Foundation in Acting

Course Overview

Our full-time Foundation course in Acting provides intensive actor training to prepare you for drama school auditions and develop your individuality as a performer.

The course is delivered by ArtsEd’s expert tutors in partnership with The Lyric Hammersmith. Training takes place in the Lyric’s wonderful professionally equipped rehearsal spaces. As an ArtsEd Foundation student you will automatically be enrolled as a Lyric Young Company member, entitling you to discounted tickets for all Lyric productions. You will also have access to additional Lyric classes and activities.

Applications for 2021 will open October 2020.

Duration 3 terms (30 weeks)
Academic year September 2021 - May 2022
Application deadline April 2021
Course Leader: Yusuf Khamisa
At a glance
  • A minimum of 35 contact hours a week
  • Teaching delivered over 3 terms (30 weeks)
Term 1
  • Audition Technique
  • Monologue Studies
  • Finding your Voice
  • Approaches to Devising
  • Textual Analysis
  • Acting Skills
Term 2
  • Performance and the Audition
  • Ensemble Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Actor and the Text
  • Collaborative Theatre Making
  • Application of Voice
Term 3
  • Final Show
  • Professional Practice


Audition Fee £45 Audition fee waivers are available
Course Fee 2021-22 £9,000 p.a. (2022-23 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2020)
Acceptance Deposit £350 UK / EU Students
£2,000 Overseas Students

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to ArtsEd.

There is no UK government funding available for this course. You will need to pay for your living expenses in addition to your course fees.

ArtsEd’s Part-Time Foundation Acting Course is an alternative training option. With evening sessions spread over two terms, this course is a good fit for people that need to work whilst they study.

How to apply

Am I Eligible?

If you are over 18 with a good general standard of education you may apply for the Acting Foundation Course. Entry is by audition. You can find out everything you need to know about auditions here

What next?

Applications for 2021 entry will open in October 2020.




St Mary's University

Guildford School of Acting

E15 Acting School

Italia Conti

King's College London

Kingston University London

Drama Studio London

Orange Tree Theatre

University of Bristol

Lancaster University


Will the ArtsEd Foundation course give me an automatic place on the ArtsEd BA course?

No, you will still have to go through the regular audition process for the BA course – a place is not guaranteed. However, the ArtsEd Full Time Foundation course will teach you the skills that the tutors on the BA course are seeking, so it is excellent preparation for the audition.

How well does the ArtsEd Foundation course prepare students for getting onto BA courses?

90% of our foundation students have gone on to BA courses, with 2% going straight into professional work on stage and TV.

You can find more general FAQs here.