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

Key Information
  • Dates

    Mon 26 July – Fri 1 October 2021

  • Duration

    10 weeks (full time)

  • Ages


  • Fees


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Course overview

This full-time, ten-week foundation course is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in beginning a career in acting, improving their acting skills and abilities, and learning from industry-based professionals.

You will have the opportunity to experience at first hand, the life and culture of a world-class drama school.

Entry is through audition and no qualifications are needed to apply. We are looking for students who have a love of dramatic art, an intention to play and a thirst for artistic perfection.

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. A trip to a local theatre is included within the course and following this visit students will take part in a critical review of the performance.

If you have a love of acting and a commitment to learning new skills and techniques, this hands-on professional foundation course is for you.

Courses Include

Acting, Movement, Voice, Singing, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Dialects, Scene Study, Audition Techniques, Performance Projects & Masterclasses.

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