BA (HONS) IN ACTING
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applications for 2018 are now open. Please see the application form for deadlines.
There is an intake of up to 28 students in September each year. We audition all eligible applicants who apply before the deadline.
You may only apply once per academic year, but you may apply for our Foundation Course in Acting at the same time and using the same form as our BA (Hons) in Acting. Preliminary auditions run from November until April, with the option to audition in London, Leicester, Manchester, Chester, Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth as well as overseas in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles.
RADA charges an application fee for all courses. Our admissions process is not automated and may involve significant contact with an individual applicant. We do not refund application fees. Please see our Admissions Policy for further information.
APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS
UK or EU students who are coming to higher education for the first time, with a family income of less than £25,000 may be eligible for an audition fee waiver and for financial support with travelling to later-stage auditions or interviews.
You will need to submit a fee waiver application at the same time as your programme application to be considered. This is based on your household income, and we will ask you to provide evidence of that income.
This is in addition to fee waivers offered by the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, which you may use at RADA or at another CDD school, see here. RADA fee waivers are only available for applicants applying to RADA.
All UK/EU students new to HE students who meet one of the following criteria may be considered for a travel bursary at third or fourth round of the BA (Hons) Acting or an interview for our Technical Theatre Arts programmes. The criteria are:
You attended a state school AND one or more of the following:
- Your family income is less than £43,000 and your home address is in a neighbourhood with low participation (in accordance with the HEFCE Polar3 Postcode Check)
- Your family income is below £25,000
- You will be considered to be a care leaver when you begin your training
RADA auditions everyone who applies and we are committed to making our training as widely accessible as possible. Every year, over 50% of our students on core courses receive financial support, ranging from fee waivers, contributions towards maintenance costs (accommodation, travel and course materials) and full scholarships. Information about funding is available on the Fees & Funding page.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM
All applications must be submitted by post to Admissions, 62-64 Gower Street, London WC1E 6ED with the application fee made payable by cheque or card, which is non-refundable.
Please ensure you use the correct postage. A4 envelopes in the UK need a 'large letter' stamp. Incorrectly paid postage is held at the mail sorting office and delays your application. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. No email submissions are accepted.
The fee for applications received on and before 11 December 2017 is £46.
Applications received after 11 December 2017 is £76.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants wishing to apply for the reduced rate audition fee should ensure that they allow plenty of time (or use special delivery) before the 11 December 2017 deadline to ensure receipt prior to RADA’s Christmas closing. Please also be aware that, due to the volume of Christmas post, applications may take longer to arrive so make sure you send your application in well before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be charged the full application fee.
The deadlines and audition dates vary according to each venue. You can find the full list of deadlines and auditions on the application form. If you are looking to audition outside of London, please note that there are a limited number of allotted times for each venue. We advise that you apply early to avoid disappointment. We do not accept any late applications.
THE AUDITION PROCESS
Auditions are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday, with occasional Saturdays and evenings.
Our audition process is rigorous, spanning several months, and you may be called to attend at short notice. Owing to the number of candidates we audition, we do not routinely provide feedback.
If you are auditioning outside of London please be prepared to attend subsequent recalls and workshops in London if required. A list of audition guidance notes will be sent to all applicants.
Fee waivers and travel bursaries are available dependent upon circumstances.
THE FOUR AUDITION STAGES
- Preliminary audition - November to April
- Recall audition - December to May
- Short workshop (three hour session)
- Workshop Day
Preliminary auditions run continually between November and April. You will be seen at preliminary auditions by two members of the audition panel. The preliminary audition usually consists of two, but sometimes three, audition speeches. Each speech should last about 2 minutes, and certainly no longer than 3 minutes. The panel may stop you if your speech is longer than 3 minutes.
- Piece A - Classical The classical piece should be from Shakespeare or an Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright (Jonson, Marlowe, Webster, etc.). It should be originally written in English - so do not choose a piece from a Greek tragedy or a Molière comedy, for example.
- Piece B - Contemporary The contemporary piece should provide a clear contrast to the classical piece and be written after 1960. Do not use Chekhov or Shaw for this piece.
- Piece C - Alternative Classical You must have an alternative classical piece prepared (same rules as Piece A), which you may or may not be asked to perform.
Speeches presented at the preliminary audition are repeated at the recall audition, unless you have been recommended to prepare a new audition piece. You are also required to sing a prepared unaccompanied song.
A three hour workshop. Bring both classical speeches (Piece A and Piece C) and the contemporary speech (Piece B) from earlier rounds and prepare an alternative contemporary speech (Piece D, same rules as Piece B).
This is the final stage and you will need to prepare a new audition speech of your choice. It can be from any era, Greek to contemporary. If you have not used Piece C or D in previous rounds you may choose one of them.
Regional/ Overseas Auditions
You can attend auditions in Leicester, Manchester, Chester, Newcastle, Plymouth and Bristol as well as overseas in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles. This can be indicated on the application form.
Candidates opting for regional/ overseas auditions should ensure that they are available for a recall on the same day if required. Recalled candidates will also be requested to attend a workshop in London at a later date.
Download the Application form
Please download and complete a BA (Hons) in Acting application form.
Application fee waiver form
If applicable, please download and complete an fee waiver application form. Please note this needs to be submitted with your programme application form.
Read more about the admissions procedure.
Equality and Diversity
We consider diversity to be enriching and a vital part of what makes us one of the world leaders in providing vocational training. We encourage the opportunity for self-development regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, marital status, nationality, sexual orientation, parental status, religion or belief.
We welcome applications from disabled applicants and encourage them to disclose relevant information regarding any disability when completing their application form, to enable us to provide additional support during the interview process. There is more information for disabled applicants on the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website.
If you would like to know more about RADA’s Admissions Policy for higher education courses, please download and read our Admissions policy document.
Admissions Appeals and Complaints
For information about RADA’s Admissions, Appeals and Complaints for higher education courses, please download and read our Admissions Appeals and Complaints document. Please note that this process covers the following courses only:
BA (Hons) in Acting
FdA Technical Theatre and Stage Management
BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management (completion)
PgD Theatre Costume
MA Theatre Lab
Foundation Course in Acting
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