Frequently Asked Questions | ALRA Drama Schools

Applying And Auditions

  • Where is ALRA? +

    ALRA has two campuses, click for information about ALRA North, and here for information about ALRA South.

  • Is ALRA accredited? +

    Yes. The BA (hons) Acting, Level 5 and Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting and the MA Professional Acting are accredited by either Trinity College or St Mary's University, London. Graduates from these courses are eligible to join Equity and ALRA is a founding member of the Federation of Drama Schools.

  • Can I reschedule my audition? +

    If you are unable to attend your allocated audition date, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to reschedule. Similarly, if you accept your date and are subsequently unable to attend, contact the Registrar. Your audition can be rearranged, if possible, but only if you notify ALRA in good time.

  • Do you have Open Days? How do I book? +

    ALRA holds Open Days in the Autumn term on the Saturday of the productions. Booking is reccomended and you can find details on our What's On page.

  • How can I order a prospectus? +

    Our Prospectus is available on our website, we like to save some paper, so it's available to download here.

  • How do I apply? +

    Applicants for all courses can apply online.

  • When can I apply? +


    Applications are accepted for full-time Acting courses from October until the end of May. Acting courses are not available as part of the UCAS or Clearing systems.


  • Can I defer my application / my place? +

    No. Applications must be submitted in the entry cycle immediately prior to the year of entry.
  • Can I transfer into the 2nd or 3rd year of the Three Year Acting course? +

    No. it is not possible to join the Three Year Acting course at any stage after the first term of the 1st Year. All candidates must be seen at audition and complete their whole training at ALRA.

  • What do you require for audition? +

    Please click for full Audition Guidelines.

  • When are your auditions? +

    Auditions for full-time Acting courses take place at both campuses from October through until May, normally in the half-terms and holiday periods. We also audition at other locations in the UK which are announced on this page. This year's dates are available to view as part of the online application process. Foundation Acting auditions take place at both campuses from May onwards.

  • Can I send you an audition tape/DVD? +

    For international applications work can be viewed online and an indicative result given to save on travel expenses where we are sure an auditionee has not reached the standard. Applicants will then be invited to attend in the usual manner. Attendance at a scheduled audition/interview is the only route of entry to ALRA courses.

  • Can I get feedback? +

    We audition more than 1000 applicants a year. Due to the large numbers of candidates applying, we regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback. Where possible and time allows we give some group feedback. The decision of the school is final.
  • What qualifications do you offer? +

    The Three Year Acting course leads to: 

    • BA (Hons) Acting (awarded by St Mary’s University Twickenham)
    • Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting (awarded by Trinity College, London)

    The Postgraduate Acting course leads to:

    • MA Professional Acting (awarded by St Mary’s University Twickenham)
    • Level 5 Diploma in Professional Acting (awarded by Trinity College, London)
  • What is the average age of an ALRA student? +

    This varies. There is no upper age limit on any ALRA course; students are accepted on the basis of ability, irrespective of age. Students on the Three Year Acting course are commonly between 18 and 25, but it is not unusual for students of 30+ to begin the course. On the Postgraduate Acting course, students must be 21 or over, but applications are regularly received from students in their 40s and older. The Stage Management & Technical Theatre course normally attracts 18 year olds, but often students come to the course seeking a career change, or looking for a qualification having already worked in the industry for a few years.

  • What are the hours? +

    Studying at ALRA means working from 8.45am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, regardless of which course you are on. MA Directing students work slightly different hours in some modules depending on placements but still attend the equivalent of full time.

  • Do you have part-time courses? +

    The acting courses at ALRA are full time. However, ALRA does sometimes host short courses and workshops.Check the 'Short Courses & Workshops' page for further information.

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Fees & Finance

  • How much are the fees? +

    Please visit the "Fees" section of the website for further details.

  • Is there funding available? +

    Yes. Both the full-time Acting courses are part-funded by the Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) scheme. Tuition fees are reduced to £1,275 per year for the students who show the most potential at audition. The school’s allocation of awards is reassessed annually, but has been in the region of 20 for the last several years on the Three Year Acting course, and five on the Postgraduate Acting course. DaDA recipients are also eligible to apply for assistance with their remaining fees and living expenses. 
Full details can be found in the 'Fees' section of the website.

  • Can I get a Student Loan? +

    For details of whether you may be eligible for a Student Loan, please go to the 'Fees' page of our website.

  • Can I pay by credit card? +

    We are able to accept credit card payment over the phone. Please ring the London office and ask for the Finance Officer. ALRA also accepts cheques, bankers' drafts and direct bank transfers.

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  • Is there accommodation? +

    No. Students at ALRA live in privately-rented accommodation in the surrounding area. We do arrange an Accommodation Day for the summer before you start with us, where First Years can meet each other and team up to look for houses together.
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  • How do I book for shows? +

    Book online for our shows via the What's On page.
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Working at ALRA

  • Can I teach at ALRA? +

    Submissions for teaching work should be addressed to Adrian Hall at the postal address, or marked for his attention at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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  • Can I hire Studio Spaces? +

    Requests for hire of Studio Spaces are dealt with by the Office Administrator. E-mail your query to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or telephone on 020 8870 6475.
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