FAQs

General FAQs

Do you hold any open days?

Our audition day is an open day and our public productions are a fantastic way to see the results of our excellent training at first hand.

Is entry via UCAS?

No, entry is through direct application and audition.

When is the closing date for receipt of applications?

March 2020, for entry in September of the same year.

I have already done a year on a different BA/Diploma course but don’t like it. Am I able to transfer onto the ArtsEd course and go straight into the second year?

No, our courses are three-year training programmes that are unique to ArtsEd. You must complete all three years.

What’s the minimum and maximum applicant age?

You need to be 18 when the course commences. There is no maximum age.

Do you take students from overseas?

We welcome students from across the globe, but please bear in mind that non-EU students need to have a student visa. Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their English proficiency with a TOEFL score of 6 or higher.

Are you able to audition via video or DVD?

International students may be allowed to audition via video in exceptional circumstances.

How much assistance will I receive in organising my finances?

You will need to organise your own finances, but you may find the Fees & Funding section useful.

Can I pay my fees monthly?

It is not possible to pay fees monthly; however, we will review requests on an individual basis.

Will disability affect my application?

No, but please notify us of any access needs or special requirements prior to your audition.

Are you allowed to have a part-time job whilst studying?

Yes, but the courses are very intensive, so you will need to take this into account.

Are there any residential halls for new students?

No, but the school will send an accommodation list with details of local letting agents. Most students live locally in rented accommodation in shared flats and houses.

How do I find people to live with?

Students looking for flat shares often find accommodation through student postings on social media. If you are offered a place at the school, search for the ArtsEd community via Facebook and Twitter.

What can I expect to pay for rent in the area?

The average rent for a room in a shared house is about £100-150 per week.

What is Chiswick like?

Chiswick is a leafy suburb in London, Zone 2. It has a vibrant shopping, café and bar culture, and is well connected with tubes and buses into Central London.

What is the nearest tube station?

Turnham Green Station is approximately a three-minute walk from ArtsEd and under 30 minutes from Central London.

Is there a canteen at school and what’s the average price of lunch?

There is an ArtsEd canteen and you can generally eat lunch for under £5. Card and Cash are accepted.

Is there a physiotherapist at the school and if so, do we have to pay for this and when are they available?

We have visits from a physiotherapist two or three times per week at a heavily discounted rate. This is cash only.

What support does the college offer for any injuries I may sustain during the course?

In addition to our physiotherapist, we have a fitness and wellbeing instructor for rehabilitation, and can provide access to an osteopathic consultant and a teacher trained in the Alexander Technique. We also offer a free counselling service.

How many holidays do we have and are they like university holidays?

The training is usually based on three terms of 11 weeks with a half term in the middle.

Is there an anti-bullying policy?

Bullying is not tolerated at any level. Nor does the school discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs or age. You can find all our policies here.

What sort of pastoral care is available?

Looking after the mental and physical health of each and every one of our students is of paramount importance to us, and we recently won an Industry Minds Award for our approach to fostering positive mental health. We have Heads of Year across our degree courses and for our Foundation students, and our open door policy makes it straightforward to arrange one-to-one meetings. In addition, each year group has a weekly half-hour meeting with their Head of Year. You can find out more about our approach to pastoral care here.

Acting FAQs

How many people are accepted onto the course?

Usually about 30-32 students.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See the Auditions information page to find out what you need to prepare.

How do you apply for the course?

You can apply here– applications close in March for entry in September.

When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Thursdays from November to June during term time. If we offer you a date, please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances, such as illness or an exam commitment.

At what stage in the course do we get to perform?

You will perform to an internal audience each year. Your public performance will be in the third year when you will take part in fully staged, professionally produced plays for a paying audience. You will also have the opportunity to perform in the West End before an audience of agents.

Musical Theatre FAQs

How many people are accepted onto the course?

Usually about 50-52 students.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See the Auditions information page to find out what you need to prepare.

How do you apply for the course?

You can apply here [link] – applications close in March for entry in September.

I have been awarded a Dance and Drama Award. Can I apply for a student loan too?

No. If you have been awarded a DaDA, you cannot apply for a student loan.

When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Tuesdays from October to April during term time. If we offer you a date, please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances, such as illness or an exam commitment.

What does a typical timetable look like and how is the day structured?

Very full! You will be given a sign-in time 15 minutes before your start time. This could be as early as 8am and no later than 8:45am. You have classes or rehearsals all day, five days a week, from 8:45am (or sometimes earlier) to 6pm and sometimes beyond. You will then have work to prepare for the following day. You could be going from an acting class, straight into ensemble singing, then into a jazz class, followed by Speech & Voice and 1-2-1 singing!

What is the gender balance like on the course?

We aim for a 50:50 split of males to females in each year.

At what stage in the course do we get to perform?

You will perform to an internal audience each year. Your public performance will be in the third year when you will take part in fully staged, professionally produced plays for a paying audience. You will also have the opportunity to perform in the West End before an audience of agents.

Holiday & Weekend FAQs

How many Saturday School sessions are there per year?

The year is made up of three ten-week terms. Each term has a half-term break, when pupils will have two Saturdays off.

Will there be a chance to see my child perform?

Yes, in Term 3 we hold a Saturday School showcase in our Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, in which everyone gets a chance to perform. There are other opportunities to perform throughout the year, including the Green Days Festival on the green opposite Turnham Green Station.

Can I book a full year of Saturday School?

No, you must book termly. At the moment, our system is unable to automatically renew bookings so you must book every term.