A three-term Actor training program, designed for students determined to succeed in the performing arts.

Success in the competitive world of Acting requires focus and determination, as well as refined work across the disciplines that challenge body and mind. The Foundation program at CSVPA offers students the wonderful opportunity to specialise before starting university; to begin the process of undergraduate skill development while preparing their drama school and university auditions.

  • The Foundation programme is modelled on a 1st year Conservatoire-style training programme.
  • You will enjoy up to 25 hours a week contact time with teaching staff
  • Every week you will receive one-to-one sessions with acting tutors to develop your audition material and support your development as an actor.
  • Weekly group classes will further challenge you in subjects like Acting, Movement, Dance, Physical Theatre, Text, Voice, and Scene Study.
  • Class groups are small, allowing for intensive work that can be adapted to meet your needs and allow for personalised feedback and guidance.
  • Our teaching staff are highly trained with experience in professional theatre.
  • The teaching team is dedicated to helping you discover your full creative potential as unique performers.
  • We are a community of developing artists who support each other, encouraging all to take risks, push boundaries, and grow as performers.
  • Performing Arts programs offer opportunities for performance throughout the academic year.


What to Expect

Actor training has two distinct facets. The first to do with the holistic development of the human being that allows them to expand their imagination and empathetic capacities, to deepen their sensitivity to the broad spectrum of human experience and emotion, and to push the boundaries of their willingness and ability to connect with and express powerful and often painful feelings with freedom and authenticity. The second concerns the training of the actor’s ‘instruments’ – their body and their voice – and the mastery of the technical elements of performance that enables an actor to communicate effectively with an audience.

On our Classical & Contemporary Acting Foundation, our goal is to help you grow and progress in all aspects of an actor’s craft. Our programme is strongly focused on the development of the individual as a whole – physically, emotionally, and intellectually. The work is geared to help improve confidence, emotional accessibility, physical and mental stamina, openness, focus, willingness to explore and experiment, independent thinking skills, self-discipline, and motivation, as well as a strong work ethic.

The Award

At the end of the year upon successful completion, you will be awarded the UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance.

There are no UK government grants or funding for this course. Students will need to be privately financed.

Entry Criteria

17 years +

Educational Level
Successful completion of of Secondary Education (Grade 11 or Grade 12 depending on native country) or 1 x A level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification and 3 x GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C or equivalent, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level for International Students
IELTS 5.5+ (no element under 4.0)

An audition piece is required for entry to this course. Please refer to the Audition Process tab for more information.

Awarding Body


Course Length
3 terms

Contact Time
Up to 25 hours per week

English Language
Up to 5 hours per week if required

Drama School or University

How to Apply: Audition Days

Students can attend an audition in person by contacting the college to arrange an audition with the Head of Drama. If an in-person audition is not possible, please submit a video audition in which the full length of your body is visible.

How to Apply: International Students

International students who cannot attend the audition in person, can audition via DVD/Video/YouTube. This must be submitted with your application form. Following this you may also be asked to attend a Skype interview as well.

Audition Requirements


Candidates should deliver two monologues each from memory and in English:

· 1 x classical piece should be from Shakespeare or an Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright (For example: Jonson, Marlowe, Webster)

· 1 x contemporary piece should provide a clear contrast to the classical piece and be written after 1960 from a published play.

Candidates should deliver monologues appropriate to their age and should deliver them in their own accent. Candidates should be sure to wear loose and comfortable clothing.

For more information about how to prepare for your audition download our useful guide

What we look for in an audition

For more information about the course download the programme specification

Level 4 programme specification

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