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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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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 five of the six Conservatoire member 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

Applications to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School courses should be made through UCAS, UCAS Conservatoires, or UCAS Postgraduate, depending on the course.

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. 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.

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