Qualification: Foundation
Course Length: 1 year full time

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. This is both an innovative and intensive programme 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.

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

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. 

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

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

  • Improvisation
  • Movement
  • Animal Study
  • Dance
  • Voice
  • Group Singing
  • Introduction to playwriting and directing

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

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

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

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

Programme leader Michael Toumey

2020/21 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.

GCSE English language and Mathematics at grade 4+ or above (or equivalent)

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

The Foundation course tuition fees are £10,100 for the academic year which have to be paid in 3 instalments: £3,000 upon acceptance of the offer (to be paid within two weeks of offer being made), £3,550 by 1st September and £3,550 by 1st January.

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

Please note that the programme does not hold a TIER 4 Sponsor licence and hence we are unable to sponsor students who require TIER 4 visas


Audition dates for 2020/21 TBC

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.


Successful candidates will be notified via email.

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.

"The Foundation programme was the exact course I needed. Michael's clear explanations and method of teaching will stay with me forever. He has inspired me to work my hardest, know my worth and to keep on going in pursuit of my acting career" Charlotte Cross

"I have had a wonderful experience and learnt so much this year. Especially the many incredible techniques that I shall be able to take with me for the rest of my life." Tyler Moore

"I have learnt more about acting than i ever thought possible. Thank you for your patience and constant encouragement. This has been the hardest, at times frustrating, yet most exciting year of my life. Thank you for being a fantastic mentor." Jenny Adams


"I cannot believe how much I have learnt and gained from this year. My creativity and confidence have developed in ways I didn't think were ever possible" Georgina Sinclair

"I have learnt so much about the subject, myself, and the British culture" Maysan Benjelloun

"Having Michael as a director came at a pivotal point in my actor-training. he instils in his company a real confidence in ability and respect for the work, which makes for an exciting and free rehearsal room, allowing his actors to be brave and take risks. I was able to go into my final year at drama school with a real understanding of a rehearsal room and belief in the work" Bradley Foster, GSA BA Acting graduate 2016 [currently playing Charles Darwin, The Wider Earth (2019 Olivier nomination]

MOJO at Waterloo East

In August 2019 a group of Foundation actors created ‘Dogs Out Theatre Company’ and took their end of year showcase production of ‘MOJO’ by Jez Butterworth and directed by Programme leader Michael Toumey for a week long run at one of London’s premiere off West End venues- Waterloo East Theatre. The run was an amazing success, playing to packed audiences, and receiving an incredible reception.

What a production and what an achievement. ‘MOJO’ at the Waterloo East Theatre is a triumph by the GSA Foundation Acting Company. Talent and training perfectly combined. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and director/mentor Michael Toumey.’                                      -Professor Sean McNamara (Principal of The Guildford School of Acting.)