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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is part of the University of London and is widely regarded as one of the top training institutions for those wishing to work in the performing arts. Located in Swiss Cottage, north London, the school resides within a hub of vibrant local community of arts organisations and is moments away from the prestigious, West End. Offering degrees in all areas of theatre the school offers conservatoire style training allowing students from across the globe to gain hands on experience in their chosen profession. Alongside small class sizes, industry standard facilities and tutoring from some of the industry’s finest specialists, students are able to benefit from bespoke training allowing them to follow in the footsteps of graduates such as Judi Dench, Martin Freeman, Nonso Anozie, Harold Pinter and Gareth Fry.



Programs

Bachelor's degree
Art & Design
Fashion Design Delivery method Length Location
BA (Hons) Design for Performance On campus 3 years London
Performing Arts
BA (Hons) Acting On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Acting: Collaborative and Devised Theatre On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Acting: Musical Theatre On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Lighting Design On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Performance Arts On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Production Lighting On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Prop Making On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Scenic Painting for Stage and Screen On campus 3 years London
BA (Hons) Set Construction for Stage and Screen On campus 3 years London
Engineering & Technology
Sound Engineering
BA (Hons) Theatre Sound On campus 3 years London
Textile Engineering
BA (Hons) Costume Construction On campus 3 years London
Media & Communications
Creative Writing
BA (Hons) Writing for Performance On campus 3 years London
Master's degree
Art & Design
Performing Arts
MA Acting for Screen On campus 1 year London
MA Acting: Classical On campus 1 year London
MA Acting: Contemporary On campus 1 year London
MA Actor Training and Coaching On campus London
MA Advanced Theatre Practice On campus 1 year London
MA Applied Theatre On campus London
MA Creative Producing On campus 1 year London
MA Drama and Movement Therapy On campus 2 years London
MA Movement: Directing and Teaching On campus London
MA Music Theatre On campus 1 year London
MA Scenography On campus 1 year London
MA Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching On campus 1 year London
MFA Actor Training and Coaching On campus 2 years London
MFA Advanced Theatre Practice On campus 2 years London
MFA Creative Producing On campus 2 years London
MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching On campus 2 years London
MFA Scenography On campus 2 years London
MFA Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching On campus 2 years London
Media & Communications
Creative Writing
MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media On campus London
MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media On campus 2 years London
Diploma / certificate
Art & Design
Creative Arts Supervision Training Diploma Blended learning 2 semesters London
Performing Arts
Acting Diploma On campus 3 semesters London
Gap Year Diploma On campus 1 year London
Musical Theatre Diploma On campus 3 semesters London
Online Acting Diploma Online / Distance 2 semesters London
Summer / Short course
Art & Design
Scenic Arts: An Introduction (Online) Online / Distance London

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Events

Discover Central (Undergraduate Information Session)

Join members of Central’s Student Recruitment and Outreach team to learn more about all of Central’s undergraduate courses. 

This online information session will provide you with an insight into how the three course areas (Acting, Contemporary Performance Practice and Theatre Practice) run, their entry requirements, audition/ interview process and much more. The session will also give you the chance to ask any specific questions that you might have.

Event dates:

Date:   5/3/2021    Time:   12:00 PM - 3:30 PM   Booking essential Learn more

Postgraduate Information Week

Join Central’s course tutors for a week of virtual information sessions to get the best insight into all of Central’s postgraduate courses. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from our Admissions and Student Funding teams on applying and funding options.

We will be hosting various events from 10 May - 14 May 2021

Postgraduate Courses Available for 2021 Entry

  • MA Acting (Classical and Contemporary) (Starts in January)
  • MA Acting for Screen
  • MA/MFA Actor Training and Coaching
  • MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice
  • MA Applied Theatre 
  • MA/MFA Creative Producing
  • MA Drama and Movement Therapy
  • MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching
  • MA Music Theatre (Starts in January)
  • MA/MFA Scenography
  • MA/MFA Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching
  • MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media

There will also be aInternational Student Support and VISA Information eventon Friday 14 May between 4-5pm.

Event dates:

Date:   5/10/2021    Time:   12:00 PM - 7:00 PM   Booking essential Learn more

International Student Support and VISA information

Find out more about the requirements for VISAs and how you can prepare for this process as well as understanding all of the support we make available for students coming to study in the UK.

Join us on Friday 14 May 2021, 4-5pm

Please note that this session will be delivered online via the video conferencing platform, Zoom. Times for this event are also listed in relation to the UK (BST).

Event dates:

Date:   5/14/2021    Time:   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Booking essential Learn more

Contemporary Performance Practice Online Information Day

Central will be hosting an online information day for our Contemporary Performance Practice courses on Wednesday 30 June 2021.   

This open day is for those interested in the following courses: Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, Performance Arts and Writing for Performance.

This event gives you the opportunity to find out how study is enabled on all three of our Contemporary Performance Practice courses via industry placements, specially funded projects (both nationally and internationally) and mentoring from both Central’s permanent staff and vast body of visiting professional lecturers. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions that you have to our lecturers as well as hear from our Student Advice Service.

Please note - if you wish to apply for BA (Hons) Acting, this event will not provide you with information on your course of interest and no staff or students will be around to talk to you about this area of study. All students applying for BA (Hons) Acting will be invited to an audition; the audition doubles up as an Open Day.

Event dates:

Date:   6/30/2021    Time:   12:30 PM - 5:00 PM   Booking essential Learn more

Theatre Design, Crafts and Production Online Information Day

Central will be hosting an online information day for our Theatre Practice courses on Friday 9th July 2021.

This open day is for those interested in the following courses:

  • Costume Construction
  • Design for Performance
  • Production Lighting
  • Prop Making
  • Scenic Painting for Stage and Screen
  • Set Construction for Stage and Screen
  • Stage Management and Technical Theatre
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design and Production (Theatre Sound if considering entry in 2021)

This event gives you the opportunity to find out how study is enabled on all nine of our Theatre Practice courses via industry placements, specially funded projects (both nationally and internationally) and mentoring from both Central’s permanent staff and vast body of visiting professional lecturers. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions that you have to our lecturers.

Event dates:

Date:   7/9/2021    Time:   12:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Booking essential Learn more

Request Information

Want to know more about The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama? Send your question and details directly onto a dedicated student recruiter.

Awards & Accreditations

TEF Gold

Accommodation

Whilst Central does not own it's own accommodation or halls of residence, the school has a dedicated, Student Advice Service (SAS) that supports students in their search for housing whilst studying on our full time degree courses. The SAS manages the allocation of University of London Housing Services, runs two annual sharers days at the school, manages a online, Facebook Accommodation group and gives other general support. As Central is a relatively small institution with an even smaller intake each year, the SAS are able to provide hands on support for those holding offers to study at Central. 

Scholarships & funding

Central has a range of scholarships and bursaries available for prospective students which change each year. To find out more information about these, please visit the website.

Contact

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

62-64 Eton Avenue
NW3 3HY London
United Kingdom

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www.cssd.ac.uk

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