Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Course Introduction

The MA Advanced Theatre Practice at Central, you can expect to engage in a collaborative laboratory for practical experiment; Create new work for an extensive range of public encounters; Play a leading role in tomorrow?s performance and theatre making worlds. Benefits of the programme: Develop experience from extensive workshops with leading professionals, learning to research and extend your own practice, launch a company, make new work, and, on the MA, finally take this to an audience beyond Central; Extend the roles of performer, director, writer, designer, dramaturg, puppeteer, musician, artist, or creative thinker in new and unexpected ways within a supportive atmosphere of discovery and innovation; Become involved in web-based technologies and digital media, building on the tradition of theatre making as a communicative medium of exchange, or inspired by the current wave of experimental directors, explore the distinct roles of director or performer working with text in contemporary theatre; Have opportunities to take work made on the course to festivals and events outside the School, for example, Camden People?s Theatre, Istropolitana Projekt (Slovakia), Zlomvaz Festival (Prague), Marathon Festival (Jerusalem), Blalystok Festival (Poland), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Prague Quadriennale; Join a network of distinguished alumni, including winners of Olivier, Total Theatre, Irish Times, Deutsche Bank, Rolex Mentor and Protégée, JMK, Allen Wright, Linbury and Evening Standard Theatre Awards, changing the way we work and think about theatre; Have excellent opportunities, if undertaking the MFA, to work for an extended period with a number of distinguished external companies. You will be part of a carefully selected group who wish to pool your resources and imagine the theatre of the future. MFA students will choose from a list of possible approaches and means of documenting your work, undertaking a more developed and independent version of the Sustained Independent Project beyond Central during your second year.

Start Date:

full time: 2 years (subject to approval)..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £9,737 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £9,737 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £19,275 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will normally have good knowledge and experience of at least one of theatre-making discipline (i.e. performance, directing, writing, design, dramaturgy, puppetry, music, visual art), together with a strong desire to bring this expertise to an experimental theatre-making environment. Alternatively, you may be an outstanding individual from another discipline, with an evident desire to explore interdisciplinary practice. You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies) though applications from students of other disciplines will be considered. Applications for the accreditation of prior experience in lieu of academic qualification will also be considered where appropriate.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test.