BOVTS Frequently asked questions
Does the School hold any Open Days?
No. We interview or audition everyone in person.
Can we have feedback from our Audition/Interview
Please note that we are unable to offer feedback on audition or interview.
Are applications made through UCAS?
No. The School has an independent application process and applicants are asked to complete an online application. Please go to this page.
How do I apply?
Online on this page.
Paper applications are also available upon request if an alternative format is required.
Can I apply for more than one course?
No. If you are uncertain as to which course you should apply, please contact the School by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0117 973 3535 for advice.
If unsuccessful, can I re-apply in the same year?
No. We only accept one application, per applicant, per year.
How many years can I apply?
- You can only apply for a course for up to four consecutive years (and only one course each year).
When are the deadlines for applications?
- For EU/UK Acting courses, applications will be accepted from 1st October until the last working day of February. We do NOT accept any late applications.
- For Technical and Production BA Hons, FdA and PG Dip courses, applications will be accepted from 1st October until the last working day of February.
- For MA Drama Directing and Theatre Design, applications will be accepted from 1st October until the last working day of February. For April start in the following year.
- For Non EU/UK MA Acting course, applications will be accepted between 1st October until the last working day of February. However, if auditions are required in North America or Australia, applications should be submitted by 1st January.
- In some circumstances, we may extend course closing dates and please keep an eye on the website for updates.
What are the entry requirements?
- All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course.
- Every applicant is seen for audition or interview regardless of academic background and previous experience.
The current maximum number of students accepted each year is as follows:
- Undergraduate Courses
- Acting (UK/EU):
- BA Hons (3 years) – up to 14 students
- FdA (2 years) – up to 14 students
- Stage Management:
- BA (Hons) – up to 20 students
- FdA (2 years) – up to 5 students
- FdA (2 years) – up to 6 students
- BA Hons Top-up (one year) – up to 4 students
- Postgraduate Courses:
- Acting (non EU/UK) International:
- MA (1 year, 40 weeks) – up to 14 students
- Scenic Art:
- MA (1 year - 38 weeks) – up to 4 students
- Theatre Production Management:
- MA (1 year) – up to 2 students
- Drama Directing:
- MA (4 terms) – up to 4 students
- Theatre Design:
- MA (4 terms) – up to 4 students
- Film Production
- MA (1 year - 38 weeks) - up to 6 students
- We have approximately 170 students at the School in any year.
Does the School offer deferred entry?
- For Acting courses there is no deferred entry.
- For Technical courses deferred entry may only be offered in exceptional circumstances.
How much are application fees?
All Technical courses - £35
BA (Hons) and FdA Acting courses - from opening date until the end of 2nd January 2017 the fee will be £45. From 3rd January 2017 onwards the fee will rise to £65
MA International Acting course - £75
Application Fee Waivers
The CDD are now able to offer a number of free audition places across the Conservatoire schools. Places are offered on a first come basis and interested applicants must meet specific criteria. Please check the CDD website for further details on this page.
If I do not attend my audition or interview, will my application fee be refunded?
No. The application fee is non-refundable. In exceptional circumstances, your application can be carried forward for consideration for admission in the following year. However, we may ask the applicant to pay any difference there may be in application fee, if this has increased and provide an updated CV and photograph.
Does the School have any Halls of Residence, Campus or university-run accommodation?
No. Students rent through private landlords/letting agents in the Clifton/Redland area of Bristol, close to the School. Our Accommodation Officer is available to assist students find accommodation prior to the start of their course and throughout their time at the School and we can supply her mobile number upon request.
How much are tuition fees?
- Please refer to the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama guidelines on tuition fees as these change annually: see this page.
- If you are new to higher education, you will not have to pay anything up front.
- If this is your second degree, you may be entitled to some support from the School. Your financial status will not affect how we view your application.
