Find the answers to your questions below.
Find the answers to your questions below.
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Our programmes are taught in English. Students are fully immersed in the English language to ensure as graduates they are prepared and equipped to enter a professional career in the international world of performing arts.
We are proud of the vibrant arts community and culture in which we live, and will always endeavour to celebrate and honour this where possible, including studying and performing regional plays from local and international artists.
The Bachelor’s degree is a full-time, intensive, practice-based programme. At present, there is no scope for students to study part-time.
At present, students cannot commence a programme mid-year. The programmes have been designed to coincide with the start of each new academic year (September), which allows for all units and course requirements to be completed within the designated four years.
SPAA does not currently accept transfer of credits from academic programmes at other universities. In exceptional circumstances, prior learning may be taken into account if candidates demonstrate outstanding ability and prior experience at audition or interview.
We are looking for talented students who are confident, independent learners, are willing to embrace diversity, work with imagination, and commit to rigorous work and long hours of practice and study in the performing arts. Due to COVID-19 auditions and interviews for 2021 September Admissions will take place online via Zoom.
* To be considered for the BA Acting and BA Musical Theatre programmes, all candidates must Register via our Application Management System (AMS) to attend an online audition/interview. As part of the online application process, prior to their audition/interview candidates must also submit a short video (max. 3 mins) of themselves singing, dancing or acting depending on the programme they are applying for.
* To be considered for the BA Production Arts programme, all candidates must Register via our Application Management System (AMS) to attend an online interview. Candidates may also showcase their portfolio of work experience in the theatre to the panel during their interview.
Register via the 'Apply Now' link found on each Undergraduate programme page, which will take you directly to the AMS site.
Students will normally be expected to be at least 18 years old and have completed at least 12 years of schooling prior to the date of application.
For applicants with General Secondary School Certificates that follow the UAE Ministry of Education curriculum, the minimum secondary school average required for admission is 60% (Scientific and Literary streams). Other streams will require a minimum score average of 70%.
In general, holders of the National High School Certificate from a foreign country are eligible for admission if:
The certificate is accepted for admissions to public universities of the country in which it was obtained.
The certificate was obtained after at least 12 years of schooling.
The certificate includes a minimum of six subjects covering the four subject areas: Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences & Humanities or Arts,
Holders from countries of two-level High School Certificates must submit the certificate of the highest level.
Applicants are required to submit a certificate of equivalency for their High School Certificates from the UAE Ministry of Education.
For all Academy programmes, students must be proficient in English. A minimum standard is required in any of the following:
EmSAT which is the national system in the UAE, with a score of 875-1225 (B1) or above
TOEFL PBT with a score of 5.5 or above
The Cambridge Test of Advanced English, with a score of 160 or above, OR,
The City & Guilds International Test of English for Speakers of Other Languages TESOL (IESOL), with a score of B1/B2 or above, OR,
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), with a score of 44 or above.
There is no cost to apply to SPAA.
AED 60,000 yearly (for each BA programme)
AED 5,000 (deposit upon accepting your place here at SPAA)
AED 30,000 is due by the first day of each academic year
AED 25,000 is due by the start of February each academic year
Thanks to the generosity of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, full four-year scholarship opportunities are available to eligible students accepted into SPAA.
Students who are eligible for scholarships will be able to apply for these once they have received their acceptance letter from the Academy. Further details regarding scholarships will be given once letters of offers have been made.
All applicants must register their details through our Application Management System (AMS) to secure an audition/interview day and time as part of the application and student selection process. The 'Apply Now' links on our website and individual programme pages will take you directly to the AMS. To help you through the process, we have a 'How to Apply' guide on each undergraduate programme page and also on our 'Publications' page. Good luck!