Arts Educational Schools

Acting (Taught) Arts Educational Schools Degree level: Postgraduate Awarded by: City University London


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Course summary

The MA Acting programme at ArtsEd is a rigorous, intensive training designed to prepare graduates for careers as professional actors. Under the mentorship of experienced practitioners currently working in the profession, students on the MA acting learn to discover and embrace their own unique and distinctive voices as artists with the aim of building successful careers across the entertainment and performing arts industries. Utilising an interdisciplinary approach to the craft of acting to develop the actor’s practical toolkit, the programme seeks to develop creative, confident and bold actors who can take their place as relevant and adaptable artists within the ever-changing landscape of performance.

Students undertake studio and rehearsal-based training in professional working conditions for three intensive terms. Practical projects focus on the skills required to perform contemporary texts, Shakespeare, as well as creating your own work. ArtsEd also offers a significant amount of time dedicated to Film and TV acting. Students are encouraged to develop their own reflective practice and to critically engage with acting process, contextualising their personal development in relation to the wider field of professional practice. Graduates of the MA acting programme are well-positioned to compete for jobs within professional theatre, film and television as well as having a strong foundation to create and produce original work.

Course details


Term 1
Acting technique – Stanislavsky, Meisner, Demidov, Viewpoints, Clown, Active Analysis
Rehearsal projects – Contemporary Theatre, Chekhov
The Expressive Body – Embodied Action & Awareness, Physical Skills, Laban, Meyerhold, Stage Combat
The Expressive Voice – Voice for the Actor, Singing for the Actor
Critical Appraisal – Developing a Reflective Practice (Essay)

Term 2
Acting technique – Developing character through Laban
Rehearsal projects – Shakespeare, Self Created work
The Expressive Body –Embodied Action & Awareness, Physical Skills, Meyerhold
The Expressive Voice – Voice for the Actor, Singing for the Actor, Dialect
Screen – Acting for Camera
Professional Employment Skills – Professional Preparation, Business Skills
Critical Appraisal – Performing Reflection (Performance)

Term 3
Performance – West End Showcase, Public Performance at ArtsEd
Screen – Acting for Camera
Professional Employment Skills – Professional Preparation & Development Plan
Critical Appraisal – Reflection (Essay)

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold an undergraduate degree (although applicants without a degree may be considered at the course director's discretion). Entry is subject to audition.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15,750 Year 1
International £15,750 Year 1
England £15,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £15,750 Year 1
Scotland £15,750 Year 1
Wales £15,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Audition Fee: £45 (Waivers available) Course Fee 2019-20: £15,570 p.a. (2020-21 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2020) Termly fee: £5,190 Acceptance Deposit: £350 UK / EU Students . £2,000 Overseas Students MA Validation fee: £148.30 (one off payment to register with City, University of London)

Provider information

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Arts Educational Schools
Cone Ripman House, 14 Bath Road
W4 1LY

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School of Acting

020 8987 6677