How to perform a great audition

How Birmingham School of Acting's audition process works

If your application is successful, you will be invited to an audition, an interview or both, depending on the course you've applied for.

We understand you may be nervous, as much rides upon the outcome of any audition. However, we work hard to ensure that your audition is a positive experience. Our academic and admissions staff are always on-hand to answer questions at all stages of auditioning.

All auditions - both 'initial' and 'recall' - are stewarded by full-time students who are there to support and help you through the process.

Audition Fees

Your audition fee must be paid prior to audition and covers both the initial and recall auditions:

CourseAudition Fee
BA (Hons) Acting £46
MA Acting £46
MFA Acting: The British Tradition £0
BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) £0
BA (Hons) Stage Management £0

For the BA (Hons) Acting course, auditioning is a two-stage process - Initial and Recall.

This helps to ensure that we give you a fair opportunity and we have the best information on which to base our choice of candidates. We receive hundreds of applications each year and less than seven per cent of those applying gain a place.

However, if you pass the Initial Audition and attend a Recall Audition, you have approximately a one in six chance of being offered a place.

Initial auditions

Guidance on How to Prepare for an Initial Audition

Guidance on initial auditions (male)

Guidance on initial auditions (female)

Recall auditions

Guidance on How to Prepare for a Recall Audition

Guidance on recall auditions

Dates for the Initial Audition will be allocated by our admissions office on receipt of application and payment of fee. For the Recall Audition, dates will be allocated as and when a candidate passes the Initial Audition (you will be informed of the result within five working days of your Initial Audition).

If you're shortlisted for MA Acting, we'll invite you to attend a full day to assess you over a longer period of time, and interview you if necessary.


Guidance on how to prepare for an audition.

Guidance for auditions (male)

Guidance for auditions (female)

There is an audition/interview for MA Professional Voice Practice, however, as this is relatively short, there is no audition fee for this.

What happens in interviews

The interview process gives you the opportunity to tell us who you are, show us why you're passionate about taking the course, and see the spaces you'll be working in.

You will meet some of the people who'll be teaching you and get answers to any questions you have. You may be involved in a short workshop or practical exercise as part of this.

Detailed guidance regarding the application and selection procedure for each course is available in our Guidance for Applicants packs under the 'How to Apply' tab of your chosen course.

Offering you a place at BSA

Following an audition and/or interview, one of the following outcomes is possible:

  • You are offered an unconditional place This means that you have a place on the course for which you applied. This offer is only for the year in which you apply.
  • You are offered a conditional place This means that you will have a place on the course for which you applied if you attain the required academic qualifications. This offer is only for the year in which you apply.
  • You are offered a reserve place on the course This is the most common outcome. It indicates that you have reached an acceptable standard, but because applications and auditions/interviews happen throughout the year we cannot allocate all places on a course until the auditions/interviews have been completed.
  • You are not offered a place on the course You cannot re-apply for a place on the same course in the same academic year.

Appealing against an unsuccessful audition

If you wish to appeal against a decision you should contact the admissions team within 14 days of notification to receive a copy of the Appeals Policy.

An appeals panel, led by a senior member of staff who was not involved in your audition, will investigate thoroughly any grounds for appeal and will notify you of the outcome.