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Your Acting Career Starts Here

We look beyond the traditional conservatoire Drama School criteria

and find interest in those who don’t conform to traditional expectations.

A Fourth Monkey student is someone who demonstrates a passion for learning and play with a fire in their belly. A successful applicant is not defined by what they can do, but what they have the potential to do.


We take considered risks on potential, but only on those who demonstrate the drive to succeed and a connection to the training we offer. They can often be actors or any combination of performer, such as dancer, musician or artist. 


The right attitude and an aptitude to train overrides any perceived talent. We only make offers to those we feel can confidently begin a course of study with the expectation to develop during training, succeed in training goals and achieve a HE qualification.

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Entry Requirements


All applications are considered on their own individual merit and potential.

We'll invite you to an audition and interview session to give you the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates you. Following this, auditionees may be invited to a Recall Day - the final stage in the audition process - after which, offers will be made to successful auditionees.

We're able to make offers based on predicted grades and welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities. If you are currently in education, offers made are assessed according to predicted grades provided by your school/college.

We encourage you to apply even if you are not predicted to meet the entry tariff listed. 

NO-FEE Auditions

We don't charge actors to audition.


We believe that access to the arts starts from the very first point of contact. We cover your audition fees, removing the pressure, so you can bring your best work to the audition room.

the Audition Process

Self-tape Submission


Round One – 1:1 Audition and Interview (online)

Round Two – Recall Day (in-person)

Designed to be dynamic, supportive and enjoyable, the audition is your chance to experience our unique drama school and demonstrate your skill, creativity and experience in our supportive and inclusive environment. We’ll assess the most suitable course for you and answer all your questions.


We’re proud to be the pioneers of free drama school auditions. There is no fee on any of our auditions for any of our courses. There never has been and there never will be.


We welcome applications from everyone and we audition every applicant.


Our goal is to make actor training accessible to everyone who has the passion, drive and talent.

You’re encouraged to inform us of any access requirements you may have on the application form as it helps us make any necessary, reasonable adjustments for the audition and throughout your training.


Early application is advised as offers to train with us are made continually throughout the audition process and places on all of our accredited courses are limited.


Offers to study with Fourth Monkey are made purely on merit, based on assessment at audition and interview. Previous formal academic qualifications are not essential but, as the course is within the NQF HE framework, it is hoped that you’ve achieved (or you’re currently studying) a Level 3 Qualification or Higher.

Our audition process begins with a self-tape audition and online interview in an effort to increase access and opportunity. 

Self-tape Submission


Submit two tapes. Typically, we expect to see one contemporary (post 2000's) monologue and one classical (Shakespeare or Elizabethan)  monologue (approx. 2 mins each). If you've got longer tapes or you're contemporary speech is from just before the noughties, don't worry. We're more interested in seeing you and the work that you're passionate about.

You can start the first tape by giving us a little bit of information about yourself, maybe where you’re from and what hobbies you have – you could even tell us about your pet! We want to see the real you.

Upload your .mp4 video files or provide links on the application form. 

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Recalls (In-Person Audition Day)


Taking place over the course of a full day, our recall auditions are designed to explore your suitability and individual drive to train professionally. 

You'll work in performance for camera and as an ensemble in a devising workshop. Our panel will also work through text and movement with you, in a variety of disciplines, throughout the day.

Our audition day is a rich experience - no matter the outcome - and gives you the chance to make sure Fourth Monkey is right for you.

You’ll experience workshops in Act | Make | Move | Collaborate, tour The Monkey House and get the chance to speak with staff, students and alumni about life and training at Fourth Monkey.

In preparation for the day, you’ll be asked to prepare some text pages to work in a scene to camera. (These short pages will be sent to you via email with the invitation to recall following a successful first-round audition.)

We will also ask you to retain your original monologues to work with at different points throughout the recall audition day.

To accept an offer to study, you must register and satisfactorily adhere to the Admissions Policy of our Awarding Partner, Falmouth University prior to the completion of enrolment for the course.


If you are lucky enough to receive an offer to study with us, as the course is within the NQF of HE, you must and will be over the age of 18 at the start of the course.


If you have any questions regarding the Academic Requirements for the course, contact us.

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Clowning student

Audition Assessment Criteria


Practical Assessment


  • Ability to take direction

  • Understanding of text

  • Use of emotion

  • Truth

  • Focus

  • Physical and vocal expression of thought and feeling

  • Openness to others’ imagination and creativity

  • Communication, generosity and collaborative skills

  • Creativity, boldness and playfulness

  • Potential for development of technical capabilities and performance skills

Interview Assessment

  • Enthusiasm for, and evidence of, a commitment to acting or creative performance

  • Understanding of the opportunities and demands of the actor training offered at Fourth Monkey

  • Understanding of acting or creative performance in its wider context, i.e. awareness of critical issues

We expect professional standards to be upheld i.e. attendance, promptness, etiquette and appropriate clothing.

How to Apply


All applications to undergraduate courses, can be made by direct application or via UCAS.*

Direct Application


Applying is quick and easy. Simple complete our application form providing the following details:

  • Intended Course of Study


  • Personal Information incl. Photo


  • Personal Statement

Use this space creatively to give us insight into who you are as a performer and an artist.

Tell us about your journey so far and why you would like to train with Fourth Monkey.


  • Contact Information


  • Education History


  • Equality & Diversity Information

Access Information

We request this information so our Admissions Team can fully support you throughout the admissions process, in line with our Accessibility Statement.

You’ll get an email confirming your application has been received.

Our Admissions Team

We answer all admissions queries within 48 hours. We ensure that everyone feels supported, receives clear information and has a complete understanding of any requirements throughout their Application, Audition and Enrolment with Fourth Monkey. Email or call with any queries.

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UCAS Application


You can also apply online via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).



CertHE Acting & Theatre Making (London) UCAS Code | W431

BA (Hons) Acting UCAS Code | W435

BA (Hons) Acting (Accelerated Degree) UCAS Code | W430


You’ll automatically be considered for all undergraduate courses from one application, so you don’t need to use separate UCAS choices if you’re interested in more than one of our acting courses.


You’ll receive an email inviting you to complete an audition application with us. Please check your junk folder.


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