About this course
6 months (20 weeks)
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 Acting Foundation Course 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 masterclass workshops as well as termly audition panels with core staff and external theatre and casting directors. Students get help to build their actors portfolio of audition material as well as getting one to one vocal coaching.
Each student has a personal tutor from the core staff team and is expected to keep a Personal Development Journal that is reviewed in termly tutorials. You will also be given support and advice from core staff regarding applications for further study and the world of work. Foundation actors will have tutorials at the end of 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. You will be taught a limber which you will be required to do each morning to strengthen and build flexibility, improve fitness and prepare the voice for the day ahead. Daily classes (led by the staff team) will include practice in acting, voice, movement; acting methodologies; acting styles & contexts; professional preparation & audition technique. Termly masterclasses may include audition technique, physical theatre, Boalian theatre, clowning, stage combat, acting for camera, building your audition portfolio, musicality, Alexander Technique, approaches to classical text (all masterclasses are subject to change). Full-time rehearsal projects (led by staff team and/or industry professionals) will include contemporary scene study, devising and a classical theatre project. Extra-curricular theatre trips, play-readings, workshops will 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; RCS, CSSD, East 15, RADA, Drama Centre, Italia Conti, LAMDA, Royal Welsh, Mountview, Guildford, Drama Studio, Guildhall, Cours Florent, 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!”
“The Rose Bruford College Acting 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”
“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 a September 2020 Start.
2020 Audition Dates for Applicants
Below are our Edinburgh audition dates for reference. You must apply for the course first before you can attend an audition.
Friday 21 February 2020
Friday 6 March 2020
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Please note that this course is not eligible for Student Finance England (SFE) funding.
The fees below are for the 2019 course and act as a guide for the 2020 fees. Please continure to visit this page for 2020 fee updates.
2019 entry course fee:
You will also be required to pay a £25 audition fee for this course.
Early bird discount
A £500 discount is available for early payment of full fees.
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.
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 playful, 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 to engage imaginatively and responsively initially without reference to a text. Contemporary play texts are then introduced through an intensive scene study rehearsal process. Students will engage in a detailed interrogation of text, which will culminate in a workshop performance of short scenes in one of our studios. Students will also develop their acting skills and collaborative practice through an intensive devising project. There will also be an audition practice panel at the end of term. The focus of term one is - self discovery, play, ensemble, introducing skills and developing resilience.
TERM 2: The Actor and the Audience (January to March)
The second term will focus on complex and heightened 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. The second term aims to move further from notions of self towards notions of character and role and engage with Shakespearean texts encouraging an independent and holistic approach to work. There will be two audition practice panels with outside directors and students will be supported by ongoing classes. The focus of term two is – building skills and resilience, further exploration of text and character, building a portfolio for auditions and next steps.
Overview of Weekly Classes
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 characterisation and applying key actors' questions to text. This will lead to the intensive 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.
Your voice is an important tool as an actor and its care and development is a life-long pursuit. During the course you 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 and acting technique and to develop your expectations and curiosity for further voice training. You will explore acting through song as part of an ensemble in term one and in term two you will focus on individual songs working towards the development of material suitable for an audition portfolio. Students will be encouraged to research new material and to create their own personal vocal warm-up.
The focus of movement classes is on self-awareness, physical freedom and an understanding of the body as the physical and creative instrument of the actor.
There is also a strong focus on ensemble practice and an awareness of the body - our own and others - in relation to space. Using improvisational structures, the work will encourage performers to connect deeply with their own physicality through the development of presence, spontaneity and the capacity to pay attention and react to physical tasks. Each student will encounter themselves in an evolving dynamic relationship with others and the physical world around us discovering how to successfully deal with fear and failure as part of the creative process. The work will focus on the importance of the availability and authenticity of the creative self and the performer in ensemble.
Performance Practice and Audition Preparation
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. In term one students will also create and perform a short devised piece in collaboration with a visiting professional. Professional Development classes will focus on supporting students to choose and present speeches, build a comprehensive audition portfolio as well as other areas of professional development. We will support students to 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 industry professionals. All students’ receive comprehensive verbal feedback from core staff and visiting professionals throughout the course.