Foundation in Acting

Cert HE Acting


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 entry are now closed.

Duration 3 terms - 30 weeks (full-time)
Academic year September 2021 - May 2022
Application deadline 28 February 2021
Course Leader: Steven Kavuma
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 (including round 2) £15 Audition fee waivers are available
Course Fee 2021-22 £9,000 p.a.
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.

This course is validated by City, University of London and qualifies for student loans towards tuition fees and maintenance, subject to the normal Student finance eligibility requirements that you can find here.

Once you have completed your Foundation course, the student loan company will make the following calculation about your eligibility for funding for subsequent courses e.g. 3-year training programmes such as those offered by HE providers in the Federation of Drama Schools and the Alliance of Musical Theatre Conservatoires:

  • Duration in years of your new course
  • plus one year
  • minus the number of years on any previous HE course

For example, if you were offered a 3-Year BA programme at ArtsEd or another provider, your calculation would look like this:-

3 + 1 – 1 = 3

This means that you would be entitled to funding for the full three years of your BA programme, once you had completed your Foundation year.

If for some reason you were not able to complete your CertHE or any subsequent programme, each year of student finance that you had already received would be deducted from any future application.

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 (including advice on making your self tape)

Accreditation: ArtsEd is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools, set up in June 2017 to provide information for prospective students about conservatoire drama training.

UCAS code: ArtsEd does not subscribe to UCAS.  All applications should be made online through our website.

What next? Applications for 2021 entry are now closed.

What else?  If you need to work whilst you study, then why not take a look at our Part-Time Foundation Musical Theatre Course as an alternative training option. With evening sessions spread over two terms, this course might be a good fit.


Course Guide

Click here to view the full Course Guide for Foundation in Acting

foundation courses in performing arts




St Mary's University

Guildford School of Acting

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Rose Bruford

E15 Acting School

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Birmingham School of Acting

Italia Conti

Oxford School of Drama

Barcelona Institute of Performing Arts

Drama Centre

King's College London

Northern School of Arts

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.