Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Stage Management & Technical Theatre

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How to apply


The Conservatoire schools welcome all applications and judge prospective students solely on their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession.

You can view the Conservatoire’s admissions policy statement here:

Admissions policy statement


Applications direct to schools

Applications to seven of the eight Conservatoire schools should be made directly to the individual school. It is not possible to apply to any of these schools through the UCAS system. This does not affect your ability to access Student Finance.

Please see the individual school website for details of its applications process:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact directly the school of your choice and they will be happy to help you.

Applications through UCAS Conservatoires

Applications to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School courses should now be made through UCAS Conservatoires, with the exception of the MA Drama Directing and MA Theatre Design courses where application is through the school.

Please refer to the relevant course page of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School website for details of the application process.

The audition or interview process

All applicants who wish to train as an actor, dancer or circus artist in any of the Conservatoire schools and meet that school’s criteria will be offered an audition. Those who wish to train in stage management and technical theatre will be invited to attend an interview.

Each of the schools offers formal audition dates every year. It is not unusual for there to be a round of auditions, followed by call-backs and interviews for the successful applicant. In very exceptional instances the school may make you an immediate offer of a place. The dance schools in particular tend to have fixed dates for auditions whereas the drama schools are often more flexible. You may be given an audition slot at short notice, sometimes as little as two weeks, so you need to be ready to audition as soon as you make your application.

Almost all of the schools have alternative venues in the UK and overseas where you can arrange to have your audition.


Office for Students and Student Finance 2019-20

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. The Conservatoire has made an application to register and expects a decision by September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. For more information, please visit