Drama school is too expensive, and our culture will suffer because of it
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As another year of training begins at drama schools in the UK, auditions for 2017 intake are in full swing. Thousands more applicants will chance their hand at getting onto one of the best training courses available – but how many can really afford it? Much like normal universities, a lot of drama schools offer student finance, meaning the £9,000 fee will be paid by a government loan until the individual graduates and is able to pay it back. A maintenance loan is also offered to students; this can be anywhere from £5,000 to £10,000 depending on the individual's circumstances. So far so simple. Before getting a place at a drama school you have to undertake an audition procedure. Universities generally accept students based on their academic achievements, however a drama school selects students based on talent and performance throughout a specific audition structure. Each school charges a fee for auditions – this can be anything from £30 - £80. Let’s say for instance you audition at five schools, each of which charge £45 for an audition - you have already spent £225 without guarantee of a place. This does not take in to consideration the price of travel. If, for instance, you travel north to south (or vice versa) a return ticket can be up to £100 – that would be per audition. A lot of students end up having to audition for more than one year, meaning they could be spending £500 per year on just auditions and travel until they finally get a place.
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