The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) was established in 2001 to provide a leadership organisation for dance and drama training of the very highest quality.
Including LAMDA, the CDD has eight affiliates at present:
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Central School of Ballet
The Circus Space
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
London Contemporary Dance School
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
As a designated Higher Education Institution, the CDD receives funding from central government via the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The CDD is therefore funded in the same way as universities and other higher education institutions.
This means that all eligible UK and EU students attending LAMDA’s Three and Two Year Acting courses and the Two Year Stage Management & Technical can apply for assistance with payment of tuition fees and UK students can apply for student loans.
This enables the affiliated schools to select students on the basis of talent alone.
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama offers bursaries to students, the amount of which is dependent on you family income click here for more information. If you have a specific enquiry, you can contact the Conservatoire directly on email@example.com.
Celebrating diversity and working to achieve the creative potential in all our students is at the heart of the work of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. It is committed to training and supporting the most talented students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion. Applicants to the Conservatoire schools are chosen solely on the basis of their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession.
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is committed to helping all
students fulfil their full potential while studying with us, regardless of
background. Starting Higher Education can be an exciting time in your
life, but even the most confident students can also feel daunted when
they first start. We understand that for young people leaving care, there
will be many extra practical considerations to think about when making
the transition to Higher Education. For this reason, we have put in place
services to make this transition easier, and to support you throughout
One of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s key aims is to increase and secure access to training for the most talented students regardless of their background. As part of this work, we are able to offer a number of free audition and interview places for applicants in financial need. This is intended to ensure that the cost of audition or interview does not deter talented students from applying to one of the Conservatoire schools.
Receiving a free audition or interview place will not affect your application in any way. The audition/interview panel will not know which applicants have received a fee waiver. Please note that we are only able to offer one free audition or interview place per applicant per academic year. If you are applying to more than one of the Conservatoire schools, you can only apply for a free audition or interview place for one of the schools.
To be eligible to receive a free audition or interview place, applications must meet the following criteria:
UK Resident Applying to an undergraduate programme (FdA and BA degrees)
New to Higher Education (no previous degree-level qualification)
Annual household income of less than £25,000
The Conservatoire reserves the right to request written proof of these criteria at any stage.