• How to Apply

    How to Apply

entry requirements

Applications for entry in September 2019 are now open.

Minimum age for acting courses:

Foundation Course - 18 years (open to EU students only)
Three Year Course - 18 years
One Year Course - 21 years
Please note that it is only possible to submit one application for each course per academic year. There are no academic requirements for any of our courses.

audition fee

UK Applicants - £45
Non-EU Applicants Three Year and One Year Course only - £55
Please note we are unable to accept international online auditions received after the 1st April 2019.

The application procedure

Entry is by audition only. There are no academic requirements. We try to conduct our auditions and selection procedures in a manner that encourages you to feel at ease. We provide 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.

The easiest way to apply is online via our website using the apply button at the bottom of the page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Admissions Administrator for further details on applying by post.

We will email you with details of your audition. Please check your spam folder and then contact us if you have not received an email within 2 weeks.

We advise you to apply as early as possible. There is a section on the application which asks for your availability and we make every effort to arrange the audition at a time suitable to you.
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

The audition procedure

1. You will need to prepare a speech from Elizabethan or Jacobean drama (e.g Shakespeare, Jonson etc) and a contrasting modern piece post 1950, each no more than two minutes long.
2. You will spend a morning at the School, taking part in a group session as well as presenting your two monologues. You may be asked to stay into the afternoon for a recall so you should be prepared to spend the whole day at the School if necessary.
3. Free transport to and from Oxford is available if required.
4. Overseas students may apply for a first round audition via DVD or link to a secure website for the Three Year and One Year courses only. However, the deadline for these applications is 1 April 2019 in order to allow for sufficient time for you to attend a recall audition. Before being offered a place, all One Year and Three Year Course students need to attend final round auditions at the School.

Conditions of Entry

Please note the terms and conditions here.
We are unable to accept non-EU students on the Foundation Course 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 non-EU students and 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’ quick link before starting your application. 

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.


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.

Auditions also consist of group work for which you will need to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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.

Register your interest