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Why GSA?

The UK’s leading conservatoires, within the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), receive thousands of applications each year for entry onto their performance programmes for as few as 20-30 places. Auditioning for these performance programmes at some of the nation’s leading conservatoires is highly competitive. GSA’s Foundation programmes in Acting and Musical Theatre, aim to provide students with the basis of the fundamental techniques in Acting, Singing and Dance. Both the Acting and Musical Theatre pathways are focused upon providing an insight into life within a conservatoire and preparing students for the rigours and expectations of conservatoire training and higher education.                       

Programme overview

The Foundation Acting and Musical Theatre programmes are separate pathways, each with a distinct identity and aims and objectives. The core elements of each programme are calibrated according to the differing requirements of each genre and are constellated around developing and nurturing the potential of each student as a storyteller and artist. 

Acting

Foundation Programme in Acting

The Foundation programme in Acting aims to nurture and develop skills and techniques for those who aspire to training within either a conservatoire or higher education environment in pursuit of a career within the creative industries.

The programme is delivered over two semesters focussing upon the rudiments of the actor’s craft. Throughout each semester, the programme focusses upon the following core subject areas;

Acting Technique                                                                                  

Various acting techniques and practitioners are studied, including, Stanislavski and Sanford Meisner. Students will develop approaches and techniques to acting and text analysis through the study and practice of scenes in a contemporary play, a classical text, and works related to the Naturalistic and American Realism movements. 

Audition Technique                                                                          

Guidance and preparation for the selection and delivery of contemporary and classical monologues required for auditions onto professional performance programmes. Audition technique is taught in group and one to one sessions.

Skills

A range of skills based classes are delivered within the programme. These will include:

  • Improvisation
  • Movement
  • Dance
  • Voice
  • Group Singing

Workshops & Masterclasses

Workshops and masterclasses will be given by faculty from fellow conservatoires and industry professionals. 

Showcase

In Semester two, the students will perform in a professionally supported Showcase of work within one of GSA’s performance venues.

Acting for Camera

In Semester two, students will undertake an Acting for Camera project, learning the basic camera techniques and skills required for further screen acting training.

The Foundation Acting programme is both an innovative and intensive course led and taught by GSA’s highly skilled trained tutors and industry professionals. Graduates of the Foundation Acting programme have been awarded places at; RADA, LAMDA, GSA, East 15, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Mountview, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Ed, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Birmingham School of Acting, Rose Bruford, Drama Centre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Manchester School of Theatre.

 

Musical Theatre

Foundation Programme in Musical Theatre

The Foundation programme in Musical Theatre aims to nurture and develop skills and techniques for those who aspire to training within either a conservatoire or higher education environment in pursuit of a career within the creative industries.

The programme is delivered over two semesters focussing upon the rudiments of the disciplines required of the contemporary musical theatre performer. Throughout each semester, the programme focusses upon the delivery of a diverse and extensive range of subjects around the following core subject areas;

Dance: Jazz, Ballet and Tap

Classes are streamed with GSA BA and MA performance programmes based on ability and knowledge.

Audition Technique

Guidance and preparation for the selection and delivery of contemporary and classical monologues and song repertoire choices required for auditions onto professional performance programmes. Audition technique is taught in group and one to one sessions.

Acting Through Song

Understanding and analysing narrative through conveying truth and circumstance within the context of music and lyrics. 

Acting Technique & Text Analysis

Students will develop approaches and techniques to acting and text analysis through the study and practice of contemporary and classical scenes.

Skills

A range of skills based classes are delivered within the programme. These will include:

  • Voice
  • Singing
  • One to one Singing Tutorials

Workshops & Masterclasses

Workshops and masterclasses will be delivered by West End professionals and by faculty members from fellow conservatoires and other training institutions on their courses to ensure students are fully informed about the further training options available to them.

Applications and Personal Statements

Students are offered support and guidance for the submission of applications to conservatoires and higher education institutions.

Showcase

In Semester two, the students will perform in a professionally supported Showcase of work within one of GSA’s performance venues.

The Foundation Musical Theatre programme is both an innovative and intensive course for the aspiring musical theatre performer led and taught by GSA’s highly skilled and trained tutors and industry professionals.

Graduates of the Foundation Musical Theatre programme have been awarded places at; Arts Ed, Mountview, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Bird College, GSA, London School of Musical Theatre, Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), Urdang Academy and Laine Theatre Arts.

 

 

Programme structure

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

Programme leaders

Acting - Michael Toumey

Musical Theatre - Gerry Tebbutt

Fees

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 £45 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 gsafoundationyear@gsa.surrey.ac.uk 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.

Open Days

Check back for our next open day.

Auditions

Musical Theatre students will be required to prepare:

-  Two songs from Musical Theatre repertoire, of no more than three minutes each. 2 songs must be contrasting and one song should be legit, pre-1965.

-  Two monologues, 1 modern speech (post 1950) and 1 Classical. Monologues should not exceed two minutes each and one should be in your own accent. Please be ready to workshop your monologues.

-  Dance call: You will need dance wear (jazz and ballet), please do not bring loose, poor fitting dance wear to these calls.

Successful candidates will be notified via email.

 

Acting students will be required to prepare:

Two monologues of no more than 2 to 3 minutes each. One contemporary/modern (post 1950) and one Shakespeare.

The speeches should be contrasting and in your own accent. Ideally the characters you choose should be close to your own playing age. 

Auditionees will be required to take part in both a movement and acting workshop, so please bring comfortable clothing and footwear which will enable you to move freely.

The audition process/session will last approximately 2 hours.     

Successful candidates will be notified via email.

Booking

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

Please check back for information on applications in 2018.

Foundation Open Days for 2018 entry will be announced shortly. The Open Days are free of charge but you need to register via our online store.