We may be able to waive our audition application fee if you are from a low-income household: for further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting your application. Sorry, waivers cannot be applied after the audition has taken place. You will however need to pay the UCAS Conservatoires registration fee, as that cannot be waived.
For entry in September 2017, the application fees are:
Application fee for Musical Theatre auditions in London: £76.
Application fee for Conducting and Choral Conducting auditions in London, and for the Continuing Professional Development diploma course: £100
Application fee for all other London auditions including DVD: £95 (or £110 after the advertised closing date).
Application fee for auditions in North America or Asia: £150 sterling.
There is also a £24 UCAS Conservatoires fee.
If you withdraw before attending the audition, you will not be entitled to a refund unless you completely withdraw your UCAS Conservatoires application within 7 days of submitting it and in that circumstance UCAS Conservatoires will refund your payment directly to you. Applications submitted after the advertised deadline must pay the late fee and may be placed on a waiting list for an audition; if no space becomes available and we are therefore unable to offer an audition, the fee will be returned.
Annual tuition fees for full-time programmes for the 2017–2018 academic year:
– see below]
(subject to government confirmation)
|MA and PGCert (except Musical Theatre) (1-year intensive)||£11,650||[£12,470]||£23,120|
|MA and PGCert (except Musical Theatre) (2-year standard)||£11,120||[£12,310]||£22,120|
|MMus (1-year intensive)||£14,120||[£15,470]||£26,120|
|MMus (2-year standard)||£12,120||[£13,470]||£24,120|
(pro-rata for part-year attendance)
and Gap Year
|MA Musical Theatre (also PGCert)||£14,800||[£16,150]||£18,850|
|Musical Direction & Coaching PGDip||£11,200||—||£21,500|
(Royal Academy Opera)
|Advanced Diploma (Performance)||£10,250||—||£20,350|
|Continuing Professional Development Diploma||£10,250||—||£20,350|
An invoice is issued by the Finance Department during the Spring to notify you of payment details and deadlines. Annual fees are normally payable in advance with a 25% deposit due in the Spring as detailed on the invoice, and the balance due by the middle of August. If you are joining the Academy the invoice is posted to your permanent address.
Payment of Tuition Fees and eligibility for UK or EU fee rates
Most European Union students will be entitled to pay fees at the ‘home’ (UK) rate provided they have not already gained a qualification at the same level as the programme they are joining, and meet certain conditions. See our Payment section and www.ukcisa.org.uk.
Awards and Loans for BMus students from the UK and European Union
Candidates with UK or EU fee status who are applying for the BMus programme should visit www.gov.uk/student-finance to be assessed for a tuition fee loan. These are administered through the Student Loans Company.
UK-fee candidates can also be assessed for maintenance awards through the gov.uk website to help with living costs.
EU (non-UK) BMus students can apply for a tuition fee loan through www.gov.uk/student-finance, but maintenance awards are available only to UK students.
BMus students on UK or EU fees are eligible to be considered for support through fee waivers and the National Scholarship Programme if they are in the £9000 fee category.
The Academy estimates that average living costs for one academic year will be around £11,500, including rent, travel, utility bills, food etc.
Scholarships and other Financial Assistance
Entrance scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to selected candidates following audition. The Academy prides itself on being able to accept students purely on the basis of their potential and talent, and will therefore try to help deserving candidates as much as possible. The amount available for scholarships varies from year to year, with some funding coming from the Academy’s own endowments and the rest secured through the generosity of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations. The Academy may be able to assist some students (normally postgraduates and full-fee paying international students) towards their study costs through the bursary system. If you are eligible to apply, details will be sent with your offer letter. Enrolled students who experience difficulties with living costs may also seek assistance from the Academy’s ‘Hardship’ funds. See our Financial Support pages for more information.
If you are eligible for UK/EU fees according to the regulations stated above, and if you join a study programme for an “ELQ” – a qualification that is equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that you have already been awarded – Government funding support (which allows lower fees to be charged) is no longer available. For example, if you already have a Bachelor Degree or a postgraduate qualification and wish to join our BMus programme, you would not be eligible to be supported with Government funding and so the higher fee rate would be applicable for your studies. Please contact email@example.com if you have any queries about this.