• How to Apply

    How to Apply

entry requirements

Applications for September 2020 entry are now 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 no longer able to accept applications from non UK/EU students (those without the right to remain in the UK).

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 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.

The easiest way to apply is online via our website, using the apply button at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Admissions Administrator for further details on how to apply by post: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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. You can expect to be finished by 6pm.
    3. Free transport to/from the school from/to Oxford city centre is available if requested.

Regional audition days

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.

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.


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.


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