Summer Foundation Course: 10 Weeks

Summer Foundation Course: 10 Weeks

Summer Foundation Course


Mon 9th July to Fri 14th September 2018

Course overview.

This full time 10 week Foundation Course runs from July to September, daytimes Mondays to Fridays. It is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who has a desire to improve their acting skills and abilities. You will be able to experience the life and culture of a world class drama school. Entry is via audition and there are no qualifications needed to apply, just a love of dramatic art, an intention to play, and a thirst for artistic perfection.

Please note: This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of BOVTS’s own range of non-accredited certificates. Students who complete this course receive a BOVTS Short Course Certificate.


The course takes place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The School is a recognised centre of excellence in drama training. We are a member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama ( For the past 70 years we have trained successful actors and actresses in stage, film and recorded media. Our alumni include Sir Daniel Day Lewis, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons, Naomie Harris, Olivia Colman, Amanda Redman, Faye Marsay, Miranda Richardson, Mark Strong, Patricia Routledge, Gene Wilder, Theo James and many more. A full list can be seen on the link ‘Alumni’. The building itself is situated in the beautiful village of Clifton, near Clifton Suspension Bridge and overlooking the Clifton Downs. The School has recently had new buildings added to the site. We have two new large studios, new shower & changing rooms and improved utility spaces.

Staff/Student ratio.

Each class has a maximum of 12 students. Numbers may increase for any lectures and masterclasses.

The curriculum.

The course follows the same pattern as the current 2 and 3 year vocational courses. The classes include: Acting, Movement, Voice, Singing, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Dialects, Scene Study, Audition Techniques, Performance Projects & Masterclasses.

Course Tutors.

All of the staff on this course are highly skilled, industry professionals. The core staff are members of the current tutors on the main school courses.


Auditions begin in early January.

Audition requirements.

For your audition you will need to prepare and perform 2 speeches and an unaccompanied song. One Shakespeare monologue in verse and a modern speech written after 1960. Each individual piece should not last more than 2 minutes and all three should also contrast with each other.

Equality and Diversity.

The School operates an equality and diversity policy. As part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, the School is committed to selecting, training and supporting students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion. Applicants to Conservatoire schools are chosen solely on the basis of their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession.

Theatre visit.

As part of the course there will a visit to a local theatre. A discussion will follow the theatre visit. You will be able to voice your opinion and debate the pros and cons of the performance.

What we expect from you.

We are looking for dedicated people who have a love and respect of dramatic art, a strong commitment to learning new skills and techniques, and a responsibility to conduct themselves in a professional manner.

What you can expect from us.

We will treat you with respect, care and courtesy. We will wholeheartedly endeavour to instruct you in the skills, techniques and experiences that will help you further your career.

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has the feel of a ‘small family business’. The people who work and learn here feel that they are part of a community rather than an institution. We try very hard to create an environment that is safe, exciting, creative, professional and productive.


The course fees are £5,500 payable in advance. There are no scholarships for this course, students are expected to pay for the course from their own funds.


The School does not provide accommodation but we do have a digs list available to you.

How to apply.

Fill in the form below and email to the head of the course -

Download the Application Form here.

Or print the form and post to:

Foundation Course, FAO: Gary Owston, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Downside Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2XF.

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