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First round auditions

All first round auditions will now be by self-tape. All applicants who had already submitted an application will be contacted directly by the Admissions team with guidance on how to submit their online audition.

Entry requirements

Applications for September 2020 entry are open. Applications close on 31 May 2020 at midnight. Entry is by audition only.

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, using the apply button at the bottom of this page.

The audition procedure

You will need to film and submit two pieces of no more than two minutes each: one from Elizabethan or Jacobean drama (e.g. Shakespeare, Jonson etc.) and a contrasting modern piece (written after 1950). You will also need to answer one question. Please follow the guidance below. 

Film a close up of your face introducing yourself 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 YouTube/Vimeo and copy and paste the link into the relevant field on the application form.

General advice on your online audition

  • Watch the short film clip offering advice
  • Stand away from the background which should be plain and not distracting
  • Pick a quiet room with no background noise
  • Be aware of your distance from the camera/mic and speak up (project) when further away
  • Make sure the room is bright and you can be seen clearly - lit from the front rather than above
  • Do not place yourself in silhouette - be careful of windows
  • Try and use a tripod – not handheld
  • Avoid props, costume and make up. We are interested in you and your ability. 

Click here for online application tips

If your First Round online audition is successful, you will be asked to provide a First Recall online audition. Please allow 2 weeks after your submission for us to get back to you.

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 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.


Once you have read the application guidance above, 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.

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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