Elevate Your Career with The ISA Diploma in Stunts & Action Acting: The Gold Standard in Stunt Education
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You can also visit our 'Short Courses' page for 1-2 week courses and weekend workshops.
IMPORTANT: Short courses and Workshops are great for skills development but we do not recommend anyone try to start a career based on a few weeks of training.
Our action-packed curriculum is a blend of academic study of our field and craft plus practical work, covering:
Our 1 year Diploma Course offers a minimum of 1550 accredited training hours, but because our Diploma Students live and train with us here at The Academy, alongside our Stunt Team and Guest Instructors, you gain full access to our facilities and experts all year long.
This enables you to easily gain in excess of 1,800 training hours or more. Also, if you want to join our Open Gym sessions, come to evening classes or weekend activities, or join other short courses during our holidays, they're all open to you.
There are many options for you maximise your study of acting and stunt training at The ISA, which is only possible because we are way more than just a 'stunt school'.
There is always something happening at The ISA and Students always get to hang out or join in. This is unique in the world of Stunt and Action training Courses, and this is why we are still the first and only accredited Stunt Academy anywhere in the world.
Some courses and facilities boast of their large numbers of students. That might seem impressive until you consider what that really means for students. Does a ratio of 1 Instructor to 30+ Students actually give you quality time, personal focus and a customised experience? Also how long are the queues for equipment and what does this mean in terms of 'attempts per hour' in your classes.
At the ISA we keep our classes small, and often have multiple qualified coaches and instructors in our classes.
Everyone here will know your name, your background, your individual style and your personal training needs.
We do this because of one thing that matters most ... Quality. At The ISA you will receive more than 2x the training hours of any other course available in the world, in a shorter and more intensive period of time, with a more personalised training experience. All delivered within a fully accredited Academy, Facility and Course / Curriculum. This is how we can pack so Action, Value and Quality into your Diploma, and its why ISA graduates final grades, skills, knowledge and reputations speak loudly.
It is for this reason we can say The ISA is setup to accelerate your learning, development and entry into a professional career.
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Stunt and Acting Careers
Stunt Performer for Film, TV and Live Shows
The most popular and straightforward career path is to progress into working as an independent performer in the vibrant and international world of work of performing Stunts and Stunt Acting roles for Film, TV and Live productions.
Become an Action Actor
This blends traditional Stunt Work and Acting into the unique discipline of Action Acting - someone who can both Act well and also safely perform their own Stunts. Think of actors like Tom Cruise who has become famous for this unique specialism.
Work as Coordinator
Start your path towards Creating, Overseeing and Organising Stunts for Film & TV productions.
Develop as a Stunt / Fight Choreographer
Designing and Choreographing fight or action sequences is central to your studies at The ISA so after graduation you will be well skilled in this area and how to develop amazing Choreo's and train others to deliver them.
Build Skills as a Second Unit Director
Often responsible for shooting the action scenes in movies, Second Unit Directors really benefit from solid experience in many aspects of Stunts and Action, and how they are planned, risk assessed, performed, filmed and edited. All of these skills are part of our Diploma course.
Specialised Stunt Performers
While many dream of working with Stunts. Not everyone is trained and ready to begin specialising in some of the more niche and unique Stunt Disciplines such as Fire Stunts, Weapons Work, Vehicle Stunts or High Falls. You'll graduate with the training to start a career in any of these areas
Working as Safety Crew
As part of your study you'll learn and qualify in many aspects of safety that apply to all productions and many other workplaces.
Start an International Career
Film, TV and Live Entertainments is a Global business and the skills, practices, methods and standards you'll train in at The ISA are designed to be globally portable, with Safety Standards set at the highest end of the industry. Join us and we'll prepare you for an International Career.
Other Great Career Opportunities
Parkour is one of the Stunt Disciplines you'll study at The ISA and here you'll learn that with a unique twist. The ability to navigate spaces and perform creatively for Stunt Work will set you up to become a very unique Parkour Trainer / Instructor
Personal Trainer or Fitness Consultant:
Training, Fitness, Training Disciplines and Advanced Nutrition are a huge part of The ISA experience. Your studies, training and qualification will make you very well suited to personal training, or perhaps even specialised stunt-based fitness regimes.
Managing a Gym, Activity or Climbing Centre
Through your qualification you will be well skilled in many aspects of how to ensure safety and quality in any activity / activity orientated business
Martial Arts Work
Stunt work often involves a strong foundation in various martial arts.
Health & Safety Inspector / Advisor
Your understanding of physical limits and safety measures could make you invaluable in a corporate or construction setting.
