Acting Fundamentals provides a semi-intensive training in acting skills over six weeks for anyone at the beginning of their acting journey – particularly those who are thinking about going to drama school.
Taught by RADA's experienced drama tutors in a blend of both online and in-person classes, you will learn the essential skills every actor needs to have in their toolkit, encompassing a range of aspects including acting techniques, acting for camera, voice, movement, text analysis and rehearsal practice.
The course will give you a taste of what to expect from a conservatoire drama school training and prepare you for further actor training. If you’re thinking of a career in acting, but for whatever reason you're not quite ready for drama school – or if you want to explore acting but you’re not yet sure if you want to make the commitment to do a BA – this course will give you a solid grounding, develop your acting skills and expand your experience.
Classes are taught online on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and in-person at RADA on Saturdays. They are structured to make the most of the opportunity for participants to be in their own environment for certain activities, whilst also being able to work collaboratively in the rehearsal room.
Part of our Acting Essentials series of courses.
- Applicants have to be 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
- Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential
- Some acting experience is useful but not essential
Who is this course suitable for?
- No need for prior experience
- Suitable for anyone interested in learning the basics of acting.
- Relevant for those wishing to improve audition/interview skills or who work in 'speaking professions'.
Please note there are no RADA scholarships available for Short Courses.
How to apply
Your booking confirmation will be sent by email. There is no box office collection available.
Prior to the class, you will be contacted with login details, along with any specific text, materials or instructions as required.
If you have questions relating to your booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course, providing attendance has been fulfilled, and the student has adhered to Rules and Regulations of the Academy (see below).
Does the course count towards university credits?
There are no University Credits associated with this course.
What is the cancellation policy?
Once you are accepted onto the course - you will receive full details of our cancellation policy.
Once payment has been made, it is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.
What are the Rules and Regulations of the Academy?
By participating in the course you undertake to conform to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy.
Students must understand, conform, and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.
The Academy’s Principal or Course Director shall, at their absolute discretion, have the right to terminate the course in respect of any student whose presence or conduct is in contravention of the same.
All courses are non-transferrable and non-refundable.
If, for reason of epidemic or national crisis, the Academy is compelled to close during the course, no fees can be returned or compensation be made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry out its work.
All classes begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted. Due to the structure of the course, full attendance is required for both online and on-site classes.
Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals, or presentations.
All students are expected to wear the correct and appropriate clothing for each class.
Students are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and hygiene at all times.
Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in the classroom areas without permission from the Academy’s staff.
RADA does not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, disability, ethnicity, or sexuality. We welcome applications from disabled people, and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is housed in a recently-refurbished building which provides good access for wheelchair users.
Decisions made by the Academy regarding the selection of instructors, the allocation of students to study groups, the material for that study group, and any roles allocated are final and not open to negotiation.
It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises.