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Experience a stimulating and rigorous introduction to professional acting.
Explore the building blocks of an actor's technique and learn what it's like to be a professional actor.
Expand and strengthen your vocal range and skills in movement with specialist classes and projects.
- Bring together everything you've learned in a fully staged production at a professional theatre in Bristol.
Taught by Boomsatsuma
Develop your acting skills before you pursue a degree course with our Integrated Foundation Diploma in Acting, delivered in partnership with Boomsatsuma.
You'll explore in depth some of the key building blocks of the actor's technique, and gain insight into the process and practice of being a professional actor.
As the year progresses, you'll begin to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in preparation for further study.
Progress to our undergraduate Acting course
The Integrated Foundation in Acting can only be taken in conjunction with Bath Spa University's BA (Hons) Acting degree. On successful completion of the Integrated Foundation in Acting, you'll then go on to start your undergraduate studies in Acting.
The foundation element is is a one-year course. You'll take five modules over two semesters, with 18-20 hours of taught time each week.
In this module you’ll explore the processes and skills required to interpret a text. Initial classes will cover various approaches and what you can take from each of them to build your own approach.
A core part of this module will be voice classes to expand and strengthen your range of vocal expression when interpreting text. The Text Project will be the rehearsal of a play or scenes. You’ll learn how to rehearse professionally, how to put your acting process into practice and how to develop a character.
You’ll learn how to approach both professional and drama school auditions. We'll work with you to find material that best demonstrates your skills and qualities; you’ll learn what auditioners are looking for, audition techniques including sight reading and self-taping.
The module explores the writing skills you’ll need to research effectively and analyse and evaluate your practice. It's a preparation for thinking and expressing yourself at a Higher Education level. You’ll undertake an evaluation of a personal project and a short research task.
Creating a Devised Theatre Production:
In this module you’ll create a piece of theatre from stimulus rather than the interpretation of a text. It develops the skills that help you understand how fundamental movement is to the acting process, and culminates in a small-scale public performance.
The Foundation Project is a fully staged production in a professional theatre in Bristol. It’s the culmination of your learning and aims to bring together all the aspects of your emerging practice. You’ll be in full-time rehearsal five days a week, and the experience will mirror that of a professional actor in a professional production.
On successful completion of the Boomsatsuma Foundation in Acting, you'll progress to BA (Hons) Acting at Bath Spa University. See here: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/ug-acting/
Assessment will be partly through essays and self-evaluations, but mostly through performance and presentations.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||CC||One A Level should be in Acting/Drama/Performing Arts|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MPP||In Acting/Drama/Performing Arts|
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Newton St Loe
Clearing contact details
Course contact details
Bath Spa Admissions Team