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Applications Procedure | ALRA

Our next audition dates are:

Sat 10th February   9.30am   ALRA North & South (SOUTH FULL)
Thurs 1st March  6.00pm   ALRA South
Thurs 8th March  6.00pm   ALRA North
Sat 17th March  9.30am   ALRA North & South
Wed 28th March  9.30am   ALRA North & South
Thurs 29th March  9.30am   ALRA North & South
Fri 13th April  9.30am   ALRA North & South
Sat 14th April  9.30am   ALRA North & South

ALRA has a single audition process for all applicants regardless of the acting course.

Where you audition does NOT affect your campus choice.

The audition will give us the opportunity to see what course is most suitable for your level of development.

We offer you:

  • feedback at the end of the day if desired and an opportunity to discuss your options
  • opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the day

International Applications

ALRA welcomes applications from international candidates whose written and spoken English is of a level appropriate to professional actor training. This will be assessed at audition. Non-EU applicants must obtain a student visa to cover the duration of their studies. If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English.

There are qualifications you can take to help with this. We need a level B2 in the CEFR system (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), a level 7.5 in the TEEP system (Test of English for Educational Purposes) or a level 6.0 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System).

Attendance at a scheduled ALRA audition is compulsory. Pre-recorded audition videos are not acceptable; however ALRA can view international applicants' audition videos as a precursor to inviting them for a full audition. ALRA does not accept students on short-term basis taking part in the Erasmus programme.

Fees & Funding

ALRA is a private school, working within the Further Education sector. Eligible students on the Three Year Acting course and Postgraduate Acting course can apply for a Dance and Drama Award to assist them with the cost of tuition. The Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) are scholarships funded by the Young People's Learning Agency. They are awarded by schools to the students who display the most potential to succeed in the profession.

Only students taking an approved Trinity College London qualification will be eligible to apply for an Award. These courses last between one and three years and are at National Diploma or National Certificate level. Awards offer greatly reduced tuition fees and access to an income-assessed student support fund. For further information about the awards and eligibility, please visit the DaDA website at

Deferred Entry 

Please note that we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to any of the Acting courses unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Online Application

There is a non-refundable £45 audition fee for the Three Year Acting courses, and Postgraduate Acting courses. Eligible applicants can be considered for both courses at the same audition; only one fee is charged. Applicants for the full time foundation course should use our online application system to submit their details, upload a photo and pay the £45 audition fee.

During the application process you will have the opportunity to select from a choice of available audition dates; this choice may be limited at the beginning or end of the entry cycle. You will receive confirmation of your audition date by email at the end of the application process, along with relevant audition guidelines and information on how to find us.

All subsequent correspondence from ALRA will be by email only unless specifically requested. Please ensure your email address is correct. If you have not heard from us in 10 working days please check your inbox, junk mail and spam filter before contacting us.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted from September onwards. We do not have a definitive deadline for applications, but our last auditions take place in April, and the online application system will close when the last dates are fully booked; you are strongly advised to submit your application before the beginning of April in order to ensure that your application is accepted. If further auditions are scheduled, we may accept applications after this date, but you should assume that the April audition is the last opportunity to be seen.

Offer Procedure

Every year ALRA receives around 10 applications for every place on both the Three Year Acting course and the Postgraduate Acting course. We have a limited number of places for these courses at each campus, and it is vital that we recruit an exact number of students.

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