Applications for September 2020 entry are now open. Applications close on 31 May 2020 at midnight. Entry is by audition only,
Foundation Course - 18 years
Three Year Course - 18 years
One Year Course - 21 years
UK/EU Applicants - £45
Non-EU Applicants We are no longer able to accept applications from non UK/EU students (those without the right to remain in the UK).
Entry is by audition only; there are no academic requirements for any of our courses. On the application form, you have the option to apply for up to two courses. Please only select a second course choice if you are willing to be considered by the audition panel for that choice.
Please note that it is only possible to submit one application per academic year. We try to conduct our auditions and selection procedures in a manner that encourages you to feel at ease. We send you helpful advice on how best to prepare, how we make our decisions and our appeals procedure. At the audition we are happy for you to ask questions which we will try to answer. Should you be unsuccessful in your audition, we will provide you with feedback.
We will e-mail you with details of your audition. Please check your spam folder and then contact us at the e-mail address above if you have not received an e-mail within 2 weeks.
We will also be holding regional auditions on the following dates:
Saturday 28 March 2020 in STOKE (New Vic Theatre)
Saturday 18 April 2020 in WOLVERHAMPTON (Newhampton Arts Centre)
Saturday 25 April 2020 in LUTON (Hat Factory)
Saturday 2 May 2020 in OLDHAM (Library)
Please indicate your preferred location on the application form.
If you would like to audition here at the School, there is a section on the application form which asks for your availability and we make every effort to arrange the audition on a date suitable to you.
Submitting an online audition: UK/EU students living overseas and applying for the Three Year and One Year courses only, may apply for a first round audition via an Online link. If you have an overseas address on your application we will email you to confirm whether you be submitting an online link or attending the school. The deadline for these applications is 1st April in order to allow for sufficient time for you to attend a recall audition. Before being offered a place all students need to attend recall auditions at the School.
Please note the terms and conditions here.
We are unable to accept non-EU students on our courses unless they have UK residency with indefinite leave to remain.
Fees for EU students on the Three Year and One Year Courses are payable termly in advance. For Foundation students full course fees for the current year are payable in advance of the commencement of the course. Places on courses will only be confirmed on receipt of a deposit. The deposit will be returned within six weeks of successful completion of the course.
Please see ‘Application guidance’ before applying.
Once you have read the application guidance, please click on the apply button below to create your application. When you submit your application, you will be put through to the WorldPay section to make your audition fee payment by card.
You will need to prepare 2 contrasting monologues, each no longer than 2 minutes.
One will need to be from Elizabethan or Jacobean drama (Shakespeare or Jonson, for example) and the other will need to be a piece from post-1950 drama.
Auditions also consist of group work for which you will need to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
The Oxford School of Drama welcomes applications from students with disabilities. Please mark clearly on your application form, where specified, if there are any disabilities or learning difficulties that you feel the Audition Panel should be made aware of. We ask this so that the appropriate adjustments can be made.
Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director, National Theatre