My friend Emma would say NONE, they’re all a waste of time and money. In the US, they are unbelievably expensive, but the question was: which should you apply to? I would say if you REALLY want to succeed, it’s a numbers game. People often obsess about their local drama school, but if there are around 22 NCDT schools, why wouldn’t you apply to all of them? Well, money is the thing. They all charge for audition. Sure, I understand, but how badly do you want to go to drama school?
This is my Top Ten List of Drama Schools that you should Apply to, plus one special one outside of the UK:
(In NO particular order)
- Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- Central School of Speech and Drama
- Rose Bruford College
- The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA)
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama
- Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
- Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
- Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre (Arden)
The 11th school isn’t in the UK, it’s in New York in the USA, but it’s not particularly expensive. It lasts only 2.5 years and the last .5 year is spent in Los Angeles, training in screen industry techniques. The school is the Atlantic Acting School based in Chelsea in New York City and part of the hugely successful theatre company that recently produced the amazing Spring Awakening on Broadway (which won 8 Tony Awards).
Eventually, we hope that ACS will offer a ONE YEAR ACTING course in Glasgow, but until then, these are the best acting courses that we know.
Update: July 2015: We are now offering a One Year Diploma course starting in January 2016!