School of Acting: A Guide to Applying


Welcome to ArtsEd, where your acting aspirations transform into reality! As you consider joining our esteemed School of Acting, we’re here to guide you through a smooth, informative application process. Whether you’re eyeing the BA, MA, or Foundation in Acting degree, this guide will help make your application journey as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

Deadline approaching, applications close on 1st March 2024 for 2024 entry.

1. Choosing The Right Programme

Assess each programme’s curriculum, duration, and prerequisites. This will help you align your choice with your career goals and educational background, setting the stage for a successful career in acting.

  • Read about our School of Musical Theatre here.

2. Think About How You’ll Finance Your Studies

Take a moment to ponder your financial planning for your studies at ArtsEd. It’s an important step before diving into the application process. We have various scholarships and funding options available to you; do please investigate and consider what financial support you might need throughout your studies.

Read about funding and scholarships available for ArtsEd students here.

Remember, investing in your education is investing in your future, and ensuring your financial stability during your studies will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the ArtsEd experience without undue stress.

3. Apply Online Via Our Application Portal Before 1st March 2024

Apply via our user-friendly online application portal. The digital portal is designed to guide applicants through a step-by-step process, from account creation to document submission. Having a checklist of necessary documents and prerequisites readily available can be immensely helpful at this stage.

Please note that our application deadline is on 1st March 2024, make sure you finish your applications by then.

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Leo Woodall – School of Acting Graduate 2019

2019 acting alumnus Leo Woodall’s lead role in Netflix’s “One Day,” premiering on 8 February 2024. This marks a significant step in Woodall’s career and highlights ArtsEd’s success in nurturing industry-ready talent.

Kim Vithana, Director of the School of Acting:

“His success is reflective of his hard work and how the BA Acting Course prepares our students for a professional career in the performing arts.”

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4. Pick Your Audition Date

Selecting your audition date is a pivotal step in the application process. Considering your preparedness, availability, and any other engagements, choose a date that allows you enough time for thorough preparation and relaxation before the audition. Mark the date in your calendar, set reminders, and organise your schedule to build towards this important day.

5. Get Audition Ready Using Our Useful Tips

Audition preparation is often marked by a blend of excitement and nervousness. Utilise our useful tips and guides to navigate through your preparation phase seamlessly.

  • How to Nail Your Drama School Audition article will walk you through the audition process for our Acting programmes with the Director of the School of Acting, Kim Vinatha. It includes a comprehensive guide on how to prepare your self-tape, perform your monologues, and insights on what we’re looking for in the audition.

Ensure you adhere to the guidelines provided and engage in rigorous practice. Seeking feedback from mentors or peers can also be very beneficial in preparing for your audition day.

6. Audition Day: Relax and Enjoy

The audition day is your moment to shine and showcase your talent and dedication to the craft. Approach the day with a calm, positive mindset and remember to enjoy the process. Whether you’re auditioning in-person or virtually, ensure that you are present in the moment, and convey not just your skills, but also your passion and personality. Your authenticity and enjoyment of the craft will undoubtedly shine through when you’re genuinely engaged.

7. Wait for the Results

After your audition, patience is key as you await the results. Remember, the experience gained is invaluable for your future in acting.

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8. If You Didn’t Get the Result You Were Hoping For, Don’t Worry

If you didn’t get the outcome you were hoping for, or you feel you’re not ready for the BA programme yet, have you considered our foundation programme.

Explore your passion for acting with ArtsEd’s Foundation Acting Programme. Guided by the Sam Gibbs at the Lyric Hammersmith, this course is your perfect stepping stone into the world of professional acting. With hands-on training, insights from industry giants like Mike Bartlett and Noma Dumezweni, and a nurturing environment, it’s not just about acting skills, but growing as a person too and preparing for further training. Also, with the perks of Young Lyric membership, this programme is an exciting adventure for all aspiring actors.

Application deadline for our Foundation Programme is 1st March 2024.

Check out our foundation programme below.

Foundation in Acting


Each of these steps in the journey to applying for ArtsEd School of Acting unfolds a unique set of experiences and learnings. Embrace each stage with curiosity, dedication, and a love for the performing arts to pave your way into an exiting education in Acting or Musical Theatre. Remember, your journey in the performing arts is not just about perfecting the skill but also about enjoying the process and learning continually.


Interested in Musical Theatre?

School of Musical Theatre Application Guide

BA Musical Theatre   Foundation Musical Theatre