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 28–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.

Graduate News


  • Anna Walton won Best Actress award for Soulmate at Fantasport Fantasy Film Festival.
  • Joseph Wilde and Tim Van Eyken won the BBC Audio Drama Award for best new play 2014.
  • Marina Niel and Christina Carty’s short film shortlisted for a Reed film award.
  • Tom Padley and Faye Castelow star in RSC’s Roaring Girls season.
  • Claire Foy stars in the feature film Vampire Academy.
  • Luke Barnes plays Rast, in the forthcoming series of Game of Thrones.
Annabel Scholey in Walking on Sunshine.
Annabel Scholey (left), Hannah Arterton and Katy Brand in Walking on Sunshine

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Funding for One Year and Three Year Courses for entry September 2015

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 September 2014 students 24 years and over will receive financial assistance in the form of a loan. Please see Funding and Fees for further information.