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Applications for September 2024 entry are now closed.

Here are some frequently asked questions about applying to help you prepare for when applications open:

I am an international student, can I apply? For our full time courses, no. We are unable to offer places to international students on our Three Year or One Year course unless they have UK residency with indefinite leave to remain/settled status. Applicants from the EU/EEA/Switzerland who do not have settled status in the UK are eligible to apply for the Six Month Acting Foundation Course and Six Month Acting with Musical Theatre Foundation Course. Further details on eligibility for visas can be found here.

When will applications for 2025 entry open? They will open in September 2024, and we will send out a newsletter to inform everyone when applications have opened.

How do I apply? There is 4 Step application process below to prepare your application. Please note the instructions differ slightly each year.

When should I submit my application? As soon as you can. The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to be invited to recall. This is because we have more recall dates available in the diary and, therefore, more opportunities to offer you a recall. Towards the end of the audition season, we routinely have more auditionees than we have space for, meaning the chance of being offered a recall is far lower. 

If you are applying from outside the UK please apply early so that we can give you enough notice to travel to the UK. We advise applicants to submit their applications with us by April 2025 so that we can allocate recall auditions by the end of our audition season in May 2025.

When will my recall auditions be if I’m recalled?  We will be in touch within 4 weeks of receiving your application to let you know the outcome of your first round (self-tape) audition. If you are invited to a recall audition at the School, you will be asked to confirm that you can attend the given date within two days. Please note that we cannot offer advanced notice of recall audition dates, but we do schedule your audition dates around your availability where possible, so please make sure you provide us with your availability on your application form. Currently, we hold a first recall audition on a Friday and a second recall on a Wednesday, but this can change.

If you are applying for the Acting with Musical Theatre Foundation Course, please apply as normal (with the Song included in your self-tape). If recalled, you will be required to attend a first recall audition at the School. If successful, you will then be invited to an online second recall with the Acting through Song Tutor on Zoom.

When do applications close for September 2025 entry? Final applications close at midnight on Thursday, 22 May 2025, and the final recall day will be shortly after.

4 Step Application Process

Entry Requirements

Entry is by audition only; there are no academic requirements for any of our courses.

We are unable to accept international students on our Three Year or One Year course unless they have UK residency with indefinite leave to remain/settled status.

Applicants from the EU/EEA/Switzerland who do not have settled status in the UK are eligible to apply for the Six Month Acting Foundation Course and Six Month Acting with Musical Theatre Foundation Course.

Minimum age for acting courses:

Acting Foundation Course – 18 years
Acting with Musical Theatre Foundation Course – 18 years
Three Year Course – 18 years
One Year Course – 21 years

There is no upper age limit for any of our courses. It is essential however, that you meet the minimum age requirement by the time the course starts in September. e.g. if you would like to apply for the One Year Course and you will not turn 21 until June 2024, for example, you are able to apply.

Now that we have a new Acting Foundation Course with Musical Theatre, you can apply for a maximum of three courses on your full time course application. During the recall audition process, the Panel will decide which of your choice they think is right for you at this time.

Free audition
Check Step 2 to see if you are eligible for a free audition.

Audition Fee

The First Round audition is by self-tape and the audition fee of £15 is paid on application. We have a lower fee for the First Round self-tape audition to give more people the opportunity to audition for the School.

Please note that the audition fee is non-refundable, and applications received without the audition fee will not be processed. 

The Recall audition is held at the School and the audition fee of £30 is paid when confirming your place at your First Recall audition. All Recalls are held in person and include a workshop alongside your individual audition with the panel. You will not be asked to pay any additional audition fees if you progress to the Second (final) Recall stage. The Recall audition fee must be paid by the deadline in the email because this confirms your attendance at the First Recall Audition. If you are unable to attend then please let us know so that we can allocate the space to another applicant. Please email: if you have any queries.

Check if you are eligible for a free audition
The Oxford School of Drama aims to increase access by offering a free audition to eligible applicants who aspire to train at the School. The Oxford School of Drama is committed to ensuring fair access to students who have the talent and potential to benefit from our training, regardless of their background. To support this, we are able to offer 100 audition free auditions to people whose financial circumstances may prevent them from applying to us. To be eligible for the audition fee waiver you must meet all of the criteria listed below:

You are resident in the UK
You are new to higher education
You live in a household with a gross annual income of below £35,000

Please download the Apply for a free audition – Application Form and email the completed application and income evidence to before applying to the School. Please note, in order to get a free audition, applicants must apply for it before they submit their application. We are unable to reimburse audition fees once we have processed your application. 

The Application Procedure

The First Round audition is via self-tape and the First Recall and Second/final Recall audition is held in person at the School and includes a workshop alongside your individual audition (with direction) with the panel.

Please revisit this page in September 2024 for full instructions on submitting your First Round audition self tape with your application for 2025 entry.

On the application form you will be asked to fill in your contact details, confirm your eligibility, your course choice(s) (you can apply for up to three courses), list any dates that you are unavailable to attend a recall audition if invited, list your education history and fill in the Something about you section. Please use this section as an opportunity to talk to the Panel; to inform them about who you are, what you have done up until now and why you want to study at the School.

Once you have submitted your application you will receive an automatic email confirmation. Please allow up to 4 weeks for us to get back to you regarding the outcome of your First Round audition to allow the Panel time to view your audition.

Please be ready to confirm your First Recall audition by making the Recall payment by the date requested in your First Recall invitation. This is usually within two working days. To prepare for your first recall audition please watch our In-person Recall Audition Tips. The recalls consist of a group Workshop and an individual audition (your two speeches) with direction.

We will contact you via e-mail with an attached pdf, so please make sure that you also check your Spam folder for any communication from the School. Please contact Admissions if you haven’t heard from us:

If your First Round audition is not successful, we will email you a letter to inform you. You will be able to call the School to obtain feedback on your audition from the Admissions Manager on the days/times stated. 

Audition Tips from the Panel

Guide to Choosing Your Speeches and Preparing Your Self-tape Audition

Self-tape Audition Tips

Tips for Recording your Self-Tape