BOVTS Frequently asked questions

General Enquiries:

Does the School hold any Open Days?

No. We interview or audition everyone here at the School. However starting in 2017 we will also hold auditions in Leeds.

Please see this page for information on the new Leeds Auditions!

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: enquiries@oldvic.ac.uk 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?

What are the entry requirements?

Does the School offer deferred entry?
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?

*The CDD does not currently offer financial assistance for postgraduate courses.

How do I pay the tuition fees?

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.

Acting Courses:

Where are auditions held for the Acting courses?

What are the audition requirements?

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.

Technical Courses:

For enquiries relating to the Stage Management courses, please contact Ruth Sidery on 0117 980 9243 or ruth.sidery@oldvic.ac.uk or email enquiries@oldvic.ac.uk or call on 0117 973 3535.

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