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Foundation Course in Acting - Foundation

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This course, with two pathways of delivery to choose from, allows you to learn the secrets of a successful audition, alongside voice, movement, dance and acting classes....

  • Level Foundation
  • Study mode Full Time/Part Time
  • Location Bournville
  • Award Foundation
  • Start date September 2023
  • School Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Overview

This course, with two pathways of delivery to choose from, allows you to learn the secrets of a successful audition, alongside voice, movement, dance and acting classes.

The Foundation Course in Acting, available both full-time or part-time will give you a broad foundation in performance techniques and methods, and will be invaluable to anyone wanting to go to Drama School or take up a place on a performance course at University. It is also available to those who want to expand their experience in acting before applying. Former students have gone on to train at a variety of drama schools in the UK and in the USA.

  • Professional Workshops at Shakespeare's Globe (full-time pathway only)
  • Audition Preparation for Acting and Singing in Small Tutorial Groups
  • Level 3 Qualification: Students are awarded between 24 and 30 points depending on their exam result.

With less contact time than the full-time route, the part-time option of this course concentrates on the core skills of acting, voice and text. You will work on one major project towards your assessment.

Please note: At 20 to 34 weeks in length, this Foundation Course in Acting course does not qualify for Student Loans Company funding/finance for fees or living expenses. However payment plans are available.

This course is open to International students.

Why Choose Us?

  • A course aimed at committed and enthusiastic young people, who have a passion for acting and who want to improve their experience level.
  • Taught in small, very intensive classes.
  • The University is the largest producer of creative professionals outside the South East. 
  • As part of the course, you would usually be entered for a performance exam that is assessed by an external body which can contribute up to 30 UCAS points (depending on the value placed on the course by the institution(s) to which you are applying, and your assessment result).
  • Former students have gone on to train at a variety of drama schools in the UK and in the USA.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

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Next Open Day: June 2023

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Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications are necessary.

Students are normally a minimum of 18 years of age.

Applicants will be invited to an audition workshop and will be required to submit a personal statement and reference details as part of the online application. Please view our Guidance page for more information on your application, and our Schedule page for workshop dates.

Guidance

Schedule

The workshops allows for the admissions tutors to gain a better understanding of your skills and potential for the Foundation Course In Acting.

For EU and International students who are unable to travel to the workshop, alternative methods may be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

  • 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each band.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Foundation

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 20 weeks
  • TBC
  • Part Time
  • 34 weeks
  • TBC

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Foundation

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 20 weeks
  • TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Specialist equipment (mandatory)

This course requires the purchase of specialist equipment.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Please apply by clicking the ‘Apply now’ Button next to the Full time or Part Time route.

Applicants are required to attend an audition workshop. The workshop consists of ‘getting to know you’ improvisation and devising tasks, some text and song work and general workshop practices. We would also like you to have a one-minute contemporary monologue prepared, but please note that you may not be asked to perform this.

Applicants who apply online will be invited to a workshop. Workshop dates and further information can be found here.

Guidance for applicants

Enquiries

T: +44 (0)121 331 7563
E: acting.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

We have Frequently Asked Questions sections relating to applying to drama school and to auditioning.

You are not required to submit a portfolio for this course.

Course in Depth

Full time

The 20-week full-time programme includes two terms of 10 weeks. The course is made up of a combination of classes, workshops and projects, in addition to external masterclasses and workshops:

The full-time pathway is delivered over an average of around 30 hours per week, although this can vary from week-to-week.

Part time

The 34-week part-time pathway is delivered over three terms of 11 or 12 weeks each. The course is made up of a number of classes and a final project:

The part-time pathway is delivered over six hours a week across two evenings.

Employability

While many students will want to move on to train for careers in performance, the course offers a unique experience and transferable skills that will be useful in many walks of life.

Some students have gone on to gain places at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to continue their training, while others have gone on to a host of other UK and American drama schools, including:

  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Guildford School of Acting (GSA)
  • East 15
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Rose Bruford
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • LIPA
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Theatre School)
  • ALRA
  • Oxford School of Drama
  • American Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Stella Adler

International

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities & Staff

Our Facilities

The School of Acting is based at Ruskin Hall in Bournville, although students can also benefit from a range of performance spaces around the city. As a part of the Arts, Design and Media faculty, we also have access to facilities at the Parkside Building, which boasts state-of-the-art radio and television studios, edit suites, photography studios, and much more.

Our staff

Robert Miles

Course Director for Foundation in Acting, Head of Singing

Rob is a musician and works as a composer, arranger, musical director and vocal coach. He established, and now runs, his own prestigious vocal ensemble in addition to holding a senior residency at Birmingham School of Acting where he is Head of Singing and Course Director for the Foundation in Acting course.He is also an academic...

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Danièle Sanderson

Head of Undergraduate Studies (Acting); BA (Hons) Acting Course director

Danièle started life as a Drama student, training at the Drama Centre, London. She followed her interest in the body and actor by training in Physical theatre both in London and in Paris. After working for 10 years as a freelance actor and movement director, her interest turned to directing and she gained a Masters in Theatre Directing from...

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