GSA Acting
GSA Musical Theatre
Foundation Courses


Applications for 2017 are now open.  The closing date for applications is Friday 26th May 2017 – Scroll down for details

The foundation courses provides entry-level training in acting and Musical Theatre. It is designed for less experienced students and for those who wish to develop their skills before pursuing additional vocational training and entering the profession.

The Acting and Musical Theatre Foundation courses are separate pathways, each with a unique identity.  The core of both is building awareness so the actor can begin to listen, play and take risks.  However, each is crafted to reflect the different demands of Acting and Musical Theatre.

The Foundation courses offers modules in new Creative Script-writing, setting up theatre companies (with a particular focus in theatre in education) and can help students create contacts for professional work placements in Technical Theatre and Design.

Download a Foundation Course brochure  5567-0514-gsa-foundation-course-booklet


The Acting course makes time for more detailed study of the rudiments of the actor’s craft. These are studied in classes such as Acting theory, voice, physical acting, contextual studies, Classic and contemporary Text. Actors also take ballet, jazz, group-singing and individual acting tutorials.

Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre course has similar modules but allows more time for intensive dance training (corner work, mock dance auditions, jazz, ballet, contemporary).  These dance lessons are streamed and students join classes with the three-year GSA students to ensure every individual is working to the right level.  Musical Theatre students also have singing and song-recording tutorials in order to build a repertoire of new material for auditions and presentation workshops.

All students are offered one-to-one pastoral tutorials to monitor their progress.  Places on both the Acting and Musical Theatre Foundation courses are limited to ensure that each student receives purposeful tuition.

At the end of the course there is a showcase of work. Agents, producers, technicians and directors are invited to see this, meet with the students with the aim of building contacts for prospective future work as well as further vocational training.


All classes are taught at GSA’s studios on campus at the University of Surrey. Foundation students will have access to the extensive university library which holds many plays, musical scores, CDs and DVDs.  This information will be vital when researching new repertoire for auditions.

Foundation students will have the opportunity to perform final projects in one of our state-of-the-art performance spaces.


Accommodation is available while you are studying on the Foundation Courses. This is a short walk from the GSA building, on campus, in halls of residence within the University of Surrey. This provides parents and students with the peace of mind that accommodation is safe and secure. Due to the nature of the course and the contact hours many students use the building until 9.00pm at night, so having accommodation close by provides flexibility during evening rehearsals.


We do not require any further education qualifications and we can accept students aged 17 and over.

Please bear in mind that if you are planning to progress to drama school or university after the Foundation Course you may need to have the necessary qualifications to meet their entry requirements.

Required subjects
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
There are no specific subject requirements.

English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
IELTS minimum by component: 6.0


Offers are made following success at audition and interview. Further information on auditioning/interviews here.

Applications for 2017 are now open.  The closing date for applications is Friday 26th May 2017

Acting: Click here

Musical Theatre: Click here

Students who have completed the application form will be sent a link to book their audition online. Please note there is an audition fee of £35 for both the Acting and the Musical Theatre courses.


Please note that government loans are not available for this course. The Foundation Course takes place over 3 terms and the fees are £3,000 per term.


Foundation Open Days for 2017 entry will be announced shortly:

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