Continent: Europe




Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)



For over 100 years RADA has specialized in professional training for the dramatic arts.


The Academy was founded by the leading theatre-makers of their day, and ever since our connection to the profession has been broad-based and dynamic. It is a rare RADA student whose time with us does not include an encounter with a major actor,writer, designer or director. Annabel Arden, Howard Barker, Alecky Blythe, Rick Fisher, Tom Hiddleston, Jane Horrocks, Paul Hunter, Nicholas Hytner, Alex Kingston, Neil LaBute, Paul McGann, Maxine Peake, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Sheen, Simon Stephens, Eve Stewart and Heidi Thomas have been amongst the visitors in just the last few months. Our technical students’ placements have included everywhere from the Harry Potter movies to the Royal Opera House.

Our qualifications are validated by major academic institutions, while the training itself is rigorous, intensive and practice based. RADA students spend very little time sitting around in lectures: the skills of the actor, the stage manager, the scenic artist need to be practiced to achieve expertise. Our staff combine excellence as teachers with continued engagement with the profession, winning awards, directing movies, publishing books and working with major producers both in the UK and abroad.


People coming to RADA for the first time are often surprised by the diversity of our students. Talent does not recognize categories of social or educational background, so neither do we. Our job is to train people who can, as Shakespeare says, ‘hold the mirror up to nature’, who can represent the whole spectrum of society as it exists in the world now: So we want people who come from every corner of society. Many of our students face challenges, some economic, some personal, some educational: our team are extremely experienced at supporting students through all these. Drama is above all about transformation and we believe passionately in our students’ ability to transform, transcend  and realise their individual potential. To achieve this, we keep our class sizes small and arrange a lot of tutorial time; but our students also learn the values and skills of working in a team, because all our work is ultimately collaborative.


Because of our unparalleled connection to the industries we serve, our graduates have an impressive record of employment: you can find their names on the posters of many plays and films, and you’ll also find them in the wardrobe, the workshops and at the lighting desk. Some move away from their first profession, transfering the skills they gained with us: our graduates include actors who have become teachers, writers, directors and video-game makers, stage managers who have become producers, agents and one who runs the farmers’ markets in London. All of them testify to the impact a RADA training had on their lives, inspiring a sense of discipline, generosity and excellence.


We hope you want to join them.


Edward Kemp




BA in Acting


Foundation Course in Acting


MA in Theatre Directing

MA in Text and Performance


Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre Costume

Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre Design

Post Graduate Diploma in Stage Electrics and Lighting Design

Post Graduate Diploma in Property Making

Post Graduate Diploma in Scenic Construction

Post Graduate Diploma in Scenic Art

International Exchange Program




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62-64 Gower Street,

   London, WC1E 6ED


TEL020 7636 7076

FAX020 7323 3865


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