​​​​​​​Bristol Acting Academy




Part Time, 3 Term Foundation Course


This course offers you the opportunity to study acting to a professional level with top class tutors. It is specifically designed for those students who want the intensity and regularity of a full time course without having to over commit their time or finances. The emphasis is very much on Professionalism. Our teaching staff are all working in the industry and are very experienced in their field. On this course you will study Modern and Classical Drama that is in line with current commercial demands. The curriculum includes classes in Acting, Movement, Dance, Voice, Text Study, Scene Study, Singing, Stage Combat, Audition Techniques, Improvisation, Camera Techniques, Project work and Master classes from industry professionals.

The Training

On this course you will study modern and classical texts that are conversant with current commercial trends. At the BAA we appreciate that being an actor is a highly skilled and emotional profession. You need to be able to understand human nature, chemistry and relationships. Thit study can be quite demanding. The training on this foundation course will guide you through the learning process with individual care and attention. In return we ask that you are fully committed to the course and apply yourself with respect and professionalism. 


The course curriculum has been specifically designed to provide you with best possible opportunity to progress as an actor. During your course you will be studying these disciplines: 

Acting - These classes are based on the work of Stanislavsky, the Russian actor and director who was the first to propound a science of acting. He developed a system that helps the actor to deliver a performance that is truthful, dramatic and artistic. We also recognise and use other acting theories to make the training varied and suitable for individual needs.

Text Projects. Presentations throughout the course give you the opportunity to show your work. 

Actor’s Movement - This discipline involves getting to know your own body and how it works in order to then adapt yourself to fit into any character. 

Dance - Various styles including modern, jazz and ballet. Close attention is paid to develop stamina, good posture and physical awareness. 

Voice - These classes include vocal biology and production, articulation and dynamics. We also work on phonetics, Standard British Speech and other commercial dialects.

Scene Study - The focus here is on creating a believable character and clear interpretation of text in order to create a "mirror of nature". 

Singing - These classes will help you develop a solid singing technique and also promote the ability to read music. We also work on singing in 4/5 part harmony and solo presentations.

Stage Combat - When performed correctly Stage Combat is excellent training for the art of acting. It can also help to build trust in oneself and other actors, focus and concentration, awareness of space and other actors in that space, respect for the strengths and vulnerabilities of others. Students will be able to learn such combat techniques as slaps, basic punches, basic kicks, basic grips and escapes. The course ends with a fight scene using dialogue. 

Audition Technique - These are group sessions to begin with, working on the skills and disciplines needed to conduct a successful audition. Later work is in tutorial where you will receive individual and focussed attention on speeches that work for you.

Improvisation - Improvisation is an essential skill for the actor. It helps to develop an actor's spontaneity and responsivity; it teaches us to perform 'in the moment' and it reminds us that character and story are created not just by the words an actor speaks but by everything they do on stage.  Improvisation is also playful, creative and extremely good fun.

Acting for camera - There will be instruction in how to develop the techniques required for effective acting to camera. This will include how to 'pitch' a performance; performance size to shot size, exploring the balance between creative intuition and the technical demands on the actor (particularly, the importance to the edit of continuity, eye lines, vocal levels and hitting marks), learning basic filming vocabulary, etiquette and crew job titles and job roles to give the actor an appreciation and better understanding of their working relationship with the crew on set.


The minimum age for eligibility is 17. 

You will need to prepare two contrasting pieces lasting not more than 2 minutes each. One should be Shakespeare and the other a modern speech written after 1960. The audition will last for 15 minutes during which time you will be asked to perform your two speeches and there will then be a short interview. We may re direct your speeches. You will be informed of the result as soon as possible. We cannot enter into any discussion as to the result. 

The audition fee is £25

Cheques should be made payable to Gary Owston and posted to 65 Trymside, Bristol, BS9 2HD.

or send via BACS to: 

Santander - Name: Gary Owston; Account number: 51870338; Sort code: 09-01-28


The course runs Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 7 - 10; there are 4 Sunday sessions per term from 2 - 8pm.  

The course operates for three 8 week terms starting in October, January & March.


Fees for the course are £895 per term. 

This course does not attract any funding. Students are expected to pay the fees in advance and also to provide for their subsistence expenses. Refunds are awarded only in very exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the management.