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The course

This course is vocational and practice-based, using our state-of-the-art workshops, studios and theatres and making use of opportunities within our public productions and showcases.

You will also benefit from the RADA Buddy mentoring scheme, which supports your transition from student to professional with graduate ‘buddies’ providing professional advice, feedback and networking opportunities.

Places are available in a number of subject areas:

  • Costume supervision
  • Lighting (design and/or production lighting)
  • Production management
  • Sound (design and/or production sound)
  • Property making
  • Scenic art
  • Scenic construction
  • Stage management
  • Technical management
  • Video (design and/or production video)

Combinations of subjects may also be considered, for example:

  • Property making and stage management
  • Technical and production management
  • Scenic construction and technical management
  • Scenic art and property making

Timetable and workload

You will usually work around 45 hours per week, sometimes slightly longer, with some classes, projects and productions including evenings and weekends.

You can find our term dates up to summer 2021 here.

Assessment

Assessment takes place twice per term. For each assessment period, you will receive formal written feedback from tutors and a numerical mark. The staff assessment forms part of the ongoing conversation about your progress.

Alongside the staff process, you will complete your own self-assessment (before seeing the staff’s thoughts) which forms part of your own reflection on your learning.

You may be assessed on a production role, a personal project or a work placement depending on the course being followed. Placements are not marked, but you must be deemed to have passed that assessment based on a satisfactory report from the employer.

The course consists of 120 credits. Students must enter with 240 credits from a foundation degree. Credits from a previous degree are unable to be transferred.

Students will complete six modules in the year, five of which are credit bearing at either 30 or 15 credits. The sixth module does not contribute to the student’s credit, but will be assessed and contribute to their final mark and degree classification so is compulsory. The student must take a minimum of three out of five credit-bearing modules in their chosen area of specialisation.

The remaining non-credit bearing module may be in this specialisation or another area. Students have a minimum and maximum number of production, project and placement options.

Teaching staff

Visit our theatre production staff list to read about our faculty teaching on the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management and other theatre production courses.

RADA felt right from when I first came to interview; I loved the spaces and that you get to learn many different aspects of technical theatre. After three years, I feel like I have grown so much as a person and as a professional.

How to apply

Application is by written application and interview. Interviews are held between from December and May in London, Manchester and Plymouth.

Entry requirements

Candidates must:

Admissions procedure

Once you have submitted your application, we will get in touch with you to arrange an interview date. We interview applicants between December and May.

You should come prepared to talk enthusiastically about your passions and your theatre experience. If you have a portfolio of work, please bring it with you. A good portfolio should display your process as well as your finished result.

Find more detail about what to prepare for the interview process in our admissions procedure document.

Interview dates 2018-19

  • London December 2018-May 2019 at RADA (application deadline: 1 April 2019)
  • Manchester 14 March 2019 at Friends Meeting House (application deadline: 1 March 2019)
  • Plymouth 28 March 2019 at Theatre Royal Plymouth (application deadline: 1 March 2019)

Application fee, fee waivers and travel bursaries

Application fee

We charge an application fee for all courses. Our admissions process is not automated and may involve significant contact with an individual applicant.

The application fee for the BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management is £31. We do not refund application fees.

Application fee waivers

We offer application fee waivers for UK 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 course application to be considered. This is based on your household income, and we will ask you to provide evidence of that income.

Download our application fee waiver form here.

Travel bursaries

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 theatre production courses. The criteria are:

You attended a state school; and one or more of the following:

  • Your family income is below £25,000
  • Your family income is less than £43,000 and your home address is in a neighbourhood with low participation (in accordance with the Polar4 Postcode Check)
  • You will be considered to be a care leaver when you begin your training

Please make sure that you have indicated your family income in the box on the application form to be considered. We will require evidence of need. We do not set a specific amount paid for travel bursaries as it will depend on the distance travelled and mode of transport. We will only pay travel bursaries for travel within the UK.

Home, EU or international student?

There are strict regulations regarding residency which must be met in order to qualify for Home Student status. All EU students who are offered a place at RADA are required to verify their EU status prior to the offer of the place being confirmed.

Home (UK) student

In order to be classed as a Home (UK) student you normally need to meet all of the following criteria on the first day of the first academic year of the course:

  • You are settled in the UK (this means there is no immigration restriction on the length of your stay)
  • You are ordinarily resident in the UK, and have been for the full three years before the first day of the academic year (ordinarily resident means that your main home is in the UK, and you are choosing to live in the UK.)
  • The main reason for you being in the UK was not to receive full-time education.

EU student

You will be classed as a Home (EU) student if, on the first day of the first academic year of your course:

  • You are an EU national, or the relevant family member of a non-UK EU national, who is in the UK as a self-sufficient person or as a student, or the relevant family member of a UK national.
  • You must have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course.
  • You must not have been resident wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education

International student

If you do not fall under the Home (UK) or Home (EU) definitions, then you will be classed as an international student.

