The course is validated by De Montfort University and run by Drama Studio London. It is aimed at applicants who would like an honours degree upon graduating and would like to take a little longer to realise their full potential. Talent, passion and attitude are more important than experience.
Applicants must apply through UCAS. If you miss the UCAS deadline we may still have places available - please contact us to enquire.
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)
- BTEC National Level 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 DMU 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.
- International Students please click here for details on applying from outside the UK
- Applications are processed in blocks.
- We will audition all selected candidates within each block before releasing any offers.
- If offered a place you will then be given a deadline within which to accept or decline the offer.
- We run a two-stage audition process: first round auditions and second stage recalls.
- Auditions are usually held on Saturdays with First Round Audition and Recall taking half a day each. Auditions are usually held on Saturdays with First Round Audition and Recall taking half a day each. If successful in the first round, we expect you to be available to stay for your recall in the afternoon of the same day.
- We cannot confirm you will get the Saturday audition of your choice.
- Audition spaces are limited. We recommend you apply as early as possible.
- The below dates are subject to change.
Auditions Start: Saturday 13 January 2018
Auditions End: Saturday 27 January 2018
Results Day: Monday 29 January 2018
Auditions Start: Saturday 17 February 2018
Auditions End: Saturday 24 January 2018
Results Day: Monday 26 February 2018
Auditions Start: Saturday 10 March 2018
Auditions End: Saturday 24 March 2018
Results Day: Monday 26 March 2018
Audition Day: Saturday 14 April 2018
Results Day: Monday 16 April 2018
After Your Audition
At the end of the first round audition you will be notified whether you have been recalled and will be given some personal, verbal feedback. If you are recalled you will be required to attend the afternoon recall on the same day. Please make sure you keep the afternoon free.
Your recall result will be emailed to you at the end of your admissions block. You may be offered a place, placed on our waiting list or rejected. If successful, you will be sent a contract and other documents relating to the offer along with a deadline. Please note that this is an offer and is not secured until you return the signed contract, pay your deposit and update UCAS.
We look for talent, passion, a maturity of attitude, a certain level of technical ability and the ability to cope with the demands of the course in order to become employable, successful actors.
If you wish to advise us of any difficulties or disabilities which may affect your performance at audition, we will be happy to make any reasonable adjustments we can to make sure you are given every opportunity to demonstrate your skills. Please let us know.
The Waiting List
Getting the right balance on our student intake is a complex and lengthy business. When making offers we keep three things in mind; Talent, Passion and Flexible Approach. This applies to all year groups and to those being put on the waiting list. Everyone who comes to DSL will have all three. Alongside this, we believe that achieving a diverse group of students is important for DSL, 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 many months 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.
A half-day session working with a small group of other auditionees. The audition will normally begin with a talk about the school and the training, then after a warm-up you will be asked to take part in a series of acting and improvisation exercises, either individually or in groups.
You should also prepare two two-minute speeches from published plays, not film or television scripts. One must be in verse from a play by Shakespeare or another Jacobean playwright, and one modern speech from a play written in the last 50 years. You may not be required to perform both speeches to the group at the first round stage, but you will need both if you get a recall.
We would advise you to do pieces in your own accent, choosing the style based on what you feel you do best and what is reasonably close to you in age and background. Please, keep your speech to 2 minutes maximum!
In performance be truthful, honest and simple. Let your own instincts guide you, based on having read the whole play - we are looking for what you personally have to offer, not anybody else's interpretation of the speech. So don't worry if you haven't had either any help or 'coaching' on your speeches. We will also be looking at how people respond to feedback or direction.
Our values are Respect, Endeavour and Enthusiasm and we are looking for evidence of these even at audition.
At the end of the session, you will be told the result of your audition. If unsuccessful at this stage, you may be given advice on how to improve your potential for success in future acting training auditions; if successful, you will be asked to attend a recall audition.
A half-day session working with a small group of other auditionees. For this session, you will normally be working with a very senior member of the faculty. We try to ensure that the two people you meet at recall will not have met you in the first round. A brief warm-up will lead to performing your two speeches to the group, after which you may be asked to re-work your speech. You will then read through (and possibly spend some time working on) a scene of the director's choice, and possibly take part in further acting/improvisation exercises.
If you are successful at this stage, you will be asked to stay for a 20-minute interview.
You will be notified of your audition outcome on the results day of the block in which you auditioned.