BA (Hons) in Professional Acting


BA (Hons) in Professional Acting

Course Length

3 years

Course Fee

2024 Entry:

£9,250 (UK)

£16,500 (international)*

Course Overview

Drama Studio London is a leading actor training conservatoire with graduates working in high profile theatre, film, tv and audio settings – drawing on the skillset they formed in training.

The BA in Professional Acting programme covers core acting skills across the three years of study through vocational and practical training. Students benefit from specialist classes, workshops and talks from expert tutors and guest speakers while gaining confidence from regular assessment and guidance from our outstanding resident team.

Course Structure

Core processes & practices for acting performance (40 credits) Exploring acting in text style genre (40 credits) The performer – ready for industry (40 credits)
Voice & movement fundamentals (40 credits) Advanced voice and movement (40 credits) Advanced skills – industry competencies (40 credits)
Recorded media fundamentals (20 credits) Applied recorded media (20 credits) Profession & career preparation (20 credits)
Context and reflective practice (20 credits) Independent research and reflection (20 credits) Advanced recorded media (20 credits)

During the first two years, training in core skills provide a solid foundation from which to work. This fully prepares you for the demanding public and industry facing final year and gives you the confidence to walk into professional settings as a peer within the industry on graduation.

Areas of study include:

  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Screen Acting
  • Audio Work
  • Character Study
  • Stagecraft
  • Approaches to Text

A part of the course will consist of written project work in journals, essays, blogs and recordings.

Performance and Showcase

In your final year there are public productions and opportunities to perform in front of the profession. You also perform a live showcase to an industry audience of agents, casting directors and other key industry work-givers. This serves as an invaluable introduction to the profession while enabling you to network with peers.

We will guide you through Spotlight and Equity membership and provide an industry career launch to present you to industry contacts to build your network. You will leave the 3 Year BA with professionally shot material to contribute towards your personal showreel.

Associations and Validation

This course is validated and awarded by the University of West London which prides itself as the Career University. Drama Studio London is also accredited by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT), a governing body which accredits excellent professional training in the leading drama schools. It is an integral member of the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), an organisation dedicated to good practice in conservatoire training.

Key information

Start Date: 30 September 2024 End Date: 24 July 2027
Hours Per Week: 30 Daily Schedule: 9:15am – 4:30pm from Monday to Friday. Not including class preparation or warm up
Application Deadline: We adhere to UCAS deadlines. Please find more information about UCAS deadlines here. Institution Code: W05
Campus Code: G UCAS Code (Course Code): W412


Entry requirements

Please see UCAS tariff information HERE 

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or over when the course starts. There is no upper age limit.
  • One of the following:
  • – 112 UCAS points from at least 2 A-Levels (points can also be redeemed from AS-Levels, but only from subjects different to those at A-Level) or equivalent of 112 points from Scottish or international qualifications.

    – BTEC National Diploma at grade DMM or above

    – Pass QAA Accredited AHE course

  • 5 GCSEs with GCSE English (Language or Literature) or recognised equivalent.
  • This is a highly competitive programme and applicants must demonstrate suitable commitment to, and engagement with, performing through experience of some form of performing arts study or evidence an aptitude for and/or experience of performance.
  • In exceptional circumstances students can be considered for entry to the programme having a portfolio of achievement which overall reflects the standard entry criteria but sits outside of the nonstandard entry criteria as specified above. The academic admissions team (DSL and UWL collaboratively) will consider such student profiles on their merits, benchmarking student achievement against the standard entry criteria
  • All students from a non-English speaking majority country will be required to provide a valid SELT (Secure English Language Test) at level CEFR (Common European Framework) B2 or above or at IELTS level 6.5 or above.



At Drama Studio London we value diversity. We welcome applications from all people who meet the relevant entrance requirements regardless of their gender, age, race, marital status, language, cultural, social or religious background, physical or sensory difficulty, neuro-diversity, sexual orientation or HIV status. Our staff will always challenge prejudice and ensure equality of opportunity for every applicant and every student individually.


UK students International students
UK Fees: £9250/Academic year £16500/Academic year

These fees relate to sterling transactions only. For non-sterling payments please add the equivalent of £20GBP to cover bank charges and administration costs.

All course fees are subject to adjustment in line with government guidelines.


All full-time international students will be required to pay a deposit or an up-front payment of their tuition fees (dependent upon their country of origin) to secure their place on the course and be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS). The amount of the deposit/payment will be detailed in the offer letter.

£2000 of this payment is a non-refundable deposit.

The deposit is refundable only in the following circumstances:

if the University does not issue a CAS; or

Where a student is issued with a visa refusal by the UKVI unless the refusal by UKVI is for reasons of fraud or misrepresentation.

Where the deposit and up-front payment is refunded to the student, DSL will retain £1000 as an administration fee.

Where a student is unable to apply for a visa or decides not to study in the year of application for any reason, DSL will return the up-front payment minus the £2000 deposit. DSL will retain the deposit which the student may use to re-apply within two years.

Where a student commences their course of study but decides to withdraw, DSL will retain a £2000 deposit.

Additional Costs

The costs of most texts and sheet music are included in the fees. Please see the DSL EQUIPMENT LIST 2024 for information about other compulsory purchases such as character shoes and headshots. These additional fees will not exceed approximately £500. You will be sent a reading list before the start of the course.




Admission to Drama Studio London is via audition, following receipt of an application via UCAS and our direct application form. The UCAS form is for our accrediting academic partner – the University of West London. You can apply via UCAS HERE. Additional information will be required after the UCAS application is received which we send to each applicant via email. Upon receipt of this, applicants move on to the audition process.

Audition Information:

We look for talent, passion, a maturity of attitude, a certain level of technical ability and a flexible approach.

There are two rounds:

Round 1 is a digital audition and we ask that you send some recorded material
Round 2 is in person and consists of workshops, monologue work and an interview

Read the full guide to our audition process HERE, including advice on preparation and how to send self-tapes.

We do not charge for auditions as part of our ongoing policy of breaking down barriers to conservatoire training by widening participation for all.

Please be advised your recall audition can only be rearranged once unless exceptional circumstances apply.

If exceptional circumstances do not apply, you will still be eligible for recall entry in the following academic year.


Students enrolled in this course are eligible to apply for a student loan through Student Finance England. Please refer to their website to find out what you are eligible to apply for HERE