Fees

Fourth Monkey believes that actor training should be accessible to every individual who has the drive and determination to work within a very competitive yet rewarding industry.

Traditionally, actor training has been the preserve of those who could afford it. However Fourth Monkey’s mission is to revolutionise the arts and to diversify the voices we hear on stage, which is why we are committed to opening access to our courses. As a charity organisation, all of our student fees go toward the training we provide, keeping it ethical in its delivery and delivering the highest calibre of training we possibly can.

We know that the financial investment in actor training is substantial, but insist that it should not be prohibitive. This is why we work with each and every student to whom we offer a place, to make sure they know how they will fund their training and offer support where possible.

The financial implication of actor training can seem daunting, and many individuals may be deterred from pursing it, choosing instead to follow another path in education or work. Our aim here is to demonstrate that you should not be put off and to show you the various ways you can fund your training, whether on your own or with support.

 

An Affordable Course

Our approach to making our training financially accessible begins with the construction of our courses. We adopt an accelerated learning approach to our programmes, with our four term academic years. This reduces the financial implication of training for up to three years; a training year, in our opinion, should be a full years training and experience.

This also means you only have to fund your living costs for two years, as opposed to the more traditional three, a significant expense which can often be miscalculated. We also subsequently get you out in the world working a year sooner!

We have no hidden fees. When you study at Fourth Monkey, you’ll pay the course fee + £60 for uniform. We also charge every student the same rate, whether from the UK, Europe or beyond – our costs don’t change so why should yours?

If you want to boost your professional practise once you have graduated, we even offer you a discount on Professional Development courses. This is part of our ethos – once a Monkey, always a Monkey – and we’re not here to make money out of our family.

How to fund your training

The responsibility for funding your training ultimately lies with you and we strongly advise that you consider your means of funding before you attend an audition with us. However, we have experience with how to fund actor training and can help you through the process. Together, we can support you as you plan a funding strategy.

Learn more about our undergraduate, postgraduate and one-year training courses

Course Fees

BA(Hons) Acting

£22,200/Entire fee over Two Years

YEAR 1 – £11,100/pa
YEAR 2 – £11,100/pa
TOTAL – £22,200

Fees include the production of an individual final showreel and voice reel for the students professional use.

 

Students will be entitled to apply for a government loan to help cover the cost of their course (course fees for entry in 2021/22 currently stand at £11,100/pa). For more information on the type of student funding available, please visit the Gov.uk website.

Students who have an offer of a place on the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree for September 2021 will need the following details when checking the type of funding available to them:
 
Learning Provider: Falmouth University
Course: Acting – Fourth Monkey – Sept Starters – 2Yr – On Campus
 
 

Payment Plan

Paying with a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England
If you have applied for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England, please check your payment schedule from the Student Loan Company to confirm that you have been awarded the correct amount. The Student Loan Company will automatically pay the tuition fees on your behalf directly to Fourth Monkey, on the dates specified on the payment schedule.

Student Finance England website

 

Paying tuition fees without the Tuition Fee Loan
Students who are not applying for a Tuition Fee Loan and are intending to make the fees payment directly themselves, can either pay the full tuition fees of £11,100 by 14 September 2021. Alternatively, the payment can be made by two instalments of £5,550 by 14 September 2021 and £5,550 by 5 January 2022.

If you have any further or more in-depth queries about Student Finance, the Student Funding Team at Falmouth University (our degree-awarding partner) are on hand to help and answer any questions you may have. They are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, and their contact telephone number is 01326 213744.

 

Other extra purchases related to the course are as follows:

  • Uniform (£60+) mandatory
  • Knee Pads (£5+) mandatory
  • Headshots (£150+) mandatory in second year – advice will be given
  • Spotlight (£150+) optional, but professionally advised
  • Stage Combat Gloves (£10+) mandatory in second year – advice will be given
  • Number padlock (£3+) mandatory
  • Script Folder (£10+) optional
MA Collaborative Theatre

£11,100

Students who have an offer of a place on the MA Collaborative Theatre for September 2021 will need the following details when checking the type of funding available to them:
 
Learning Provider: Falmouth University
Course: Collaborative Theatre-Fourth Monkey-Sept Starters-1Yr-On Campus
 

Payment Plan

Paying with a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England
If you have applied for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England, please check your payment schedule from the Student Loan Company to confirm that you have been awarded the correct amount. The Student Loan Company will automatically pay the tuition fees on your behalf directly to Fourth Monkey, on the dates specified on the payment schedule.

