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Foundation courses to strengthen your drama training

Some theatrically inclined school leavers are ready for drama school. Others are not. So how can or should such a young person – or an older one seeking an opportunity to dip a toe in the waters of theatre training – prepare for drama? Enter the foundation course.

Fine arts did it first: it is almost de rigeur for anyone wanting to study a fine arts degree to take a one-year foundation course before starting. It’s a matter of mastering the basics at the outset – the same principle applies to performance skills.

“I think we were the first drama school to do it when we started our foundation course 24 years ago,” says Kate Ashcroft of Oxford School of Drama

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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