A Proven Track Record

Our graduate destinations are outstanding, and with our incredible industry links, our graduates can be seen in featured roles on stage and screen across the globe.

A Showcase for All

All of our students are given the opportunity to perform in the showcase- there is no double or triple casting. Our students are all in the spotlight!

Join the Family

Our students are known by name, not number, right from their very first audition. Every student is important to us and all of our staff.

Fulfil Your Potential

We strongly believe that professional on-set and stage experience is a huge benefit to our students and gives them a competitive edge to their training. We will actively look for opportunities for our students whilst they train.

Accessible to All

Our fees are hugely competitive, and we believe in keeping them that way so that our students are not saddled with debt when they graduate. Adding to that, we welcome every student to audition for our generous scholarships and bursaries.

Affordable Fees & Accessible Funding

We believe that everybody should have the opportunity to pursue a career in the performing arts, regardless of their financial circumstances – so we keep our fees as low as possible.

For the academic year September 2019 – July 2020 the fees are as follows:

  • Tuition Fees: £2,875.00 per term
  • Registration Fee: £95.00 (payable upon acceptance)
  • Enrolment Fee: £275.00

We also offer a range of full scholarships and bursaries which all enrolled students will be given the chance to audition for. These will be awarded to successful applicants based on their performance at their auditions.

  • Career development loans

    Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.

    Amount from £300 to £10,000

    The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. You should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you.

    Type

    Commercial bank loan with interest.

    Conditions

    Available for 2nd and 3rd year students, to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work).

  • Marvin Humes scholarship

    D&B are so proud to officially recognise Marvin’s achievements and commitment to the school and are thrilled that he is patron for D&B School of Performing Arts, and oversees ‘The Marvin Humes Scholarship’.

    17 years ago, Marvin Humes started his training here at D&B. Regularly filming through our agency in Holby City (playing Robbie Wearing), Grange Hill and Hey Mr Producer and appearing in Oliver at the London Palladium, Marvin’s first steps towards megastardom started right here.

    Amount

    3 years tuition fees

    Type

    Full scholarship for fees.

    Please note, this does not cover any additional classes such as private singing, accommodation, uniform, travel, examination fees, costumes, theatre trips, DDI or DDE courses.

    Conditions

    All applicants who enrol on the course will be given the chance to audition for this scholarship.

    Previous winners

    • 2018 Scholar- Courtney Donnolly
    • 2017 Scholar- Lauren Bowry
    • 2016 Scholar- Elle Crees
    • 2015 Scholar- Zack Morris
    • 2014 Scholar: Durone Stokes
    • 2013 Scholar: Mohammed Mansaray
  • Stage scholarship

    The D&B School of Performing Arts has been offering scholarships for the last 5 years in conjunction with The Stage newspaper. They are worth a total of over £45,450 and cover full training fees for D&B’s three-year, full-time Diploma in Musical Theatre.

    Amount

    3 years tuition fees

    They are worth a total of £45,450 and cover full training fees for D&B’s three-year, full-time Diploma in Musical Theatre.

    Type

    Full scholarship

    Please note: This does not cover any additional classes such as private singing, accommodation, uniform, travel, examination fees, costumes, theatre trips, DDI or DDE courses.

    Conditions

    All applicants who enrol onto the course will be given the chance to apply for these scholarships.

    Previous Winners

    • 2016 Scholar: Markeisha Muir
    • 2015 Scholars: Chelsie Austen and Chloe Hare
    • 2014 Scholars: Annalise Liard Bailey and Charlotte Spooner
    • 2013 Scholars: Hope-Marie Evans and Josh Harwood
    • 2012 Scholars: Daniel Bell and Rachel Rawlinson

    Read The Stage write up on the winners

    https://www.thestage.co.uk/advice/scholarships/2013/stage-scholarships-2…

    “We hope that The Stage scholarship scheme will open doors for even more students who are finding difficulty in affording the cost of training”

    Donna Sullivan

  • Rob Knox bursary

    Playing the role of Marcus Belby, in the film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, was surely the start of a very promising career for Rob Knox. It was that promise that was so tragically ended when he became a victim of knife crime – only 18 years old.

    Rob had been a successful student at D&B for many years and secured numerous high profile roles through our acting agency. We are proud and honoured to be the professional custodians of The Robert Knox Bursary, which has provided an opportunity for other young people to flourish, grow and become part of the entertainment industry.

    Rob’s legacy in the both the entertainment industry and at D&B will live on through the Robert Knox Bursary.

    Amount

    Covers a percentage of fees, which may differ from student to student.

    Conditions

    This bursary is not currently open. Please contact D&B for further information.

    Previous winners

    • 2012 Scholar: Chenube-Ruth Bailey
    • 2011 Scholars: Amy Parnell and Matt Terry
    • 2010 Scholar: Megan O’Connor


    “Rob was a talented student who had a bright future in front of him, we miss him dreadfully but the bursary will ensure he is never forgotten. These chosen students will train with pride under the Rob Knox Bursary, achieving their dreams and ensuring Rob’s name will never be forgotten in the industry.”

    Bonnie Sullivan

  • Can You Dance scholarship

    New for 2016, D&B School of Performing Arts will be introducing the ‘Can You Dance Scholarship’ to one lucky student this year. Only available to those that we meet at the ‘Can You Dance’ dance conventions across the country, this full scholarship will cover full training for D&B’s three-year, full-time Diploma in Musical Theatre. The events, organised by our showcase director Matt Flint take place all over England. Please click here for more information.

    Amount

    3 years tuition fees

    Type

    Full scholarship

    Please note: This does not cover any additional classes such as private singing, accommodation, uniform, travel, examination fees, costumes, theatre trips, DDI or DDE courses.

    Conditions

    We will be selecting auditionees from the ‘Can You Dance’ events and inviting them to a private audition session where we will be awarding one full scholarship, although there are bursaries available for all auditioning on that day.

    Previous Winners

    • 2018 Scholar- Brandon Knight
    • 2017 Scholar- Haydn Smart
  • Lee Proud scholarship

    D&B are absolutely over the moon to have launched a brand new scholarship for 2016! The Lee Proud scholarship is for exceptionally talented students from the North East of England.

    Leading Chorographer, Lee Proud has worked on everything from big budget West End musicals to small plays around the world including London, Broadway, Sydney, Iceland and Scandinavia. He has a great link with D&B, having trained with Donna at school and choreographing for our Graduation showcase. Lee said “I am absolutely thrilled and honoured that D&B have chosen me to represent this brand new scholarship in my name and even more so because of my history and affinity with the North of England.

    “We were very grateful to have the chance to come up to Newcastle and audition so many very talented young performers – some of whom we now have the pleasure of working with next year. This was an incredible link to make with Newcastle College and I hope it’s the start of a wonderful partnership with the College and the area as a whole.”

    Amount

    3 years tuition fees

    Type

    Full scholarship

    Please note: This does not cover any additional classes such as private singing, accommodation, uniform, travel, examination fees, costumes, theatre trips, DDI or DDE courses.

    Conditions

    All applicants who enrol onto the course from the North of England will be given the chance to apply for these scholarships.

    Previous Winners

    • 2018 Scholar- Connor Cox
    • 2016 Scholar: Brandon Lee Jones