Auditions and interviews process
Main deadline date for our Acting courses is 31 January 2024, 18:00 (UK time) – please note that applications submitted after the main deadline date will still be considered for the 2024 intake
The process explained
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 or interview. However, we work hard to ensure that your experience is a positive one. Our academic and admissions staff are always on-hand to answer questions at all stages of auditioning. Acting auditions - both 'initial' and 'recall' - are stewarded by full-time students who are there to support and help through the process.
Fees must be paid prior to audition (where fees are applicable) and cover the entire audition process. For BA Acting and PGDip/MA Acting there is a one-off UCAS Conservatoires application fee of £26.50 payable to UCAS on submission of application form. In addition, a non-refundable audition fee of £35 is payable to the Conservatoire; this is collected through the UCAS system (see amounts below).
For Applied Theatre and Stage Management, which are applied for through the mainstream UCAS system, there is a one-off application fee payable to UCAS on submission of an application form. For a single course choice this will be £22, and £26.50 for two to five choices. There is no additional audition fee payable to the Conservatoire for these courses.
In certain circumstances we may consider waiving audition fees. Please see our page about fee waivers. You should make your fee waiver request prior to making your audition payment with UCAS.
|Audition / Recording / Interview Fee
|BA (Hons) Acting
|BA (Hons) Stage Management
|BA (Hons) Applied Theatre
Please select a course from the drop-down list to view our audition process:
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 Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
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.
Applicants with Disabilities
Like all of Birmingham City University, the School is committed to equal opportunities.
It is important that you tell us about any disability you may have. Once we are made aware of any disability we can try to support your individual needs.
If you feel additional support is required at your audition/interview, please email admissions at email@example.com and also contact:
- the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org who support those with mental health conditions
- the Disability Support Team at email@example.com who support applicants and students with disabilities, medical conditions and specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, ADHD etc.
Please also note; If you wish us to take dyslexia or dyspraxia into account at your recall audition, you must bring with you a copy of your assessment/report confirming the condition.