International students coming to RADA on a full-time course of more than six months will require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa before coming to the UK to start your course. Without the visa you will not be allowed to enter the UK. Please download our guide for more information.

The definitions on this page are only a very brief summary and there are a number of exceptions to the conditions listed. For more detailed information, please refer to the UK Council for International Student Affairs guide.

Information for disabled applicants

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.

Policies, terms and conditions

If you would like to know more about RADA’s admissions policies for higher education courses, please download and read our Admissions Policy.

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 (progression year)
  • PgDip Theatre Costume
  • MA Theatre Lab
  • Foundation Course in Acting

Please download the RADA Fees Policy for more information about fee levels and increases, deposits and payment.

You can read our terms and conditions for students here.

In my opinion, there’s no other course that can prepare you the way that RADA does for the industry. RADA also offers financial support when you need it.

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

Make sure you’ve checked above (in 'How to apply') about your status and whether you are classed as a Home (UK), Home (EU) or International student. This affects the fee and also the financial support available.

For Home UK/EU students, please note that our fees are regulated by the Office for Students.

Undergraduate fees for the academic year 2019-20

Home students (UK and EU)
£9,000

International
£19,070

Your course is a year in length, ,so for Home students the total tuition will be £9,000. For international students, the total tuition will be £19,0270. For international students, please note that we are likely to increase your fees year on year by a cost of living amount.

Please see the fees policy for more information about how RADA calculates tuition fee increases for each year of a course.

The UK government has guaranteed that all EU undergraduates starting in 2019/20 will have the same tuition fee levels and status as Home (UK) students. Visit www.gov.uk for more details.

Other costs

Almost all materials and resources you require for your courses are included in your tuition fees. However, you should also be aware of the following additional costs during your time at RADA and during the application process.

Costs not included in the fees

Almost all materials you require for your course, including travel for any trips, will be included in your course costs.

Other materials costs: £300

The things not covered include protective footwear and clothes, play texts and stationery. We take a repayable deposit from students for locker keys, access passes and against any unpaid library fees. This totals around £100. Any student likely to have difficulty paying a deposit can notify us before arriving at RADA.

International students will also need to pay for visa costs; see the How to apply section and download our guide for details about visa requirements.

Please see the Life at RADA section for information about likely accommodation costs.

Application fee, fee waivers and travel bursaries

Application fee

We charge an application fee for all courses. Our admissions process is not automated and may involve significant contact with an individual applicant.

The application fee for the BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management is £31. We do not refund application fees.

Application fee waivers

We offer application fee waivers for UK 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 course application to be considered. This is based on your household income, and we will ask you to provide evidence of that income.

Download our application fee waiver form here.

Travel bursaries

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 theatre production courses. The criteria are:

You attended a state school; and one or more of the following:

  • Your family income is below £25,000
  • Your family income is less than £43,000 and your home address is in a neighbourhood with low participation (in accordance with the Polar4 Postcode Check)
  • You will be considered to be a care leaver when you begin your training

Please make sure that you have indicated your family income in the box on the application form to be considered. We will require evidence of need. We do not set a specific amount paid for travel bursaries as it will depend on the distance travelled and mode of transport. We will only pay travel bursaries for travel within the UK.

Funding your training

It is important that you understand when you accept a place at RADA that you know how you will pay for it and whether you will need financial assistance. We do not take account of financial need when offering places, but we do reasonably assume that if you are applying to come to RADA, you will be able to pay the fees and support yourself.

Although applications are made directly to RADA, not through UCAS, RADA is a Registered Provider with the Office for Students. This means that our courses are eligible for student financial support.

RADA also offers a number of scholarships, the majority of which are awarded on the basis of income to undergraduate students studying in higher education for the first time.

Student loans

You can apply for a student loan (or a grant in some EU countries) for your tuition fees and living costs (maintenance) if you are:

  • a Home (UK/EU) student
  • have not already completed a course at the same level (for example another BA degree)

Tuition fee loans are not means tested and this means that you do not have to pay any fees upfront for your course.

Depending on your home/residency country, you will also be able to take out a maintenance loan to support you in your studies. These loans are means tested and will depend on whether you are living at home or independently. Information about how much you can borrow and a student finance calculator are available on the student finance website.

All EU students offered a provisional place at RADA are required to verify their EU status prior to the offer of the place being confirmed. Please contact the Student Finance Services European Team on EU_Team@slc.co.uk or +44 (0)141 243 3570.

You will need to complete and return an application to the EU team to be assessed for financial support.

Support for EU/UK undergraduates taking a second degree

Second-degree students are not eligible for government-sponsored loans for a degree at the same or lower level.

RADA welcomes applications from UK/EU students who already hold a degree from another institution or in a different subject and we hold a small number of places at the UK/EU fee rate for such students.

