- Boomsatsuma Foundation Diploma in Acting, leading to BA (Hons) Acting at Bath Spa University.
- Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
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- Course length
- Four years full-time.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: BS01
- Campus Code: Y
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.
Experience a stimulating and rigorous introduction to professional acting.
- Explore the building blocks of an actor's technique and learn what it's like to be a professional actor.
- Expand and strengthen your vocal range and skills in movement with specialist classes and projects.
- Bring together everything you've learned in a fully staged production at a professional theatre in Bristol.
Develop your acting skills before you pursue a degree course with our Integrated Foundation Diploma in Acting, delivered in partnership with Boomsatsuma.
You'll explore in depth some of the key building blocks of the actor's technique, and gain insight into the process and practice of being a professional actor.
As the year progresses, you'll begin to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in preparation for further study.
Progress to our undergraduate Acting course
The Foundation Diploma in Acting can only be taken in conjunction with Bath Spa University's BA (Hons) Acting degree. On successful completion of the Integrated Foundation in Acting, you'll then go on to start your undergraduate studies in Acting.
What you'll learn
The course is based on a conservatoire model of training – our approach mirrors top UK drama schools.
Taught by industry professionals, you'll focus on your development as an actor. Small class sizes mean you get the support you need to grow and flourish.
This is a one-year course. You'll take five modules over two semesters, with 18-20 hours of taught time each week.
In this module you’ll explore the processes and skills required to interpret a text. Initial classes will cover various approaches and what you can take from each of them to build your own approach.
A core part of this module will be voice classes to expand and strengthen your range of vocal expression when interpreting text. The Text Project will be the rehearsal of a play or scenes. You’ll learn how to rehearse professionally, how to put your acting process into practice and how to develop a character.
You’ll learn how to approach both professional and drama school auditions. We'll work with you to find material that best demonstrates your skills and qualities; you’ll learn what auditioners are looking for, audition techniques including sight reading and self-taping.
The module explores the writing skills you’ll need to research effectively and analyse and evaluate your practice. It's a preparation for thinking and expressing yourself at a Higher Education level. You’ll undertake an evaluation of a personal project and a short research task.
Creating a Devised Theatre Production
In this module you’ll create a piece of theatre from stimulus rather than the interpretation of a text. It develops the skills that help you understand how fundamental movement is to the acting process, and culminates in a small-scale public performance.
The Foundation Project is a fully staged production in a professional theatre in Bristol. It’s the culmination of your learning and aims to bring together all the aspects of your emerging practice. You’ll be in full-time rehearsal five days a week, and the experience will mirror that of a professional actor in a professional production.
On successful completion of the Boomsatsuma Foundation Diploma in Acting, you'll progress to BA (Hons) Acting at Bath Spa University.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be partly through essays and self-evaluations, but mostly through performance and presentations.
How will I be taught?
You'll be taught through a mix of practical classes and workshops, rehearsals, seminar groups and tutorials.
On successful completion of our Integrated Foundation in Acting, you’ll progress to our BA (Hons) Acting course.
Our BA (Hons) Acting graduates have performed in national tours, established successful theatre companies and worked in TV and film for the likes of Warner Bros and the BBC.
Other graduate destinations include further study or work in related roles – such as as artistic director, writer, arts officer and teacher.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
This course is taught at Boomsatsuma's central Bristol rehearsal rooms at the Station next to the Broadmead Centre. There, you'll have access to two rehearsal studios, a dance studio, classroom, recording studio and multimedia room. The Foundation project performance will take place at a professional theatre in Bristol.
Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.
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Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
We're looking for raw talent rather than experience. We want students who have sensitivity, an interest in people and ideas and a natural curiosity.
We need our students to be emotionally and intellectually brave. We'll ask you to commit to thinking and working as a creative artist, and be fully engaged with how to create engaging, arresting theatre. We want students who are interested in that challenge.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Ideally we are looking 80 UCAS Tariff Points - the main qualifications are shown below:
- A Levels - CCD
- BTEC Extended Diploma - grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP)
- RSL Extended Diploma - Merit
- BTEC Diploma - Distinction, Merit (DM)
English Language requirements for international and EU applicants
- IELTS overall score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
How do I apply?
Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' link in the centre of this page.
Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.