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Course overview

Fundamentals of Acting is a new online training programme suitable for anyone interested in learning the basics of acting, particularly those thinking about going to drama school.

It is delivered exclusively by members of the RADA faculty, and offers a genuine taste of the academy’s conservatoire training.

Classes include:

  • Movement/Yoga
  • Voice
  • Acting Technique
  • Text Analysis
  • Rehearsal Technique
  • Playwriting/Devising
  • Monologue Preparation
  • Acting for Camera
  • World Theatre

Entry requirements

  • 18+
  • Please note that, although there is no upper age limit, the training is most suitable for those aged between 18 and 28
  • Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential
  • Some acting experience is useful but not essential
  • Applicants must submit a recorded audition

Please note that there is no student finance available for this course.

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How to apply

You are required to email an application form, a headshot and a recorded audition tape to fundamentals@rada.ac.uk.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Read our self tape guidelines, here
  • Fill in the online application form, here
  • Check that you have attached a headshot of yourself to your email
  • Submit your self tape by pasting the link in the body of your email
  • Ensure the subject line of your email is FOA, followed by your full name. For example: FOA: Jane Doe, and send to fundamentals@rada.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

Please note: All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable. All classes begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Even though we're working through screens, participants should wear loose and comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove their shoes.

In line with academy policy, please note that no recordings of online courses will – or may – be made.

Frequently asked questions and terms and conditions

Does the course count towards university credits?

We do not offer university credits.

In the case of students who are attending courses at universities in North America (or elsewhere), it is a matter for each university or college to decide whether to include Fundamentals of Acting: Online as part of their students' accreditation process.

Rules and regulations of the Academy

All students participating in the course must undertake to read and adhere to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy.

The Academy’s Director 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.

Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals or presentations.

Students must understand, conform and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.

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.

Fees are non-returnable once a student has started a course.

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 offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course.

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 strongly recommended that students insure themselves to cover any medical or transport costs and loss of fees in the event of illness or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

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 on its work.