Student Finance England website

 

Paying tuition fees without the Tuition Fee Loan
Students who are not applying for a Tuition Fee Loan and are intending to make the fees payment directly themselves, can either pay the full tuition fees of £11,100 by 14 September 2021. Alternatively, the payment can be made by two instalments of £5,550 by 14 September 2021 and £5,550 by 5 January 2022.

If you have any further or more in-depth queries about Student Finance, the Student Funding Team at Falmouth University (our degree-awarding partner) are on hand to help and answer any questions you may have. They are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, and their contact telephone number is 01326 213744.

 

Other extra purchases related to the course are as follows:

  • Uniform (£60+) mandatory
  • Knee Pads (£5+) mandatory
  • Headshots (£150+) – advice will be given
  • Spotlight (£150+) optional, but professionally advised
  • Stage Combat Gloves (£10+) – advice will be given
  • Number padlock (£3+) mandatory
  • Script Folder (£10+) optional
CertHE Acting & Theatre Making

£9,250

Students who have an offer of a place on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making Course for September 2021 will need the following details when checking the type of funding available to them:
 
Learning Provider: Falmouth University
Course: Acting & Theatre Making-Fourth Monkey-Sept Starters-1Yr-On Campus
 
 
Please note; the Student Finance information pertains to Fourth Monkey’s CertHE Acting & Theatre Making 2021 intake for both London and Bristol training delivery.

 

Payment Plan

Students on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making at Fourth Monkey, accredited by Falmouth University, qualify for student loans towards tuition fees and maintenance loan towards living expenses. Students would also be entitled to funding for a further full three years of any chosen BA programme, once you had completed the CertHE course.

For more information on the type of student funding available, please visit the Gov.uk website. There are also a wide variety of alternative funding avenues open to students. Information on these are available on our Funding page.

 

Other extra purchases related to the course are as follows:

  • Uniform (£60+) mandatory
  • Knee Pads (£5+) mandatory
  • Number padlock (£3+) mandatory

Other Funding Options (applicable to all courses)

 

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance is the UK’s largest private student lender.

 

About Future Finance Loans

  • Loans are offered from £2,000 – £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs
  • Loans are offered to UK, EU and even international students with a UK domiciled address

 

How to apply?

Students can submit an application online up to six months prior to course start. You can get started by submitting an application via the Future Finance website to see if you’re eligible.

The partner of Future Finance, Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, will be required to verify your attendance on the course before any funding is released; this will be completed after you have attended registration at the partner of Future Finance, Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company.

Any loan funds requested for tuition will be released directly to Fourth Monkey Education Ltd to be applied towards your tuition and loans for living costs will be paid directly to you.

What else can you do?

Having access to money doesn’t make you a good actor. But developing the resourcefulness to find money to make it happen are exactly the practical skills an actor needs. Although we cannot recommend a particular method of funding your training, we encourage you to do your own research into funding options.

Some suggested and previously successful routes to aid financing the training are:

  • Crowdfunding platforms
  • Sponsorship from business, associates, family, friends
  • School/college alumni funds
  • Local/charitable organisations with a specific interest in the arts
  • Short term loan options

There are also a range of charitable trusts that have support for young creatives. They include the Prince’s Trust, the William Barry Trust, the Talisman Charitable Trust, The Richard Carne Trust or the Scarr-hall Memorial Trust. Please research these fully before applying, to boost your chance of being successful.

In addition, many of our students work flexible jobs around their training and we support them with these needs by providing a list of associated employers and suggested avenues upon acceptance.

What we can do

This is most likely the first time you have funded a course like this, which is why we are on hand to help you through the process. If we have offered you a place, it’s important to us that we find a way for you to access the training.

Once registered to enrol and to join the Fourth Monkey family, we are on hand to support you in your search for additional funding, by searching out grants, sponsorship and helping you with funding applications.

Fourth Monkey is a registered Learning Provider, registration number [REG01-21340]. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

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