The Oxford School of Drama

Introduction

The Oxford School of Drama has achieved phenomenal success in its short 30-year history. It continues to dedicate itself to vocational training for actors.

Here you can expect over thirty five tutor-led hours of training per week, taught by actors and directors who believe in the profession and in your ambition to be part of it. We accept people who are highly motivated, prepared to meet the challenge and who are flexible and open to the changing needs of the industry.

Out & About

Oxford is just eight miles from the School. While it has a rich history, it is more than just ‘dreaming spires’. Oxford is a vibrant modern city, stuffed full of cafés, shops, pubs, theatres, cinemas and restaurants.

There are seven theatres: Pegasus Theatre, The Oxford Playhouse, The Burton Taylor Theatre, the New Theatre, The North Wall, The Theatre at Headington, the Old Fire Station and numerous others which spring up across the city in the summer months. Theatre companies that regularly visit Oxford include the Almeida, Complicite, Royal National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Frantic Assembly, The Globe and Shared Experience.

Oxford has an Arts Council funded theatre producer, The Oxford Playhouse, with whom the School has strong links. Also within striking distance are London theatres, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Watermill in Newbury and Warwick Arts Centre. Stratford upon Avon is just 30 minutes away.

Venues around the city offer a whole range of musical experiences from rock to jazz, salsa, folk and classical. There are two world-renowned museums, the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers plus Modern Art Oxford and with two mainstream and two independent cinemas, there’s always a wide choice of films to see.

Transport within Oxford is good – great bus services and lots of cycle lanes - and it’s also easy to get to London as frequent (every 10 mins during peak time) and cheap buses run 24 hours a day.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Courses

Foundation Course in Acting

Campus Full time 1 semester August 2018 United Kingdom Woodstock

Our Foundation Course in Acting is a lively and rewarding course that will introduce you to a range of performance methods and techniques. It’s both challenging and fun – and helps you to develop your creativity and establish the beginning of a technique that will be invaluable for the future, whether you are going to audition for drama school or are planning to act at university. [+]

Our Foundation Course in Acting is a lively and rewarding course that will introduce you to a range of performance methods and techniques. It’s both challenging and fun – and helps you to develop your creativity and establish the beginning of a technique that will be invaluable for the future, whether you are going to audition for drama school or are planning to act at university. The course is mainly taught by tutors who also teach on our Three Year and One Year courses and with over 32 hours of tuition per week it will really give you a taste of life a drama school. Graduates of the Foundation Course have gone on to train on our own Three Year Course and at other leading drama schools including RADA, LAMDA, Drama Centre, Guildhall but also to study unrelated subjects at all the major universities. As the course has been running for 17 years, graduates are now pursuing successful careers in the industry, including at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Royal Exchange, Tricycle Theatre, BBC and Channel 4. The course lasts two terms. You need to be aged 18 or over when you start the course. Entry is by audition only and there are no academic requirements, which means that if you have enjoyed performing in school or youth theatre productions but haven’t studied Drama or English you are still welcome to apply. Foundation Course students generally live in Oxford or Woodstock. The School has a list of local families who... [-]

One Year Course

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Woodstock London + 1 more

This is an intensive course with an extended final term to allow for the last four weeks to take place in London. It is designed for those who have completed their academic studies and have some theatre or film experience already. [+]

This is an intensive course with an extended final term to allow for the last four weeks to take place in London. It is designed for those who have completed their academic studies and have some theatre or film experience already. This is a course for high achievers who are knowledgeable about the industry and are determined to succeed. It is important that you are bright and flexible but at the same time able to meet the challenge of trying new methods of working. We expect you to be fearless in your understanding of yourself and appreciation of others. We are currently one of only four vocational schools to receive Government funding for our One Year Course. Course Content Throughout the course you will have contact with, and feedback from, people working in the industry including Casting Directors, Agents and graduates. Term One A thorough analysis of the basic principles of acting and their application to a wide range of demands: from Shakespeare through to the techniques required for film and television. Techniques are drawn from the work of Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Uta Hagen among others. Term Two You will be fully immersed in all aspects of the rehearsal process in preparation for a full scale production in front of tutors and students at the School. You will also rehearse and record a personal showreel in a professional recording studio and have the opportunity to audition for the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award. Term Three This begins with a... [-]

Three Year Course

Campus Full time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom Woodstock

This is a demanding course based on the traditional values of classical acting adapted to suit the needs of contemporary media. It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become a dynamic and courageous actor. [+]

This is a demanding course based on the traditional values of classical acting adapted to suit the needs of contemporary media. It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become a dynamic and courageous actor. So this means, for example, that the assessments you will undertake throughout the course are structured like auditions, rather than like tests, in order to give you experience of working to the highest possible standard in a high stakes situation. The training is very much student-centred giving time for individual attention. To audition you must be eighteen or over when the course begins and have thought carefully about pursuing professional acting training. Whilst academic achievement is not a prerequisite for entry, a degree of intellectual and emotional curiosity is important. First Year Technical classes in acting, voice, movement, applied movement and characterisation, music, film and stage combat. The year ends with an internal production performed to tutors and students. Second Year Technical classes continue with the addition of radio, acting through song, devising and sightreading. Internal performances of a C19th realism play, a Restoration play and recording of a radio production. Public performances of a rehearsed reading, a Schools’ Tour and an outdoor Shakespeare production. Third Year Technical classes continue with additional focus on sightreading, audition technique, workshops and masterclasses and professional development. This year includes public performances at a professional theatre in Oxford, the Trafalgar Studios and Soho Theatre. There is also the... [-]

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Sansomes Farm Studios
Woodstock, England, OX20 1ER GB
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