The ALRA Foundation Acting Diploma

Foundation Acting Course (Full-Time) | ALRA

Course Leader Jayne Courtney
Course Location Wandsworth, London / Wigan, Greater Manchester
Study Level Undergraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Course Length 1 Year
Application £45
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ALRA offers a Foundation Diploma in Acting. The full time option gives students a real insight into conservatoire actor training and preparation for working in the industry. It is beneficial for those wishing to pursue professional training at a higher level.

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Dates
  • Admissions and Assessment

Timetables for each course are distributed during induction week and then at the start of each subsequent term. Please note that although we make every effort to supply the full timetable, some changes are inevitable due to reasons beyond our control. All aspects of the timetable are compulsory.

The course includes modules on:

      • Acting
      • Voice
      • Movement
      • Acting for Camera for screen & TV performance

Over the last three years ALRA Foundation students have gained places at such prestigious institutions as:

      • ALRA
      • Birmingham School of Acting
      • Central School of Speech and Drama
      • Bristol Old Vic
      • and major Universities

The course is one year full time comprising 21 contact hours per week over four days.

Selection is made by audition. 

Applicants should be 18 on enrolment (by the end of August just before the course commences). We also welcome the older student, especially those who are thinking about a career change. You don't need any formal qualifications but those seeking to pursue a University place will need a Level 3 qualification and should seek further advice.

International applicants:

  • Entry on this course will not entitle applicants to a student visa. Prospective students must have valid entry rights to study in the UK. ALRA welcomes applications from international candidates whose written and spoken English is of a level appropriate to professional actor training.
  • If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this We need a level B2 in the CEFR system (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), a level 7.5 in the TEEP system (Test of English for Educational Purposes) or a level 6.0 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System).
CourseCampusAudition Fees

Foundation Acting

ALRA North

£45

Foundation Acting

ALRA South

£45

CourseCampusRegistration Fees

Foundation Acting

ALRA North

£400

Foundation Acting

ALRA South

£400

CourseCampusTerm 1 Fees

Foundation Acting

ALRA North

£2, 000

Foundation Acting

ALRA South

£1,500

CourseCampusTerm 2 Fees

Foundation Acting

ALRA North

£3,000

Foundation Acting

ALRA South

£3,000

CourseCampusTerm 3 Fees

Foundation Acting

ALRA North

£600

Foundation Acting

ALRA South

£600

Course

Campus

Audition Fee

Registration Fee

Course Fees

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Foundation Acting

ALRA North

£45

£400

£1,500

£3,000

£600

Foundation Acting

ALRA South

£45

£400

£2,000

£3,000

£600

Funding Information for the Foundation Acting and all ALRA courses can be found in Fees & Funding.

Terms Dates

Autumn Term 2018Spring Term 2019Summer Term 2019
From 24th September 14th January 29th April
To 30th November 29th March 19th July
Terms DatesAutumn Term 2018
From 24th September
To 30th November
Terms DatesSpring Term 2019
From 14th January
To 29th March
Terms DatesSummer Term 2019
From 29th April
To 19th July

The Stefan Thegeby Foundation Bursary

Foundation students can also apply for the ALRA Stefan Thegeby Foundation Bursary (£250.00) This is given to one student in the North and one in the South campus each year in recognition of the bravery of former student, Stefan Thegeby. More details can be found on our Fees & Funding page under the Other Information tab.

Entry is by audition at ALRA. Applicants are selected on the basis of their aptitude and ability to contribute to and successfully complete the qualification.

To apply please click here to start your online application procedure. An audition fee of £45 is payable on completion of the form.

For information on our Admissions Policy click here:
Admissions Policy

ALRA understands that choosing to go to drama school is a big decision. We have put together some useful information to help you through the application process and beyond.

Here is some useful information for applicants:

  • FAQs

  • Next Interview / Audition Dates

  • Audition Guidelines

    Auditions Guidelines

    • Your Audition
    • Audition Format

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one from a contemporary and one from a Shakespeare or Jacobean play.

    Please make sure you have read the whole play your monologue comes from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.

    Ensure that you:

    • Prepare & Learn your monologue pieces
    • Choose monologue pieces that match your age
    • Do not use props or costume in your monologues
    • Use only your natural accent in your monologues
    • Avoid directing your monologues at the panel
    • Wear suitable clothing allowing free movement throughout the day
      (which allows tutors to assess posture and movement)

    ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities:

    • Truth, focus and concentration
    • Ability to take direction
    • Ability to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
    • Openness and responsiveness to others imagination and creativity
    • Evidence of stamina and co-ordination

    ALRA will form an opinion on these matters at audition & interview and record the outcomes for scrutiny and feedback.

    ALRA offers various provisions for access to our full-time courses for applicants:

    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at ALRA North & South Campus
    • Workshops & Auditions at Private Outreach  Venues
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at Regional UK Venues
    • Preliminary Online Assessments for International Students
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at International Venues
    • Collaborative Partnerships

    ALRA follows the ‘Auditioning and interviewing for Dance & Drama Code of Practice’ as detailed on the CDMT and EFA websites.

    Audition Days (All Acting Courses)

    Selection is made by audition that takes place over one day and tests applicants on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one contemporary and one Shakespeare or Jacobean play. This forms Stage 1 of ALRA’s audition process.

    If the applicant is successful in passing Stage 1, they are then asked to participate in a movement and improvisation workshop, undertake a Text and Vocal assessment workshop and will then finally be invited to Interview.

    The audition process is designed to assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development, offering you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options, with opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.

    Audition Results

    ALRA operates an Equal Opportunities Policy: all candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards.  

    The audition panel for all full-time courses are run by Course Leaders, Lead Tutors and Senior Staff members, final selection is completed by the Principal and Registrar.

    Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from training with ALRA. 

    Audition results are usually processed and sent out via email as well as available on the Audition Management System within ten working days of the date of audition. ALRA always aspires to inform applicants of the audition result within this timeframe but during busier times results can take longer and we ask for patience and understanding in these circumstances.

     

    Feedback from Auditionees

    • Thank you for the opportunity, and for providing a thoroughly enjoyable experience... even if I don't get a place I have loved the experience.
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Reasons to study at ALRA
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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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