You will need to finance yourself for both fees and living expenses. We have a very limited number of scholarships, which include full-fee and/or full-maintenance scholarships for students who are not eligible for student finance. Please read our scholarship section below for more information.

It is in your interest to provide us with information about how you intend to pay for your fees and support yourself through training, if you are not eligible for government-sponsored student finance. We will prioritise students from low-income backgrounds and from groups under-represented in the profession in allocating financial support.

International students are required to pay the full cost of their fees and living costs and are made an offer on the basis of paying privately. However, all funding issues are discussed individually with each student once an offer has been made.

Support for international students

For students defined as ‘international’ (neither a UK nor EU student - see How to apply for more details), you are required to pay the full cost of your fees and living expenses. Your offer is made on the basis that you can meet these expenses from your own funds. There are also financial requirements associated with the allocation of a Tier 4 visa.

RADA is not, at present, eligible for US Federal Loans. We will notify any US applicants in year if this situation changes.

Scholarships

RADA offers a number of scholarships. The majority of our scholarships will be awarded on the basis of income to undergraduate students studying in higher education for the first time.

We have a limited number of scholarships for second degree students. We do not usually offer scholarships to international students from outside the UK or EU.

Means-tested scholarships

For UK/EU student, new to higher education, starting an undergraduate course in September 2019, we offer the following awards:

Income under £25,000
Minimum award of £2,000 for each year of study

Income £25,001 - £43,000
Award between £500 and £1,999 for each year of study.

Care leavers

In accordance with our 2019-20 Access and Participation Plan, RADA offers an additional scholarship to care leavers (for living costs) of £3,000 per year for each year of study. This is for UK/EU students on undergraduate courses.

Students are invited to apply for scholarship support once the offer of a place is made.

Life at RADA

RADA is based in the heart of London with the museums, universities and libraries of Bloomsbury on one side, and the West End and film world of Soho on the other.

Studying and living here gives you access to one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in the world. There are over 17,000 theatrical performances each year in London with venues at the forefront of theatrical innovation. The West End represents some of the highest quality commercial theatre in the world and the wealth of fringe theatres means you can experience unique performances right on your doorstep. Our graduates go on to work in many of these venues, both on and off the stage.

RADA is an international community and we welcome people from across the world to both our higher education and short courses.

Facilities

Our theatres

Our three theatres give you the opportunity to work in industry-standard spaces: the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, a fully flexible theatre with 194 seats; the GBS Theatre, a studio theatre seating up to 70; and the Gielgud Theatre, an intimate studio space seating up to 50. All our acting and theatre production students will work in at least one of these theatres during their time at RADA.

Studios and workshops

We have a range of studios and workshop spaces across our buildings on Gower Street and Chenies Street. These include teaching and rehearsal studios for actors; dedicated metalwork, carpentry, scenic art, video and props workshops; extensive props and costume stores; a costume-making workroom; a CAD suite; state-of-the-art sound studios; and equipment for filming on and off-site.

Library

This is an important resource for students, with a large collection of rare and out-of-print plays in the English language. You will also have access to a number of digital resources. Visit the Library page for more details.

Refectory and RADA Bar

The Refectory offers subsidised meals for students (for example a salad bowl is £1.50) with hot and cold food daily. You may also heat up your own food to eat in the Refectory. The RADA Bar and café is open to staff, students and the public during the day (and in the evening during public productions), and offers a discount for RADA students.

Student services and support

We have a dedicated Student and Academic Services (SAS) department who are here to support you during your time at RADA from before you arrive until after you leave. You can drop in and see us if you need letters confirming student status, if you have queries about fees or student finance, or need assistance in applying for student finance. We aim to get to know all students at RADA so we can help with your particular needs.

Find out more about our Student and Academic Services teams

We have four teams in the Student and Academic Services department:

  • Registry and Admissions, who manage the admissions process and support you as a student
  • Higher Education Courses and Programming, responsible for the smooth running of your courses and supporting the Directors of Training and course leaders
  • Student Wellbeing, who offer pastoral care, counselling and referral to other services if necessary
  • Widening Participation and Outreach, responsible for extending opportunities to engage with RADA

Student wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing Service is located in our Chenies Street building and includes pastoral care and access to counselling at a time that suits our students’ busy schedules. Students can drop in or make an appointment to see someone.Counselling support is available throughout the training for any personal problems and is free of charge. RADA includes sessions on drugs and alcohol, sexual health and consent, nutrition and budgeting within the personal development training strand for all undergraduate students.

Healthcare

RADA has a relationship with a local GP (Ridgmount Practice). If you have any particular health concerns, it is worth looking for accommodation that is within the wider Ridgmount Practice catchment area.We offer students who require physiotherapy support a limited number of free sessions. We have a relationship with a local practice and students referred for support can see someone on-site or at the practice.

