Foundation Course in Acting
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applications for 2018 are now open. Please see the application form for deadlines.
Students may apply for this course at the same time as applying for the BA (Hons) in Acting, using the same form. There is no additional charge for applying for both courses.
If applying for both the Foundation and the BA (Hons) in Acting, applicants will only need to attend a single preliminary audition for which there are no additional requirements.
Auditions take place from November until April, with the option to audition in London, Leicester, Manchester, Chester, Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth as well as overseas in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles.
RADA offers fee waivers to applicants who are in financial need. If this applies to you then please complete a fee waiver application form and submit this with your programme application.
There are also a number of fee waivers available through the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama here.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM
All applications must be submitted by post to Admissions, 62-64 Gower Street, London WC1E 6ED with the application fee made payable by cheque or card, which is non-refundable.
Please ensure you use the correct postage. A4 envelopes in the UK need a 'large letter' stamp. Incorrectly paid postage is held at the mail sorting office and delays your application. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. No email submissions are accepted.
The fee for applications received on and before 11 December 2017 is £46.
Applications received after 11 December 2017 is £76.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants wishing to apply for the reduced rate audition fee should ensure that they allow plenty of time (or use special delivery) before the 11 December 2017 deadline to ensure receipt prior to RADA’s Christmas closing. Please also be aware that, due to the volume of Christmas post, applications may take longer to arrive so make sure you send your application in well before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be charged the full application fee.
The deadlines and audition dates vary according to each location. You can find the full list of deadlines and auditions on the application form. If you are looking to audition outside of London, please note that there are a limited number of allotted times for each location. We advise that you apply early to avoid disappointment. We do not accept any late applications.
The Audition Process
The audition is a two stage process:
Auditions are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday, with occasional Saturdays and evenings.
Preliminary auditions run continually between November and April. You will be seen at preliminary auditions by two members of the audition panel. The preliminary audition usually consists of two, but sometimes three, audition speeches. Each speech should last about 2 minutes, and certainly no longer than 3 minutes. The panel may stop you if your speech is longer than 3 minutes.
- Piece A - Classical The classical piece should be from Shakespeare or an Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright (Jonson, Marlowe, Webster, etc.). It should be originally written in English - so do not choose a piece from a Greek tragedy or a Molière comedy, for example.
- Piece B - Contemporary The contemporary piece should provide a clear contrast to the classical piece and be written after 1960. Do not use Chekhov or Shaw for this piece.
- Piece C - Alternative Classical You must have an alternative classical piece prepared (same rules as Piece A), which you may or may not be asked to perform.
- All candidates must have an alternative classical piece prepared (same rules as Piece A), which they may or may not be called upon to perform.
- Preliminary auditions run continually between November and April. All auditionees are seen at preliminary auditions by two members of the audition panel.
- Recall audition: This is a workshop audition which include's group work
Download the Application form
Please download and complete a Foundation Course in Acting application form.
Application fee waiver form
If applicable, please download and complete an fee waiver application form. Please note this needs to be submitted with your programme application form.
Read more about the admissions procedure.
Equality and Diversity
We consider diversity to be enriching and a vital part of what makes us one of the world leaders in providing vocational training. We encourage the opportunity for self-development regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, marital status, nationality, sexual orientation, parental status, religion or belief.
We welcome applications from disabled applicants and encourage them to disclose relevant information regarding any disability when completing their application form, to enable us to provide additional support during the interview process. There is more information for disabled applicants on the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website.
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Admissions Appeals and Complaints
For information about RADA’s Admissions, Appeals and Complaints for higher education courses, please download and read our Admissions Appeals and Complaints document. Please note that this process covers the following courses only:
BA (Hons) in Acting
FdA Technical Theatre and Stage Management
BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management (completion)
PgD Theatre Costume
MA Theatre Lab
Foundation Course in Acting
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