A three-term intensive actor training programme designed for students intent on pursuing a career in the performing arts.

At CSVPA we run two specialist pathways:

We strongly believe that if you specialise early in the training process, it gives you the chance to focus on refining key performance skills so you are confident when entering the increasingly competitive audition process for a place at a drama school, and you are ready to take on the challenges that come with a three year training programme.

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


Why train with us at CSVPA

.....The Foundation programme is modelled on a 1st-year Conservatoire-style actor training programme.

.....You will enjoy up to 30 hours a week contact time with teaching staff plus additional time around showtime.

.....Every week you will be timetabled one-on-one tuition with acting, voice, movement and singing teachers to address your individual needs or help develop your audition pieces.

.....Class groups are small, allowing for intensive work that can be adapted to meet your needs and also allowing for personalised feedback and guidance.

.....Our teaching staff are highly trained and are,or have recently been, active as theatre professionals.

.....The close-knit teaching team are dedicated to helping you discover your full creative potential as unique performers.

.....We pride ourselves on the family atmosphere that has evolved, providing you with a challenging, yet safe and supportive environment you need to take risks, push boundaries and grow.

.....Our course offers many opportunities to perform both in-house and to public audiences.

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’ – his/her body and their voice – and the mastery of the technical elements of performance that enables an actor to communicate effectively with an audience. These two facets of work often feel at odds with one another – pure feeling versus pure technique – but when an actor can build within him or herself a strong bridge between them, that is when the magic happens. And that is when the actor, as a skilled creative ar tist, is at his/her most powerful.

On our Classical & Contemporary Acting Foundation, our goal is to help you grow and progress in all of these aspects of an actor’s craft. Our programme is strongly focussed on the development of the individual as a whole human being – 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, intuition and instinct, trust, presence, independent thinking skills, self-discipline and motivation, as well as a strong work ethic.  You will be supported as you go through this process. However, the C&C Acting course also provides a strong grounding in all aspects of technique and skills-building, as well as varied opportunities to rehearse and perform, which allow you to work towards building that crucial bridge.

The Award

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

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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
Trinity College London


Course Length
3 terms

Contact Time
Up to 30 hours per week

English Language
Up to 5 hours per week if required

Drama School or University

How to Apply: Audition Days

Admission to this course is by attending an audition.

Attending an audition day will give you an opportunity to see how we intend to work with you and gives us the occasion to audition you holistically by observing your group work skills, in addition to your individual audition.  To sign up for an audition please contact our Student Advice team on: or call us on +44 (0) 1223 447792.

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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 (Jonson, Marlowe, Webster, etc.)
  • 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. Candidate 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

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For more information about the course download the programme specification

Level 4 programme specification

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