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How to apply

Applicants must be aged 18 or due to have turned 18 by the time the course commences.

Applications to Arts1 will be done on an audition basis. Your audition day will give you the chance to show us your talent and get comfortable at our Milton Keynes home. The day will include a tour of our facilities and a chance to meet staff and students.

In addition, the following qualifications are normally required:

  • Passes in two subjects at A-level or a BTEC ND
  • Passes in three subjects at GCSE or equivalent
  • Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their proficiency by having either an ELTS overall score of 7 or a TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 6 or equivalent

While meeting the audition criteria is essential for applicants, in cases where individuals come from non-traditional academic backgrounds, the usual academic prerequisites might be exempted. However, it's important to note that proficiency in spoken English remains a mandatory requirement for all our courses.

We will release audition dates in the new academic year. Auditions are free.

Auditions Process


Please prepare two songs:

1 x Musical Theatre
This could be a classical legit type ballad, or a more contemporary musical theatre song. Something that gives you a chance to showcase your acting through song.

1 x Pop or Contrasting Musical Theatre
We'd really like to see either a Pop here or a contrasting song to your MT one – we want to hear your voice. Our training provides full training in both Pop technique and Musical Theatre technique, so this is just to give us an idea on where your voice naturally sits.


All auditionees will take part in a group Jazz class which will contain technical exercises and a routine.

Whilst allowing experienced dance applicants to demonstrate their technical proficiency, the focus of this session will be on connection to movement, storytelling and individual expression


For your Acting audition, you should prepare 1 monologue from a play, modern or classical.

We will workshop your monologue with you on the day to see how you react to direction and different feedback.


As a way of getting to know you, your experience, and your aspirations, we will be sitting down with you for a short and informal interview. This could be with anybody from the Arts1 staff.