Acting - Contemporary, M.A. | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama | London, United Kingdom
12 months
27500 GBP/year
22750 GBP/year
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The Acting - Contemporary course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama combines teaching in practical voice, movement and acting techniques with an exploration of some of the key playwrights who have helped forge the canon of Western theatre, from the Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists to Chekhov, and from Beckett to Kane and beyond. 


About the Course 

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

  • Perform in two professionally supported public productions and an industry showcase.
  • Hone your individual technical craft, and release your collaborative and imaginative creativity within a diverse ensemble company (typically 14-16 students)
  • Learn through practical group classes in acting, movement, voice and stage combat; seminars on identity, dramatic theory and research skills; and individual tutorials and feedback panels

Programme Structure

Courses will focus on:

  • practical tasks
  • showings of prepared scenes and structured improvisations
  • filmed performance
  • theatre performance
  • continuous assessment is reflective of your effort, attitude and improvement in class
  • undertake a Sustained Independent Project (SIP), which may include elements of solo performance and critical writing
  • world theatre
  • musical performance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no formal closing date for direct applications to Central, but you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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.
We audition all applicants for MA Acting.
  • We will require you to submit a self-tape including the following elements:

    • two contrasting speeches of your own choice lasting no more than two minutes each. One of these must be from an Elizabethan or Jacobean play, the other a 20th or 21st century modern piece. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    22750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22750 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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