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Frequently Asked Questions

Is training required to be an intimacy coordinator or intimacy director? 

We believe that intimacy direction and intimacy coordination are specialisms within the movement umbrella. They have modules, subjects, protocols, choreographic techniques and equipment of their own. Therefore we think it is essential to do specialised training in these subjects. There are many training pathways and we recommend you take the time to research which are best for you and how you learn. 

How do I know if the content of the training is meeting industry standards?

We are based in the UK and therefore our intimacy coordinator certification training follows the standards laid out by Bectu Union. Check Bectu's Shooting Intimacy Guidance page 9

We also cover all content listed on the SAG-AFTRA intimacy guidelines. 

I cannot work in the United Kingdom but can I still apply to train with you? 

We recommend that you first check training pathways with companies and trainers in your country for we believe that it is important to get to know your community, its practitioners and learn the practice developed for your industry.

We understand that this is not always possible, we ourselves certified with a company outside the UK.  So if you choose to train with us, take into consideration that you will need to adapt the practice learnt to your country's industry and its needs. 

I have no experience, training or knowledge in instructing movement to actors or ability to explain anatomy in motion. Do these roles require such professional skills? 

When the producer and director hire you they first and foremost will expect you to have a solid working practice of consent based practices and be able to facilitate intimacy movement and intimacy choreography when required. 

When working on set, intimacy movement instruction & coaching will need to be done efficiently so a solid experience and knowledge of body in motion, instruction and dealing with physical or technical restrictions is key in our opinion. 

When working in live performance, you will be required to plan consent based intimacy choreography and intimacy movement work over the full rehearsal period. So knowledge in leading intimacy movement exercises, intimacy choreography and overseeing safety is vital. 

We appreciate other experiences and knowledge that can connect to aspects of intimacy (such as producing, directing, cinematography, costume, psychology etc.) however we see these as add-ons that can strengthen your ability as an intimacy professional. 

When applying do I already need to provide proof of training in additional courses? For example: 

  • Mental Health First Aid, 

  • EDI awareness training

  • LGBTQIA+ awareness training

  • harassment & bullying awareness training

  • Mediation or Conflict Resolution training

  • Bystander Intervention

  • Leadership and management training

  • Industry Health & Safety training

These are not essential for the application stage. However, similar to many worldwide intimacy training companies, these subjects will be requirements within the training itself. Once you are accepted onto the programme, certain study units have prerequisite training in the topics mentioned above that you will need to complete before taking those units. We have done our best to offer many of these in the form of free-online modules or low cost modules available via external companies. More programme information will be available once applications are open

I started training with another company. I'd like to continue my training with you. Is that possible? 

Once applications are open, contact us. We will treat such requests on a case by case basis.

To consider, please email us a letter from your previous training company listing all modules or subjects covered, whether online or in-person and amount of hours per subject. That way we can assess whether you can join our programme later when we get to information you haven't covered or whether you'd need to start from the beginning.

If attaining a letter is not possible please contact us for other options. 


 

Does the DYCP Arts Council funding cover this course? Can I receive your fee details so I can include it in my DYCP application?

We have heard of individuals that received Arts Council funding to train as intimacy professionals. Best contact the ACE for further details on how to apply. 

We understand the need for fee info to be included in external funding applications. However we cannot give information privately before it is publicly available on the website to everyone equally. Please check back or follow us on social media to know when it is posted and applications are open. 

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