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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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