Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course Introduction

This programme is designed for students who hold a university degree and wish to have a full professional training in acting.

The first two years are training years. During this period you will concentrate on acquiring the skills you need as professional actors. The time is divided between classwork and rehearsal projects. Both classwork and rehearsal projects focus on developing and integrating four main areas of study: acting, voice, movement and playtexts.

By the third year, you will be technically proficient vocally and physically. You will have developed your own working processes. Most of your time will be spent rehearsing and performing to the public and to potential employers. You will work on around five productions, playing a wide variety of roles in plays of varying styles, working with several different directors. You will also be offered the opportunity to write and perform a Solo Performance.

There are also sessions to prepare you for the acting profession, as well as audition showcases regularly attended by agents, theatre and casting directors.

MA students have the same practical training as the BA students. If you study on this programme, you will take additional modules to develop your critical and reflective skills. You will also be required to achieve more demanding learning outcomes and a higher standard overall.

Course Modules

Year 1: Acting Research; Critical Evaluation; Personal Development Plan 1. Year 2: Rehearsal Projects 2; Workshop. Year 3: Productions; Independent Study; Personal Development Plan 2.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Master of Arts - MA (PG) £25,570 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Master of Arts - MA (PG) £53,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants should normally have obtained an undergraduate degree with Honours, or international equivalent.
  • Students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds are selected on merit by audition. It is not necessary to have any previous acting experience. Applicants attend a First Round Audition, held between October and May. The audition session consists of a short warm-up session for the whole group led by the panel members, an individual audition, for which the applicant prepares three speeches and a short unaccompanied song, and an interview. The maximum number of applicants at each session is 14 and each session lasts for around 4 hours.
  • Applicants who are successful in the First Round Audition attend a Second Round Audition.The format for the Second Round is the same as the First Round, but the panel members pursue a more thorough analysis of a candidate’s capacity to meet the same audition criteria as the First Round. Approximately 300 candidates are seen at Second Round Auditions.
  • Successful candidates at the Second Round audition will be invited to return for a further two days of Final Recall Auditions.