Summer Foundation Course: 10 Weeks Improve your acting skills and abilities
students on foundation course with course leader Gary Owston


Summer Foundation Course: 10 Weeks

Course overview

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The BOVTS Summer Foundation Course is a ten-week, intensive look at life in a drama school. You will be fully immersed in a programme which mirrors the curriculum of current BA and MFA students. You will be working with core staff members, alongside practitioners active within Theatre, Film and TV industries. This course is designed to give you full insight into the training offered at BOVTS, and the chance to develop your performance skills in a world class drama school.

Students will be taught through a mixture of practical performance projects and masterclasses. You will have the opportunity to learn acting, movement, voice, dialects, singing, improvisation, stage combat and scene study techniques.

Summer Foundation Course: 10 weeks

A short taster video to give you an idea of what to expect.

Headshot of Alumnus Daniel Day Lewis

A Prestigious History

For the past 70 years Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has 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.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice