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Fees and Funding


Acting BA (Hons) 2019-20: £14,910 p/a. £4,970 termly.

Fees are subject to annual review and may increase in years two and three in line with inflation, to take account of the increased costs of delivering the course. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Additional Fees

Audition Fee (non-refundable) £45 / €60
Overseas students please pay by bank transfer.
Deposit for full-time courses (Payable on Registration)
UK / EU Students £350
Overseas Students £2,000
The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded when the student leaves in full or in part without interest dependent on whether there is an outstanding balance on the student’s account.

City, University of London

For those wishing to register for the degree there is a one-off payment estimated at £547.12 (2017-18).
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees
ArtsEd does not offer on-campus accommodation, but will provide an accommodation list (detailing local estate agents) to all students upon successful entry to the course.

ArtsEd Audition Fee Waiver Scheme

ArtsEd is dedicated to widening participation within the arts and has set up an ‘Audition Fee Waiver Scheme’ as a means of encouraging the most talented candidates to apply for our BA Acting and BA Musical Theatre courses while removing the financial barriers that too often deter such prospective students from doing so. If you wish to enquire if you are eligible for a free audition, please contact the Registrar, David Bumpstead, at dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk (UK residents only).



If you are successful in being offered a place on the course, and whether you are eligible for either means tested scholarships or student loans, you must be absolutely certain you have enough funds for the fees and the considerable expense of living in London for three years, before accepting a place.


Dance and Drama Awards

The Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) offer annual scholarships to exceptionally talented performing arts students studying at some of the country’s leading providers of professional vocational training in dance, drama and musical theatre. Funded by the government through the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), DaDAs offer reduced tuition fees and assistance with living costs for the duration of the course.
Currently students in receipt of a DaDA are means tested according to national scales and may receive support for their course fees and also apply for income assessed maintenance of up to £5,185 a year. This support is in the form of a grant not a loan. Each year there are a limited number of Awards which are allocated to those students who have been judged at audition to have the most potential to succeed in the profession and are in the most financial need.
Students in receipt of DaDA awards can also register for the BA (Hons) degree, but must be aware that the DaDA funding is given to the student so they can complete the Trinity College London Diploma. Registration for the degree is voluntary, in addition to the Trinity Qualification, and incurs a fee (£547.12 for 2017/18 academic year).
If you are successful in being offered a place on the course and you wish to apply for a DaDA, you will be sent a form to complete declaring your family’s annual household income. Further eligibility information is available at: www.dadainfo.org.uk


Student Loans

To be eligible for Student Loan Company funding, students must be studying a designated course. Degree courses at ArtsEd are designated each year by the Department for Education. Please visit the HEFCE website for more information:
At current rates, students are eligible to apply for loans of up to £6,000 per year towards tuition fees, and up to £11,002 per year in maintenance loans for those living away from parents and studying in London. Students on a low income may be eligible for income support.
Note: students who accept Dance and Drama Awards to graduate with a Trinity Diploma are not permitted to take out student loans even if they also choose to register for the BA (Hons) degree. For further information about student loans please see the student finance website: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Postgraduate Loans

Students starting a master’s degree could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs. You can find out more about postgraduate loans here: https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study

Bursaries & Scholarships

ArtsEd Bursary Scheme

ArtsEd’s Bursary scheme is intended for new students who have decided to take out a Student Loan but are struggling to fund their tuition. SFE (Student Finance England) currently lends a maximum of £6,000 per academic year towards tuition fees*. ArtsEd bursaries are intended to provide a level of assistance towards the remaining fees over the three-year period, depending on individual circumstances. The scheme is means-tested however, on occasion and at the discretion of the board, personal circumstances may be taken into account.
ArtsEd bursaries are designed to be awarded in conjunction with SFE Funding. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the levels of fees that are not covered by the bursary are paid by the beginning of each term.
All bursaries are awarded at the Board’s discretion; it should be noted that a limited amount of bursaries are available each year, so not all applicants will be successful in securing funding. New students who have not secured a DaDA are invited to apply for an ArtsEd bursary prior to starting their course.

* Please note that Student Finance NI (Northern Ireland) currently lends a maximum of £4,160 per academic year for any NI student wishing to study at a private Higher Education Institution in Great Britain.

ArtsEd Student Support Fund

The ArtsEd Student Support Fund is an internal fund that helps to us to provide timely and flexible support to current students who find themselves facing unexpected financial constraints.  The fund is administered internally and directly with students.

External Funding

Equity Student Bursary

Equity is continuing its Student Bursary Scheme under which two awards of £500 each will be made. The scheme is funded by donations from Equity Life Members who wish to help support talented younger people at the start of their professional careers in the entertainment industry. Each year, ArtsEd nominates up to two students (1 male and 1 female) who, in the opinion of the school, have a bright future in the industry. There might also be a consideration of financial hardship, but the prime reason for nomination must be talent. Nominated students must be existing Equity Student Members and in their final year of training.

The Laurence Olivier Bursary

Each year, drama students from across the UK are awarded bursaries by the Society of London Theatre to help them complete their training. ArtsEd nominates two 2nd Year BA (Hons) Acting students, who then audition in front of a panel at a West End theatre and are interviewed by a panel of theatre industry professionals led by West End producer and Chair of the Laurence Olivier Bursaries Committee, Lee Menzies.

Lilian Baylis Award

The Lilian Baylis Awards are granted to Acting students from each of the eleven accredited London Drama Schools to help them complete their training by reducing financial stress. Nominated by their drama schools, students have to fulfil three criteria: show promise, with the potential to make a significant contribution to the development of theatre; experience hardship, with their course completion in jeopardy without additional finance and should have completed two years of a three-year course.

Spotlight Prize

Final Year drama school graduates from across the UK and Ireland are selected to perform in front of an exclusive industry panel at the annual Spotlight Showcase. Over 70 drama schools and universities are invited to nominate a student from their graduating class to submit a self-tape audition for each year's Spotlight Prize. 20 finalists are selected by a panel of industry experts based on the quality of their audition.
Nominees then take part in a screen acting workshop and their final performances are filmed and judged by a panel of leading casting directors for TV and film. These performances are screened as part of a theatre showcase, with footage shared with industry professionals throughout Ireland, the UK and the US. Two prizes of £2,000 are awarded for Best Screen Acting Performance and Best Stage Performance, in front of an invite-only audience of casting directors, agents, producers, directors and actors.

Lionel Bart Foundation Award

Undergraduate / Postgraduate students can apply to the Foundation through the school. One-off grants towards fees are given in the range of £1,000 to £3,000.

Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust Bursary

The Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust principally grants bursaries to final year BA (Hons) Acting students who are suffering financial hardship. Each year, one student is nominated by the school to be considered for an award of £4,500.

BAFTA Scholarship

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open to students in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Eligible candidates are nominated by the school, with each BAFTA Scholar receiving up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

Other Funding

Disabled Students' Allowance

As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:

Long-term health condition
Mental health condition
Specific learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

You must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. The support you receive depends on your individual needs and not on household income. Details on eligibility and how to apply can be found at the following link: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas