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World-class specialist drama school; member of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama.

Student Population

Total Students:230
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:200
Full Time:100%
Mature on Entry:10%
UK Students:85%
State school entry:83%

Teaching Staff

10 full-time, 35 part-time.

Broad study areas

Acting, performance arts, theatre technical arts, theatre directing, theatre design, theatre costume, property making, stage electrics & lighting design, scenic art, scenic construction.


Admission Information:All eligible applicants are auditioned/interviewed.
Drop Out Rate:4%
Accommodation:No RADA housing.


Founded:1904, by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree; Royal Charter in 1920.
Structural features:Founding member of Conservatoire for Dance & Drama.
Site:Gower Street (in heart of London University area); annexe in Chenies Street.
How to get there:Close to many bus routes and several tube stations (Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, Euston, Warren St).

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Access to all essential services.
Amenities:Common rooms, refectory.
Accommodation:No Academy accommodation. Local rents approx £100−£150 per week for self-catering.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:25,000 volumes, 10 periodicals; video-tape library. Specialist collections: G B Shaw collection.
Other learning resources:3 fully equipped theatres – Jerwood Vanbrugh (newly designed proscenium), the GBS and the John Gielgud Theatres. Broadcasting studio, scenery and property workshops, digital sound studio, design office and wardrobe.
Careers:Information, advice and placement service.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £11,500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by RADA.
Financial help:Fee reductions of £1000 pa for all UK/EU students whose family income is up to £42.6k pa; scholarships of up to £4000 pa fee reduction may be awarded, based on audition. Also care-leaver’s bursary of £750 pa. Also RADA scholarships and bursaries for current students in need.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay at least £16,000 pa.


Academic features:

MA joint with King’s College. Many short courses and summer schools.

Awarding body:

King's College London and University of London.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, graduate diploma, graduate certificate.

Length of courses:

9 terms (BA acting); 6 terms (theatre technical arts, theatre design, theatre costume); 4 terms (specialist technical training); 3 terms (directing).

Main subjects offered:

  • Acting
  • Costume Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drama Training
  • Performance Arts
  • Stage Management
  • Theatre Design

Student view


Acting, stage management and technical courses all very demanding and the hours are long. But then RADA training is possibly the best in the world. Because of this, very large numbers apply each year; selection is by audition or interview. Links to the profession are excellent – guest designers and directors work on all final year productions. Agents and casting directors keep a watchful eye over final-year acting students, while second-year stage managers spend half a term on secondment, working with professionals. Life is not cheap.


Housing: No London accommodation is cheap, and not easy to find it nearby. RADA students have limited access to neighbouring student accommodation. Eats: Canteen on site, cheap subsidised food. Access to West End eateries. Drink: RADA Bar has special offers. Local actor and stage management bars. Nightlife: Public in-house shows are free to students, also some other productions. Events in RADA Bar eg karaoke, play reading, bands. Usual London nightlife. Sports: Local YMCA etc; ULU sports facilities nearby. Financial help: Excellent but limited (no student has ever been turned away because of lack of funds). Good news: Major refurbishment of Gower Street building; now houses one of the most advanced 200-seat theatres in Europe.

Past Students

Alan Bates, Sir John Gielgud, Dame Flora Robson, Susannah York, Lord Richard Attenborough, Glenda Jackson, Joan Collins, Ben Cross, Robert Lindsay, Lisa Eichhorn, Jonathan Pryce, Juliet Stevenson, Kenneth Branagh, Anton Lesser, John Hurt, Richard Briers, Albert Finney, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony Quayle, Ralph Fiennes, Mike Leigh, Jane Horrocks.



Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
62-64 Gower Street


020 7636 7076





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