Taught course

Screen: Acting - Drama Centre London

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

Entry requirements

MA Screen: Acting entry requirements are: Degree or a Level 3 Diploma from a recognised professional drama or dance school (e.g. a member of Drama UK or The Council for Dance Education and Training); an Honours degree in a discipline outside performance plus demonstrable performance-related experience, either professionally or within an amateur or student context; or at least three years' professional experience as performer, director or writer. English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. International applicants UAL has a dedicated team to help prepare you for your studies. For help on visa requirements, housing, tuition fees and language requirements visit the University's international section. The Language Centre offers international students language training from qualified and experienced teachers. The Pre-sessional Academic English Programme is available to international (non-EU) students. For further information visit the Language Centre website.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Screen: Acting lasts 60 weeks over 15 months and is structured as units - class-based to begin with, but becoming increasingly project-geared over time. This postgraduate course is intensive. You'll be expected to commit 30 hours per week to classes, rehearsals and shoots, and to your own independent preparation and learning.

Students who come to MA Screen: Acting expect vocational training plus a high level of autonomous learning. The practical elements of the course contribute to the intensity of the experience and sharpen your professional ability to deliver on time, on budget and at an appropriate level.

MA Screen: Acting breaks away from the traditional stage-focused training by providing a specific programme directly relevant to film and television. Delivered in close working partnership with MA Screen: Directing, Writing it features an extended programme of acting skills, two film projects which are professionaly produced and shot on location and in CSM’s film Studio and then edited and screened. You will also be part of radio drama project, a nine week devised project, similar to way Mike Liegh works, where you will create a character and then be placed into interesting and dramatic scenarios that will then be filmed. As well as an extended programme of professional preparation.

The MA course culminates with professionally shot showreel material, directed by a working professional director, which is then screened alongside your other filmed projects to an invited industry audience that includes agents and casting directors.


Assessment is practical, based on performance and class work. There is no formal written examination, though you will be expected to carry out and present extensive research, as well as deliver practice-informed reflective journal summaries.

Information for international students

Our International Office deals specifically with the needs of students from overseas. Tel +44 (0)20 7514 7027.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

The Information Office
+44 (0)20 7514 7023
+44 (0)20 7514 7254