Foundation Course in Acting
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applications for entry in September 2017 are now open.
Please see the FAQ section for application deadlines.
Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. It is RADA's policy to audition all eligible applicants who apply before the deadline.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM
All applications must be submitted by post with the registration fee, 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. The fee for applications received on and before 16 December 2016 is £46.
Applications received after 16 December 2016 is £86.
Application fee includes £1 processing fee and are non-refundable, please see the application form for more details.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants wanting to apply for the reduced rate audition fee should ensure that they allow plenty of time (or use special delivery) before the 16 December 2016 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 venue, you can find the full list of deadlines and auditions on the FAQs section. If you are looking to audition outside of London, please note that there are a limited number of allotted times for each venue. 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:
- Preliminary audition
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 Moliere comedy, for example.
Piece B - Modern The modern piece should provide a clear contrast to the classical piece and we would encourage you to choose a piece written after 1960. Do not use Chekhov or Shaw for this piece.
- 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 may include group work
Students may apply for this course at the same time as applying for the BA 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 in Acting, applicants will only need to attend a single preliminary audition for which there are no additional requirements.
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, background, disability, gender, nationality, political persuasion, race, religious belief or sexual orientation. 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.
RADA Admissions Policy
If you would like to know more about RADA’s Admissions Policy for higher education courses, please download and read our Admissions policy document.
Admissions Appeals and Complaints
For information about RADA’s Admissions Appeals and Complaints for higher education courses, please download and read our Admission Appeals and Complaints document.
Please click download the Admissions Appeals and Complaints Form. Please note that this process covers the following courses only:
BA (Hons) 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
View a full copy of our current PROSPECTUS.