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
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)


Entry Requirements

  • Entry standards vary a lot depending on the institution you're applying to. 
  • All institutions are well regarded in their respective fields, standards will be high. 
  • All institutions include auditions as part of the selection process.
  • Applications are submitted directly to institutions.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The Conservatoire's libraries have a comprehensive collection of resources in the performing arts area, as well as access to other higher education libraries across the country.

Disability Services

  • The Conservatoire does not discriminate based upon disability, and instead judges their applicants based purely based on their talent and potential.
  • It is are committed to supporting disabled students, and will do its best to develop your talent in a way that works best for you.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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 Guidance

  • 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 98%
  • Part Time 2%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 14%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%


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

Notable Alumni

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)

Further Details

Address Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
Tavistock House
Tavistock Square