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Fees and Funding


Musical Theatre BA (Hons) 2019-20: £15,360 p/a. £5,120 termly.

Tuition fee rates as of Academic Year 2019-20. 2020-21 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2020.
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.
Acceptance Deposit for full-time courses (Payable by each student on acceptance of a place)
UK / EU Students £350
Overseas Students £2,000
The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to ArtsEd.
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The BA (Hons) degree carries a one-off validation fee of £547.40 (2018/19).

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.

In addition to the fees outlined above, students will also need to budget for the following associated course costs:
Dance wear (a full kit list will be provided), Books and stationery, Professional headshot (2nd Year), Spotlight entry (3rd Year), Cost of hiring Graduation Attire or photographic/videographic services.

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, 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: www.hefce.ac.uk
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.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship

We are delighted that the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is continuing its long-term support of ArtsEd with a full three-year scholarship to the School of Musical Theatre, beginning September 2019. Students who scored the highest marks at audition are invited back to ArtsEd to audition for this prestigious award (which is judged on the combined basis of merit and financial need).
The recipient of the award will receive full course fees for the entirety of the course and will be able to apply for a student loan towards maintenance. Perhaps most importantly, the Scholarship carries a great deal of prestige in the profession.

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.

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