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Course overview

International Fundamentals of Acting is an adaptation of our standard Fundamentals of Acting (FoA) short course and has been designed specifically for students who have English as an additional language.

The International Fundamentals of Acting course is delivered entirely online and contains all of the same skills classes as the standard FoA, as well as the usual classes in acting technique. However, as it has been specifically designed for actors who do not have English as their first language, it will also include classes to support this area of students learning.

International Fundamentals of Acting delivers a foundation style training programme that introduces participants to the basics of classical actor training, and is suitable for those:

  • Wanting to learn the basics of acting
  • Thinking about going to drama school
  • Who would like to experience the rigours of drama school training
  • On a gap year

Classes Covered

  • Movement/Yoga
  • Voice (including phonetics and pronunciation)
  • Acting Technique (with particular emphasis on nuance, idiom, vernacular and syntax)
  • Text Analysis
  • Rehearsal Technique
  • Scene Study
  • Monologue Prep
  • Acting for Camera

Course Format

  • Five days a week (Monday to Friday)
  • For four weeks
  • With classes from 10am to 5pm
  • Each course is limited to 8 participants

Entry requirements

  • 18 +
  • Due to the content of the course, a level of fluency in spoken English is required; and as such is suitable for students considering studying acting in English or professional actors who wish to build their confidence.
  • Please note that, although there is no upper age limit, as the training is foundation level the course is most suitable for those aged between 18 and 28.
  • Some acting experience is useful but not essential.
  • Applicants must submit a recorded audition.
  • This is a practical course; however, some reading/preparation will be required between classes.

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 IFOA, followed by your full name. For example: IFOA: 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

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.