://www.bruford.ac.uk/courses/acting.aspx?pv=2
RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) http://www.rada.ac.uk/courses/acting-and-performance/ba-hons-in-acting/course-overview
Central (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) http://cssd.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/ba-hons-acting/ba-hons-acting-acting
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland http://www.rcs.ac.uk/undergraduate/acting/outline.html
Royal Welsh (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) http://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/courses/ba_acting.aspx