Widening Access Accessible to all regardless of background
Students relaxing in Queen Square park

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.


Production Arts Workshops

Open to students in Year 9-11 who might be interested in training in the production arts, students will have a chance to sample classes in lighting, puppet making, sound design and more!

Find out more here.


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.


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]


UCAS Fairs

We attend UCAS Create Your Future fairs in Manchester and London each year. Come along and meet us there – make sure you bring lots of questions!


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.

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]

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