Conservatoire for Dance & Drama

Rambert School is one of six affiliates of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD), a higher education provider registered with the Office for Students. Students at CDD schools value the immersive experience of conservatoire training and its unparalleled access to the performing arts industries.


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Update December 2020:
Rambert School has been a member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) for 15 years. We have recently decided to seek independent registration as a Higher Education Provider (HEP) and are currently in the process of making an application to the Office for Students (OfS). We aim to be independent by 2023. Students currently enrolled will therefore complete their studies under registration with CDD and students enrolling from 2021/22 will complete their 2-year Foundation Degree with CDD but continue with their 3rd year BA (Hons) top up registered with Rambert School. The programmes will continue to be validated by the University of Kent. We will work closely with CDD to ensure there is no disruption to students during this period of transition.

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Each school has an established record of training its students to a professional standard, with excellent employment rates in the fields of dance, drama or circus. Together, we provide a pipeline of expertly-trained performing arts professionals working in the UK’s lucrative creative industries and helping to build the UK’s international reputation.

The Conservatoire is a publicly-funded institution. This means that our UK students are eligible for government loans and grants (Student Finance) as well as financial support provided by the Conservatoire and the individual schools. Although applications are made direct to Rambert School, and not through UCAS, our students are able to obtain government financial support in the same way as students from any other university.

The Conservatoire fosters artistic collaborations between the eight schools and with external organisations. Some of these are long-standing relationships, such as the links between Rambert School and Rambert dance company; Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre; or the annual Design for Dance project, which sees students from Central School of Ballet and Rambert School collaborating with students from Central St Martins.

The latest National Student Survey highlighted that CDD Schools had a 91% student satisfaction rate. Read more from the CDD on the result.

The other internationally renowned centres of training are:

  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Central School of Ballet
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  • National centre for circus arts


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