Student standing infront of Birkbeck University


RADA is a progressive and inclusive community of practice that inspires innovation and encourages bold action. Our world-leading training in the dramatic and production arts nurtures creative expression, empowers individuals and seeks to influence positive change in the creative industries and wider community.

Students on roof of Birkbeck

Building on more that a century of creative achievement, RADA’s vocational training for actors, stage managers, designers and technical stage craft specialists brings together a diverse community united by a shared passion for theatre-making and storytelling. 

Our immersive conservatoire training delivers a minimum of 35 hours of teaching each week from industry specialists and leading academics, meaning that every student receives intensive support to develop their craft and become industry-ready.

The legacy of RADA’s teachings and practice permeate the dramatic arts across the globe and our graduates go on to become leaders in their fields. Our alumni are international award-winners and recipients of the highest civic honours in the UK and beyond. Theirs are household names whose ongoing contribution and impact to society is recognised worldwide.

International students

We have students and staff from all over the world at RADA. If you are moving to London from overseas, we can help you throughout your application process and when you arrive, with advice on visa applications, funding your training, and settling into life in London.

As a student in London, there are many opportunities to explore the city’s wealth of arts, culture, entertainment, history, sport and green spaces.

If you are an international student, your fees for your course will be higher than for UK students – please check our course information carefully to find the correct fees for your course on our website.

International students coming to RADA on a full-time course of more than six months will require a Student Visa, you must have this before coming to the UK to start your course. You can get in touch with RADA’s admissions team at any point for advice and support or if you are unsure of anything relating to this.

Quick Facts

We audition and interview around 4,500 applicants each year for just 64 undergraduate places

Every student receives at least 35 hours of teaching each week

Through our new programme, RADA Connect, we support applicants currently underrepresented in higher education

Our National Student Satisfaction indicator for ‘teaching on my course’ is 92.4%

We have a ratio of 2.5 students to staff

36% of students across all our full-time courses are Black or Global Majority.

An average of 50% of undergraduate students receive financial support from RADA.

25% of our students declare a disability.



I wanted to apply to RADA because I knew that it would give me the best possible training and acting experience before going into the industry. I knew that if I trained at RADA, I would come out able to tackle a variety of jobs and be unafraid to try the challenges put before me in professional circumstances. Ultimately, it would give me the best chance at being the best performer I can be.

Charlotte Delima, RADA Acting graduate

Skip to content