Frequently Asked Questions

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Go to the Ad Astra Performing Arts web page

Press Click here to apply and follow the instructions for filling out the on-line application form.

You can apply from 1st November November and January prior to the January 31st deadline. Please note, the application form will not be available to download until November.

Yes. We would strongly advise applicants to provide a video of their work. Please refer to the application form for further details on uploading your video.

Please fill out the application form fully and ensure that you include all relevant information on your previous experience in the performing arts and reasons for applying to the Ad Astra Academy. There is no need to provide references at the time of application. If we require any further information we will contact you directly.

No. We welcome applications from all prospective and current UCD students regardless of the degree they choose to study.

Yes. But do ensure that you also provide information on any dramatic roles that you have experience of performing and if asked for audition please prepare one physically (dance) based audition piece and one dramatic monologue.

The Ad Astra Performing Arts panel will assess all applicants. This will take between 4-6 weeks so please do be patient. Once all applications have been assessed the panel will recommend a group to go forward to the audition stage and they will be invited to audition.

Drama auditions are typically held in April and Music auditions in May.

You will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces, to be agreed in advance with Kellie Hughes (Drama) or Dr. Ciaran Crilly (Music). You will then have a short interview with the Ad Astra Performing Arts panel. Drama applicants will also take part in a group workshop.

This depends on the number of students graduating from Ad Astra Performing Arts in the year you apply. The number of Ad Astra Performing Arts students does not exceed twenty.

Absolutely! A year can make a lot of difference to the strength of your application so we recommend that you consider applying again if you are unsuccessful on your first attempt.