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Drama School or Uni? Although there are many excellent University drama departments in the UK, if you want to be a professional actor, you will need appropriate, thorough, high-level practical training - and the best place to get this is at drama school.

Entry is via a series of auditions and competition for places is intense. The preparation involved takes a great deal of time and hard work. Most drama schools like candidates to have some life experience: you are unlikely to get in during your A-level year. Most people need a gap year in order to gain the insights and achieve the standard of work needed to succeed.

Members of The Actors' Workshop College Class are given extensive help and guidance; the first step is to research the colleges, since they all have different approaches and strengths.
From here, you should visit the websites for individual colleges - which we have listed and linked here below. Since very few of them have open days, they put a lot of information on their websites and into their prospectuses. Individual insights can also be gleaned from contacting some of our alumni, as we have current or past students at most of the major colleges.
  Your first port of call should be The Federation of Drama Schools (established in 2017) - the membership body representing the 'premier league' of Britain's acting institutions.

They are a group that provides conservatoire style vocational training for those who want to be professional performers, theatre makers and technical theatre practitioners. Each member of the federation offers a range of different courses and programmes. They are also individual in terms of particular ethos and approaches.

All Members adhere to principles and hallmarks that underpin their training. This is how institutions become a part of the federation. These hallmarks outline the key elements of a professional training experience and are what you should expect. To view the website  click here 
 
Acting and Musical Theatre Courses
Academy of Live and Recorded Arts - ALRA Academy of Live and Recorded Arts
A different kind of training for actors! ALRA is a drama school, a member of CDET and one which provides the highest quality training for students following a career as an actor, actress, stage manager or technician. It is based in both London and Wigan, with identical courses available at each location.  www.alra.co.uk 
Arts Educational School Arts Educational School
The School of Acting offers contemporary, industry-relevant vocational training for actors and dancers. Fantastic school! As a drama school they inspire confidence, nurture talent and deliver results! Acting course focuses on TV/Film. The MT department has big focus on dance.  www.artsed.co.uk 
Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham School of Acting
Formerly known as Birmingham School of Acting, they became part of Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017. With roots as a drama school going back to 1936, they are a specialist institution that offers full-time higher education courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/acting 
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is one of the most successful and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK. They attract the very best talent in students and staff, and the courses are recognised internationally as a benchmark of quality. Outstanding classical training right here in Bristol !  www.oldvic.ac.uk 
Royal Central School Of Speech and Drama Central School Of Speech and Drama
An industry leader for acting and musical theatre training, Central has been going much longer than a great many university drama departments. Offers musical theatre as well as straight acting courses. Sense of critical openness to new developments is a lasting hallmark of the school.  www.cssd.ac.uk 
Drama Centre London Drama Centre London - Part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Drama Centre London offers prestigious and highly regarded professional conservatoire training which is an ‘inspirational, passionate environment for those who are resolutely serious about acting and their careers.’ Part of the University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins.  www.csm.arts.ac.uk 
Drama Studio London Drama Studio London
The primary objective of the school is the preparation of the student for a career in the acting profession. They offer both one and two year Diploma courses in Professional Acting and additionally a three year BA Hons Degree in Professional Acting.  www.dramastudiolondon.co.uk 
East 15 Acting School East 15 Acting School
For over 40 years, East 15 Acting School has produced actors, directors and teachers of the highest calibre. They are now one of the largest specialist theatre schools in the UK, with a distinguished international teaching staff. Focus on truth: to oneself, the character, the text.  www.east15.ac.uk 
Guildford School of Acting Guildford School of Acting
Building on a heritage of over 80 years, the conservatoire has built an international reputation for excellence in training for actors and technicians in all areas of theatre and the recorded media. Both the two and three year courses are validated by Trinity College, London.  www.gsauk.org 
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Guildhall School of Music and Drama
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama offers musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians a dynamic environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. Programmes are highly regarded in the acting profession for the passion, quality and rigour of the teaching.  www.gsmd.ac.uk 
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts is a world-renowned centre for actor training, founded in 1911 by actress Italia Conti. It is one of the country’s leading vocational acting courses, with entry at 16+ and 18+. BA (Hons) validated by London South Bank University.  www.italiaconti-acting.co.uk 
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts - LIPA Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
Opened in 1996, to forge a new approach to performing arts training, LIPA offers degree courses in Acting, Community Drama, Dance, and Music Theatre. They also run full-time one year Foundation Certificates in Performing Arts (Acting), Performing Arts (Dance) and Performing Arts (Singing).  www.lipa.ac.uk 
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - LAMDA London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
With a faculty of experienced tutors, who are experts in their respective fields, LAMDA, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, is an independent drama school offering vocational training for actors, musicians, stage managers and technicians. Places funded as at universities.  www.lamda.org.uk 
Manchester School of Theatre Manchester School of Theatre
Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University has an outstanding reputation for training actors. This programme aims to develop instinctive talent by providing an environment in which to hone these skills and also to recognise particular interests and abilities.  www.theatre.mmu.ac.uk 
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Mountview is one of the UK’s leading drama schools, with a long-standing and international reputation for providing the highest quality training to actors, musical theatre performers, directors and theatre technicians. Classes are small and students receive regular one-to-one sessions with tutors.  www.mountview.org.uk 
The Oxford School of Drama The Oxford School of Drama
Small and well-regarded drama college offering a high degree of individual attention. They offer three acting courses: Three Year Acting Course, One Year Acting Course and a Six Month Foundation Course in Acting. It also runs a Six Month Foundation Course in Musical Theatre.  www.oxforddrama.ac.uk 
Rose Bruford College Rose Bruford College
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London's International Drama School. It offers degrees in theatre and related arts. An innovative and dynamic institution, it has a strong sense of collaboration between courses in different disciplines.  www.bruford.ac.uk 
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art - RADA RADA - Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
RADA was established in 1904 and has built an outstanding reputation as a world-renowned centre of excellence, offering the best possible facilities, exceptional teaching and strong links with the industries that employ graduates. Courses in all areas of theatre arts. MT only available as a short course.  www.rada.ac.uk 
Royal Academy of Music - RAM Royal Academy of Music
The Academy’s intensive one-year postgraduate programme trains students for careers in professional Musical Theatre. They provide a direct link into the profession by combining daily class work and one-to-one tuition with numerous opportunities to perform for industry experts.  www.ram.ac.uk 
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Study at Scotland’s national conservatoire and develop your own potential in a world-class learning and teaching environment, in an institution recognised as a global leader in performing arts education. One of the busiest performing arts venues north of the border !  www.rcs.ac.uk 
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is one of the UK’s leading drama schools. Conservatoire training for those wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts. Supportive, professional environment. A Very exciting college at the moment ! Situated in Cardiff.  www.rwcmd.ac.uk 
  Dance Courses  
Bird College
 www.birdcollege.co.uk 
Bird College
Italia Conti
 www.italiaconti.com 
Italia Conti
Laine Theatre Arts
 www.laine-theatre-arts.co.uk 
Laine Theatre Arts
LIPA
 www.lipa.ac.uk 
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts - LIPA
London Studio Centre
 www.londonstudiocentre.org 
London Studio Centre
Millennium Performing Arts
 www.mpacollege.co.uk 
Millennium Performing Arts
Stella Mann College
 www.stellamanncollege.co.uk 
Stella Mann College
Urdang Academy
 www.theurdangacademy.com 
Urdang Academy
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