I am under 18, can I apply to RADA?
Candidates must be at least 18 when the Foundation Degree in Technical Theatre and Stage Management programme starts. We do offer opportunities for young people under 18, you can find more information here.
Is there an upper age limit to apply to RADA?
There is no upper age limit and all candidates who apply will be offered an interview.
What qualifications do I need?
We require you to have achieved a standard of education which means you can study for a foundation degree, but we do not judge this from formal qualifications. All eligible applicants are interviewed, and you are welcome to bring evidence of your passion, enthusiasm, and experience with you on the day.
What pathway after GCSE is preferred – A Levels or BTEC?
It depends on the individual. Both routes are acceptable but we also look for practical experience – this could be part of the BTEC or a suitable A Level, or as a hobby.
Does RADA hold open days for the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management programme?
Do I apply through UCAS?
RADA does not use the UCAS service for applications and we have an independent admissions process. You can download our application form from our website.
When is the deadline for application and when do the interviews take place?
The deadlines and interview dates vary according to each venue. If you are looking to have an interview outside of London, please note that there are a limited number of allotted times for each venue. We advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment. We do not accept any late applications.
Applications are now closed for 2017 entry.
LONDON interview dates Nov 2016 to Apr 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 31 MAR 2017
MANCHESTER interview date: 25 January 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 10 JAN 2017
PLYMOUTH interview date: 01 March 2017
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 15 FEB 2017
Do RADA hold interviews outside of London?
Yes! This year we have introduced two new regional locations for our technical interview – Manchester and Plymouth. Interview dates are stated above and on the application form. Please make sure you note the different closing dates if you would like to interview outside of London – please be aware that we will contact you as soon as possible after the closing date in order for you to arrange transport.
What are the interview requirements?
You should come prepared to talk enthusiastically about your passions and your theatre experience. If you have a portfolio of work, please do bring that with you.
After I’ve sent in my application, how long will it take to hear back from you?
What if I cannot afford the interview 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.
If I do not attend my interview will my application fee be refunded?
The application fee is not returnable under any circumstances.
What if I am ill on the day of my interview?
Can I defer entry?
No. You should apply for a place in the year before the September you wish to begin your training.
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.
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.
Is there any accommodation/housing provided?
RADA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack we send students offered a place on our full-time courses
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