FAQs

General FAQs

What Covid-19 measures have you put in place?

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff is of paramount importance to us.

Following government advice, we have put the following measures into place:

  • Detailed communications with all students, staff and parents/carers regarding the ‘dos and don’ts’ i.e. when not to come into the building and how to report symptoms etc. (see next question below)
  • Temperature checks on arrival to our building for all students, staff and visitors.
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks in all public areas (corridors, foyers, stairways etc.)
  • One-way system.
  • Signage and verbal reminders to wash hands regularly and to use our sanitiser stations.
  • Blended learning (some teaching delivered remotely).
  • Year groups exist in ‘bubbles’ to lessen unnecessary mixing of groups.
  • Increased cleaning schedule focussed on areas such as door handles, stair banisters, toilets etc.

We are monitoring the ongoing Covid-19 situation as it unfolds and are in regular contact with local health authorities to ensure our building and practices are compliant with government guidelines.

 

 

What Covid-19 regulations are in place for staff and students?

We are following all current guidance from the government.

Students and staff are required to adhere to the following health and safety guidelines:

  1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school/college.
  2. Clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual, using soap and water or hand sanitiser. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin.
  3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  4. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
  5. Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE. This could be for ensemble singing. You should provide your own visors.
  6. Take your temperature every day before coming to college. If it is 37.8C or higher you must stay at home.
  7. You must sanitise or wash your hands immediately on arrival, dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag you can take home with you, and then use sanitiser or wash your hands again before heading to your classroom.
  8. If you have morning classes your lunch must be taken out of college after these classes.
  9. If you have afternoon classes you must have lunch out of college before these classes.
  10. Ensure that you are only in the building when you have classes.
  11. Do not hang about in corridors or the foyer.
  12. Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
  13. Do not come into college if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 7 days, and ensuring anyone developing those symptoms during the day is sent home, are essential actions to reduce the risk and further drive down transmission of ​the virus.
  14. If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home. They must be advised to follow ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
  15. Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell.
  16. If someone becomes ill in your half-group, you must all self-isolate for 14 days.
  17. If someone becomes ill in your household you must all self-isolate for 14 days.
  18. Book a test if you are displaying symptoms – staff and students must not come into college if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them when at college.
  19. You must provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with if you were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and are contacted by NHS Test and Trace
  20. Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS website.
  21. If you test negative, if you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can stop self-isolating (you could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until you are better – other members of your household can stop self-isolating)
  22. If you test positive, you should follow the Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of your symptoms and then return to college only if you do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste (this is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone – the 7-day period starts from the day when you first became ill – if you still have a high temperature, you should keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal, and other members of your household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days)
Do you hold any open days?

Usually our audition days are open days, and our public productions are a fantastic way to see the results of our excellent training at first hand. Due to current social distancing regulations and restrictions on audience numbers, we have had to adapt our processes.

First round auditions will be via video self-tapes, however if you’re invited to a second round you will come to our building and that will be an opportunity to see our facilities.

We are currently exploring other ways for people to virtually see us and will advertise when plans are finalised.

Is entry via UCAS?

No, entry is through direct application and audition.

When is the closing date for receipt of applications?

March 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?

Student transfer arrangements

The only entry point onto ArtsEd’s courses is at the start of each programme.  Therefore students cannot transfer credits achieved at another higher education institution to join ArtsEd’s programmes part way through.

Normally, degrees can only be awarded on successful completion of all years or parts of the programme.  However, students who have successfully completed either year 1 or year 2 of their undergraduate study, and who wish to transfer from ArtsEd to another institution, may, at the discretion of the Assessment Board, be granted an exit award.

Transfer between programmes at ArtsEd is also not permitted.

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?

This is not usually an option other than for International students or in exceptional circumstances. However, due to the current Covid-19 situation, first round auditions this year will be via video self-tape.

How much assistance will I receive in organising my finances?

You will need to organise your own finances, but you may find the Funding & Scholarships page 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.

Note: due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, all first round auditions for September 2021 intake will be via video self-tape.

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.

Note: due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, all first round auditions for September 2021 intake will be via video self-tape.

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.