Why GSA?

Every year gifted students miss out on a place at drama school. This is not because they are lacking talent, but rather that they chose the wrong audition pieces or are nervous and do not present their best work. In these cases it is their craft that is lacking rather than their ability.

Our programme aims to bridge the gap between experience and ability, enabling students to demonstrate their full talent and potential in drama school auditions.

Programme overview

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 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 and group singing 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 GSA undergraduate and postgraduate students to ensure each individual is working at the correct 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 and 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.

At the end of the Foundation programme there is a showcase of work for both the Acting and Musical Theatre pathway.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year.

Programme leader

Andy Sullivan 


The Foundation course takes place over three terms and the fees are £3,000 per term.

Please note that government loans are not available for this course.

Entry requirements

We do not require any further education qualifications and we can accept students aged 18 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)

English language requirements

  • IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
  • IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

Selection process

Offers are made following success at audition and interview. 

Students who have completed the programme 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.

Once you have booked your audition, please download the "GSA Foundation Audition Feedback Form”, fill it in and attach a recent photo. Please send it back to at least one week before your audition. Students who have not sent back their form prior to their audition will not be able to be auditioned.


Applications for 2017 are now open. Places on both the Acting and Musical Theatre Foundation courses are limited to ensure that each student receives purposeful tuition.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 May 2017.

Apply for Foundation Acting

Apply for Foundation Musical Theatre

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.

Foundation Open Days for 2017 entry will be announced shortly. The Open Days are free of charge but you need to register via our online store.