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.

We are now accepting applications for courses starting in

Deadline for applications:
—Three Year Course in Acting and One Year Course in Acting
—Foundation Course in Acting

You can apply online or by downloading our Application Form.

For further information about the application process, visit our ‘Applying’ page.

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

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.