Training before training: are foundation courses worth it?
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In recent years, short courses and foundation courses have become increasingly popular at drama schools. Many students undertake a part-time or one-year training course in order to prepare for a full time actor training course. In the past, these courses have been slammed for being too expensive and because many people don’t actually make it onto future training courses. So we decided to find out if it really is worth it from those who have done it. "Rose Bruford Foundation really prepared me for a BA Acting course. We constantly learnt new techniques and skills and it just furthered my aspiration of becoming an actress. My confidence got a lot better without me realising too. We did a lot of work on monologues that without, I feel I wouldn't have done as well this year." – Elle Wilson, Foundation in Acting, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance Find out more about the course here. "Grab all the experience you can get as soon as you can get it. Not only will you have a hell of a lot of fun, you'll also learn massive amounts that will help you in the future, and that's never a bad thing. Don't sit around doing nothing for a year; get working and training as soon as possible and you'll be so glad you did!" – Francesca Dell, Foundation in Acting, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts "I learnt how to present my best self. You'll end up doing so many mock auditions and so many spine roles that nothing surprises you in the auditions - even if you're unaware of it, you'll be ready." - Molly Walker, Foundation in Acting, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts Find out more about the course here. "It was definitely worth it. Without sounding like an arrogant prick, I'm now at GSA. I wouldn't be here if I didn't have some talent, and I think that talent is down to Conti's foundation training. Don't doubt foundation courses. Yes, it's what you do if you're not ready, but it makes you ready."
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