FAQs

Where is ALRA?

ALRA is a drama school based in the UK with two campuses: one in Wandsworth, London and another in Wigan, Greater Manchester. For the full addresses and directions to our campuses please see our Contact page.

Can I hire ALRA’s studio spaces?

Some of our studios and other spaces are available for hire. You can find more details in our Campuses section

How do I book tickets for student shows?

You can book online for our shows via the What’s On page.

How do I apply to teach at ALRA?

Submissions for teaching work should be sent to our Dean by email: info@alra.co.uk.

Is ALRA accredited?

ALRA is professionally recognised. Graduates from the BA and MA Acting courses are eligible to join Equity and Spotlight. ALRA is also a founding member of the Federation of Drama Schools.

What are the hours of training?

Studying BA or MA Acting Courses at ALRA means typically working from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Foundation students usually work over 4 days during a typical week. Students on other courses might work slightly different hours in some modules depending on placements but still attend the equivalent of full time.

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 BA (Hons) Acting course are commonly between 18 and 25, but it is not unusual for students of 30+ to begin the course. On the MA Professional Acting course, students tend to be 21+, but applications are regularly received from students in their 40s and older.

Are you a Student Visa sponsor?

We are a Student Visa sponsor for all BA, MA and MFA Courses. We cannot sponsor international students on the Foundation course.

Is there any student accommodation at ALRA?

No. ALRA students tend to live in privately-rented accommodation in the surrounding area/s or commute from home. We offer some support during the summer before you start with us and introduce new students to each other and to our current students so that any rental opportunities can be followed up in advance of starting your course.

Does ALRA offer part-time courses?

The courses at ALRA are currently all delivered as full time. However, we sometimes host short courses and workshops. Check the Short Courses and Workshops page for further information.

How much are the fees?

All fees are listed on our Fees and Funding page.

Is there funding available?

Yes. You can take a look at the Funding Options, Other Funding Information and Bursaries tabs on this page.

When are your auditions?

You can apply for full-time acting courses from the Autumn of the year before entry and the system usually closes at Easter of the year of admission. This offers a five or six month application window. The dates may vary year on year so please check the guidelines in our Apply section for the most up-to-date information.
We also hold regional and partner audition events. Please check the Apply section for full details.

What are the term dates?

You will find the term dates on the Fees and Dates tab of each course page.

How do I apply?

Applicants for all courses can apply online. Find more details in our Apply section.

What do you require for audition?

Please check our Application Guidelines for full details of what to prepare for your ALRA audition.

Can I get feedback after my audition?

We audition more than 1,000 applicants in one year. Due to the large number of candidates applying, we regret that we cannot always provide individual feedback. Where possible and time allows, we will try to provide some feedback when requested. The result of an audition cannot be changed once communicated but applicants are welcome to reapply the following year.

What qualifications do you offer?

The BA (Hons) Acting course leads to:
BA (Hons) Acting (awarded by Arts University Bournemouth)
Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting (awarded by Trinity College, London) – if in receipt of DaDA funding

The MA Professional Acting course leads to:
MA Professional Acting (awarded by Arts University Bournemouth)
Level 5 Diploma in Professional Acting (awarded by Trinity College, London) – if in receipt of DaDA funding

The MA Directing course leads to:
MA Directing (awarded by Arts University Bournemouth)

The MFA Linklater Teaching Practice course leads to:

MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (awarded by Arts University Bournemouth)
Designation Linklater Teacher Status
The ALRA Foundation course does not lead to an official qualification.

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