Foundation in Acting (Part-Time)


Split into three segments, ArtsEd delivers an industry-leading Part-Time Foundation Acting course. This course focuses on preparing students for drama school auditions, and for the industry. ArtsEd is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, diverse and creative environment in which all students thrive.

The course will equip you with the skills and confidence to audition successfully and communicate with ease.  It will also give you the opportunity to explore the benefits and challenges of vocational actor training and to decide if it is the path that you want to follow.

Have a listen to the ArtsEd Podcast episode with Part-Time Foundation Acting Course Leader, James Westphal and students, Connor and Sheeqs.

  • 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 2021 - March 2022
Application deadline 30 April 2021
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Course Leader: James Westphal & Kristian Wall
Course Tutors


Term 1


  • Audition technique
  • Approaches of acting Practitioners
  • Improvisation
  • Acting for screen
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Sight reading
  • Exploration of speeches
Term 2


As well as working on the skills from term 1 students will then begin to cover:

  • Audition Preparation
  • The audition process
  • Panel audition
  • Screen tests


Audition Fee £25
Course Fee 2020-2021 £3,000 (2021-22 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2021)

How to apply

Applicants must be 18+

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.

Information regarding overseas students: The process has not changed since Brexit and students from abroad will still need to apply for a short-term study Visa.

Applications for 2021 entry are now open.

Apply online 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.