“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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During these unprecedented circumstances, our first priority continues to be the health, safety and welfare of our staff and students.

Our main aim is to ensure that we offer training safely, and the School adheres to guidance concerning health and safety measures and social distancing. We have carried out enhanced risk assessments to ensure that our building and practices are compliant with government guidelines.

We have prioritised face to face teaching throughout the last year and although some teaching was delivered remotely, it was carefully considered and kept to a minimum. Term dates for current students have been extended to enable face to face teaching to take place.

The quality of the student experience is of paramount importance to us, and we continue to review all Government guidelines concerning Coronavirus, developing contingency arrangements to manage any further impact of COVID-19 during the next academic year. Regular communications are provided to students, staff and applicants. We expect the School to be operating as normal by the autumn.

If you are intending to apply to the School to study from September 2021, please continue to do so; all applications are being processed as normal. First Round and First Recall auditions are online, rather than in person, but it is our intention to hold Second Recall auditions face to face at the School, and are in regular contact with applicants who reach this stage of the audition process to keep them updated.

The School is currently closed to visitors, and there are no Open Days currently scheduled. A Virtual Open Day was held in January, offering applicants the opportunity to explore our facilities and hear first-hand from tutors and students about training at the School. Please click here to watch the recording of the Virtual Open Day.


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. These are:

Three Year Course – 18 years

One Year Course – 21 years

Foundation Course – 18 years

At The Oxford School of Drama, 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 CourseLevel 6 on the Regulated Qualifications FrameworkAwarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual
One Year CourseLevel 5 on the Regulated Qualifications FrameworkAwarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual

All qualifications are validated by Trinity College London.

No. All of our courses are full time and run from September through to March, July or the following September depending on the course.

Applying and Auditions

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open and will close at midnight on 31 May 2021. We advise you to apply as early as possible. If you do so before midnight on 30th November, you can take advantage of our early bird audition fee offer. 

Yes. Please email us at info@oxforddrama.ac.uk with the subject ‘Prospectus Request’ and provide us with your full name and postal address.

The Prospectus for 21/22 will be available in October 2020.

The only way to apply is online. 

Audition fee UK/EU applicants £45. However, we are offering an early bird fee of £35 for anyone who auditions before midnight on the 30th November. 

13 October 2020 to 30 November 2020 = £35

1 December 2020 to 31 May 2021 = £45

A single audition fee is charged for each applicant. You will not be asked to pay any additional audition fees if you progress to later stages. Please note that the fee is non-refundable. 

You will need to film and submit two speeches of no more than two minutes each. 

  • A classical speech of your choosing from the 16th or 17th century. This can be Shakespeare or any other writer from that period; for example, John Ford, Ben Jonson, Mary Pix, Christopher Marlowe, Aphra Benn. 
  • A contrasting speech from a 20th or 21st century play.
  • Film a close up of your face introducing yourself (quite brief – name, age, course(s) you are applying for and the names of the pieces) and then change position by moving back from camera to a waist up shot and do the two pieces. Your eyeline should be to the side of the camera.

Then move closer to the camera again and answer the following question:

Choose a moment from a play or film which really impacted on you emotionally and tell us about it. How did you feel? (2 minutes)

  • Upload your audition to Vimeo/YouTube. Copy and paste the link into the indicated field on the application form.

Please allow up to 4 weeks for us to get back to you regarding the outcome of your audition. Please be sure to also check your Spam folder for e-mails from the School. 

If your audition is successful, you will be asked to submit an online First Recall audition, and we will e-mail you with instructions about what to prepare and the submission deadline. 

If your audition is unsuccessful, we will e-mail you with information about when you will be able to call the School to obtain feedback from the Admissions Administrator.

We are unable to accept international students on our courses unless they have UK residency with indefinite leave to remain/pre-settled/settled status.

Applicants from the EU/EEA/Switzerland who do not have pre-settled/settled status in the UK are eligible to apply for the Six Month Foundation Course.

Applicants from Ireland are eligible to apply for any of our courses.

All auditions and open days typically take place at the School.

This year, in line with government guidance regarding the avoidance of all non-essential travel and contact, the Oxford School of Drama has made the decision to cancel face-to-face auditions for the foreseeable future, and we are inviting applicants to submit their audition online. First Round and First Recall auditions will be via self-tape. Second Recall auditions will be held in-person at the School.

We usually hold open days when you will have the opportunity to observe classes and talk to tutors and students. However, due to the government guidance regarding the avoidance of all non-essential travel and contact, the Oxford School of Drama has made the decision not to hold any this year and to wait for further guidance before planning any for next year. 

We recently held a virtual open day where staff, tutors, current students and graduates spoke about training at the school. You can watch the recording here. 

You can visit our virtual tour here where you can gain  virtual access to our theatre, studios, social and study space.

The Oxford School of Drama is committed to promoting inclusivity in the arts and is working proactively towards greater diversity in the range of actors training for the profession.  

Our Supported Application Fee Scheme 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 Supported Application Fee waivers.

The Scheme is open to anyone who is serious about becoming a professional actor through drama training. Please click here for more detailed information.

To download a Supported Application Fee Scheme application form, please click here.


Audition Fee

We are offering an early bird fee of £35 for anyone who auditions before midnight on the 30th November, otherwise the fee is £45.

13 October 2020 to 30 November 2020 = £35

1 December 2020 to 31 May 2021 = £45

One Year and Three Year Courses

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 privately, the course fees are:

The fees for the academic year 21/22 are as follows:

3 Year Course: £17,500 per year for students without government funding

One Year Course: £17,500 per year for students without government funding

Foundation Course (Sept 21 – Mar 22): £8,400 (incl VAT) for the whole course. Please note that there is no public funding available for the Foundation Course.

There is no public funding available for the 6 Month Foundation Course. 

Three Year and One Year Courses

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 exceptionally 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.

For further information visit 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).

Go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

For more information on government support, bursaries and scholarships for the One and Three Year course, please see our Fees and Funding Page. 

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. All of our students live in central Oxford (just 8 miles from the School) or in towns and villages surrounding the School. The majority of students on our Foundation Course live with local host families.

The School provides a bus service from central Oxford at a subsidised rate. This picks up from a number of stops before arriving at the School.

The School will provide a free bus from central Oxford for those attending auditions.