Two Year FdA in Professional Acting (UK/EU)

Please note: Application fees are £45 if you submit your application before 3rd January 2017, the cost will then rise to £65 from 3rd January 2017 onwards. Therefore please try to apply early!.

The Two Year Foundation Degree in Professional Acting is designed for those who already have some experience of theatre and the world and as such is suitable for graduates and those who have worked to support themselves either in the theatre or another sphere of employment.

We want our actors to go into the profession confident that they can hold their own in any of the main areas of the business, from classical plays and modern classics to animation films and musicals. To this end we develop their voices and their speech, their bodies and their movement, their creativity and their knowledge of the approaches and techniques of acting.

During the first year of the course Students are trained in Voice, Dialect, Vocal Exploration, Interpretation of Text, Actor's Movement, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Period Dance, Musical Theatre, Stage Combat, Acting Technique, Text Study, Singing, Improvisation, Audition Practice, Radio Drama and Microphone Technique, Television and Camera Technique.

The CDD are now able to offer a number of free audition places across the Conservatoire schools. Places are offered on a first come basis and interested applicants must meet specific criteria. Please check the CDD website for further details on this page.

Please note: Leeds auditions are now FULL, applicants will have to come to Bristol for their audition.

Please see this page for information on the new Leeds Auditions!

“All applications are made direct to the Theatre School NOT THROUGH UCAS.”

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Applications will open at 9am on the 1st of October 2016 and will close at 4pm on Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Course Outline

A typical day will start at 8.45 am with a physical and vocal limber, move on to three basics classes in the morning, say Voice, Movement and Acting, and continue in the afternoon with developmental classes, perhaps work on rehearsing scenes from a play (Text Interpretation) or Vocal Exploration, Stage Combat or Improvisation.

Text Interpretation exercises consist typically of selected scenes from plays of a given historical period (Elizabethan, Restoration, 19th century, Modern, etc.). These are rehearsed for about eight hours per week over a period of five weeks and then shown to an audience of staff.

The second year consists mainly of production work. Each actor is cast in one, main-house production per term and their work for this will be balanced by the preparation of showreels and voice-reels for their launch and, wherever possible, by continuing class work.

During the year the actors are interviewed/auditioned by upwards of eighteen top agents and casting directors who give notes on their work and advice on their futures. In March, they all take part in a showcase performance of audition material at a West End venue.

It is our aim that, at the end of the course, each actor should have achieved representation by an agency of integrity and reputation to enable them to launch themselves confidently into the profession.

Audition Process

We currently operate a two stage process for admission. The first is a 15 minute preliminary audition, if you are successful you will be required to come back for a recall workshop. Preliminary auditions are normally held between November and April. Recalls are normally held between January and June. Details are below;

Each preliminary audition lasts for roughly fifteen minutes

At your audition, you will be required to present:

  • - A speech from a classical English play (written before 1800 - Elizabethan, Jacobean, Restoration or Eighteenth Century – Shakespeare is always appropriate).
  • - A piece in prose from a modern play (written in the 20th or 21st Centuries).
  • - A short, unaccompanied song – we suggest avoiding contemporary pop songs.
  • On top of this you will be given;
  • - A short piece of Sight Reading prose – to be provided when you arrive, therefore you may wish to arrive earlier to prepare for this.

Each piece should last no longer than 2 minutes; if you exceed this time limit you will be stopped. For the song, you may wish to perform a verse and chorus from your chosen piece.

If you are successful you will be asked to come back for a recall workshop, which is an all day workshop from 9am - 6pm.

The workshops are held on a different date than your preliminary audition, therefore you will have to prepare to come back to the school at a later date for the workshop.

Please note that we are unable to offer feedback on audition or interview

Applications close on 28/02/2017 at 16:00

Offline Applications

Please contact:The Admissions Office, 1-2 Downside Road, Bristol BS8 2XF.

Tel: 0117 973 3535.

Email: admissions@oldvic.ac.uk.

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