Part-Time Foundation in Acting

Course Overview

Our Part-Time Foundation course in Acting takes place over two intensive terms preparing you for drama school auditions. The course aims to work seamlessly around your day-job taking place over three evenings a week. You will work with our expert tutors to develop crucial performance skills whilst learning about the industry and life at drama school.

During this course you will experience conservatoire training in disciplines including:

  • Acting for stage
  • Acting for screen
  • Movement
  • Voice & Speech
  • Acting through song

You will  explore your monologue choices in depth, whilst developing your preparation and interview techniques.  The overall objective is to equip you with the skills and confidence to be at your best in any audition.


  • 23 x weeks (over 2 terms)
  • 3 x evenings per week (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
  • 7.00pm - 9.30pm
  • Plus 3 x full Sundays
Academic year September 2020 - March 2021
Application deadline July 2020
Course Leader: Alex Packer
Term 1

Dates: 8 September 2020 – 11 December 2020

Mock Auditions: Sunday 11 October & Sunday 13 December 2020

  • Approaches of acting Practitioners
  • Improvisation
  • Acting for screen
  • Voice
  • The actor and their body
  • Sight reading
  • The ensemble
  • Audition technique
Term 2

Dates: 4 January 2021 – 12 March 2021

Final Mock Auditions with external panel: Sunday 14 Feb 2020

  • Acting for screen
  • Acting for stage
  • The audition process
  • Taking ownership.

Intensive Sundays:

  • Panel mock audition
  • Panel audition
  • Screen tests


Audition Fee £25
Course Fee 2019-20 £2,600 (2020-21 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2020)

Fees can be split into three equal payments of £950 made over three months.

How to apply

Applicants must be 17+

Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their English proficiency by having either an ELTS overall score of 7, a TOEFL score of 100 or an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent

Apply on-line and find out about the audition process here.

Alumni Stories

“The part-time foundation course not only helped me to test the waters of acting in a comfortable environment but also gave me foundations for the skills that I’d require in voice, movement and acting. I was also introduced to Shakespeare in a way that made it easier to understand, and developed two strong contemporary and classical monologues that I still use today in auditions. To-date I’ve done nine stage productions since I left the course. I’m currently appearing as Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale at OSO Arts Centre and studying on a two-year part-time course at The Actors Door Studio.”

Lanre Danmola

“The ArtsEd part-time foundation was just what I was looking for. I have acted since before I can remember and managed to get signed to an agency while I was in secondary school, but I still wanted to further my experience, learn more monologues and improve my skills. That’s exactly what this course did for me, I came out with a very strong Shakespeare monologue and a contemporary monologue that suited me down to a T, and as a result, I got a very high grade in the mock exam.

I can now trust in my new and improved abilities to smash any audition. I thoroughly recommend the part time foundation acting course to anyone interested in improving their skill set in a timetable that works easily around their everyday.”

Tobias Cordes


Will the Part-Time 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 Part-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.

What are the benefits of the part-time course?

Our part-time foundation course enables you to train around your job, allowing you to build your confidence and develop your audition skills, whilst earning money.

You can find more general FAQs here.