Foundation Acting Courses: A Beginners Guide to Choosing The Right One

Beginners Guide to choosing a foundation acting course

When looking to begin your training in a foundation acting course the task can be daunting. With every college, university and private institution promising the best training on the planet it can be confusing and feel like everyone is just out to get your tuition. Fear not, There are some goal posts that will guide you through this tempest and I have presented them here in a neat little package in hopes that you can find the acting course that is best for you without the hassle. 

What is it you want?

An acting course needs to fulfil some need within, otherwise why would you be going for it in the first place? The underlying question is then, What is that need? Take the time to stop searching online. Sit with a pen and paper (archaic, I know.) and map out what it is that you want out of this grand experiment in acting. If you are just starting out and need a bridge from secondary education to drama school then a foundation acting course is the way to go. If you want to escape, or make lots of money you need to have a long look at why you are embarking on your training.

Location and Cost?

We live in a tangible world and education comes at a cost. Depending on where you live in the country and what access to grants are available that cost might not be too dear. But the hidden costs of commuting and living can add up so its important that you take them into account when choosing a foundation acting course. There are pros and cons. Big cities have more to do but are more expensive, Smaller cities have low costs, but far less cultural exposure...tale as old as time.



If you’ve decided you are doing an acting course for the right reasons and have narrowed them down to a cost bracket and a geographical area you can now begin to do some research on the acting courses therein. Not all foundation courses are accredited but still offer professional level training beyond that of those that are.


  • Who will teach you

  • Do they have a reputation of successful training

  • Do they engage with their community

  • Do they provide public performances and audition prep

  • What do they teach?



A foundation acting course must cover the following


  • Acting Method influenced by one of the masters (Stanislavski, Meisner, Hagen, ect)

  • Movement

  • Voice

  • Production

  • Audition Prep


If you can find an acting course that also covers acting for the camera and Shakespeare, than they are a winner and will put you miles above most other acting courses out there. 


Auditions and Timelines.

Make sure that any foundation acting course also makes you audition for your place and gives you at least a week to decide once an offer is made. No one should be rushing you to make a decision about your training and any acting course that does should be a red flag. 

By knowing what you want and for what reasons, looking at your monetary and geographical limitations and doing your research you will be able to easily narrow down to three or four choices and find a foundation acting course that’s best for you. 


Happy Hunting,

Break a leg.


Michael-Alan Read

Foundation Acting Coach 

Acting Coach Scotland

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