Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Course Introduction

The courses does not train actors, but develop a practical understanding of what it is to act, enabling graduates to work as actor trainers, coaches, theatre practitioners and directors of actors. Students are introduced to the principles and practices behind the training, education and support of actors developing their practice. In the first year, students of the MA and MFA combine for terms one to three of their course. The MFA extends into a second year that involves workplace attachments, mentorships and practice, in close liaison with members of related industries.

Course Modules

Modules include: approaches to acting 1; performing research; pedagogies (actor training and coaching); practices (actor training and coaching); sustained independent project.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants will normally have a degree or an equivalent qualification in a subject that includes an element of theatre or performance practice; or have a degree and can provide evidence of previous training and experience with performance disciplines; or have a strong acting or actor training background and at least two years' professional experience in the acting industry. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview. An MFA top'up year for those with an existing MA in this subject is also available.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £16,636  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,212  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)
2 years
Full Time
MFA £16,636  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA £8,212  Academic year. First year home fees