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1 Year PGDip/MA: Admissions

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Entry Requirements

Please note the 1 year PGDip/MA is a not a route onto the MFA. 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.

Typically prospective students should have achieved an UG degree, which can be in any subject, as a standard entry requirement. A high level of fluency in spoken and written English is required, and standard equivalences apply across qualifications in this area. 

However, the selection process is intended to accommodate and adjudicate candidates who may have skills and experience drawn from employment or workplace experience, and whose language skills may have developed from residency in the UK.

The primary elements of the selection process aresupplied audition material, practical in person audition recall (or live online for non UK candidates) and interview, accompanied by a written statement outlining the candidates appraisal of their suitability for, interest in and objectives in training with DSL on this course. 

The process is intended to establish aptitude against the following criteria:

Demonstrable capacity, understanding and creative imagination as an actor, evidenced through adjudication of audition process.

Demonstrable interest in and experience of performance which can have been acquired professionally or via youth/amateur/student theatre

Substantial capacity to operate as an independent, self motivated and organised learner, which can be evidenced via previous undergraduate study or via employment in other sectors

Commitment to train as a professional with rigour, focus and discipline, and a commitment to take personal and collaborative responsibility for learning according to the course requirements

Substantial fluency and confidence with spoken and written English.

Be over the age of 20

All prospective students will attend an interview within the selection process. Within this, each candidate will be appraised against the admissions criteria, and any non standard entry candidates can have their previous experience considered. 

All candidates offered a place will have had their work adjudicated by 4 faculty members. Attention is paid to ensure assessors are representative and include diverse perspectives. First round audition material is reviewed by two separate staff members. If a candidate is recalled, the in person audition/interview stage will include 2 different faculty members.

Where there is a query in respect of making an effective judgement of previous study/learning or written capacity, alternative specific tasks may be set in order to accommodate further adjudication of each candidate.  There is no standardised process, requirements for this are considered on a case by case basis. There is no alternative to a practical audition and interview.




  • 2 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). Upon application you will be sent 3 pictures and 3 pieces of music to choose from. You should use one of these six as inspiration for your movement piece. We are looking for some variation and some connection with a story or an emotion but it need not be a 'dance' unless you are comfortable with that. 
  • 2 minutes acting a modern speech post 1956.
  • 2 minutes acting a classical speech pre 1710.

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

We are aware that some auditionees may find it difficult to build a sense of live connection when recording a self-tape. If this proves the case, we recommend you ask someone to assist you, by standing in as a scene partner, on or off screen.  


Recalls will take place onsite at Drama Studio London for everyone living in the UK and for International students (EU and International) who are able to travel.

If you are an international student and are unable to travel, we will arrange a recall audition online.

The Recall Audition consists of:

  • short introductions 
  • performance of your two speeches (contemporary and classical) with feedback and direction from the panel
  • an informal conversation about you and your aspirations
  • the opportunity for you to ask questions about DSL and the course

Please note: The choice of speeches for round 2 can be the same as for round 1 unless you have specifically been requested in writing by DSL to prepare alternatives.

The direction you receive is not a judgement on your performance. The aim is to see how you respond to direction and how you can transform a performance to offer alternative interpretation. You may have done an excellent first interpretation and now we want to see what else you can offer.

We aim to provide you with a decision following your interview within 10 days.


  • Your recall result will be emailed to you at the end of your admissions block. 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.
  • 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. 


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.

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