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. We’re ranked 2nd in the UK for Drama and Dance (Guardian League Table 2024).

We also train the associated disciplines of Stage Management and Applied Theatre, which provides the perfect learning environment to launch your career as a performance industry professional.


Find out about our range of courses, including Stage Management and Applied Theatre (Community and Education).

Our courses

Auditions and interviews

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

Audition process

Why study here

Our well-equipped studios are hives of activity, buzzing with the creativity and hard work of students committed to developing into professionals in the performance industry.

Why study here

[00:00:00] Speaker 1: Ruskin Hall is beautiful. It's set in Bournville in Birmingham, and it's a Quaker village, and it's so scenic. [00:00:10][9.9]

[00:00:10] Speaker 2: So what's nice about studying Ruskin, is that it sort of ties in with the structure of the course. So the structure of the course is that for year one, the first year is very much about having a laboratory. It's very much about bringing you into a safe space where you can start to feel comfortable and confident to make mistakes. And so you also want a space which is focussed and concentrated, and you can just go from class to class to subject to subject just in between being able to have a common room space, to have some breakout spaces and chat and recharge and go to your next class. [00:00:48][37.6]

[00:00:49] Speaker 3: It's a really nice it's a really nice building. And like the windows, we see a lot of trees. [00:00:54][4.7]

[00:00:55] Speaker 3: And there's a real sense of community here as well. [00:00:58][2.8]

[00:00:58] Speaker 1: We're all just a family and it feels great coming in every morning knowing that everyone I'm going to be interacting with is a friend. [00:01:06][7.3]

[00:01:06] Speaker 2: It is quite a quiet, playful, exploratory time. And so for that, all you need is a safe place to explore yourself and the work and get to know your colleagues. [00:01:20][13.4]

[00:01:21] Speaker 3: It's a really nice environment. I look forward to coming in every day. [00:01:21][0.0]


About us

Ruskin Hall and leafy, historic Bournville is a fantastic place to study. Birmingham City University vlogger Jess made this video to highlight some landmarks, and to show how accessible the area is by bus or train.


Check out our blog, online home for our community of musicians, actors, applied theatre performers and stage managers.

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million teaching and performance facility offers unrivalled opportunities for our students.

Our facilities

Welcome from the Principal

A message from Stephen Maddock OBE, Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Welcome to RBC

Our graduates

Take a look at our Acting graduates across the years, including links to their spotlight pages and some graduate stories.

Our graduates

Our staff

Our staff are from the performance industry and have all enjoyed a successful professional career, with many of them still active artists and practitioners.

Our staff

Acting productions

Take a look at some of the previous productions our students at the Birmingham School of Acting have been involved in.

Acting productions

Drama school journey

Training to be an actor is a journey of self-discovery, with many highs and lows along the way. Hear advice from our students as they come to the end of their degrees.

Drama school journey


On the stage, monologues can be everything: funny, poignant, dark, manic. But they should always be memorable. Here are some things to think about.

How to perform a monologue

Find us

The School of Acting relocated from its previous home at Millennium Point in January 2022, when staff and students moved to Ruskin Hall, Bournville.

Find us

ConservatoireOpen Days

Join us on campus at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for an insight into life as a Conservatoire student.

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More information


Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

More about accommodation


Read our admission FAQs to get your application questions answered. If your question isn’t covered, we have all the details of how to get in touch.

More about admissions

Student Support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

More about student support

Social Media

Follow our social media channels and discover more about life at BCU, including what the University and city will offer you if you study here.

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Open Days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Come and be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative £400m facilities.

Open days