Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Course Introduction

This course 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 period dance and 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. Assessment is through a mixture of practical assessments, including clown improvisations, scene studies and public production work. To complete the MA Acting, you will also submit a Sustained Independent Project (SIP), which may include elements of solo performance and critical writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,882 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,882 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £21,413 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students 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: Students need to have a overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test.