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Mountview, Guildhall and East 15 among schools with 100% student satisfaction for acting degree

Mountview students performing in Boy
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Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and East 15 Acting School are among the institutions whose acting degree courses have been ranked the highest for student satisfaction.

In the results published as part of the National Student Survey 2019, they were among six drama schools at which 100% of students on BA acting courses said they were satisfied.

Others included Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Drama Centre London and the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.

Other drama schools that provided BA acting figures included Guildford School of Acting, which scored 94%, Arts Educational Schools London at 91%, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, which scored 80%.

All student satisfaction scores for BA acting courses were provided independently to The Stage by the individual schools alongside the overall rating for their entire institution published as part of the NSS.

East 15 and Drama Centre London scored 100% on both counts, with ALRA the next highest at 94% and ArtsEd at 93%.

The scores are based on the percentage of students that said they ‘definitely’ or ‘mostly’ agreed with the statement: “Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course.”

It should be noted when considering drama schools’ overall figures that the number of students participating varies, with some schools’ scores based on one course while others encompass a number of different degree programmes.

Other institutions covered in the NSS include the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, which comprises six schools including RADA, LAMDA and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Overall, the CDD scored 91%, but said it could not provide results for individual schools.

The NSS is conducted by the Office for Students and surveys 403 universities and colleges across the UK. For overall satisfaction, the average in 2019 was 84%.

Responding to the results, a spokeswoman for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which was among those with 100% satisfaction scores for BA acting, said: “Enhancing the student experience, as well as student well-being, is our top priority and we continuously explore ways to develop further.”

ArtsEd principal Chris Hocking said he was delighted that the school ranked among the best for overall student satisfaction.

“To maintain this excellence, it is vital that we understand how our students feel about the quality of our teaching and the support they receive at ArtsEd.  The National Student Survey enables us to do this and our first-rate results and those of many of our competitors, are testament to the strength of the performing arts industry as a whole,” he said.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama did not submit to the NSS because it is part of a National Union of Students campaign to boycott the survey.

National Student Survey results 2019

Overall satisfaction

1= East 15* – 100%
1= Drama Centre London* – 100%
3. ALRA – 94%
4. Arts Educational Schools London – 93%
5= Guildford School of Acting* – 92%
5= Arden School of Theatre* – 92%
5= Manchester School of Theatre* – 92%
8. Conservatoire for Dance and Drama – 91%
9. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire* – 90%
10. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – 89%
11= Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – 88%
11= Guildhall School of Music and Drama – 88%
13. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – 85%
14. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – 76%
15= Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – 73%
15= Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – 73%

* denotes where drama schools provided figures independently to the NSS results because they are part of wider universities

BA Acting

1= Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – 100%
1= Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – 100%
1= Guildhall School of Music and Drama – 100%
1= East15 – 100%
1= Drama Centre London – 100%
1= Arden School of Theatre – 100%
7. Guildord School of Acting – 94%
8. Arts Educational Schools – 91%
9. Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – 90%
10. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – 80%

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This story was updated to include figures for Manchester School of Theatre.

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