Foundation Course in acting
Applications for entry in September 2017 have now closed
1. I am under 18, can I apply to RADA?
Candidates must be at least 18 when the Foundation Course in Acting starts. We do offer opportunities for young people under 18: these include the RADA Youth Company, Evening and Weekend Short Courses (16-20), Spring and Summer Short Courses and Shakespeare Awards.
2. Is there an upper age limit to apply to RADA?
There is no upper age limit and all candidates who apply are offered an audition.
3. What qualifications do I need?
Application is by audition only; no formal qualifications are required.
4. Is the audition procedure for the Foundation Course in Acting the same as the BA in Acting?
You should apply for the Foundation Course in Acting in the same way as the BA in Acting, by using the application form on our website. You can apply for the Foundation Course in Acting at the same time as the BA in Acting. When you audition, the panel will primarily look at you for the BA in Acting but if they don’t feel you are quite ready for the three-year programme, you might be offered a recall to the Foundation Course in Acting.
5. Can I just apply for the Foundation Course in Acting (and not the BA in Acting)?
Yes, please just tick the relevant box on the application form.
6. When is the deadline for application and when do the auditions take place?
The deadlines and audition dates vary according to each venue. 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.
Applications to entry 2017 have now passed.
7. Do RADA hold auditions outside of London?
Yes. RADA hold regional auditions in Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle and Plymouth as well as overseas in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles. Audition dates are stated above, and on the application form. Please make sure you note the different closing dates if you would like to audition in locations outside London.
8. What are the audition requirements? Each candidate should prepare three speeches – Two Classical (Shakespeare or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright) and one Contemporary/Modern speech i.e. from a play written in the last 50 years. You will usually be asked to perform one classical and one contemporary piece, but the panel may ask to see your alternative classical piece
9. How many students are accepted each year?
RADA accept 32 students on to the Foundation Course in Acting each year.
10. After I’ve sent in my application, how long will it take to hear back from you?
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 yearly deadline (dates for 2018-2019 entry TBC) to ensure receipt prior to RADA’s Christmas closing. Applications received after the deadline will be charged the full application fee.
11. If I do not attend my audition will my application fee be refunded?
The application fee is not returnable under any circumstances
12. What if I am ill on the day of my audition?
13. Does RADA offer audition feedback?
Unfortunately, RADA are unable to provide audition feedback at all stages of the process. With over 3,000 people auditioning each year, it is not possible to respond in a constructive way to each candidate individually. We do try to offer feedback to students who get through to the final stage of the process.
Even if we are unable to progress an application to the point of offer, this does not preclude the candidate being offered a place to begin their training elsewhere this year. Nor, should they choose to re-apply for a place at RADA in the future, does this preclude their success in gaining a place here on another occasion.
The Director of RADA encourages candidates to get as much experience of acting in front of an audience as they can. It is also useful to see as much theatre as you can and to continue to read plays to familiarise yourself with as wide a range of dramatic literature as possible.
14. Can I defer entry?
No. You should apply for a place in the year before the September you wish to begin your training.
15. How do I pay for the tuition fees?
There is no government funding available for the Foundation Course in Acting as it does not lead to an accredited qualification. Students gaining a place on this course will need to pay the fee themselves
16. If I get a place on the Foundation Course in Acting, do I automatically get a place on the BA in Acting the following year?
No, students on the Foundation Course in Acting may choose to apply for the BA in Acting programme and will need to follow the same admissions process. They do, however, skip the preliminary stage of the audition process and go straight to the second stage.
17. Do I have to pay the UK or international rate tuition fees?
The tuition fee rate is the same for UK/EU and international students.
18. Is there any accommodation/housing provided?
RADA does not currently have its own student accommodation but we do assist students in securing suitable housing prior to their joining the course.
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