The Oxford School of Drama


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1986 - George Peck starts the School in Oxford.
1987 - The School moves to its current site at Sansomes Farm Studios.
1995 - Accredited by the National Council for Drama Training.
2004 - Picked by the BBC as one of the top five drama schools in the Read More UK.
2005 - Deemed ’outstanding’ by Adult Learning Inspectorate and awarded Grade 1.
2006 - Presented with ‘Beacon Status’ by the Minister for Further and Higher Education.
Studio Theatre designed by Roger Stretton of architects Berman Guedes Stretton is shortlisted for RIBA Ibstock Downland Prize.
2008 - Deemed ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted and awarded Grade 1.
2009 - Quality of One Year and Three Year courses rated ‘exemplary’ by Trinity College London. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 6

This is a demanding course based on the traditional values of classical acting adapted to suit the needs of contemporary media. It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become a dynamic and courageous actor. So this means, for example, that the assessments you will undertake throughout the course are structured like auditions, rather than like tests, in order to give you experience of working to the highest possible standard in a high stakes situation.

The training is very much student-centred giving time for individual attention.

To audition you must be eighteen or over when the course begins and have thought carefully about pursuing professional acting training. Whilst academic achievement is not a prerequisite for entry, a degree of intellectual and emotional curiosity is important.

Course Duration: Three Years

Course Fee: £ 17200.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 5

This is an intensive course with an extended final term to allow for the last four weeks to take place in London. It is designed for those who have completed their academic studies and have some theatre or film experience already. This is a course for high achievers who are knowledgeable about the industry and are determined to succeed. It is important that you are bright and flexible but at the same time able to meet the challenge of trying new methods of working. We expect you to be fearless in your understanding of yourself and appreciation of others.

We are currently one of only two vocational schools to receive Government funding for our One Year Course.

Course Duration: One Year

Course Fee: £ 17200.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Foundation

Our Foundation Course in Acting is a lively and rewarding course that will introduce you to a range of performance methods and techniques. It’s both challenging and fun – and helps you to develop your creativity and establish the beginning of a technique that will be invaluable for the future, whether you are going to audition for drama school or are planning to act at university.

The course is mainly taught by tutors who also teach on our Three Year and One Year courses and with over 32 hours of tuition per week it will really give you a taste of life a drama school.

Graduates of the Foundation Course have gone on to train on our own Three Year Course and at other leading drama schools including RADA, LAMDA, Drama Centre, Guildhall but also to study unrelated subjects at all the major universities. As the course has been running for 25 years, graduates are now pursuing successful careers in the industry, including at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Royal Exchange, Tricycle Theatre, BBC and Channel 4.

The course lasts two terms. You need to be aged 18 or over when you start the course. Entry is by audition only and there are no academic requirements, which means that if you have enjoyed performing in school or youth theatre productions but haven’t studied Drama or English you are still welcome to apply.

Foundation Course students generally live in Oxford or Woodstock. The School has a list of local families who are happy to host students.

Course Duration: Two Terms

Course Fee: £ 8200.00 Full course fee

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