Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 or discount codes.

    To apply, please email with the heading “Programme Payment Plan Request”.

    (i) workshop name you want to sign up for
    (ii) your name
    (iii) your email
    (iv) your contact number
    (v) preferred mode of payment (e.g. online debit/credit card or cash)

    How the instalment works. We will divide the workshop fee by three.

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

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

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

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

    Yes, you can. Simply email with the heading “Workshop Audit”.

    With the following information:
    (i) workshop name you want to sign up for
    (ii) your name
    (iii) your email
    (iv) your contact number

  • 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 actor training/technique workshops, workshops that lead to productions, masterclasses, and several acting and creativity intensives.

    For our acting workshops, we usually accept students above the age of 17, unless otherwise stated.

    For some of our workshops, 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.

    Twitter: @hcac_sg
    Instagram: @hcac_sg

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

    A semester is typically 8 weeks in duration. We have 5 semesters in 2019.


    Semester 1: January 7th – March 3rd

    Semester 2: March 18th – May 12th

    Semester 3: May 27th – July 21st

    Semester 4: August 5th – September 29th

    Semester 5: October 14th – December 8th

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    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.
    • We are partnering with organisations to secure a variety of discounts for our students when they shop and dine. Currently, we have:
      • Sideways
        – All day happy hour (Tuesdays to Fridays)
        – 10% food items (Tuesday to Fridays)
      • CreatureS
        – 10% off lunch sets ($28++) *(only applicable Tues-Thurs excluding PH)
        – High Tea Promotions (With any cake purchase, top up $1 for Hot Tea),
        – $10 House Pour Wine (ALL DAY)
        – 1 for 1 Sapporo (ALL DAY)
        – Haque Truffle Fries at $10 (U.P. $15)

    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.

  • What is the difference between the "Lee Strasberg's Method Acting (intro)" course and the "Lee Strasberg's Improvisation" course?

    For the Lee Strasberg (Intro) workshop you’ll be working on building a solid technique that will encompass how you can prepare
    for scenes physically, mentally and emotionally/spiritually. The work we will do in this workshop is mostly solo work. You will be able to use what you learn in this workshop to help you prepare for any role be it TV, theatre or Film.
    In the Lee Strasberg Improvisation workshop, you’ll be working in pairs to create half an hour improvised/structured scenes based around a specific topic where one of you will be pro that topic and the other will be anti the topic. The whole idea is to teach you to create believable characters who have strong, passionate beliefs from their core. With that training you will learn how to advocate for characters and belief systems that are outside of your habits and comfort zone. This is particularly useful when you are given a script and you need to find a way to invest deeply into the script and character.
  • 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.