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Cameron Moz­ley — Act­ing Foun­da­tion Degree

Cameron Mozley Landscape

The great thing about this course, is you gain such a broad range of skills, so it doesn’t nar­row-down your career opportunities. 

Cameron — Act­ing FdA — 

Cameron, 21, has loved performing since an early age, but it wasn’t until joining College and receiving support and encouragement from his lecturers, that he really believed he could make it in the industry.

He’s now in his first year of the Lev­el 5 Act­ing Foun­da­tion Degree, based at the College’s new City Hub, and hopes to work in TV or film in the future. Here’s what he told us about his course and his future plans.

I’ve always want­ed to be an actor or work with­in per­form­ing arts in some shape or form. I remem­ber as a kid I loved watch­ing films and dress­ing up. It’s some­thing I’ve always been inter­est­ed in, but I know it’s a com­pet­i­tive indus­try and I’ll need to work hard to make it.”

Cameron start­ed on the College’s Act­ing Lev­el 2 UAL Diplo­ma, fol­lowed by the Act­ing Lev­el 3 BTEC Extend­ed Diplo­ma. He was able to retake his GCSE maths and Eng­lish along­side the course. 

I was nev­er very aca­d­e­m­ic at school. GCSE Dra­ma was the one sub­ject I felt good at. I knew that if I want­ed to go fur­ther, I need­ed to pass Eng­lish and maths. Because I had a goal this time round, it was so much eas­i­er to focus on get­ting the pass grades I needed.

There wasn’t many lads in my school who took dra­ma, so when I joined the Col­lege and found myself with a group of peo­ple who all shared the same pas­sion for per­form­ing arts, it all just seemed to fall into place.” 

Rather than pro­gress­ing to dra­ma school, Cameron con­tin­ued on at Col­lege to study the Lev­el 5 Act­ing Foun­da­tion Degree.

Stay­ing in a city I know, with all my friends and fam­i­ly around me, felt right. I could have inter­viewed for dra­ma school but I knew I could achieve the same high­er-lev­el qual­i­fi­ca­tion here at Col­lege. You get so much atten­tion and sup­port from your tutors. It made no sense to go elsewhere.”

Oppor­tu­ni­ties and indus­try links

We’ve had Direc­tors from Coro­na­tion Street come in to speak to us, actors from Emmerdale, as well as renowned vocal coach, Mark De-Liss­er — it’s great! The lec­tur­ers go above and beyond too, for­ev­er find­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for us, even dur­ing lock­down. They’re not just lec­tur­ers here; they’ve been in the indus­try them­selves and have loads of expe­ri­ence and advice to share.”

Ben­e­fits of the course

My heart is in TV and film, but the great thing about this course, is you gain such a broad range of skills, so it doesn’t nar­row-down your career oppor­tu­ni­ties. I’m cur­rent­ly learn­ing about set design, light­ing and sound and I’m real­ly enjoy­ing it. You get a well-round­ed learn­ing expe­ri­ence — it’s not just about acting.” 

Cameron plans to com­plete the Per­form­ing Arts BA (Hons) Top-up Degree at Col­lege before pur­su­ing a job in TV/​Film.

I’ve come this far and I’d real­ly like to top-up my qual­i­fi­ca­tion to a full degree when I can. At school I nev­er thought I would end up with a uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el degree, but here I am, a step clos­er to mak­ing it happen.

An FdA or Degree is a qual­i­fi­ca­tion you’ve got for life. If I’m going up against some­one sim­i­lar in a future inter­view and I have a high­er-lev­el qual­i­fi­ca­tion, it could make all the difference.”

Interested in a creative career like Cameron?