Widening Access Accessible to all regardless of background
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Widening Access

Our mission

We’re passionate about making the School’s training accessible to people regardless of background.

Find out more about widening access, including our Access and Participation Plan, on the CDD’s website.

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Acting Webinar

We run annual webinars to allow prospective students to talk to current and past students as well as teachers about our BA in Professional Acting. The event for 2021 entry is now past – check back for more details about the 2022 entry webinar in due course.


Open Days

We host annual open days for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Please note open days are only for creative and technical courses – we are unable to offer open days for acting applicants.

Find out more here.


Production Arts Workshops

We run a variety of workshops, particularly over the Easter break, to give students a taste of our courses. Check back soon for more details about Easter 2021.


School Visits

We welcome requests from schools for us to come and talk to prospective students. If you’re interested in such an opportunity, get in touch with us via [email protected]


Short Courses

We run short courses in acting each summer and have a number of bursary places available for these.

Find out more here.



Interested in bringing students to shows or telling them more about our courses? We’ve got a teacher mailing list for you to sign up for here.


Get in touch

We encourage our prospective students to get in touch with us if you have any questions at all. Please email [email protected]

Funding Opportunities

We’ve outlined below a number of options you can look into if you’re worried about funding. All of the opportunities will be assessed for eligibility.

All courses

There are a number of bursaries available each year which are means-tested. We also have discretionary hardship funds should you need this whilst training with us.

In addition, the CDD offer scholarships for undergraduate students who are new to Higher Education as well as bursaries for students who are care leavers and estranged students.


Mature Students

Each year we offer the Plowright Bursary for mature students who are making a change in their career.


If you’re concerned about funding, please get in touch with us – [email protected]

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Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design