- Tuition fees
- The table below shows the fees the CDD will charge for undergraduate courses starting in September/October 2017. The fees for 2018 courses have not yet been confirmed:
- New UK undergraduate students £9,250
- New EU undergraduate students £9,250
- UK/EU second degree undergraduate students £9,250
- Island students £9,250
- UK/EU postgraduate students £9,250
- Overseas undergraduate students £18,500
- Overseas postgraduate students £18,500
- Overseas 40 week MA in Professional Acting £22,000
- Overseas 4 term MA courses - 2018 fees have not yet been confirmed.
*The CDD does not currently offer financial assistance for postgraduate courses.
How do I pay the tuition fees?
- UK Students applying for undergraduate courses, BA (Hons) and FdA courses, are normally eligible for funding through Student Finance England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. See this page.
- EU students applying for undergraduate courses can also apply for funding through Student Finance. See this page.
- Students applying for postgraduate training or students who are doing a second degree can normally apply for a career and professional loan. See this page.
- NonUK/EU international students will be required to pay the full cost of their tuition.
- We would advise all students to look a the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s student information page regarding funding on this page.
As a graduate, am I able to apply for undergraduate courses?
Due to changes in government funding to UK Higher Education institutions, graduates can no longer apply for our undergraduate BA Hons courses. However, graduates are able to apply for our two year FdA courses. The cost of these courses will be at the standard undergraduate tuition fee cost, as advertised by the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (currently £9k per year).
Am I able to hold down a part time job whilst on the course?
There is very little room for part time work in the first year. A Saturday or Sunday job with a flexible employer may be possible in the second year, if you can manage your workload efficiently, although there will be times when you will have to work on school productions over weekends. Be prepared to work unsociable hours and be aware that work experience is often fitted into school holidays.
Where are auditions held for the Acting courses?
- Auditions for UK/EU students are held in Bristol and Leeds.
- Auditions for MA in Professional Acting students (non-UK/EU) are held in Bristol, Toronto, New York and San Francisco and Sydney.
What are the audition requirements?
- UK/EU students are asked to prepare three short pieces for preliminary audition. Candidates are asked to prepare a speech from a classical English play (written before 1800 - Elizabethan, Jacobean, Restoration or Eighteenth Century – Shakespeare is always appropriate), A piece in prose from a modern play (written in the 20th or 21st Centuries) and a short, unaccompanied song (we suggest avoiding contemporary pop songs).
- Each piece should last no longer than 2 minutes. if you exceed this time limit you will be stopped. For the song, you may wish to perform a verse and chorus from your chosen piece.
- Auditionees will also be asked to do a short piece of Sight Reading prose – to be provided when you arrive, therefore you may wish to arrive earlier to prepare for this.
- There will also be a brief, informal chat and opportunity to ask any questions. Successful candidates will be invited to attend a Recall, held in Bristol between January and May. These are intensive one day in-depth auditions. The Recall will include individual audition sessions and group workshops with members of our staff. Candidates will also be interviewed by the School’s Artistic Director. From the Recall, a shortlist is compiled of those to be considered for the offer of a place.
- - Overseas (non UK/EU) applicants are invited for an initial 15 minute audition (as above). Applicants are then given sight reading pieces and will be called back on the same day for a further 30 minute Recall.
If I cannot attend my audition, can it be re-arranged for an alternative date?
Acting applicants will be offered a maximum of two audition dates in most cases. To guarantee an alternative audition date, applicants are advised to apply before January, as limited audition dates are available after this time. We also encourage applicants to let us know of any dates they cannot attend on their application.
How many stages of auditions are there for UK/EU students?
Two: Every applicant to the acting courses is invited for a 15 minute preliminary audition. Successful applicants are then invited to attend a full day of Recall workshops.
If I am from outside the EU, can I apply for the BA (Hons) or FdA in Professional Acting?
No. Unfortunately we are unable to accept an application to our UK/EU courses (BA (Hons)and FdA Professional Acting) unless the applicant has lived in the UK/EU for three years prior to an application, but not for educational purposes. International students are encouraged to apply for our one year MA in Professional Acting course. Please see this page for more information.
For enquiries relating to the Stage Management courses, please contact Ruth Sidery on 0117 980 9243 or email@example.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0117 973 3535.