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If you can't find the answer to your question below please email info@artsed.co.uk

You can also see a round up of our #AskArtsEd twitter Q&A with Principal and Director of the School of Musical Theatre, Chris Hocking here.

How many people do you accept?

We have an intake of one or two groups with no more than 25 per group.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See Applications for full details of the audition process.

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. You will also need a good grasp of spoken and written English as this is the working language of the training.

Will disability affect my application?

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

Are you able to audition via video or DVD?

No - we need to see you in person.

Do you hold any open days?

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

Is entry via UCAS?

No, entry is through direct application and audition.

Do you have to have any specific exam results or grades to be able to apply ?


Are there many males on the course?

Although we aim for an intake of 50/50 male and female, it does depend to some extent on our applications, which are reflected in our final ratio.

I’ve only been singing and dancing for a couple of years but really want to study musical theatre, do I have enough experience to apply for the course?

Absolutely - we are looking for talent, potential and ‘trainability’.

How do you apply for the course and what’s expected at audition?

Please see Applications page for full details.

When is the closing date for receipt of applications?

End of May.

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

Auditions are generally held on Tuesdays from November 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’s the maximum applicant age?

There is no maximum age.

What’s the minimum applicant age?

You need to be 18 when the course commences.

How do I find people to live with?

The school will send an accommodation list with details of local letting agents. You will also be ‘buddied’ with a current student who will give you some guidance. The majority of students live locally in rented accommodation, sharing flats and houses. Students looking for flatshares often find accommodation through student postings on social network sites.

Are there any residential halls for new students?


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

Very full! You have classes all day, five days a week from 9am to 5pm 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 straight into jazz followed by Speech & Voice and 1-2-1 singing!

How strict is it going to be?

Musical Theatre training is rigorous – you are learning three skills. We train people to be professional, focused, hard working performers. This takes dedication and passion. Is it strict? That's up to you and your work ethic!

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

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

What are the acting classes like?

The acting classes are an exciting way of exploring your own creative process. Through exercises, workshops and text work you will work towards releasing your imagination and developing your own methods of creating truthful and bold performances.

What is the breakdown of the timetable, is it well balanced, how many hours dance /singing/acting?

The course is very well balanced. The course is designed to develop all three skills to the level required by to 'triple threat' degree training courses.

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

You will perform to an audience of fellow students and staff each half term, but as this is a foundation year, we will be focusing on developing technique in all three areas as well audition technique.

How many 'one to one' singing lessons does a student get each week?


Is there any written work?

There is no written work.

I’m dyslexic, is there much support for me at the school?

Yes, we offer a range of support for a variety of learning needs, including dedicated staff members and SpLD Study Skills Support.

Are all the materials for college included in the fees?

You will need to set aside funds for books and dance wear and for any photocopied material. We try to keep photocopied material to a minimum, but you may choose to copy songs for your own repertoire.

How do I qualify for a DaDA?

There are no DaDA awards for Foundation Courses

How do I get help and advice about other funding?

We recommend you research funding options as soon as possible, your local library will hold a list of charitable trusts and foundations that may be able to help you. 

Do we get to go on any organised theatre trips to see shows and if so do we have to pay for these?

We do not formally organise theatre trips but due to our strong industry links we are offered complimentary or reduced price tickets for many productions which we make available to students.

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

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

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

We have visits from a physiotherapist two or three times a week at a heavily discounted rate.

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

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

How many holidays do we have, are they like University holidays?

The training is usually based on three terms of 13, 11 and six weeks with a half term in the middle of the autumn and summer terms.

If my dancing isn’t very strong should I still apply?

Yes, we are highly skilled at identifying potential and the course is designed to help strong singers develop their dance skills.

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. 

What sort of pastoral care is available?

The course has a designated Year Head . We have an open door policy and are always here for the students. You can contact a senior member of staff at all times.

​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 would I expect to pay for rent in the area?

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