Entry requirements

You will normally have good knowledge and experience of at least one of theatre-making discipline (i.e. performance, directing, writing, design, dramaturgy, puppetry, music, visual art), together with a strong desire to bring this expertise to an experimental theatre-making environment. Alternatively, you may be an outstanding individual from another discipline, with an evident desire to explore interdisciplinary practice. You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies) though applications from students of other disciplines are welcome. Applications for the accreditation of prior experience in lieu of academic qualification will also be considered where appropriate. An offer will normally only be made after interview.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Practice and study theatre directing, performing or scenography in a collaborative environment
  • Engage in an experimental laboratory fuelled by theory and research
  • Create new work for a range of course-centred and public encounters
  • Play a leading role in tomorrow’s performance and theatre making worlds.

Benefits of the programme

  • Engage in the skills and practices of the contemporary disciplines of directing, performing or scenography in new and unexpected ways within a supportive atmosphere of discovery and innovation
  • Develop creatively through our interdisciplinary theatre-making laboratory, learning skills, exploring processes and experimenting with techniques.
  • Inspired by the current wave of experimental directors, explore the distinct roles of director or performer working with text in contemporary theatre
  • Choose from a range of options that embrace the latest in theatre and performance making practices, including new technologies, digital media and virtual techniques, puppetry and object theatre in contemporary theatre
  • Have opportunities to take work made on the course to festivals and events outside the School, for example, Camden People’s Theatre, Istropolitana Projekt (Slovakia), Zlomvaz Festival (Prague), Marathon Festival (Jerusalem), Bialystok Festival (Poland), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Prague Quadrennial
  • Join a network of distinguished alumni, including winners of Olivier, Total Theatre, Irish Times, Deutsche Bank, Rolex Mentor and Protégée, JMK, Allen Wright, Linbury and Evening Standard Theatre Awards, changing the way we work and think about theatre
  • Develop experience from extensive workshops with leading professionals, learning to research and extend your own practice, launch a company, make new work, and, on the MA, finally take this to an audience beyond Central.
  • Have excellent opportunities, if undertaking the MFA, to work for an extended period on practice and research and attachments with cutting-edge external artists and/or companies.
  • You will be part of a carefully selected group who wish to pool your resources and imagine the theatre of the future.

Information for international students

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications

More information for international students can be found on Central’s website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

See Central's current range of scholarships and bursaries

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MFA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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