BA (HONS) IN ACTING
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Applications for 2017 are now open. Please see the FAQs section for application 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 only 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 in Acting. Auditions run from November until June, with the option to audition in London, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle and Plymouth as well as overseas in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles.
RADA’s application fee for the BA (Hons) in Acting for 2016-17 is £46 from when applications open in October until 16 December, and then £86 for later applications made up until the closing date at the end of February. The cost is staggered in this way to encourage early applications so that our admissions team is able to process the large number of applications and complete the audition process in time to make offers to prospective students in June.
In addition to the fee waivers available through the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, we have added our own fee waivers which will be available to those on low income, and we offer travel bursaries to anyone on low income who is invited to come to a final round audition.
We still have some RADA application fee waivers available. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Current UK/EU resident
- Are studying for the first time at Higher Education level and do not already have a degree
- From a household income of under £43,000
Those offered an application fee waiver will also meet at least one of the below:
- Your home address is in a neighbourhood with low participation (in accordance with the HEFCE Polar3 Postcode Check)
- Your household 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 is committed to making its 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please read our terms and conditions
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM
All applications must be submitted by post with the registration fee, 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.
The fee for applications received on and before 16 December 2016 is £46.
Applications received after 16 December 2016 is £86.
Application fee includes £1 processing fee and are non-refundable, please see the application form for more details.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants wanting to apply for the reduced rate audition fee should ensure that they allow plenty of time (or use special delivery) before the 16 December 2016 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 FAQs section. 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
Our audition process is lengthy and rigorous, spanning several months, and you may be called to attend at short notice. Due to the number of candidates we audition, we do not provide feedback.
If you are auditioning in New York, Manchester, Leicester and Dublin 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.
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 - Modern The modern piece should provide a clear contrast to the classical piece and we encourage you to choose a piece written after 1960. Do not use Chekhov or Shaw for this piece.
You must have an alternative classical piece prepared (same rules as Piece A), which you may or may not be called upon 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, where you will work on scenes from a variety of classical and contemporary plays.
This is the final stage and you will need to prepare a new audition speech of your choice, either classical or modern.
You can attend auditions in New York or Los Angeles and this can be indicated on the application form.
The New York auditions usually take place in the Spring. Candidates opting for the New York 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.
This year RADA is offering auditions in Los Angeles. Candidates opting for the Los Angeles 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.
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.
RADA Admissions Policy
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 Admission Appeals and Complaints document.
Please click download the Admissions Appeals and Complaints Form. Please note that this process covers the following courses only:
BA (Hons) 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
View a full copy of our current PROSPECTUS.