Our Foundation Course is for students age 16+ and offers an opportunity to help individuals develop their technical skills base before embarking on their chosen career path within the Performing Arts Industry. 

Students are given first-class comprehensive teaching by a fully qualified and experienced faculty. Teachers will offer individual guidance and support to prepare the students for their audition process, whether it be for a Degree/Diploma Vocational Course or a Teaching Course. 

The training on the Foundation Course is mentally and physically intense and the students are pushed to make the quickest possible progress from the outset, building strong Technique, Confidence & Performance throughout their training. 

The college will be focussing on the individual needs of each student, and examinations (both Grade & Vocational) are offered where appropriate.

We will not only prepare you for the audition process but also to help you to identify your own personal ambitions & to prepare for life as a three year student within a Top Performing Arts College.

Course Type: Full Time

Course Duration: 1 Year (Sept-July)

Age: 16+


Working within a 2 week timetable, students train between 28-30 hours per week

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Students will also be offered additional 1-2-1 training should they want focus on a certain area/areas that might need a little extra attention. This can be discussed in detail during the application process.


Autumn Term: 6th September 2021 - 17th December 2021

Spring Term: 4th January 2022 - 8th April 2022

Summer Term: 25th April 2022 - 15th July 2022


Students will train in various styles including;

  • Commercial

  • Classical Ballet

  • Contemporary

  • Tap

  • Modern/Jazz Tech

  • Acrobatic (where applicable)

  • Musical Theatre

  • Lyrical

  • Singing

  • Acting & Acting Through Song

  • Voice


Additional classes will cover;

  • Audition Technique

  • Audition Preparation/Application

  • Health, Fitness & Wellbeing

  • Contextual Studies

  • Body Conditioning

  • Yoga & Pilates


Your professional tutors will be on hand to help, advise and will deliver the most up-to-date information & styles within the Performing Arts Industry.

Student wellbeing and pastoral care are a high priority within our course and is considered important in order to help students meet the demands of high level training.


Accommodation is available for students who are not local to the college. This is all dealt with in-house, please request more information upon application.

The Dorset Foundation College is situated just off the main A31 between Ringwood and Wimborne.

There is a main bus route (Number 13) that stops outside the Industrial Estate every 30 mins. 

The closest Train Stations are Bournemouth, Branksome/Parkstone & Poole 


Total Course Fee: £6,000

Payment can either be made in Full or by way of x3 or x8 instalments.



Paying In Full – If paid in full by 1st July – then a 5% reduction will be made.

The Total Fee will then be £5,700.00



Paying in x3 Instalments:

Payment 1 = £3,000 due July 1st

Payment 2 = £2,000 due by November 1st

Payment 3 = £1,000 due by February 1st



Deposit £1,000.00 by 1st July 


x8 Instalments of £625.00 on the 1st of every month.

August, September, October, November, December, January, February & March

We are delighted to be able to offer funding and part-funding for prospective students. Each candidates circumstance will be individually evaluated by the College Principal and Audition Panel. Please request more information upon application!

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Who can apply?


Applicants should be aged 16+ and must be keen to enhance their technical skills base in order to successfully audition for further studies in Performing Arts.

"I need to build more confidence"... This course is for you 

"I'm not as experienced in Acting & Singing"... This course is for you 

"My Upper School doesn't offer any Arts courses for A Level"... This course is for you 

"I don't want to do A Levels, I just want to perform/teach"... This course is for you

"I'm undecided about performing or teaching as a career"... This course is for you

"I want to do a 3 Year College Course, but I'm not ready yet"... This course is for you

"I've already auditioned for 3 Year Courses and been unsuccessful"... This course is for you

Our Foundation Course can be adapted to suit the individual needs of each student!

The Dorset Foundation College will help and guide you, achieving your goals and ambitions!

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