Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama comprises eight specialist schools of the performing arts, based in London, Bristol and Leeds. The institutions are: Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Central School of Ballet, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 86%
  • Postgraduate 14%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • All eight of the institutions that form The Conservatoire are based in large cities, and as such, part-time work in bars, shops and other workplaces is possible.

Careers advice

  • Across all of the institutions that make up the Conservatoire, students can take advantage of the impressive industry links that are available, enabling graduates to enter careers such as acting, dancing and circus artistry.

Disability support

  • The conservatoire judges applicants based purely on their talent and potential.
  • It is committed to supporting disabled students, and will do its best to develop their talent in a way that works best for the student.


  • Formed in 2001 to coordinate a number of higher-level affiliated schools involved in the performing arts.

Fascinating Fact

  • As well as performance the schools of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama are engaged in research. A recent collaboration by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School into original stage practices used lighting by candlelight, training students and staff in the use of five flying candelabras; these were then used by Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Theatre at The Globe in London.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

The list of notable alumni from the Conservatoire is almost endless, but here is just a small selection of the household names that have studied at one of the eight institutions:
  • Alan Rickman (RADA)
  • Anthony Hopkins (RADA)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (LAMDA)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (BOVTS)
  • Gemma Arterton (RADA)
  • Olivia Colman (BOVTS)
  • Patrick Stewart (BOVTS)
  • Tom Hiddleston (RADA)


Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EU