The summer camps at Dublin Central School of Acting are an  intensive week long workshop for 12-17 year olds.The course is specifically designed for young people with little or no experience in film-making or acting for camera – which is very different from stage acting!

At DCSA, students learn the difference between stage and film acting.
It is suitable for students who want to Act for Screen, or explore the possibility of Film Directing.

We start by looking at the basic principles of Film Acting and look behind the scenes at what the Directors input is plus how important editing is.

It is aimed at students who either want to be Film Directors or for those who want to be Screen Actors.If you want to be a be a director or actor – you need to know how to direct actors, and as an actor you need to know what to expect from a director. You have to learn how to work with each other – to communicate with each other and to understand their respective roles, so that the film is the best it can be – with both parties pulling together.The day is divided between instruction, followed by practicals – so all that is learnt in theory is immediately put into practice. We switch constantly from theory to “on set” demonstrations.

Topics covered:

The Casting Director – What exactly do they do, and how do you become a Casting Director for Films/T.V./Commercials?


What every Actor and Film Director needs to know. The Essentials! How to create a character and back-story.

The importance of Improvisation

Acting for camera: Camera angles, eye lines, and framing

What is a You Tube Blogger and how do you set up a Blog? Who is needed on a film set, and who is needed off a film set!
What exactly does everyone do from the “runner” to the “producer”.

Artistic Vision-

Auditions and Casting

How to communicate with the Actor and Crew.

How the  script is so important to any film.The key ingredients for a successful script – Theme, Character, Story structure, conflict, tension.How to break a script down.


We learn how to use the camera and how to light a set.
Crew up
Cast the roles


Shooting sample scenes using the knowledge learnt about camera angles and eye lines for camera.

Playback on screen

Summer 2018=2 camps to choose from: both in July

Monday to Friday 10-3pm
There are a choice of two camps:
Week one:
July 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
OR  week two
July 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th

Venue: The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Fee: E150-a full refund is available once notice is given two weeks prior to the commencement of the Camp.