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Clearing – Frequently Asked Questions

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Your Clearing questions answered

What if I have an offer or place elsewhere?

You are only eligible for Clearing if you are not holding an offer or place elsewhere.

If you are awaiting your results, you will need to speak to your firm choice institution to request permission to be released into Clearing. If your place has been confirmed, you can self-release into Clearing through UCAS Track.

In both instances, you are strongly advised to discuss your decision with a teacher or careers adviser as once you have been released, your original offer cannot be reinstated. You should check that the university or institution you want to attend has made you a verbal offer before you are released to Clearing.

Am I guaranteed accommodation?

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School does not own student residences. However, we are in close proximity to several large universities and there is a good availability of high-quality student accommodation within walking distance of the School. There are several commercial student accommodation providers in Bristol.

We can put you in touch with other students accepting Clearing places if you wish and our Accommodation Officer can advise you on the process of finding suitable accommodation.

Should I apply for FdA Production Arts or BA Production Arts?

Our Production Arts courses are both designed to provide you with broad-based training in the core production disciplines needed to work in industry. The FdA course is an intensive, two-year programme and is designed specifically for students who already have some knowledge of stage management or technical theatre or students that have already gained a degree. It is focused on Production Arts for the stage. The BA three-year programme additionally provides training in recorded media; as well as theatre production, you’ll also learn television/film and radio drama production skills, including undertaking a term at the School’s Christchurch Studios.



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You can find more information and enquire about clearing places at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School here.

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