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Our Acting Foundation Courses provide rigorous and intensive vocational 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. 

Students on this course also have full-time professional preparation week where you look at CV and have the chance to practice a mock audition with professional directors and casting directors.

Our Foundation courses are designed to support your development as an actor in training, auditioning and future practice in a way that is rigorous and professional. Our intensive 6-month Foundation Acting Courses are designed to put you on the starting line of either;  further training at drama school, education or a career in the  Performing Arts. In 2020 100% of our students said they were ‘satisfied’ with our course and many said that it ‘exceeded’ their expectations.

Foundation for Screen Acting at Rose Bruford College Belfast Campus

Why choose this course?

Four locations to choose from

Foundation for Acting at Sidcup, Brighton and Edinburgh. Acting for Screen Foundation Course Belfast

Flexible

Our 3 regional courses (Belfast, Brighton & Edinburgh) all operate on a 4 day week, allowing you more time to work alongside the course

Teaching and industry connections

Delivered by experienced professional actors, tutors and directors with many guest leading experts

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

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Course breakdown

Each course is designed to develop you physically, vocally and imaginatively whilst encouraging an independent and in-depth approach to your work. We arrange a number of workshops as well as audition panels with outside theatre and casting directors. Students get help to build their actor’s portfolios of songs and speeches.

Meet our Foundation Acting Staff

Sidcup

  • The Foundation Course in Sidcup is a 22 week course and includes up to a maximum of 30 hours of teaching and learning per week.  Classes are delivered between the hours of 9am and 9pm
  • Delivered on our Sidcup parkland campus by experienced acting staff and visiting directors
  • Masterclasses include; Building your audition portfolio, Grotowski, physical theatre, audition technique, Augusto Boal, acting through song, Uta Hagen, acting for camera, clowning, stage fighting and unarmed combat, Alexander Technique, musicality (all masterclasses are subject to change)
  • Classes include; acting (studying Stanislavski and Meisner), performance/audition technique, movement, ensemble, voice, text study, sight-reading, Shakespeare, singing, acting for TV/film
  • There are two full-time rehearsal projects during the course; Term 1 contemporary scene study and Term 2 Shakespeare, as well as weekly masterclasses with outside professional directors and theatre companies.

Split into two terms:

  • TERM 1: The Actor and Foundation Skills (September to December)
  • TERM 2: The Actor and the Audience (January to March)

 

Acting for Screen Foundation Course Belfast

  • The Foundation Acting for Screen course is a 20 week course and includes a maximum of 26 hours of teaching and learning per week between Monday and Thursday. Students will also be expected to work independently outside of class
  • This unique course is located in the vibrant heart of Belfast in Northern Ireland, which is the ‘go to’ location for big-budget films and TV, including Game of Thrones at the Titanic Studios, Star Wars, Line of Duty and Kenneth Brannagh’s new Disney film and The Derry Girls
  • The course is delivered by experienced, professional actors, tutors and directors and in collaboration with casting directors and the Belfast Metropolitan College film course
  • We aim to give you a rigorous foundation to pursue careers in film and TV or continue professional training. We provide a number of bursaries and scholarships for the course and have a track record for delivering world-class professional vocation training
  • This intensive full-time course focuses on acting for TV, film and related career paths. The course is delivered over 20 weeks and delivers core classes in voice, movement, acting, improvisation, screen technique, professional preparation and text work, as well as two practical film projects and audition techniques
  • Split into two terms:
    • TERM 1: The Actor and Foundation Skills (September to December)
    • TERM 2: The Actor and the Audience (January to March)

Brighton

  • The Foundation Course in Brighton is a 20-week course and includes a maximum of 26 hours of teaching and learning over 4 days per week
  • 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
  • Classes include; Acting (studying Stanislavski and Meisner), Performance/audition technique, Movement, Ensemble, Voice, Text study, Sight-reading, Shakespeare and Singing
  • There are two full-time rehearsal projects during the course: Term 1 contemporary scene study and Term 2 Shakespeare, as well as weekly masterclasses with outside professional directors and theatre companies. Highly experienced tutors from our performance B.A courses as well as professional practitioners deliver the course
  • Masterclasses include: Building your audition portfolio, Grotowski, physical theatre, audition technique, Augusto Boal, acting through song, Uta Hagen, acting for the camera, clowning, stage fighting and unarmed combat, Alexander Technique, musicality (all masterclasses are subject to change)
  • Split into two terms:
    • TERM 1: The Actor and Foundation Skills (September to December)
    • TERM 2: The Actor and the Audience (January to March)

Edinburgh

  • The Foundation Course in Edinburgh is a 20-week course and includes a maximum of 26 hours of teaching and learning over 4 days per week
  • 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 the staff team and/or industry professionals) will include contemporary scene study, devising and a classical theatre project.
  • Split into two terms:
    • TERM 1: The Actor and Foundation Skills (September to December)
    • TERM 2: The Actor and the Audience (January to March)

Your future career

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

Students from our courses 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.

You will receive guidance in C.V. writing, professional headshots and show reels, self-taping and practice mock auditions with casting directors. There will also be workshop Q &A’s with actors and directors, TV & film professionals (Belfast),  so you understand about the industry as well as a toolkit to manage your well-being and build resilience and discipline. We will arrange visits to film sets and you will have the opportunity to work in a professional studio with film students on a project (Belfast).

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Rose Bruford College Foundation Acting Course Director Pat O'Toole
Pat O’Toole

Course Director Foundation Acting

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Edward McGurn

Course Coordinator for Foundation Actor Training (Edinburgh)

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How to apply

Open to applications from anyone over 18 years old at time of enrolment.

There is no academic qualifications entry requirement.

Please complete the short form on this page.  You will then be asked to complete another form and submit 2 self-taped pieces of no more than 2 minutes each from one classical and one contemporary play.

Successful applicants are recalled for an informal interview online.

Applicants for September 2022 entry will not be charged an application/audition fee.

Useful Information

Please note that these courses are not eligible for Student Finance England (SFE) funding, so you will need to have the funds in place if you are made an offer.  All students who are offered a place are required to provide the name of a guarantor before commencing the course.

Early bird discount: A £500 discount is available for early payment of full fees by 31st July 2022.

International students can take part in the courses under a standard 6 month visitor visa, a student route visa is not required.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

Sidcup

One Bernardine Evaristo Scholarship, which is the full course fee of £9,000 for our Sidcup course

Belfast

2 x £3,000 Bursaries are awarded to students in Belfast*

Edinburgh

2 x £3,000 Bursaries are awarded to students in Edinburgh*

Brighton

2 x £3,000 Bursaries are awarded to students in Brighton*

Further bursary details are available upon application. Bursary application closing date: 24th June 2022.

*Subject to successful recruitment. Bursaries will cover the second term’s fees.

Institution code: Not applicable

Course code: Not applicable

Information about the informal interviews

Course Summary

Duration

6 months

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

September 2022

Course Type

Foundation Course

Qualification

Foundation Course

Sidcup Acting Foundation Course Tuition Fee for UK & International students

£9000

Belfast Acting for Screen Foundation Course Tuition Fee for UK & International students

£6500

Brighton and Edinburgh Acting Foundation Course Tuition Fee for UK & International students

£6500