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Uni or Drama School

I have always enjoyed acting and it is one of a few career paths that has appealed to me as a year 12 student applying to higher education next school year. I was wondering whether University or Drama school would be best for me. If I were to apply to University I would most likely study drama or a joint course in drama and film (as the film industry interests me too) however my only concern is that this course would be very theoretical and contain little practical work. On the other hand, if I were to audition for Drama school (and get in) I would do Acting, my only concern being this would limit my career path in the future if I were to ever change my mind about acting. Overall, I’m just wondering what would work best for me as I still want to keep my options open for the future and do a degree which I enjoy!
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Original post by anouk_
I have always enjoyed acting and it is one of a few career paths that has appealed to me as a year 12 student applying to higher education next school year. I was wondering whether University or Drama school would be best for me. If I were to apply to University I would most likely study drama or a joint course in drama and film (as the film industry interests me too) however my only concern is that this course would be very theoretical and contain little practical work. On the other hand, if I were to audition for Drama school (and get in) I would do Acting, my only concern being this would limit my career path in the future if I were to ever change my mind about acting. Overall, I’m just wondering what would work best for me as I still want to keep my options open for the future and do a degree which I enjoy!

Go to open days at both university and Drama school, there are lots coming up. See what they say, speak to the current students who will be there and that should help you make a decision.

Getting a place at university is a lot more straight forward: predicted grades and references = offer. Get involved in drama soc and have a wider plan B or C option list.

Drama school places are diabolically competitive and all about the audition (think 3,000-6,000 applicants for 20 places). Many students come from performing arts schools have been involved in theatre groups (that put on regular productions etc), try multiple years + older students (40/50 year olds) from all over the world.

Some people go to university and then do an MA at drama school. Some do a foundation in Acting at drama school and then do BA. Foundation also has about 3,000 applicants for about 20 places. Some drama schools take larger numbers but offer less contact time and obviously higher pupil to teacher ratios.

Do your research to help you choose what suits you.

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