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Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

Conservatoire for Dance & Drama

The Conservatoire comprises eight specialist schools delivering world-leading education and vocational training in the performing arts. We train the performing artists and production professionals of the future: actors, circus artists, dancers, stage managers, technical theatre practitioners, choreographers and directors.

 

Within the Conservatoire there is a balance between the art forms of dance, drama and circus arts, and between classical and contemporary styles.

Internationally renowned centres of training, our schools are also creative laboratories: we bring in national and international artists to work with our students and support emerging writers, directors and choreographers in creating and showcasing new work.

Ranked the UK’s No 1 performing arts conservatoire for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.

Students at our schools value the immersive experience of conservatoire training and its unparalleled access to the performing arts industries. Each school has an established record of training its students to a professional standard, with excellent employment rates in the fields of dance, drama or circus. Together, we provide a pipeline of expertly-trained performing arts professionals working in the UK’s lucrative creative industries and helping to build the UK’s international reputation.

The Conservatoire is a publicly-funded institution.

This means that our UK and EU students are eligible for government loans and grants (Student Finance) as well as financial support provided by the Conservatoire and the individual schools. Although applications are made direct to the school, and not through UCAS, our students are able to obtain government financial support in the same way as students from any other university. We recruit on the basis of talent and potential, irrespective of background, and we audition or interview every eligible applicant.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice