Integrated with Bath Spa University BA (Hons)
FOUNDATION YEAR IN ACTING

The course is based on a conservatoire model of training – our approach mirrors top UK drama schools. Taught by industry professionals, you'll focus on your development as an actor. Small class sizes mean you get the support you need to grow and flourish. 

Develop your acting skills before you pursue a degree course with our Integrated Foundation Diploma in Acting, delivered in partnership with boomsatsuma. 

You'll explore in depth some of the key building blocks of the actor's technique, and gain insight into the process and practice of being a professional actor. 

As the year progresses, you'll begin to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in preparation for further study.

  • Explore the building blocks of an actor's technique and learn what it's like to be a professional actor.

  • Expand and strengthen your vocal range and skills in movement with specialist classes and projects.

  • Bring together everything you've learned in a fully staged production at a professional theatre in Bristol.

 

Course structure

This is a one-year course. You'll take five modules over two semesters, with 18-20 hours of taught time each week.

Text Project
In this module you’ll explore the processes and skills required to interpret a text. Initial classes will cover various approaches and what you can take from each of them to build your own approach.

A core part of this module will be voice classes to expand and strengthen your range of vocal expression when interpreting text. The Text Project will be the rehearsal of a play or scenes. You’ll learn how to rehearse professionally, how to put your acting process into practice and how to develop a character.

Audition Preparation
You’ll learn how to approach both professional and drama school auditions. We'll work with you to find material that best demonstrates your skills and qualities; you’ll learn what auditioners are looking for, audition techniques including sight reading and self-taping.

Study Skills
The module explores the writing skills you’ll need to research effectively and analyse and evaluate your practice. It's a preparation for thinking and expressing yourself at a Higher Education level. You’ll undertake an evaluation of a personal project and a short research task.

Creating a Devised Theatre Production
In this module you’ll create a piece of theatre from stimulus rather than the interpretation of a text. It develops the skills that help you understand how fundamental movement is to the acting process, and culminates in a small-scale public performance.

Foundation Project
The Foundation Project is a fully staged production in a professional theatre in Bristol. It’s the culmination of your learning and aims to bring together all the aspects of your emerging practice. You’ll be in full-time rehearsal five days a week, and the experience will mirror that of a professional actor in a professional production.

'Experience a stimulating

& rigorous introduction

to professional acting.'

HOW TO APPLY

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Ideally we are looking 80 UCAS Tariff Points - the main qualifications are shown below:

  • A Levels - CCD

  • BTEC Extended Diploma - grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP)

  • RSL Extended Diploma - Merit

  • BTEC Diploma - Distinction, Merit (DM)

 

English Language requirements for international and EU applicants

  • IELTS overall score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Course costs

Year 1: £9,250
 

LOCATION

The Station

Silver St

Bristol BS1 2AG

 
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