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Arts Ed ranked number one for student satisfaction

Arts Educational Schools BA Musical Theatre graduates perform Priscilla (2018) Arts Educational Schools BA Musical Theatre graduates perform Priscilla (2018)
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Arts Educational Schools has been ranked the number one drama school for student satisfaction for the second year running.

The London-based institution scored 95% for overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

It was followed by Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and Guildford School of Acting, which both received a score of 94%.

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, which is made of eight institutions including RADA, LAMDA and Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre School, scored 91%.

The lowest drama school for student satisfaction, with 77%, was, new participant, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, however the school received scores of 100% for its BA acting and BA Performance in British Sign Language and English degree.

The average school for all institutions in the survey across the UK was 83%.

Some drama schools, including Guildford School of Acting and the Manchester School of Theatre, are part of larger institutions and therefore provided The Stage with isolated figures.

Drama Centre London and East 15 in Loughton were not able to provide the figures in time. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is not included in the results due to a boycott organised by the National Union of Students.

It should be noted that course sizes at institutions vary, and some institutions’ NSS scores are based on one course while others are based on a number of different courses.

The NSS is conducted by Higher Education Funding Council England and surveys 155 universities in the UK, with final-year undergraduate students able to participate.

Many of the schools also provided the scores for their BA acting course, with Arts Educational and Guildford School of Acting scoring 100%.

Principal at Arts Educational Schools Chris Hocking said: “We are always delighted to hear how our students feel about training at Arts Ed and are continually reviewing and refining our acting and musical theatre courses to ensure the training we provide is of the highest quality and prepares students for the particular demands of today’s industry.

“Where I believe we really shine is in listening to our students – and our students have always had a strong and positive voice within Arts Ed. The 2018 NSS proves that, with 90% of students feeling that their voice is heard.”

A spokesperson for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland said: “We’re delighted to have received such positive feedback from the NSS survey for our drama portfolio including 100% satisfaction ratings for our BA Acting and ground-breaking BA Performance in British Sign Language and English degrees.

“As Scotland’s national conservatoire we’re committed to delivering an enriching learning experience for all of our students and it’s important therefore that we listen to and learn from the NSS and use it as best as we can to help deliver excellence throughout our learning community.”

Overall satisfaction 2018

  1.  Arts Educational Schools – 95%
  2.  Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – 94%
  3. = Guildford School of Acting – 94%
  4.  Manchester School of Theatre – 92%
  5.  Conservatoire for Dance and Drama – 91%
  6.  ALRA – 90%
  7.  Birmingham Conservatoire – 87%
  8.  = Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – 87%
  9.  = Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – 87%
  10. The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – 86%
  11. Guildhall School of Music and Drama – 81%
  12. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – 80%
  13. Royal conservatoire Scotland – 77%

BA acting

  1. Arts Educational – 100%
  2. = Guildford School of Acting – 100%
  3. = Royal Conservatoire Scotland – 100%
  4. Birmingham Conservatoire – 97%
  5. Mountview – 96%
  6. Manchester School of Theatre – 92%
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