Chaplaincy and faith services

We have students from all faiths at RADA.Our Chaplaincy service is there to support you in your faith, especially if you have moved away from your home place of worship. RADA has a long-standing relationship with St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, known as the Actors’ Church. Our Student and Academic Services team can also put you in touch with someone from a particular faith to support you at RADA.

Support for disabled students

We support students as individuals at RADA, and we will work with you to make appropriate adjustments and ensure that you can obtain additional support. We encourage potential students to disclose any disabilities early in the application process so we can make reasonable adjustments for you.

You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs that you might have because of a mental health problem, long-term illness or other disability. These allowances are additional to your other student finance and you won’t need to repay them. Find out more information about DSAs here.

Once you have a place at RADA, we can assist in identifying whether you are eligible for support. You will likely require a ‘needs assessment’ to determine what adjustments and financial assistance is necessary. We have a relationship with the North London Regional Access Centre (run by Middlesex University), which is a good place to have any assessment ahead of coming to RADA.

In keeping with our personalised training, you may be able to receive additional support for any condition or impairment directly from RADA. We will determine this with you as you progress through your course.

Where to live

RADA does not currently have its own student accommodation. This means that our students live in one of the following:

  • local halls of residence, including those run privately
  • with other students in private houses and flats
  • lodging with another person.

Once you have accepted your place at RADA, we will provide information about local accommodation contacts. We aim to connect incoming students with one another, which can help you to look for accommodation together. Our current students will also be looking for people to share with, and we also help you to make those connections.For low-income students (i.e. those from a background of under £25,000), please talk to us once you have your place if you might struggle with a deposit for a flat or house.Some students will carrying on living at home whilst at RADA and others live across London. We advise that you balance out both the time and cost of a commute with spaces that might seem more expensive, but are closer to the Academy – you will spend a lot of time here.Our students pay an average of around £650 per month (based on a 12-month contract) for a room in a shared house. Some private halls can be considerably more expensive. If you have specific access needs, please speak to someone in our Student and Academic Services team for assistance in finding an appropriate place to live.

Careers

Graduates from RADA’s BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management can be found practising their professional skills across the industry.

For more information on recent graduate destinations, visit the Careers section of the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management.

FAQs

    I am under 18, can I apply to RADA?

    Candidates must be at least 18 on the 1 September 2019. We offer other 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.

    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 at the top of this page.

    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.

    Which 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.

    Where can I get a prospectus?

    All our information on full-time courses can be found on the RADA website, including course content, costs and funding, graduate destinations, the application process, welfare support and where to live.

    If you are working with young people and would like printed information, we are also producing a leaflet with key information on each of the above courses. These are available to pick up at RADA, or can be obtained by emailing enquiries@rada.ac.uk.

    Does RADA hold open days for the BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management course?

    Yes, we hold open days for our Technical Theatre and Stage Management courses. Keep an eye on the What's On section of the website for further details.

    Does RADA hold interviews outside of London?

    Yes. We interview in both Manchester and Plymouth. Interview dates are stated 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. Dates for this year are:

    • London December 2018-May 2019 at RADA (application deadline: 1 April 2019)
    • Manchester 14 March 2019 at Friends Meeting House (application deadline: 1 March 2019)
    • Plymouth 28 March 2019 at Theatre Royal Plymouth (application deadline: 1 March 2019)
    When is the deadline for applications and when do the interviews take place?

    Deadline for entry in September 2019 is 31 March 2019. Interviews take place between November 2018 and June 2019.

    After I’ve sent in my application, how long will it take to hear back from you?

    You will receive an automated email confirming receipt of your application as soon as it has been received and processed. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of sending in your application, please email admissions@rada.ac.uk.

    We will then contact you with a date for your interview – this can take several weeks depending on panel availability and application numbers.

    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 bring it with you.

    If I do not attend my interview will my application fee be refunded?

    The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

    What if I am ill on the day of my interview?

    If you are ill on the day, please email admissions@rada.ac.uk in advance of your interview time.

    We will try to provide an alternative date, but this may not be possible as it is dependent on where we are in the interview process.

    Can I defer entry?

    No. You should apply for a place in the year before the September you wish to begin your training.

    How many students are accepted each year?

    There is an intake of around 20 students each year.

    Do I have to pay the UK/EU tuition fees or the international rate?

    You must 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.

    Please read the How to apply section above for more information.

    I am from the US, can I apply for a Federal Loan for this programme?

    RADA is not, at present, eligible for US Federal Loans. We will notify any US applicants if this situation changes.

    Is there any accommodation/housing provided?

    RADA does not currently have its own student accommodation. All students offered a place are provided with guidance on finding accommodation in London.

    Please read the Life at RADA section above for more information on where to live.

    What are the term dates?

    You can find our term dates up to summer 2021 here.