BA (Hons) in acting
1. I am under 18, can I apply to RADA?
Candidates must be at least 18 when the BA in Acting course starts. We do offer opportunities for young people under 18. These include the RADA Youth Company, Young Actors' Workshops, Summer Schools and Shakespeare Awards.
2. Is there an upper age limit to apply to RADA?
There is no upper age limit and all candidates who apply are offered an audition.
3. What qualifications do I need?
Application is by audition only; no formal qualifications are required.
4. Does RADA hold open days for the BA in Acting programme?
No and although we audition outside of London, if you reach the final stages of the audition process (third and fourth rounds), you will be required to come to RADA.
5. Do I apply through UCAS?
RADA does not use the UCAS service for applications and we have an independent audition process. You can download our application form from our website.
6. When is the deadline for application and when do the auditions take place?
The deadlines and audition dates vary according to each venue. 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.
LONDON audition dates from Nov 2016 to Apr 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 28 FEB 2017
DUBLIN audition dates: 16-18 Mar 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 19 FEB 2017FULL LEICESTER audition dates: 6-8 Feb 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 1 FEB 2017 MANCHESTER audition dates: 20-25 Mar 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 19 FEB 2017FULL NEWCASTLE audition dates: 13-15 Feb 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 6 FEB 2017 PLYMOUTH audition dates: 6-7 Feb 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 1 FEB 2017 LOS ANGELES audition dates: 6-8 Mar 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 30 JAN 2017 NEW YORK audition dates: 27 Feb - 3 Mar 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 30 JAN 2017
7. Does RADA hold auditions outside of London?
Yes. RADA holds regional auditions in Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle and Plymouth as well as overseas in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles. Audition dates are stated above, and on the application form. Please make sure you note the different closing dates if you would like to audition in locations outside London.
8. What are the audition requirements?
Each candidate should prepare three speeches – Two Classical (Shakespeare or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright) and one Contemporary/Modern speech i.e. from a play written in the last 50 years. You will usually be asked to perform one classical and one contemporary piece, but the panel may ask to see your alternative classical piece
9. Do I need to be able to sing to get into RADA?
No. You should be prepared to sing at a recall audition, our panel will assess your ability to project your voice and vocal range.
10. How many students are accepted each year?
RADA accepts 14 men and 14 women on to the BA in Acting programme each year.
11. After I’ve sent in my application, how long will it take to hear back from you?
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. Applications received after the deadline will be charged the full application fee.
12. What if I cannot afford the audition fee?
RADA has 100 fee waivers available for lower-income applicants offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please refer to the fees and application section of the website. The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama also offer a number of free interview places across the Conservatoire schools. Places are offered on a first come basis and interested applicants must meet specific criteria. Please check the CDD website for further details.
RADA can also offer travel bursaries to applicants and we will provide information about this during the process.
13. If I do not attend my audition will my application fee be refunded?
The application fee is not returnable under any circumstances
14. What if I am ill on the day of my audition?
15. Does RADA offer audition feedback?
Unfortunately, RADA is unable to provide audition feedback at all stages of the process. With over 3,000 people auditioning each year, it is not possible to respond in a constructive way to each candidate individually. We do try to offer feedback to students who get through to the final stage of the process.
Even if we are unable to progress an application to the point of offer, this does not preclude the candidate being offered a place to begin their training elsewhere this year. Nor, should they choose to re-apply for a place at RADA in the future, does this preclude their success in gaining a place here on another occasion.
The Director of RADA encourages candidates to get as much experience of acting in front of an audience as they can. It is also useful to see as much theatre as you can and to continue to read plays to familiarise yourself with as wide a range of dramatic literature as possible.
16. Can I defer entry?
No. You should apply for a place in the year before the September you wish to begin your training.
17. How do I pay for the tuition fees?
If you are from the UK/EU and are new to Higher Education, you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan through the Student Loans Company.
Students who have a prior Higher Education qualification, or are from a non-UK/EU country, will need to pay their fees themselves.
18. Do I have to pay the UK/EU level tuition fees, or the international rate?
You should have lived in the UK/EU for three consecutive years prior to starting the course in order to qualify for UK/EU level tuition fees
If, for example, you were born in the UK but then moved to Australia for twenty years, you would be liable to pay the international rate.
19. Is there any accommodation/housing provided?
RADA does not currently have its own student accommodation but we do assist students in securing suitable housing prior to their joining the course.
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