MA Acting

1 year
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023
Application deadline: March 2023

About this program

MA Acting

The ArtsEd MA Acting course offers rigorous and intensive vocational actor training that enables you to harness your potential as a highly skilled, creative and autonomous actor.

You will be immersed in a dynamic and rigorous acting programme that is challenging and robust. Our team of experienced industry professionals will work with you to hone and develop your actor’s craft, enabling you to be prepared and resilient for the demands of the contemporary industry.

Admission requirements

If you are aged 21 or over, have an under-graduate degree or the equivalent professional experience you are eligible to apply for an audition. Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their English proficiency by having achieved one of the following in the last two years:

  • ELTS overall score of 7 with a 7 in writing and no section scoring less than 6.5
  • TOEFL score of 100/IELTS score of 6 or equivalent

If an applicant fulfils the audition criteria, but comes from an unconventional academic background without formal qualifications, the academic requirements may be waived.

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Program content

Term 1

  • Acting technique – Stanislavsky, Meisner, Michael Chekhov
  • Clown
  • Rehearsal projects – Contemporary text, Naturalism project
  • Movement – Laban, Chekhov, Core Strength and Flexibility, Yoga, Intimacy and Stage Combat
  • Voice – Release and Vocal Connection, Singing for Actors, Connecting to Text
  • Critical Appraisal – Developing a Reflective Practice (Essay)
  • Screen – Acting for Screen, Self-tape Technique
  • Professional Practice – Introduction to Industry Professionals

Term 2

  • Acting technique – Practitioners examined in Term One will be applied to Scene Studies and Acting Clinic
  • Rehearsal projects – Classical Text project, 20th/21st Century Iconic project
  • Movement – Core Physical Skills continue, Laban, Animal Studies
  • Voice – Vocal Presence and Projection, Singing for Actors, Dialect and Accent work
  • Screen – Acting for Camera
  • Professional Employment Skills – Audition Technique, Business Skills, sessions with industry professionals continue
  • Critical Appraisal – Reflection and Observation Techniques, Annotated Bibliography

Term 3

  • Performance – West End Showcase, Public Performance at ArtsEd
  • Screen – Filmed duologues
  • Professional Employment Skills – Professional Preparation and Development Plan
  • Critical Appraisal – Performing Reflection (performance)

Scholarships & funding

We offer several scholarships, bursaries, and financial support for promising students on a means-tested basis. If you are applying from overseas, we recommend contacting the Department of Education in your home country to find out if you could get support to study in the UK. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) can help you find out if you are eligible for funding in the UK.

Program delivery

Inclusive and questioning, the course gives you techniques to work with classical and contemporary texts with imagination, truth and specificity. The course is vocational and highly practical where techniques are acquired through the year in classes, workshops and performances. Both theatre and screen acting is explored. The MA in Acting enables its graduates to have an autonomous, responsive process that is alive to the world around it, flexible to the needs of the industry, and full of the actor’s imagination and creative potential.

The MA course is based at studios at 2 Dukes Avenue in Chiswick, just a short walk from ArtsEd’s main building in 14 Bath Road. All MA students have full access to the resources in the main building, these include the library, canteen, and studio and rehearsal spaces. The latter are free to book outside of timetabled hours.

In the final term, rehearsals for the public performances take place in the rehearsal rooms at 14 Bath Road. The performances also take place there, in the  Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, our beautiful proscenium arch theatre run by our highly skilled in-house production team.



  • Audition Fee: Round 1 FREE, Recall £25 (Audition fee waivers are available)
  • Course fees: £16,200 p.a.
  • MA Validation fee £148.30 (one off payment to register with City, University of London)
  • Acceptance Deposit: £350 UK / EU Students (£2,000 Overseas Students)

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to ArtsEd.

Fees are subject to annual review.

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14 Bath Road
W4 1 LY London
United Kingdom

Phone no: +442089876666

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