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UCAS Performing Arts applications

If you’re applying for a performing arts course, you can apply through UCAS Conservatoires. Find out how, why and when with our helpful guide.

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How do you apply for a Performing Arts course?

If you're applying for a Performing Arts degree in the UK you'll have to do it through UCAS Conservatoires, a specialised online admissions service for undergraduate, postgraduate and other music, dance, drama, screen and production programmes at these conservatories:

What are conservatoires?

Conservatoires are institutions that specialise in performing arts training. Often having bespoke facilities, they help you experience what it's like to actually work in the industry.

How do you apply through UCAS Conservatoires?

You can create a single electronic application that’ll be submitted simultaneously to a maximum of six conservatoires.

You can still make a separate application through UCAS to other universities and colleges offering music, dance, drama, screen and production courses, although you can only accept a place through one system (i.e. via either UCAS Conservatoires or UCAS).

Key dates for 2021

15 January 2021 Deadline for most UCAS Conservatoires undergraduate dance, drama, or musical theatre applications
1 February 2021 If you get all decisions from conservatoires by 4 January, you must reply to any offers by this day or they'll be automatically declined
13 April 2021 If you get all decisions from conservatoires by 16 March, you must reply to any offers by this day
1 June 2021 If you get all decisions from conservatoires by 15 May, you must reply to any offers by this day
13 July 2021 Conservatoire decisions on applications submitted by 1 May
29 July 2021 If you get all decisions from conservatoires by 13 July, you must reply to any offers by this day
3 August 2021 Conservatoire decisions on applications submitted by 1 June
28 August 2021 Deadline for 2021 entry UCAS Conservatoires applications
8 September 2021 If you get all decisions from conservatoires by 4 August, you must reply to any offers by this day
22 September 2021 Deadline for conservatoire decisions on all outstanding applications and for applicant replies

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