Acting Personal Statement Template

We hope our collection of UCAS Drama personal statements provides inspiration for writing your own. Please do not plagiarise them in any way, or UCAS will penalise your application. Our Personal Statement Editing & Review Services are available if you feel you need a little extra help.

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Education/Drama Personal Statement (Oxbridge)

"I shall have poetry in my life. And adventure. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart, come ruin or rapture." Perhaps one should not begin with the words of another when presenting oneself, but as an actress, utilising the words of others is something that has become second nature...

A wise man once said “…how dreadful knowledge of the truth can be, when there’s no help in truth.” I think, out of all thoughtful things one can think about, this quotes is unique description of what the depth of Drama and the Performing Arts can do for people...

Drama Personal Statement

I'm now in my third year at Fakenham College looking for that secluded grade. I've completed an A-Level in drama with amazing grades in performances and coursework. I am studying chemistry and biology at A-Level...

Drama Personal Statement

Drama has been a subject that has greatly influenced me both personally and academically. I have found that through drama, I have been able to free my mind and my heart. It has helped me to grow as a person and, through acting and character work, I have been able to understand emotions and states of mind more clearly...

Drama Personal Statement

A wise man once said "how dreadful knowledge of the truth can be, when there's no help in truth." I think, out of all thoughtful things one can think about, this quotes is unique description of what the depth of Drama and the Performing Arts can do for people...

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt” (Measure for Measure, I, IV) Here Shakespeare verbalises the overwhelming necessity of losing your inhibitions and daring to achieve, that have aided my open mind, confident demeanour and positive outlook, enabling me to overcome challenges such as The Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver expedition...

The stage is a very intoxicating mixture to me, the bright lights, the new character and a audience to amaze, all these parts of drama even as a little girl I found exciting. I would go to theatre's and see play's and just dream of being apart of that some day, Drama inspired me to succeed in my education and has been a passion of mine for many years...

Drama Personal Statement

I am currently studying a Btec National Diploma in Performing Arts at Stourbridge College. Drama has been a subject which I have always taken great interest in, the bright lights, the audience and of course, the theory of drama...

English and Drama Personal Statement

Drama has been a huge impact on my life; it has given me confidence that I did not have and new experiences I have drawn from it. I really enjoy everything about this subject; from the coursework, watching and analysing plays to performing them and then inventing something/someone I have had no experience being before...

I've always found there to be something special about the theatre, the smell of it, the coldb before a rehearsal or performance, the heat during, that sparkling possibility of building a whole world on top of bare boards...

Drama Personal Statement

Ever since I can remember, one of my family's favorite and most special pass times was to go out and watch a play. Each time, I was amazed by the experience and the actors and wished to be like them one day...

Give myself completely to the moment. Surrender myself to my deepest emotion. Lose myself into a character alien to that of mine. Escape from realism that occurs around me. Create my own intense, unrealistic setting but yet with such a profound truth and honesty...

Contemporary Arts and Music Personal Statement

Like sparkling prisms, contemporary artistic expressions have been significantly arising in multifaceted forms. In fact, we have been constantly under several simultaneous stimuli nowadays and as a result it seems our perception is increasingly getting used to this pattern...

Theatre Studies Personal Statement

It was reading Antony Sher's 'Year of the King' that convinced me that my love of theatre was more than a hobby. Learning how Sher immersed himself so fully in a role that he could see Richard III in everything opened my eyes to the potential in every character...

Drama Personal Statement

When I was younger, the last thing I ever thought I would want to do was study or work in drama and theatre. I was shy and introverted for most of my life, so the idea of standing in front of a group of people and willingly making myself vulnerable to them was terrifying...

The personal statements is where you should describe the ambitions, skills, and experience that will make you suitable for the course.

Where to start

Firstly, leave plenty of time to write it. You’ll have up to 4,000 characters of text to show why you’d make a great student – so it might take a few redrafts until you’re happy.

  • Course descriptions mention the qualities, skills and experience the conservatoire would like you to have – take note of these to help you decide what to write about.
  • Remember it’s the same personal statement for all the courses and conservatoires you apply to. They’ll be able to see where else you’ve applied, so explain why you’ve chosen those courses.
  • Have a look at our personal statement mind map for more ideas, or use our personal statement worksheet to write down answers to these questions and more.

What to write about

  1. Why you are applying – your ambitions and what interests you about the subject, conservatoires and higher education.
  2. Your reasons for choosing the courses you have listed. Remember that each conservatoire will be able to see the other conservatoires and courses you've applied to.
  3. What interests you about your chosen study area (playing an instrument, acting, singing, conducting, stage design or another specialist area).
  4. Your experience within your chosen specialist area and in any other activity related to the course(s) for which you have applied.
  5. What makes you suitable – membership of national/international orchestras, choirs or chamber groups (such as NYO, EUYO or National Youth Theatre) and any other relevant skills and achievements gained from education, work or other activities.

Extra-curricular activities

These are great ways to prepare for higher education. If you do or have done any of these before, they could be ideal things to mention in your personal statement. You might be able to organise or start a new activity before you send your application.

  • International and EU students

    As an international student there are a few extra things you should mention.

    1. Why you want to study in the UK.
    2. Your English language skills and any English courses or tests you’ve taken.
    3. Why you want to be an international student rather than study in your own country.
  • Mature students

    Here’s where you can mention any alternative entry requirements you’ve used – like an Access course or APL – demonstrating the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through your previous experiences.


How to write it

  1. Structure your info to reflect the skills and experience the conservatoires value most.
  2. Write in an enthusiastic, concise and natural style – nothing too complex.
  3. Try to stand out, but be careful with humour, quotes or anything unusual – just in case the admissions tutor doesn’t have the same sense of humour as you.
  4. Proofread aloud and get your teachers, advisers and family to check – then redraft until you’re happy with it and the grammar, spelling and punctuation are correct.

We recommend you write your personal statement in a word processor first, and then copy and paste it into your online application when you’re done. Check the 4,000 character and 47 line limits though – some word processors get different values if they don’t count tabs and paragraph spacing as individual characters.

When you do add it to your application, make sure you save it regularly, as it times out after 35 minutes of inactivity.

  • International and EU students

    It’s not possible to apply in an alternative language, but you can use some European characters in your personal details, personal statement, employment and referee details.


What happens to personal statements that have been copied?

We screen all personal statements across Copycatch our Similarity Detection system – so make sure your personal statement is all your own work. Don’t copy from anyone else or from the internet and don't share your personal statement with other applicants.

If we find any similarity in your personal statement, your application will be flagged. Then we’ll email an alert to you and your conservatoire choices and this could have serious consequences for your application.


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