Taught course


University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Drama Centre London

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Entry requirements

An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree.

This educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • An Honours Degree or an equivalent academic qualification;
  • A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours Degree.

Applicants who do not meet the standard course entry requirements may still be considered if the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by:

  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Acting is an intensive 45 week conservatoire actor training course. Eight weeks of the course are spent studying in Moscow. Skills classes in voice, movement, neutral mask, ballet, period dance, speech and acting underpin a programme embracing the Greeks to contemporary drama, with particular emphasis on Shakespeare and Chekhov.

MA Acting is primarily a stage acting course which focuses on the techniques developed to address the demands posed by the great European classics. The course is a rewarding route to the general training of actors, offering a solid grounding in acting technique, rooted in the long-established traditions of England and Russia, which are widely considered to be the foremost exponents of the art of the actor.

Throughout, the postgraduate course emphasises theatrical approaches, in particular those relating to narrative structures, movement expression and the conveyance of complex texts by means of a rich, well-trained voice. Questions of text and subtext are explored in detail.

MA Acting approaches performance in ways specifically addressing the needs of the Jacobean stage: focusing on vocal accuracy with speed, expressivity on a large scale, engagement with the audience. In addition, the postgraduate course encourages you to develop skills required by the realist style: multi-layered characterisation, recognising the subtle rapport between text and subtext, being ‘private in public’.

MA Acting reflects the general ethos of the Drama Centre London. The Centre's distinctive approach includes:

  • The Stanislavsky System
  • German Expressionism and the legacy of Rudolph Laban
  • Improvisation

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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