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MFA: Admissions

How to Apply

The applications for this course are currently closed for 2020 entry. 

If you encounter any problems with your application online, please email admissions@dramastudiolondon.co.uk

Entry Requirements

This is two year programme. There is no direct entry to year two of the MFA. Entrance to the second year is dependent on completion of the first year and the awarding of appropriate credits.

An offer of a place on the course is dependent on two criteria - The first paper (application) based and the second by audition and interview.

Auditions will be offered to all applicants holding a 2.2 in a level 6 degree or above. In exceptional cases, where ability and experience clearly show that an applicant is able to complete the course, other qualification profiles may be accepted. If you do not meet this academic criteria and wish to apply on the basis of experience we recommend that you contact us first to discuss your application by emailing admissions@dramastudiolondon.co.uk

Applicants over 21 with professional performance experience or considerable performing experience, which may include fringe/profit share productions, corporate role play and community projects for instance, plus evidence of specialist actor training will be considered for audition. Variations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Places are dependent on a successful audition. We look for talent, passion, a maturity of attitude, a certain level of technical ability, a flexible approach and the potential for coping with the demands of intense training and future employment as an actor. Our values are Respect, Endeavour and Enthusiasm and we are looking for evidence of these even at audition. 

No upper age limit but applicants should be over 21.

It is essential for all MFA students to hold a valid passport prior to enrolling in order to participate in integrated residencies in Europe and USA.

At least one month before the start of rehearsals on the community projects in Term 4 Year 2, students will have DAB checks via the Government website. Anyone failing the check will not be cast in one of the productions visiting local schools.


International Students

Please click here for details on applying from outside the UK.

English language IELTS 6.5/CEFR B2 or above. Your English must be strong enough for you to speak, read, write, listen and comprehend without holding up your training. 


Auditions will be offered to all applicants holding a 2.2 in a level 6 degree or above.

***Due to the Coronavirus and government restrictions on travel we are currently offering digital auditions for 2020 entry to all successful applicants.***

Digital Audition Requirements

Please prepare the following:

  • 3 minutes talking to the camera. Just be yourself and make sure the shot is of head and shoulders. Talk about yourself, your motivations, your likes and your acting experience etc.
  • 2 minutes some full body video shots with movement (dance or physical theatre). Can be set to music or words or silence. Needs to connect with a story or an emotion but need not be a dance unless you are comfortable with that. Needs to show some variation.
  • 2 minutes acting a modern speech post 1956.
  • 2 minutes acting a classical speech pre 1640.


You can upload your audition clips to Vimeo, YouTube, DropBox, WeTransfer or similar and share with admissions@dramastudiolondon.co.uk

Once your application is received and approved, you will receive an email with a deadline for reply. Please make sure that your clips are sent on time.

Digital auditions are processed as soon as they are received and we aim to get back to you within a week. If you are recalled, we will organise a Skype/Zoom Interview with one or two members of our Senior Faculty. You will then hear the result within 48 hours (2 working days). 

Reasonable Adjustment

Please feel free to advise us of any difficulties or disabilities which may affect your performance at audition, we will be happy to make any reasonable adjustments that ensure you are given a fair opportunity to demonstrate your skills.

Admissions Process

After your audition, you will receive the result within 48 hours (2 working days). You will either be offered a place, rejected, or placed on our waiting list*.

If successful, you will be sent a contract and other documents relating to the offer stating a deadline date for response. If offered a place, you’ll be given a deadline within which to accept or decline the offer. After this deadline, your place will be offered to someone else. This offer deadline will be printed on your offer letter. Please note that your offer is not secured until you return the signed contract and pay your deposit.

*Notes on the Waiting List

We aim to achieve the right balance on our student intake, taking diversity into account is important to us, to the profession and for our students themselves. This diversity is not just about visible difference, but also about invisible difference; idiosyncrasies of talents and needs. Whilst we are trying to get this balance we put some excellent students onto our waiting list. This is not because we think they are not as good as others or that we have doubts about them achieving professional standards, it is merely a holding position whilst we try to fit all the pieces together in the best possible way. We will notify you if a place becomes available or if all places are filled. You may be on the waiting list for a long time as people can withdraw from the course very close to the start date. If you wish to be withdrawn from our waiting list please let us know.