“The teachers encourage you to really look at yourself and find what makes you as an individual, special and different to everyone else. There are no carbon copies being made at Oxford, every student thrives in their individuality.”
Tanya Reynolds, Graduate of the One Year Acting Course, 2015
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Although all restrictions on the approach to teaching and learning have been lifted, COVID-19 is still a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future and so we have developed procedures to manage the continued risk to ourselves, others and the training. This includes twice weekly testing with tests provided by the school, ventilation in all spaces and sanitiser available through the buildings.
There are no academic requirements for any of our courses.
There is no upper age limit for any of our courses, but you need to meet the minimum age requirement by the time the course starts in September 2022. These are:
Three Year Course – 18 years
One Year Course – 21 years
Foundation Course – 18 years
Our focus is on training actors to work in the industry, rather than training students to get a degree. For this reason, we have decided against offering degree courses.
Nevertheless, we do understand that our students want recognition for their achievements in the form of a national qualification. Therefore, our Three Year and One Year Courses are certified as follows on the National Qualification Framework:
Three Year Course
Level 6 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework
Awarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual
One Year Course
Level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework
Awarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual
All qualifications are validated by Trinity College London.
At times in the year, we offer on-line and in-person Short Courses in addition to the Three Year, One Year and Six Month Foundation Courses. Please sign up to our Newsletter to receive information about our Short Course programme.
Applying and Auditions
Applications for September 2022 entry are now closed. We will be opening applications for entry in September 2023 in October. Please sign up to our Newsletter to receive notification of when applications are open by clicking here.
Yes. Please email us at email@example.com with the subject ‘Prospectus Request’ and provide us with your full name and postal address.
The Prospectus for 22/23 will be available in October 2021.
The only way to apply is online.
£15 – First Round audition by self-tape is paid on application.
£30 – Recall audition fee is paid when confirming your place at your First Recall Audition. All recall auditions are held in person at the School and include a workshop alongside an individual audition with the panel.
We have introduced a two-stage audition fee payment and hope that the lower fee for the First Round self-tape audition will give more people the opportunity to audition for the School.
The School offers a free shared taxi service from central Oxford for those attending auditions.
We also operate an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme, which aims to ensure fairer access by offering a free audition place to eligible applicants who aspire to train at drama school. We are able to offer 100 audition fee waivers to people whose financial circumstances may prevent them from applying to us.
The Scheme is open to anyone who is serious about becoming a professional actor through drama training. Full details and information on how to apply can be found on the Apply Page:
Anyone who is currently part of the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up training programme, is entitled to an audition fee waiver. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you are from NYT – Playing Up and we will apply a voucher code to your application.
On your application you are required to submit a First Round self-tape link. The self-tape should include an introduction and answer to the following question: Choose a moment from a play or film which really impacted you emotionally and tell us about it. How did you feel? followed by A classical speech from the 16th or 17th century and finally a contrasting (a different subject, theme or emotion) speech from a 20th or 21st century play. It should be no more than 6 minutes long (2 minutes per section). Please visit the apply page for instructions on how to apply: https://oxforddrama.ac.uk/apply/
The Oxford School of Drama does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor licence and would be unable to issue the documentation international applicants would require in order to apply for a Tier 4 Visa to come and study in the UK.
Therefore, only UK nationals or those with indefinite leave to remain/pre-settled/settled status in the UK, i.e., permanent residency, are able to apply for our courses.
From 1 January 2021, citizens from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are able to visit/study in the UK for a period of up to 6 months, without the need to apply for entry clearance in advance. They would therefore be eligible to apply for the Six Month Foundation Course in Acting.
If accepted onto the Six Month Foundation Course, citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are able to apply for a Short Term Student Visa (STSV) on their arrival at the UK port of entry; their passport will be stamped at the Immigration Desk with a STSV, valid for 6 months.
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will not be eligible to apply for our One Year Course or Three Year Course, unless they have pre-settled or settled status in the UK.
- settled status (5 years continuous residence in the UK)
- pre-settled status (less than 5 years continuous residence in the UK)
The deadline for applying for pre-settled/settled status was 30 June 2021.
Irish citizens are eligible to apply for any of our courses, and do not require a visa to study or work in the UK or pre-settled/settled status.
For entry in September 2022 all First Round auditions will be via self-tape. First Recall and Second Recall auditions will be in person at the School. If you get through to this stage of the audition process, we will contact you via email to inform you of the arrangements for the day.
It is only possible to come and look around the School on our Open Days. Further details of future Open Days will be announced on the website in due course.
Ukrainian students and their family members supported through the Ukraine Family Scheme, Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme and Ukraine Extension Scheme are eligible to apply for any of our courses. They are also immediately eligible to apply for Dance and Drama Awards funding for tuition fees and living costs and are exempt from the 3-year residency requirement as per the current Dance and Drama Awards scheme guide (2022/23).
Ukrainian students will be eligible to apply for an Adult Learner Loan for 22/23 applications.
The majority of our Three Year and One Year Course students receive funding and so do not pay the published fee rate. For students who pay the full fees because they are not eligible to receive government funding (e.g. they are aged 24+ or their household income is more than £90,000 per year), the course fees are as below for the academic year 22/23:
Three Year Course: £17,850 per year for students who do not receive government funding
One Year Course: £17,850 per year for students who do not receive government funding
Foundation Course (Sept 22 – Mar 23): £8,550 (including VAT) for the whole course. Please note that, unfortunately, there is no public funding available for the Foundation Course.
We want to make sure that everyone can get access to training so we work hard to ensure that applicants who are offered a place on our Three Year and One Year courses can get the financial support they need to enable them to train at the School.
For most of our students that will be a combination of different government funding. There are two government schemes that support our students.
Dance and Drama Awards
The Oxford School of Drama is privileged to be part of the Government’s DaDA Scheme which provides scholarship grants for talented people aged 18–23 years who wish to pursue a career as an actor. The maximum Award will fund 100% of a student’s course fee and provide them with an annual living allowance of £4,550 in the form of a grant (it does not need to be repaid). The awards are means-tested and eligibility depends on your household income. Once you are offered a place on the Three Year and One Year Courses we will invite you to apply for a DaDA grant. At Oxford, all students who are eligible for a DaDA will receive one (please note students are not eligible for DaDA funding if they are resident in The Channel Islands, ie. Jersey and Guernsey or the Isle of Man).
For further information visit: https://www.gov.uk/dance-drama-awards
Advanced Learner Loans
Students who are over the age of 19 are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help to fund their course. These are not means-tested and they require no credit checks. They are available even if you have previously had a student loan. When you take out an ALL you will also get access to bursaries to support your travel, living and childcare costs. The School will be responsible for applying for those bursaries on your behalf. The loan will only start to be repaid after you leave the course and only when/if your monthly earnings exceed £2,214 (2020/21).
Bursaries and Scholarships
The School also has a number of bursaries and scholarships available to support course fees and living costs for students who need extra support or who are facing financial hardship. Please see the website for more information
Government loans are available to help with course costs for One Year and Three Year Course students aged 19 and over even if they have already had a loan from the Student Loan Company for a previous course.
Life at The Oxford School of Drama
No. Students on the One/Three Year courses house share, usually North of Oxford (just 8 miles from the School) or in towns and villages surrounding the School (Kidlington, Woodstock etc).
As the Foundation Course is only 6 months long, the majority of students on the course stay with local host families, and the School provides a list of local families known to the School.
The School provides a bus service from central Oxford at a subsidised rate. It will pick up and drop off at a number of stops through North Oxford and surrounding villages every day.