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First round auditions

Applications for entry in September 2020 are now closed. If you are interested in applying for Autumn 2021 please sign up to our newsletter and we will send you an email when applications reopen. We will also send you all the information you need to complete your application.

Entry requirements

Entry is by audition only. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when we reopen auditions and to get all the hints and tips on how to apply.

Minimum age for acting courses:

Foundation Course - 18 years
Three Year Course - 18 years
One Year Course - 21 years

Audition fee

UK/EU Applicants - £45

Non-EU Applicants - We are unable to accept non-EU students on our courses unless they have UK residency with indefinite leave to remain.

The application procedure

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 have included helpful advice on how best to prepare for your online audition, how we make our decisions and our appeals procedure. Please see Application Guidance

The only way to apply is online when applications are reopened. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when we will reopen auditions.

Conditions of Entry

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.

Payment of Fees

Fees for 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.

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What to prepare for your audition

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.

Disabled Applicants

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.

You can download a large print version of the prospectus and application form:

Large Print Prospectus

Large Print Application Form

Large Print Fees Sheet

Large Print Terms & Conditions

“The Oxford School of Drama is in the top rank of British drama schools. Many of its alumni have appeared with distinction at the National Theatre, and they are conspicuously well trained for a wide-ranging career.”

Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director, National Theatre

Our Open Day is an opportunity to gain a real taste of life at the School. You will meet students, staff and observe classes as well as have a Q&A session with Principal, George Peck.

Register your interest and we will send you the date and more details in the near future.

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