University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Acting is primarily a stage acting course which focuses on the techniques developed to address the demands posed by the great European classics. It 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 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.

The course 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 course encourages students to develop skills required by the realist style: multi'layered characterisation, recognising the subtle rapport between text and sub'text, being ‘private in public’.

**About Central Saint Martins**

Central Saint Martins is a world'leading centre for arts and design education. Its reputation stems from the ambitions of its students and staff and the outstanding achievements of its graduates. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing.

From fine artists and fashion designers to architects and material innovators, disciplines live side'by'side at the College, encouraging curiosity, innovation and conversation that challenges the status quo. Combining academic rigour with creative experimentation, the College inspires students to question accepted norms and test the boundaries of their discipline. Their resulting journeys may be challenging but are never dull. Our alumni include artists and designers who have challenged and shaped the world around us. These include Turner Prize and Oscar winners, as well as Royal Designers for Industry and Royal Academicians.

This forward'looking and restless approach places Central Saint Martins at the heart of London’s creative scene. With over 500 events taking place at the King’s Cross campus annually, the flow of inspiring people, exhibitions and practices provide a unique student experience. Our staff are leading practitioners in their own right, ensuring courses are enriched by strong industry relationships – both locally and globally. The combination of exceptional facilities, people and connections to those working in industry today makes Central Saint Martins a major force in the art and design world.

Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.

Courses sit within nine programmes: Foundation and Access to Higher Education; Fine Art; Culture and Enterprise; Drama and Performance; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery and Textiles; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; Spatial Practices.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £15,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £19,440 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An Honours degree in acting, drama, directing, theatre studies, dance, or a relevant art and design discipline. 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 other than those listed above plus demonstrable performance-related experience, either professionally or within an amateur or student context; or at least 3 years' appropriate professional experience as a performer. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. If applicants have booked a test or are awaiting results, this should be clearly indicated on the application form.