One of the Top 5 Best Acting Schools in the World

“The School is at the forefront of professional training for actors.”

Ofsted (2011)

The Oxford School of Drama is the youngest of the accredited drama schools. We have achieved phenomenal success in our short 29–year history and continue to dedicate ourselves to vocational training for actors.

Here you can expect over thirty five tutor-led hours of training per week, taught by actors and directors who believe in the profession and in your ambition to be part of it. We accept people who are highly motivated, prepared to meet the challenge and who are flexible and open to the changing needs of the industry.

Open Day - Autumn 2016

Our Open Day is an opportunity to gain a real taste of life at the School. You will meet students, staff and observe classes as well as have a Q&A session with Principal, George Peck.

Register your interest and we will send you the date and more details in the near future.

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Graduate News

  • Samantha Colley plays Nina Lorimer in ITV’s Endeavour
  • Charlotte Mills plays Tinkerbell in RSC’s Wendy and Peter Pan
  • Richard Gadd plays Callum in E4’s Tripped
  • Richard Leeming is in rehearsal for RSC’s Dr Faustus
  • Charlotte Croft is touring in The Wrong Crowd’s Kite
  • Mark Strepan is filming the lead in BBC serial New Blood
  • Annabel Scholey is filming Medici with Dustin Hoffman
  • Luke McGibney’s film Stereotype won a Royal Television Society Award
Cassie Bradley in Husbands and Sons at The National Theatre.
Cassie Bradley in Husbands and Sons at The National Theatre (Photo © Manuel Harlan)

More news highlights

The Oxford School of Drama graduates’ award nominations in 2016

Claire Foy
Claire Foy
Catherine Steadman
Catherine Steadman
Anna Wheatley
Anna Wheatley
Séan T. Ó Meallaigh
Séan T. Ó Meallaigh
Sean McCann in Show Stopper, The Improvised Musical
Sean McCann (far right) in Show Stopper!
Claire Foy
Nominated for a 2016 BAFTA for ‘Best Leading Actress’ for her performance as Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall.
Catherine Steadman
Nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the RSC’s Oppenheimer
Anna Wheatley
Nominated for a 2016 Manchester Theatre Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in Bolton Octagon’s The Family Way
Séan T. Ó Meallaigh
Nominated for a 2016 Irish Film and Television Award for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Film’ in The Callback Queen
Sean McCann
Part of Showstopper! which is nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award for ‘Best Entertainment’
Samantha Colley in Klippies
Samantha Colley in Klippies at Southwark Playhouse
Maimuna Memon in Into The Woods
Maimuna Memon (r) in Into the Woods at Manchester Royal Exchange
Charlotte Mills as Tink
Charlotte Mills in Wendy and Peter Pan at RSC (Photo © Manuel Harlan)
Oliver Wellington as Robin Hood
Oliver Wellington as Robin Hood at Theatre Royal Stratford East (Photo © Robert Day)

Funding for One Year and Three Year Courses for entry

Grants (not loans) are available for students to study at The Oxford School of Drama through the Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) Scheme. The DaDA Scheme provides a number of scholarships which pay students’ course fees and in addition provides a maintenance grant of up to £4,550 each year to help with students’ living costs.

The amount of money available for student scholarships varies from school to school. If you read our Ofsted report you will see that we have a high level of funding - last year 67% of our One Year and Three Year course students had a scholarship.

All UK/EU students on our One Year and Three Year Acting courses are eligible for DaDA funding which is means-tested to ensure that the highest quality vocational training is available to all students, whatever their financial background. In addition students can access Professional and Career Development Loans.

From the 2015 to 2016 academic year and onward, the maximum income threshold for DaDA support will be increased from £70,000 to £90,000. Minor adjustments to the amount of support the scheme will provide to students who have household incomes of greater than £42,000 have also been made. This adjustment has been made in response to annual monitoring and feedback of the scheme.

Students 24 years and over will receive financial assistance in the form of a loan. Please see Funding and Fees for further information.