Why Study Drama in London?


Vocational Training
ArtsEd’s BA (Hons) Acting and MA Acting are pure vocational courses. Our outstanding, inclusive and contemporary training produces graduates who are innovative and resilient performers. We prepare our students for both the physical and mental rigours of the performing arts industry through a combination of outstanding vocational training and focused pastoral care.

Our full in-house production team and West End standard theatre ensure that final year performance opportunities are second to none, whilst our long-established TV, Film & Audio department ensures that screen training for our BA students leads the sector.

Graduate Success
The success of this approach is demonstrated by our record of graduate success with over 90% of BA students securing representation prior to graduation and over three quarters making their professional debut within twelve months of graduating.

ArtsEd alumni have been central to the success of the UK’s creative economy for many years and, alongside performers, include directors, producers, choreographers and writers. Recent alumni include Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die, Matilda The Musical), Leo Woodall (White Lotus, One Day), Amara Okereke (Les Mis, Oklahoma, Spring Awakening, My Fair Lady)  and Gabrielle Creevy (In My Skin, Three Women).

Our outstanding record of graduate success sees over three-quarters of our Acting graduates make their professional debuts within six months of graduating.

“The future of this country’s theatre tradition depends on centres of excellence such as ArtsEd.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber, President

ArtsEd will give you an amazing experience and a formidable start in the performing arts!

Life at ArtsEd. Find out what it's like from recent graduate Sam Creasey.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  So where should you start?

Studying overseas is a bit more complicated than studying at home, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with all the information you need on our website.  Just click on the links below to find out about visas, funding options and proving your command of our working language, English.


Applications must be made online at GOV.UK and students can apply up to six months before their course starts. The cost of this Student Visa is £348, with an an additional healthcare surcharge. The visa will be valid for up to five years for students aged 18+.

How to get a visa?

Funding and Scholarships

Here's information on UK Scholarships for International students. To be fair, there are not so many options, so please study these carefully and also check in your own country if you are eligible for any funding programmes for international studies.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?


We are located in Chiswick, it's a leafy suburb in London, Zone 2. It has a vibrant shopping, café and bar culture, and is well connected into Central London. Most students live locally in rented accommodation in shared flats and houses.

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We accept applications from international students for all our programmes, you just need to choose the one that is right for you. You can choose BA (Hons) degree that lasts three years full of amazing experience. Or, you can choose 1-year MA programme that lets you immerse into acting or develop your skills and passion for acting further with us.

Applications for 2023 entry will close on 6 March 2023.

Learn more about our programmes here:

BA Programme

  • 3 year programme
  • 35 contact hours per week
  • Various classic and contemporary technics
  • Extensive professional training
  • Showcases and Industry introductions
  • Professional portfolio and showreels
This course is for you if you think that acting is your vocation and you want to develop your talent with us.

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MA Programme

  • 1 year programme
  • 35 contact hours per week
  • Classic and contemporary technics
  • Professional training
  • Showcases and Industry introductions
  • Professional Portfolio and Showreels
This course is for you if you want to explore your potential as an actor with or without previous acting experience after finishing any BA degree education. Great for aspiring actors moving to the UK from oversees.

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The majority of our graduates make their professional debut within six months. Learn more about our alumni destinations in London theatres, television and film here.

Ready to apply and enjoy brilliant acting training at one of the UK’s leading drama schools?

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Immerse into Industry

During your studies you will be introduced to industry professionals and will have more than one chance to be noticed by agents and leading casting directors.

Experience life in a cultural capital

After all, you come to London to study AND have fun. And it's a fantastic city to have it all — great West End productions, rich cultural life, parties and a lot of fresh air. ArtsEd is conveniently located in just 20 minutes from Central London.

Enjoy Professional Actor Training

Our team of experienced industry professionals will work with you to hone and develop your actor’s craft, enabling you to be prepared and resilient for the demands of the contemporary industry.