Fees & Funding

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Information for the Course Fees for all ALRA courses can be found on the relevant Fees & Dates tab for each course:

ALRA is a private school, working with partners in Higher Education classed as an Alternative Provider (AP), depending on personal circumstances and the course undertaken, students can access funding from a variety of sources.

 

 BA / L6 Acting  

 MA / L5 Acting  

 MA Dir 

 FND 

Dance & Drama Award

Student Loan

Private Finance

Post Graduate Loan

Professional & Career Development Loan

 BA / L6 Acting
Dance & Drama Award

Student Loan

Private Finance

Post Graduate Loan

Professional & Career Development Loan

 MA / L5 Acting
Dance & Drama Award

Student Loan

Private Finance

Post Graduate Loan

Professional & Career Development Loan

 MA Dir
Dance & Drama Award

Student Loan

Private Finance

Post Graduate Loan

Professional & Career Development Loan

 FND
Dance & Drama Award

Student Loan

Private Finance

Post Graduate Loan

Professional & Career Development Loan

Dance and Drama Award (DaDA)

DaDA are scholarships funded by the Education Funding Agency. DaDA can offer greatly reduced tuition fees and access to an income-assessed student support fund. 

DaDA is merit-based and means-tested. DaDA are offered only to the applicants who show the most potential to succeed in the profession based on their audition, and the value of the award is determined on the basis of a national scale and by the circumstances and household income of the student; students from lower income families contribute less (towards fees and maintenance) and those from higher income families contribute more.

DaDA are available for new students starting courses as well as continuing students in their second or third year of study. There are only a very limited number of DaDA available for new students at ALRA, 1 in 4 Acting Students are currently DaDA funded.

Students who are in receipt of DaDA are not eligible to apply for a Student or Maintenance Loan.

Students who are in receipt of DaDA must be means-tested and assessed each year throughout their time at ALRA.

https://www.gov.uk/dance-drama-awards

Student Loan

Students who are not offered Dance and Drama Awards are entitled to apply for a Student Loan to assist them with the cost of tuition. ALRA is classed as an Alternative Provider which means that the government places a cap on the amount of tuition fee loan available. Please note the student loan does not cover the whole tuition fee; the maximum tuition fee Student Loan currently available is £6,165. 

All students who are eligible to receive Student Loan funding are also eligible to apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help with living expenses.  The amount of Maintenance Loan you are entitled to depends on your income (or that of your parents) and where you are living while studying.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/cdforstudents/

Private Finance

ALRA is a private school and classed as an Alternative Provider, which can mean that despite being in receipt of DaDA or Loan a student needs to clear the remaining balance of fees. A number of our previous students have been able to do this with the help of family or through various fundraising activities.

As our Foundation Course is Professionally Accredited and not part of the Further or Higher Education framework, unfortunately there is no funding support available for students on the Foundation Acting courses. 

Post Graduate Loan

Students who are not offered Dance and Drama Awards are now entitled to apply for a Post Graduate Loan to assist them with the cost of tuition and living expenses. The maximum Post Graduate Loan currently available is £10,200. 

Students who are in receipt of DaDA are not eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Loan.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/cdforstudents/

Professional and Career Development Loan

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning. The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. 

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you.

ALRA Learning Provider Identification Number: 1026

https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview

Once the student is enrolled at ALRA each and every student is considered for various internal and external competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards. The student is supported by Administrative staff and Faculty throughout the application and in preparation of any performance or interview as required by the scholarship, bursary or award.

Students are nominated by ALRA for bursaries from the following:

A number of charities and funding organisations will also consider acting students and those taking allied courses for awards, but the majority that do tend to focus on undergraduates. ALRA is committed to assisting students wishing to apply for funding from charitable organisations. It is important that you approach funders whose priorities and concerns match your situation, so please ensure that you research the organisation and how they support individuals prior to making any application or writing a letter.

ALRA is also one of the few Drama Schools whose training times (outside of public performances) are kept to a normal working week in order to allow all of our students the option to fund themselves further through part-time work.

The Stefan Thegeby Foundation Bursary

Stefan Thegeby was a Foundation student at ALRA (2011-2012). Sadly, in 2015, Stefan lost his battle with 4 cancers. In recognition of his life, bravery and contribution to the positive student experience at ALRA, we provide a small bursary of £250.00 to a student from each campus at the start of the Academic year.

To be considered for this bursary please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (South) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (North) outlining your reasons for undertaking the Foundation course, how it will impact or change your life and what you hope to bring to the school. Paloma and Jayne will nominate the 2 candidates they think most deserving of the award and the Principal will confirm their decision to the successful candidates.

This bursary is only available to students studying on the ALRA Foundation Courses.

ALRA understands that choosing to go to drama school is a big decision. We have put together some useful information to help you through the application process and beyond.

Here is some useful information for applicants:

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    Auditions Guidelines

    • Your Audition
    • Audition Format

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one from a contemporary and one from a Shakespeare or Jacobean play.

    Please make sure you have read the whole play your monologue comes from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.

    Ensure that you:

    • Prepare & Learn your monologue pieces
    • Choose monologue pieces that match your age
    • Do not use props or costume in your monologues
    • Use only your natural accent in your monologues
    • Avoid directing your monologues at the panel
    • Wear suitable clothing allowing free movement throughout the day
      (which allows tutors to assess posture and movement)

    ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities:

    • Truth, focus and concentration
    • Ability to take direction
    • Ability to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
    • Openness and responsiveness to others imagination and creativity
    • Evidence of stamina and co-ordination

    ALRA will form an opinion on these matters at audition & interview and record the outcomes for scrutiny and feedback.

    ALRA offers various provisions for access to our full-time courses for applicants:

    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at ALRA North & South Campus
    • Workshops & Auditions at Private Outreach  Venues
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at Regional UK Venues
    • Preliminary Online Assessments for International Students
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at International Venues
    • Collaborative Partnerships

    ALRA follows the ‘Auditioning and interviewing for Dance & Drama Code of Practice’ as detailed on the CDMT and EFA websites.

    Audition Days (All Acting Courses)

    Selection is made by audition that takes place over one day and tests applicants on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one contemporary and one Shakespeare or Jacobean play. This forms Stage 1 of ALRA’s audition process.

    If the applicant is successful in passing Stage 1, they are then asked to participate in a movement and improvisation workshop, undertake a Text and Vocal assessment workshop and will then finally be invited to Interview.

    The audition process is designed to assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development, offering you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options, with opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.

    Audition Results

    ALRA operates an Equal Opportunities Policy: all candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards.  

    The audition panel for all full-time courses are run by Course Leaders, Lead Tutors and Senior Staff members, final selection is completed by the Principal and Registrar.

    Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from training with ALRA. 

    Audition results are usually processed and sent out via email as well as available on the Audition Management System within ten working days of the date of audition. ALRA always aspires to inform applicants of the audition result within this timeframe but during busier times results can take longer and we ask for patience and understanding in these circumstances.

     

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