Acting Foundation Course Edinburgh

  • Acting Foundation Course Edinburgh
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About this course


6 months

Term Start

September 2019

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed from those 18+ (at the start of the course). You will be required to attend an audition before being accepted on the course. Interviews can also be also arranged via Skype and video submission for international applicants. Candidates should be motivated, enthusiastic and engaged with learning about acting.

Applicants will be asked to prepare and learn two contrasting speeches (Contemporary and Classical) of no more than 2 minutes in length each.


The Foundation Course in Acting provides a rigorous and in-depth training that will give you the skills, techniques and confidence invaluable either as a preparation for further vocational training, higher education (Degree or MA/MFA) or for a career in the performing Arts.

The course is designed to support your development as an actor in training, auditioning and future practice in a way that is rigorous and professional. It will also develop you physically, vocally and imaginatively whilst encouraging an independent and in-depth approach to your work. We arrange a number of theatre visits and workshops as well as audition panels with outside theatre and casting directors. Students get help to build their actors portfolio of songs and speeches as well as getting one to one vocal coaching.

Student Support

Each student has a personal tutor and is expected to keep a Personal Development Journal that is reviewed in 1-1 tutorials each term. You will also be given support and advice regarding applications for further study and the world of work. Foundation actors will have tutorials each term with the course leader to review progress and get feedback. The responsibility for your learning lies with you and therefore self-reflection is a critical part of the course helping you increase your personal impact and manage stress.


Students will be offered four days full-time contact a week, with independent development tasks to be completed around that. Each day will start with a tutor-led voice & movement limber; designed to enhance flexibility, fitness-levels and vocal technique.

Daily classes (led by staff team) will include practice in acting, voice, movement; acting methodologies; acting styles & context; professional preparation & audition technique.

Regular workshops (led by industry professionals) may include ensemble, physical theatre, devising skills, singing, approaches to classical text, rehearsal techniques, casting/audition technique.

Full-time rehearsal projects (led by staff team and/or industry professionals) will include contemporary scene study and Shakespeare.

Extra-curricular play-readings and theatre trips will also be encouraged and supported.


Why choose this course?

  • Intensive six month acting course at Summerhall
  • Train with experienced acting staff and visiting directors
  • Ideal preparation for further vocational study at Drama school (BA and MA)
  • 2 x £3000 bursaries available (subject to conditions)

Employability & Industry

What can I do when I graduate?

At the end of the programme you will be prepared to study on either BA/MA/MFA courses. Graduates on the Foundation Course have also successfully found professional employment and agent representation in both the UK, EU and USA.

Students from the course have been offered places on both our BA and MA courses, whilst others have been offered places or had final round auditions at; Central, East 15, RADA, Drama Centre, Italia Conti, LAMDA, Royal Welsh, Mountview, Guildford, Drama Studio, Guildhall, The American Academy of Dramatic Art and Stanford University.


“I would never would have got onto a BA (Hons) Acting at Rose Bruford College without it! Brilliant tutors, so many visiting professionals and great preparation for an Acting Degree!”
Tom Gray

“The Rose Bruford Foundation course was an incredible experience. It was a challenging, hit-the-ground-running kind of course-- an amazing introduction to the rigors of a full-time drama course and to the British model of training. The tutors really cared about every student's progress, and were supportive, instructive and professional throughout. As an American student, I felt welcome and supported every step of the way. I feel like I grew so much personally and as an actor, and my eyes were opened to so many new ideas. The biggest thing I learned is that what I know about acting is only the tip of the iceberg, and the foundation course has given me the tools to begin to chip away at the rest of it. Highly recommend”!
Davis Leonard (International Student)

“The course has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and a performer in such a supportive and safe environment. It has opened my eyes to how much I don’t know as well as do and the courage to pursue acting as a lifelong learning process”
Leah Gayer

“I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to study here. After attending a four-year BA Drama program in CA, I wanted an intensive, short acting program as my post grad. I didn’t feel done with school and wanted training that would steep me in technique, stretch me as an actor, and crystalize my artistic goals."
Asha Noel Iyer (International Student)

“I feel I have a foundation actor’s toolkit now…the classes at Bruford and all the teachers have been absolutely incredible. We have learnt so much and grown so much as people as well as actors”
Emelia Marshall Lovesey

You will be taught by a team of experienced industry experts and practitioners.

