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

ⓘ  We’re currently reviewing our portfolio of short courses for summer 2022. Please check back later in the autumn for further details of our acting short courses. 

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.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student