Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm an actor, why should I sign up for workshops at HCAC?

    HCAC offers comprehensive, carefully structured and rigorous actor training workshops and programmes. We believe in providing the actor with a stable and reliable framework for his work through various methods of acting.

    The actor’s instrument is his mind and body. This means that both the physical and mental muscles require consistent conditioning and research to keep the instrument sharp and prepared, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

    This is why we review our curriculum meticulously and constantly check in with our students’ progress here. Our immersive training programme contain both depth (i.e. 8 weeks programmes) and breadth (i.e. short intensives) modules.

    With training, actors become more acquainted with the strengths and weaknesses of their instrument, and are better able to be in control of it. They become more grounded in truth and are able to ensure greater sensitivity when approaching their work. Their work becomes more visceral, more in tune with the human condition and certainly, in most instances, more relatable.

    HCAC also offers one-on-one coaching sessions to help actors prepare for various industry-related scenarios e.g. audition coaching, role coaching etc. Actors will receive personalised feedback on their material. We believe in producing actors and performers whose work is serviceable to the industry.

  • I'm not an actor, why should I sign up for workshops at HCAC?

    Everyone can benefit from creativity and self-expression.

    In fast-moving societies (and particularly in Asia) people often suffer from high levels of stress. Many condition themselves to suppress their emotions and impulses, avoid taking risks, and fall into patterns of habit in their daily lives. Our programmes can help to release these unwanted tensions, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and experience life at its fullest.

    HCAC offers a safe, judgment-free environment where everyone is free to discover themselves. Through acting, you will explore your consciousness, heighten your self-awareness and develop your sensitivity to the people and world around you. This in turn will benefit your life and career.

    Even if you have no intentions of being an actor, our training can help you explore and express various facets of your personality. We aim to equip you will the skills to free your unique talent and creativity so that you become a confident, competing and effective communicator in your workplace and even at home.

  • How old do I have to be to sign up?

    At HCAC, we offer adult acting workshops, a Theatre Incubator for Teens programme and several acting and creativity intensives.

    For our adult acting workshops, we accept students above the age of 17.

    For our Theatre Incubator for Teens programme, we accept children between the ages of 12 to 17. Children who are interested to register for our workshops but are below the age of 12 will be considered on a case by case basis.

    For some of our acting and creativity intensives, we take in a group of mixed ages. Please refer to the individual description for each intensive under the ‘Programmes’ section of this website.

  • How many workshops can I sign up for?

    You may sign up for as many programmes as your schedule allows. Some programmes may have pre-requisites before admission. Please refer to the individual description for each programme under the ‘Programmes’ section of this website.

  • Can I repeat a workshop?

    At HCAC we believe in the benefits of continuous training and development, both as actors and as people.

    We design our programmes so that you may repeat them to deepen your understanding and enrich your skillset without feeling as if you are just learning the same thing over again. If you take the same programme again your coach will ensure there are new exercises and assignments to further your training and push your creative capabilities. Our priority is your personal and professional growth.

    If you are a Student Card holder you can receive 50% off when you repeat any programme that you have taken before.

  • Do you offer any bundle deals, rebates and discount codes?

    Yes, we do.

    All current students are entitled to $50 when they recommend HCAC to a friend. If your friend signs up for a programme, and once that friend has paid in full, you will be eligible for a $50 discount.

    There are discount codes that we release on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us to keep track as these codes are available for a limited time only.

    Facebook: www.fb.me/hcac.sg
    Twitter: @hcac_sg
    Instagram: @hcac_sg

  • Do you offer payment plans?

    Yes, we do.

    Payment plans essentially mean that you will be paying for your programme by instalments. Payment plans are only applicable for our 8 Week Programmes and some Short Intensives and cannot be used with any of our other discount deals.

    To apply, please email admin@hcac.sg with the heading “Programme Payment Plan Request”.

    Step 1: Register online. The 1st instalment of your payment will be due before the semester begins.

    Step 2: The 2nd instalment will be due on Week 2/Session 2 of the programme(s) you attend.

    Step 3: The last instalment will be due on Week 4 of the programme(s) you attend. (Or before the last session of the Short Intensive)

  • How long is one semester? How many semesters are there in a year?

    A semester is typically 8 weeks in duration. We have 6 semesters within a year.

    Here is the HCAC calendar:

     

    2017

    Semester 1: January 9th – March 4th

    Semester 2: March 6th – April 29th

    Semester 3: May 1st – June 24th

    Semester 4: July 3rd – August 26th

    Semester 5: August 28th – October 21st

    Semester 6: October 23rd – December 16th

    2017 Public Holidays

    Chinese New Year 28 Jan 2017
    29 Jan 2017
    30 Jan 2017
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Good Friday 14 Apr 2017 Friday
    Labour Day 1 May 2017 Monday
    Vesak Day 10 May 2017 Wednesday
    Hari Raya Puasa 25 Jun 2017
    26 Jun 2017
    Sunday
    Monday
    Mid-Year Break 26 Jun to 2 Jul 2017 Monday to Sunday
    National Day 9 Aug 2017 Wednesday
    Hari Raya Haji 1 Sep 2017 Friday
    Deepavali 18 Oct 2017 Wednesday

    If your regular session falls on a public holiday, we will arrange for an extra session to be held. This session will be held at the most convenient time for the majority of the programme participants. There will be no extra charge for this session.

  • What are some of the general benefits of being a student at HCAC?

    All new students and alumni are entitled to purchase a HCAC student card. The card is personalized with your name and has no expiry date. Ownership of the card entitles you to discounts at HCAC and with many partner organisations when you dine and shop.

    • Discounts for Repeated Workshops – With the completion of a workshop in good standing, you are entitled to a 50% discount when signing up for the workshop again.
    • Morsels – 10% off total bill + complimentary dessert + happy hour all night with min. spend of $60
    • SPRMRKT – 10% off regular F&B items
    • Koskos -10% off regular F&B items
    • Roots Kitchen Bar – 10% off non-promotional items

    Our other Student Benefits include: 

    Freedom to pitch and create your own work.
    Your work will be produced by Method Productions, and with mentorship from industry professionals.

    Access to rehearsal space and professional equipment.
    Rehearsal space rental can be expensive in Singapore. As a student, you get to rehearse in an affordable space and use the variety of film and lighting equipment available.

    Access to the HCAC library.
    Our library boasts a collection of hundreds of literature, scripts, monologues, plays and readings.

    First dibs on auditions or casting calls from casting directors.
    Our school is frequented by many working professionals, directors and casting agents. We often receive news about casting calls and our students are usually the first ones to hear about it.

    First dibs on new workshop openings.
    We regularly update our students on upcoming workshops every semester. We also conduct workshop previews for our students.

    Private networking sessions with industry professionals.
    The close knit community here at HCAC inspires a strong bond between teachers, directors and students.

    End of semester potluck. 
    During the potluck, we gather, showcase our work during the semester, dine and play with one another.

  • If I am a foreigner or on tourist visa, can I attend workshops at HCAC?

    Of course you can!

    If you are in Singapore and wish to enroll in any of our programmes, just ensure that your visa allows you to stay for the full duration of a typical semester (8 weeks). Alternatively we also run intensive introductory sessions and masterclasses which are usually one or two days in length.

    For your convenience, there are also several budget friendly hostels and hotels all within 5 minutes of HCAC. Contact us and we will gladly advise you on the possible accommodations available in the vicinity.

  • I'm not sure if HCAC is right for me, can I audit a workshop session?

    Yes, you can. Simply contact us for further information.