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/

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.

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:

  • FAQs

  • Next Interview / Audition Dates

  • Audition Guidelines

    Auditions Guidelines

    For information on Free Auditions please see this page.

    • Your Audition
    • Audition Format

    For Acting Courses

    There are new guidelines for 2020 entry, set out below:

    Each applicant is asked to prepare three audition pieces.

    • a contemporary monologue (from a play written post 2000)
    • a piece of poetry OR spoken word OR a second contemporary monologue (this piece should be contrasting from your first and can but does not have to be self-written)
    • a classical monologue (this can be Shakespearean/Jacobean/Elizabethan or an equivalent text that may be from cultures other than western classical text but contain elements of rhythm and poetry

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

    Ensure that you:

    • Prepare and learn your pieces thoroughly
    • Choose pieces that are close to you in age
    • Do not use props or costume
    • Use only your natural accent
    • Wear clothing that's easy to move in (i.e. no tight jeans/skirts etc.)

    ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities throughout the day: 

    • Truth, focus and concentration
    • Potential to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
    • Openness and responsiveness to others, imagination and creativity
    • Ability to take direction

    For further help and advice, please see our FAQ Audition Advice Videos

    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. Applicants will be considered based on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.

    The day will consist of two stages.

    Stage 1 all applicants will perform their two contrasting contemporary audition pieces (see Your Audition tab above).

    At this point the panel will consider all applicants and decide who will progress to the next stage.

    Stage 2 applicants will participate in a workshop, perform their classical monologue and finally be invited to interview.

    There are opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.

    Audition Day Format

    This is a rough format of how a typical audition day runs.*

    Stage 1

    • 9.00 – 9.30: Arrival and Registration
    • 9.30 – 10.15: Warm Up
    • 10.15 – 11.15: Audition Piece One
    • 11.30 – 12.30: Audition Piece Two

    Stage Two (for applicants who progress onto this stage)

    • 1.00 – 2.00: Workshop
    • 2.00 – 3.30: Audition Piece Three
    • 3.30: Interview

    *Please note that the times given may vary, dependant on numbers. 

    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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