BOVTS Launches Short Courses for Beginners

Published on:
23rd January 2023

BOVTS is thrilled to announce the launch of a series of short courses for beginners.

The performing arts industry has a plethora of roles – on stage, in front of the camera, or
behind the stage directing or designing. 

Sign up for a beginner’s short course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School if you are interested
in learning more about any of these. Whether you are just starting out, looking for ways to
enhance your skills, or network with like-minded people, a short course can open up an
array of opportunities. You can even get a taste of training for these professions, and explore
them as future career paths. 

 1.  Acting for Stage – Beginner

3 – 7 April | 5 days | £567

This course offers an introduction to the craft of stage acting. You will spend five
intensive days examining scripts, analysing character and practising techniques of
voice, movement and acting. If you are an aspiring actor looking to build skills and
confidence to perform on stage, then this course is for you.

2.  Acting for Camera – Beginner

3 – 7 April | 5 days | £670

This introductory acting course explores the skills for performing in front of a camera.
The course integrates elements from the teaching given to BOVTS BA and MA
students to give you a taste of training at a drama school. Over 5 days, you will learn
about film production sets and how the actor works in that environment to present
believable work.

3.  Intro to Performance Design

24 – 29 July | 6 days | £690

Get a glimpse into technical training at a world-leading theatre school. BOVTS’
Design Department, together with a number of visiting tutors, will take you through
introductory sessions in costume, set and prop design. If you are looking to pursue
further training in performance design, or kick-start a career in the field, this course
can help you acquire relevant practical skills.

4.  Directing Theatre
11 – 15 Sept | 5 days | £567

This 5-day course covers the fundamentals of being a theatre director. In the
sessions, you will look at interpreting scripts and directing actors to bring your
creative vision to life. You will also learn about working on productions with other
departments, thus gaining a full picture of the collaborative process of devising

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018