Especially for companies that deal with physically demanding activities, like adventure sports companies
Coordinator for Film/TV:
Designing and delivering physical challenges and activities that are not only fun but also safe.
Team Building & Live Events
Funding For Nordic Students:
For Norwegian Students
Lånekassen (The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund)
As an accredited academy, The ISA is recognised by Lånekassen, allowing Norwegian students to apply for educational loans and grants. These funds can cover your course fee, accommodation, and even some lifestyle costs.
How to Apply: Visit the Lånekassen website to begin your application process.
For Swedish Students
CSN (Centrala studiestödsnämnden)
Swedish students can seek financial assistance through CSN, which offers both grants and loans for higher education.
How to Apply: Head over to the CSN website to explore your options and apply.
For Icelandic Students
LÍN (Icelandic Student Loan Fund)
Students from Iceland can explore funding options through LÍN, which provides educational loans that cover tuition, accommodation, and additional costs.
How to Apply: Check out the LÍN website for more information on applying.
For Danish Students
SU (Statens Uddannelsesstøtte)
Danish citizens may qualify for the state educational support program, commonly known as SU, when studying at ISA.
How to Apply: Information and applications are available at the SU website.
For Finnish Students
Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland)
Finnish students can apply for student financial aid through Kela for studies abroad, including grants and government-guaranteed student loans.
How to Apply: Visit Kela’s website for more details.
Students from Greenland and the Faroe Islands
Special arrangements often exist for students from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and it's worth exploring local governmental bodies for education grants or subsidies.
Additional Links and Resources
Funding For International Students:
National Educational Loans and Grants
Depending on your home country, you may be eligible for educational loans or grants to study abroad.
National Film Bodies
Consider applying for financial aid from your National Film Board or other Film / TV / Cinema focused governmental or enterprise funding bodies. Often they have funds in place to support performers or those entering the industry.
Scholarships for the Performing Arts
Many countries offer scholarships specifically for the arts; this can be a great avenue for partial or full funding.
Overseas Study Grants
Some countries provide grants for students looking to study abroad.
Because The ISA is an accredited academy and our Diploma gains 60 ECTS credits many International Students can apply for transferrable grants or loans from their home country's educational funding authorities enabling them to study
with us. The ISA is also a member of Erasmus+
Platforms like Kickstarter or GoFundMe can allow you to raise small amounts of money from a large number of people. Make sure to create a compelling story to inspire potential donors.
Reach out to companies related to film, stunts, or performing arts for sponsorship. In return, you can offer to promote them during your coursework or future projects.
Local Community Grants
Many local organisations and community groups can offer small grants for educational endeavours.
Freelancers & Digital Nomads
With classes and personal time that are well structured and consistent throughout the year its easy to use existing skills to complete online / remote work or take freelance opportunities while you study, to subsidise your education
Discover Your Inner Warrior in Norway
The Viking Spirit
Train at The ISA and connect with the valor and spirit of the Vikings—a culture renowned for their fearlessness and tenacity. Our expert instructors integrate the Viking ethos to develop discipline, resilience, and a formidable warrior mindset.
Norway’s Mesmerising Landscape
Situated amidst Norway’s lush forests and serene lakes, The ISA provides a tranquil backdrop for intense training. Utilize your free time for hiking, swimming, or simply soaking in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Endurance, Survival Skills, and More
Our training goes beyond stunts and acting; from survival skills in wilderness to obstacle course training, we ensure you’re prepared for the dynamic challenges of the stunt industry.
A Thriving Community
From Day 1, you’re part of a family—a community that shares common dreams, struggles, and victories. The bonds you form here will not just make your training enjoyable but will also serve as a valuable network for your professional future.
Why Choose The ISA?
Here at The ISA, we offer a unique combination of world-class training, an accredited curriculum, and an inspiring cultural and natural environment. Set in the rugged terrains and rich Viking history of Norway, we provide a truly unmatched and immersive experience for budding Stunt Performers and Action Actors.
Welcome to The ISA way, get ready for the journey of a lifetime!
"OK, I want to join"
To join us please complete the Application Form (see below). Remember to add some videos or links to show us who you are and what you can do!
"I've sent the application, what happens next?"
After you have sent in your application we will contact you by email within 1 week via email to book your audition / interview. This can be face-to-face at The ISA or a video call.
Please contact us if you haven't heard back after 5 working days (sometimes email will go to a spam/junk folder).
You will receive a decision within 1 week
If your interview is successful we will contact you by email and offer you one of the following places:
Apply below and you could be joining The ISA Class of 24/25
to gain your ISA Diploma in Stunt Performance and Action Acting, ready to kickstart your Professional Career in The exciting world of TV, Film & Live Entertainments next year!