Saturday: Preparing for Audition

Short Course (1 day)
January 2019
£40 plus booking fee (discount for Conservatoire applicants) for UK/EU Short Course 2019 entry (view all fees)

Preparing for Audition is a full one-day workshop where you can get tuition in what to expect from drama school auditions and get individual help with their prepared pieces.

You will be expected to work and remain focused throughout the day and this will reflect some of the intensity of concentration and energy needed to get through a workshop recall audition or indeed an average day in a drama school.

There is no age restriction on this course.

Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Thursday 24 January 2019. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course costs...

£40 plus booking fee (discount for Conservatoire applicants)

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Jan 2019 SC 1 day £40 plus booking fee (discount for Conservatoire applicants) Book your place now!

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Duration: 1 day
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Date: Saturday 26 January 2019.

There is a lunch break between 12.20pm and 1.30pm.

Visit our What's On page to view information on other productions and concerts.

There is a reduced rate of £20.00 (+ booking fee) for people who have already applied for a full-time course at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire beginning in September 2018. Group bookings may be available at a negotiated rate. Please contact to discuss your requirements.

The workshop will be delivered by one of the Senior Acting Tutors from the full-time BA (Hons) and PgDip/MA courses at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. One of the full-time students from these courses will be on hand to talk to you about your experiences of auditioning.

There is also the opportunity to see a performance from our Conservatoire students, the ticket price is included in the price for the day but attendance is optional and can be selected at time of booking.

Participants will be required to bring one prepared speech to the session. The speech may be contemporary or classical and should be no more than two minutes in length. It must be thoroughly learned. This speech will be used as an example of practice – good or bad.

The course covers:

  • Choosing your school
  • Reading the prospectus
  • When to apply – at what age is best
  • Gap year options
  • Making the application and writing a personal statement
  • Selecting your pieces
  • Preparing the pieces
  • Preparing for the initial audition
  • Preparing for a recall audition

Our Facilities


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is based at the University’s City Centre Campus. A part of the Arts, Design and Media faculty, we are based within Millennium Point but also have access to facilities at the Parkside Building.

The Parkside Building boasts state-of-the-art facilities such as radio and television studios, edit suites, photography studios, and much more. 

Rehearsal space

There are ten rehearsal spaces, a ‘black box’ performance studio, showers, lockers and workshop space within the Department of Acting. The ‘black box’ performance studio, also known as the Patricia Yardley Studio, is our in-house performance theatre. Using variable acoustics which can be adjusted, and housing a fully operational lighting rig and a quadraphonic sound system.

Each studio contains: specialist acoustic panelling; specialist sprung floors; a heating system that radiates heat equally around the studio; and an air replacement system that maintains a constant room temperature.


Students regularly perform at professional theatres across the West Midlands, including The Birmingham Central Library Theatre; Crescent Theatre; Hippodrome Studio (Patrick Centre); The Old Rep Theatre and The Drum.

Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team by emailing
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK