BA (Hons) in acting
1. I am under 18, can I apply to RADA?
Candidates must be at least 18 when the BA (Hons) in Acting by 1 September 2018. 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 (Hons) in Acting programme?
No, 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. Please refer to the application form for the dates. We do not accept any late applications.
First round auditions will take place from November 2017 to April 2018.
7. Does RADA hold auditions outside of London?
Yes. RADA holds regional auditions in Leicester, Manchester, Chester, Newcastle, Plymouth and Bristol as well as overseas in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles. Audition dates are 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?
Please refer to the BA (Hons) in Acting overview page.
9. Do I need to be able to sing to get into RADA?
No. You should be prepared to sing at a recall audition and 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 onto the BA (Hons) 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 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. Applications received after the deadline will be charged the full application fee.
12. What if I cannot afford the application fee?
RADA has fee waivers available for applicants from lower-income families. 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 fee waivers 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. Further information is available on our Fees and Funding pages.
13. If I do not attend my audition will my application fee be refunded?
The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
14. What if I am ill on the day of my audition?
15. Does RADA offer audition feedback?
RADA is unable to provide audition feedback at all stages of the process due to the large number of applicants.
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.