Students who completed the foundation course and went on to further training here or at another drama school:
  • Lydia Rose Bewley, E4’s Drifters, E!’s The Royals, ITV2’s PlebsThe Inbetweeners Movie
  • Nicola Coughlan, Netflix’s Bridgerton, Channel 4’s Derry Girls, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in the West End
  • Luke Dale, Watford Palace Theatre, Sheffield Crucible
  • Alex Felton, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath
  • Lisa Jackson, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Rosie Jones, BBC1’s The Bodyguard, Nottingham Playhouse, New Vic/Oldham Coliseum, Bolton Octagon
  • Aimee Lou Wood, Netflix’s Sex Education, National Theatre’s Downstate
  • Maimuna MemonLazarus in the West End, Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, The Assassination of Katie Hopkins at Theatr Clwyd
  • Mark Strepan, BBC3’s Clique, BBC1’s New Blood, Channel 4’s The Mill
  • Camilla Whitehill, writer

Without it, I simply wouldn’t have been able to give myself the structure to work in. The tutors still sit in ‘my rehearsals’, I still ‘talk’ to them. I go to work. It is an everyday occurrence. I think they walk you to base camp, they help pack your bags -then off you go, but they don’t leave you.

Mark Strepan,
Graduate of the Three Year Acting Course, 2013

6 Month Foundation Course

Our 6 Month Foundation Course in Acting is a vigorous and rewarding course that will introduce you to a range of performance methods and techniques. It’s both challenging and fun – and helps you to develop your creativity and establish the beginning of a technique that will be invaluable for the future, whether you are going to audition for drama school, are planning to act at university or simply wish to develop your presentation and communication skills. The course is also very useful for those who have so far been unsuccessful at drama school auditions and offers support in audition technique. If you’re looking for an acting foundation course, why not consider The Oxford School of Drama.

The course is mainly taught by tutors who also teach on our One and Three Year courses and with over 32 hours of tuition per week, it will really give you a taste of life and insight into training at a world-class drama school. 

Graduates of the Foundation Course have gone on to train on our own Three Year Course and at other leading drama schools including RADA, LAMDA, Drama Centre and Guildhall, but also to study unrelated subjects at all the major universities. As the course has been running for over 25 years, graduates are now pursuing successful careers in the industry, including at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Kiln Theatre, BBC and Channel 4. 

The course lasts two terms. Entry is by audition only and there are no academic requirements.

Available Funding

Unfortunately, no public funding is available for this course but there are 3 bursaries available. For more information, please visit:

Foundation Course Content

Acting Methods and Techniques

The practical exploration of the actor’s craft through the work of practitioners such as Konstantin Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Uta Hagen


Classes to encourage your understanding and awareness of your body and its potential in movement and stillness


Classes designed to improve the quality and flexibility of your voice

Verse and Poetry

Study of form and expression in poetry with particular emphasis on the language of Shakespeare

Animal studies

The study of the physical world of an animal in preparation for the development of character


Practical work preparing songs and developing singing technique

Film and Television

Introductory classes in acting technique for film and television

Stage Combat

Leading to an Academy of Performance Combat examination

Improvisation & Devising

Classes to expand your creativity and increase your confidence