gap year acting and film

Gap Year@

The Château

Join our creative community of artists at Chateau le Mont Epinguet in Normandy, France.

Berridge Programs offers gap year and summer high school experiences in the arts in the US, England, Ireland and France.  We create nurturing communities in inspiring settings that empower young artists with an expanded sense of self, passion for their art, a wider perspective on the world and the confidence to navigate the challenges of college, career and life.

film program ireland

Spring 2021 Gap Year

FILM PROGRAM IN IRELAND

Learn the craft of filmmaking while travelling through Ireland's beautiful West Country. 

summer acting program

Summer@ The Château

Study Acting or Filmmaking this summer at Chateau le Mont Epinguet in Normandy, France.

Andrea Mardon
Duane Daniels

Faculty @

Berridge

Our faculty bring with them decades of experience in television, film and stage. Passion for creating is at the heart of everything we do and our commitment to helping you succeed in your artistic life creates a supportive community like no other.

faculty
gap year acting

Autumn 2021

Gap Year

CLASSICAL ACTING PROGRAM

A rigorous actor training program exploring how classical theatre translates across the centuries and into modern performance.  

gap year writing program

Winter 2022

Gap Year

WRITERS RETREAT

Live in a community of writers, attend classes, complete personal writing projects and travel to Paris for our Literary Paris Week.

summer high school theatre

GENERATE/2021

A multi-disciplinary program for visual and performing artists to create and premiere original work.

THEATRE

FILM

DANCE

STUDIO ART

PHOTOGRAPHY

MUSIC

WRITING

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, California

Follow your passion

Explore below to discover programs that match your interests. 

ACTING


All of our Gap Year and Summer Programs offer Acting majors. Study Classical Acting at our Autumn Gap Year in England and France or enjoy a wide range of classes and workshops on our Summer Acting Program in France. Create original work at Generate/2021 in California or write your own work for performance at our Winter Gap Writers Retreat.




FILM


Learn the art of visual storytelling on our Film Programs: Spring Gap In Ireland - 6 week Film Program (Independant, Documentary, and/or Commercial) Summer Gap in France - 6 week Film Program (Independant Filmmaking) Winter Writers Reatreat in France - 6 Week Writing Program with Filmmaking option (Independant, Documentary, Feature and/or Commercial)




SHAKESPEARE


Study Shakespeare on our Summer Acting Program in France for Gap or High School students. Do a 6-week Classical Acting Program with a focus in Shakespeare in England which extends to France for another 6-week program focusing on Shakespeare in Performance.




SCREENWRITING


Learn the craft of screenwriting and have your script shot on our Film Programs in England, Film Program in France or at Generate/2021 in California. Get your screenplay completed and learn about filmmaking on our Winter Writers Reatreat in France.




COLLEGE PREP


Prepare for college admissions on any of our Gap Year Programs in France or England and our Summer Acting and Film Programs in France. Boost your audition repretoire and technique, build your portfolio, get help with your college essay and connect with alumni from top colleges around the world.





DIRECTING


Major in Film Directing on any of our Summer Gap Year or Winter Gap Year Programs. Study Directing as an elective on our Summer Acting Program or Summer Film Program for both Gap Year and High School students.




MUSIC


If you play any instrument or are a vocal artist you can study Music Composition and Performance at Generate/2021 in California, our program dedicated entirely to original work. Spend a semester in France composing and recording your personal work at the Winter Artists Retreat in France which welcomes all arts disciplines. Score music for films at any of our Film Programs in England or France.




MOVEMENT THEATRE


Study college level Acting courses in Movement-Based Theatre on our Summer Gap Year in England or Classical Acting Program in France which explores the work of Jacques Le Coq and Gaulier.




WRITING (Screen, Play, Creative and Journalism)


Join our Winter Writers Retreat and attend classes with professional writers as you complete your personal writing projects. We have three concentrations: Writing for Performance, Creative Writing and Journalism. Experience life in rural France and a week in Paris on our Literary Paris Week.




WORK EXPERIENCE


Gain valuable work experience on any of our Gap Year Programs in France. Help us prepare meals, work in the garden, learn simple building and DIY skills and learn the business of running a historical property.





DIRECTING


Major in Film Directing on any of our Summer Gap Year or Winter Gap Year Programs. Study Directing as an elective on our Summer Acting Program or Summer Film Program for both Gap Year and High School students.




MUSIC


If you play any instrument or are a vocal artist you can study Music Composition and Performance at Generate/2021 in California, our program dedicated entirely to original work. Spend a semester in France composing and recording your personal work at the Winter Artists Retreat in France which welcomes all arts disciplines. Score music for films at any of our Film Programs in England or France.




MOVEMENT THEATRE


Study college level Acting courses in Movement-Based Theatre on our Summer Gap Year in England or Classical Acting Program in France which explores the work of Jacques Le Coq and Gaulier.




WRITING (Screen, Play, Creative and Journalism)


Join our Winter Writers Retreat and attend classes with professional writers as you complete your personal writing projects. We have three concentrations: Writing for Performance, Creative Writing and Journalism. Experience life in rural France and a week in Paris on our Literary Paris Week.




WORK EXPERIENCE


Gain valuable work experience on any of our Gap Year Programs in France. Help us prepare meals, work in the garden, learn simple building and DIY skills and learn the business of running a historical property.