The Regional Drama School in Cannes (École régionale d’acteurs) is a higher education level establishment devoted to training to become an actor and performer. The three-year long course is run in Cannes for the first two years and then in Marseille for the third. The university level DNSPC diploma (Diplôme national supérieur professionnel de comédien) is approved by the government. Those students who so wish may complete their studies with a degree in Performing Arts thanks to our partnership with Aix-Marseille University (AMU). The theme of the third-year curricula reinforces students’ abilities to work as professionals and to address the public.
The ERAC is a signatory of the higher education in drama platform, a platform set up by the Ministry of culture in 2003. It is fully involved in establishing the common principles of quality: places interpretation at the heart of teaching, underlines the importance of essential and fundamental technical skills, general and theatrical culture open to other fields of art as well as preparing students to work as professionals.
The course provided by the ERAC aims to offer students with a balanced yet rich and diverse education in the subjects taught and the workshops proposed are structured to encourage and accompany their projects.
First imagined more than 10 years ago by the teams of the ERAC and ISTS (Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle - Higher Institute for Technical Studies in the Performing Arts), the IMMS opens its doors today. Inaugurated on 3 September 2015, the Institut Méditerranéen des Métiers du Spectacle is a place for training and innovation in the fields associated with the acting profession (in initial and further training).
This institute houses three sections of the CFA (Centre de Formation des Apprentis – Apprentice Training Centre) as well as the third year students at the ERAC, a bridge between training and professionalism. This building occupies 2500m2 on three levels, with in its heart the Michel Corvin Room, complete with a rehearsal studio, digital control booth, conference room and classrooms.
The Michel Corvin Room is the strong point of the project: here the students and apprentices evolve in a theatre, a realistic and very technically demanding space.
CANNES - MARSEILLE
ONE SCHOOL - TWO SITES
Historically the ERAC has always existed in Cannes and Marseille.
The School in Cannes develops the first two years of its curricula centred on the acquisition of the fundamental techniques inherent to acting. It has several work spaces: the Barety Villa and studios on the Boulevard de Lorraine.
The third year is devoted to learning about working as a professional and entering the working environment: based in Marseille, a true crossroads for actors in the south of France. According to the projects proposed, the young actors are taught to work across the whole of France as well as abroad.
The curriculum at the ERAC is based on the principle of developing individual skills within a collective study group. This specific approach depends on a specific alchemy: developing the autonomy of the young actor through contact with a multitude of experiences and thus forging their ability to adapt to the continual changes in the field of the dramatic arts. This curriculum is only possible thanks to the synergies set up within the education offered where the young actor stands in a pivotal position.
The curriculum is articulated, for each year, around four workshops: in interpretation (each lasting 8 weeks), the fundamentals (body, voice, space and drama), specific workshops (puppets, clowns, high wire) and a variety of encounters with professionals. One aspect of the course requires the students to develop individual as well as group projects.
DNSPC - DIPLÔME NATIONAL SUPÉRIEUR PROFESSIONNEL DE COMÉDIEN (Higher Education Professional Diploma in Acting)
Since 2008, the ERAC has obtained accreditation from the Ministry of Culture to deliver the DNSPC (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Comédien – Higher Education Professional Diploma in Acting). This three-year course is validated by continuous assessment of knowledge and skills.
During the first two years, the technical, theoretical and interpretation courses run throughout the week; the fundamental skills are taught during the interpretation courses. The programme is organised into modules composed of an interpretation workshop with its associated technical teaching classes. Each module is capitalised in ECTS credits (European Course Credit Transfer system) as developed by the European Union to facilitate the recognition of educational courses run in different European countries.
In the third year, the course concentrates on workshop/productions run in professional settings with renowned artistic directors. Thus
The fundamental skills of acting: technical and reflexive approach to the actor’s language
Role-playing, experimentation and research
The actor: artiste/creator
Addressing different publics and different establishments
The teaching offered is free of charge, the students benefit from the student status thus enabling them to acquire the benefits inherent to this status: grants, national insurance coverage, CROUS services (regional organisation providing student bursaries, accommodation, restaurants and cultural activities, foreign student reception, etc.…)
Each year welcomes 14 students (7 women and 7 men)