Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s some useful information on joining the Wac Arts Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Please click on a question for more information.

What age do you accept?

The course is a degree level course so most of our students are 18+. We have had first years join aged 16 and there’s no upper age limit, with students in the past in their 40s. Age isn’t a determining factor in your entry to the course, what really matters is your attitude and your potential to succeed, both of which our tutors will be able to asses during auditions.

Can international students apply?

We welcome students from anywhere in the world. If you are applying from outside the EU, you’ll need a student visa which we can help you to apply for as a Tier 4 Visa Sponsor.

We understand that if you live abroad it can be difficult to attend the set audition dates so we can accept audition videos and can arrange special dates to meet you if necessary. Just get in touch with the diploma team to let us know on

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

If you are an EU citizen you do not need a visa to study in the UK.
If you are applying from outside the EU then you will need a student visa. Wac Arts is a Tier 4 student visa sponsor.

How much does the Wac Arts diploma cost?

Our three year diploma costs £9,000 per year for UK and EU students and £12,000 per year for students from outside the EU.

Can I get a bursary/scholarship?

A limited number of means-tested scholarships may be available to UK/EU students on an annual basis, subject to a successful audition. For more information, please contact the team once you have been offered a place.

Bursaries now available from National Youth Arts Trust
NYAT Bursaries are granted to young people between the ages of 7 and 25 who are unable to access training opportunities in the arts due to their financial circumstances. There are three types of bursaries available: Dance, Music & Access Bursaries. Find out if you’re eligible to apply and download an application form here.

Do you offer DADA Awards?

Our course is not currently funded by DADA’s but we have means-tested bursaries available.

Can I get a student loan?

You cannot currently apply for a student loan for the Wac Arts Diploma as the course is not offered via UCAS.

There are Professional and Career Development loans available. These are commercial bank loans with reduced interest rates that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning. To be eligible for a career development loan you must be 18 or over, have been living in the UK for 3 or more years before the course starts and plan to work in the UK, EU or EEA after the course. For more information on Professional and Career Development loans go to

How much does it cost to live in London?

Costs vary greatly depending on where you decide to live but it is important to factor in the cost of rent, bills, travel, food and equipment for the course as your basic costs of living. You might find this link helpful:

Where can I find a house or people to share a flat with?

There are plenty of options for student accommodation in the close vicinity of or easy travelling distance to Wac Arts, including in Camden Town, Kings Cross, Finsbury Park and Old Street.

From our experience, once students have begun to study on the course and got to know the other students, shared housing arrangements are easily made.

Some good places to start looking online are:

What if I’m not fluent in English?

We accept people from all over the world and many of our students have English as a second language. However, it is extremely important that students are able to speak and write fluently in English in order to study successfully on the Diploma. Students applying for a student visa are required by the UK Home Office to prove their knowledge of English when applying. More details of these requirements can be found on the home office website.

Can I work while studying on the Diploma?

Many of our students have part-time jobs to help support them through their studies. It is important, however, to remember that the Diploma is a full-time course that requires students are physically and mentally well prepared for. As such, we do recommend that students do not work more than 16 hours per week during term time, leaving enough time to rest, rehearse and learn material for the course.

If you are studying with a student visa, the rules of the visa state that you are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during term time.

More information on working with a student visa can be found here.

When are auditions?

Auditions for the Wac ArtsDiploma are held throughout the year. Check the home page of the diploma website for current dates.

Special arrangements can be made for international students if necessary.

Is there a cost to audition?

We charge a £25 audition fee for each student. If you are recalled back to a second audition, you will not be charged again.

What do I need to prepare for my audition?

The audition process follows three stages, commencing with workshops in each of the three art forms, solo presentations in each art form of drama, dance and singing followed by an interview.

Stage 1
Candidates will need to participate in workshops in all three art forms.

Stage 2
Candidates will deliver a solo in all three art forms, in line with the following requirements:
Drama solo: this can be any published speech or monologue that can be delivered ‘off the page’
Singing solo: a full song from any contemporary material (this can either be acapella or with a backing track)
Dance solo: a maximum two-minute piece, with or without music.

Stage 3
Candidates will then be invited to interview.
If you are over 16 with talent, enthusiasm and commitment and you meet the following entry requirements, we want to hear from you.

Do I need any particular grades or experience to apply?

We don’t require that you have any particular grades and we do not even require that you have any formal experience in all of the three art forms, just that you have aptitude, talent and the ability for our tutors to train you.

How to join the Diploma course

If you would like more detailed information about the Wac Arts Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and to apply to join the course, please email or contact Gary Grant on (+44) 020 7692 5872.

To apply for the Diploma, and to take part in the course audition process, you will need to complete and return the application form below. Please click the button below to download and then return your completed application forms to us at the address on the right.

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