Top Drama schools in the UK

Drama Schools in the UK 

18 Drama Schools in the UK offering full time Drama School training.

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The UK offers some of best drama training, below are 18 drama schools offering a variety of full and part time courses.

Guildford School of Acting

Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK with a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners and technicians graduating from our wide variety of programmes each year.

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The International School of Screen Acting

ISSA  is the leading specialist screen acting school in the UK. This unique drama school offers One and Two year full-time TV and Film acting courses, as well as part time courses. ISSA is located in the Heart of the prestigious 3 Mills Studios.

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Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London's International Drama School.  We are also one of the UK's top specialist higher education institutions delivering education in a single subject: theatre training.  

We think we deliver the best of both worlds through our unique degree programmes and by providing top-flight training that leads to excellent career prospects.

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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

At Central we put your future career at the heart of everything we do, and when you leave, you’ll be a specialist in your subject – with the preparation you’ll need to get work in a fast-moving performing arts industry.

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We offer vocational, practice-based training for actors. Our students work with exceptional teachers, directors and industry practitioners. We believe that you learn how to excel in the dramatic arts by doing, so all our training is based on practical experience in conditions that will prepare you for the professional world.

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Formerly known as Birmingham School of Acting, we became part of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017. With roots as a drama school going back to 1936, we retain the professional outlook and commitment to contemporary training that has seen our drama provision consistently rated amongst the best in the UK (currently ranked as top three in the Guardian League Table 2019). We also train the associated disciplines of Stage Management and Applied Performance, which provides the perfect learning environment to launch your career as a performance industry professional.

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East 15

For over 50 years, we have produced actors, directors, theatre practitioners and technicians for the international stage, TV, film and radio.

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At LAMDA we offer exceptional vocational training to actors, technicians, stage managers and directors from around the world. As a world-leading conservatoire, we are committed to seeking out the most talented dramatic artists and technicians.

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Italia Conti Academy

Italia Conti is a college of Performing Arts which offers quality training in a broad spectrum of skills to prepare students for careers in the performing arts industry, whether it be locally, nationally or internationally. The college provides a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop a high standard of work ethic and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future.

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Drama Studio

Drama Studio London is a vocational drama school that trains actors for today's acting profession. Our training is provided to the highest standard for students with talent and maturity of outlook.

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Our courses incorporate acting for theatre, film, television and radio in order to provide the best possible experience and relevant training. We are passionate about training confident, driven and creative actors who can work comfortably in all areas of today's industry. 

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Mountview’s vocational actor training thoroughly prepares students for a career in theatre, TV, radio and film.

The course develops technical skills through workshops and performances. Classes are designed to inspire imaginative engagement and develop practical experience. They are places where you can take risks, expand your range and develop your strengths.

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London School of Dramatic Art

At the London School of Dramatic Art we are committed to providing high quality intensive acting training that aims to challenge, motivate and advance developing artists in a safe, open-minded and accessible environment.  We aim to equip our students with the tools and confidence necessary to fully prepare them for a working life as a professional actor.

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We offer highly practical Acting courses to support every stage of your development as a professional actor.  Students on all our courses benefit from our strong connections with theatres, companies, artists, casting agents, directors and writers.


Roehampton University

We offer BAs in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and Theatre Practices and Production as well as an exciting master's programme in London's Theatre.

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ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) was founded in 1979, by Sorrel Carson and Caryll Ziegler. It was the first drama school to offer a training which encompassed all media: Live Theatre, TV & Film and Radio.

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The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

This is the only place in Europe where you can study all of the performing arts on the one campus. There is a distinctive creative energy at RCS and you’ll be made to feel part of our inclusive and diverse environment from the very beginning of your studies.

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Read College

Running for over 10 years, READ College – based in Reading, UK – has an industry-leading graduate success rate, exceptional exam results and an ethos of supporting talented young people from all backgrounds.

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