Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Course Introduction

About the course

Designed primarily for students with previous experience and/or training, the MA Acting - Classical masters programme at Central is a creatively, physically and intellectually demanding, advanced level, conservatoire acting programme specialising in Classical plays.

Perform in two fully-realised public productions and an industry showcase

Hone the individual technical craft of the actor, and release your collaborative and imaginative creativity within a small ensemble company (typically 14-16 students)

Take part in practical group classes in acting, movement and voice, undertaking separate stage combat training

The Classical course follows the development of the theatrical art from its earliest ritual roots to the birth of naturalism:

> Greek Tragedy, Chorus and the Neutral Mask

> Clowning and Commedia dell?arte

> Shakespeare and the English Renaissance

> Stanislavski, the Method, Realism and Expressionism.

The course draws on the hugely influential theories and techniques of the great French acting teacher Michel Saint-Denis, training the expressive body, voice and imagination. Working with some of the greatest dramatic texts ever written, you are asked to consider what they mean now, and how their 21st century reinterpretation and re-imagining still holds a ?mirror up to nature?.

You are encouraged to understand the demands of both art and craft, as participants in, and practitioners of, the Western theatrical tradition, through a course structure that examines, in chronological order, four key periods of innovation and transition.

Graduate employment and career pathways include:

Actors in leading theatre venues worldwide

Including national and international tours, in the West End and on Broadway, and for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Court Theatre, The Bush Theatre, English National Opera, Shakespeare?s Globe, The Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, National Theatre of Norway in Bergen, National Theatre of Greece, Teatro Gayarre in Pamplona, The Shaw Festival Theatre in Ontario, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Sydney Theatre Company in Australia.

Start Date:

2020-SEP-14, 2021-JAN-04, 2021-APR-19, 2021-AUG-03.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £20,137 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £23,984 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £20,137 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants will normally have either undertaken conservatoire training, have professional acting experience, or have a degree in the broad field of performance and drama studies. Students from other disciplines may be considered if you have sufficient experience of theatre. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview, and you may also be required to take part in a short practical workshop and/or submit a short piece of written work.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants will normally have either undertaken conservatoire training, have professional acting experience, or have a degree in the broad field of performance and drama studies. Students from other disciplines may be considered if you have sufficient experience of theatre. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview, and you may also be required to take part in a short practical workshop and/or submit a short piece of written work. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. TOEFL - Internet Based Test with an overall score of at least 80, with a writing score of at least 20 and no other section lower than 15.