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Please click here to apply for September 2019 starts. 

Contact for further information.

International Applicants
Please e-mail

2018 entry course fee
You will also be required to pay a £25 audition fee for this course.

2 half bursaries of £3,000 each will be awarded to students on the course, subject to conditions. More details about the bursary application process will be sent upon application to the course. 

We will advise you about the various options available to you.


Course content

TERM 1: The Actor and Foundation Skills (September to December)

 The first term provides a foundation to support both training and future practice in a way that is spontaneous, imaginative and disciplined. Through a series of practical classes and workshops students will work towards release from physical and vocal habits that prevent them from communicating effectively as an actor. We introduce basic Stanislavskian principles through practical exercises that ask students initially to engage imaginatively and responsively without reference to a text. Towards the end of the term specific texts will be introduced which lead to a three week scene study rehearsal process using contemporary playwrights. Students will engage in a detailed interrogation of the text, which will culminate in a workshop performance in one of our studios. Focus of Term one is - self discovery, play, introducing skills and resilience

TERM 2: The Actor and the Audience (January to March)

 The second term will focus on complex text, exploring it through a variety of exercises all designed to focus on reading the play, understanding of its cultural context, exploration of text and character, as the demands of the text require students to move further from themselves. The second term aims to move further from notions of self towards notions of character and role and engage with Shakespearean texts and encouraging an independent and holistic approach to work. There will be regular audition panels with outside directors and will be supported by ongoing classes. Focus of Term Two is – building skills, text, portfolio and next steps.

Overview of Weekly Classes

Your voice is an important tool as an actor and its care and development is a life-long pursuit.   During the course will investigate elements of the vocal progression characteristic of conservatoire and drama school voice training. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of release, alignment, breath, resonance, articulation, and text.  This will serve as a good basis on which to build your self-awareness, improve your vocal technique and to develop your expectations and curiosity for further voice training.

Acting classes in term 1 will introduce basic Stanislavskian principles through practical ‘Studio’ exercises that ask students initially to engage imaginatively and responsively without reference to a text. We will focus on a deepening understanding of self and observation of others through improvisations based in 'living truthfully within given circumstances.' Students will participate in exercises designed to encourage them to trust their impulses and develop their psycho-physical technique. From here they will move to an exploration of character, developing versatility in terms of physical and vocal characterization and applying key actors' questions to text. This will lead to a full time, scene study project, culminating in a sharing of work. In the second term this work will be further enhanced through the introduction of classical texts and an intensive three-week rehearsal period of a Shakespeare play, which will be performed in one of our studios. 

The second term focuses upon individual songs and technique both in class and one-to-one sessions, working towards a suitable audition portfolio. Students are encouraged to research new material and create their own personal vocal warm-up. There will be regular opportunities in class to perform new songs, and regular audition panels with outside directors.

Movement and Ensemble
The focus of the movement work is on self-awareness, physical freedom and an understanding of the body as the physical instrument of the actor.

Through games, movement analysis, and improvisation, the movement classes explore; the essence of presence, anatomy and the alexander technique and expressive movement, including neutral mask work. Awareness of the body in relation to space, rhythm, tension, articulation of the body and release as well as Physical Theatre. The work will focus on the importance of the availability and authenticity of the performer and building the ensemble as well as the creative self.

Audition Preparation and Performance Practice
Students will work on audition speeches, songs and scenes, both classical and contemporary, in preparation for auditioning for either drama school, University or practice for future professional work. These classes focus on choosing and presenting speeches, building a comprehensive audition portfolio as well as professional development. We help students become confident and adept at managing themselves professionally and in written communications, on-line and at audition. We offer classes in increasing personal impact and audition technique as well as providing mock panel auditions in front of both acting staff and professional theatre and casting directors. All students’ receive comprehensive written and verbal feedback throughout the course.

Related Information

Venue Address

Upper Church
1 Summerhall Place,
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.


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