University of the Arts London: Acting

InstitutionUniversity of the Arts London View institution profile
Department Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Telephone 020 7514 7444
Study type Taught


A Drama Centre course at Central Saint Martins, MA Acting focuses on the actor as material and maker. Offering a rigorous conservatoire training, this course will facilitate your physical, intellectual and expressive development into a skilled and versatile actor. This course is part of the Performance programme.

MA Acting explores English and Russian traditions of acting, bringing them together in creative interaction. On the course, you will investigate two towering figures of European dramatic literature: Shakespeare and Chekhov. You will apply techniques to a practical investigation of their plays, establishing parallels between their dramatic approaches. By tracing these influences back to their sources, the course highlights the contexts from which contemporary acting draws its strengths.

The course emphasises theatrical approaches. In particular, it focuses on narrative structures, movement expression and conveying complex texts by means of a well-trained voice. You will also explore text and subtext in detail. MA Acting approaches performance by addressing the needs of the Jacobean stage. You will you will focus on vocal accuracy with speed, expressivity on a large scale and engagement with the audience. You will also be encouraged to develop skills required for the realist style. In both cases, the emphasis is on character, action and the relationship between storyteller and audience.

About Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college which brings together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof. It is known for breaking new ground and asking difficult questions. Across nine programmes of study, the College champions the power of imagination, curiosity, diligence, ambition and risk-taking. It challenges the cores of its disciplines, encouraging collision and exchange across boundaries to create unexpected outcomes. It aspires to give students the confidence to unearth ideas and formations that might provoke and disturb accepted norms. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing.

Situated in King’s Cross, Central Saint Martins sits at the heart of a dynamic part of London: Google, The Guardian, Tom Dixon, Universal Music, Camden Council and many others are both neighbours and partners. Students are empowered by the College’s world-class teaching, technical and support staff as well as inspired by their individual practices and industry experience.

Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.

Courses sit within nine programmes: Access and Progression to Higher Education; Art; Culture and Enterprise; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery, Textiles and Materials; Performance; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; and Spatial Practices.


University of the Arts London


About University of the Arts London
University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2 in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings®,  for the second year in a row. UAL is made up of 6 world-renowned Colleges, each with a long established, global reputation for producing outstanding work:

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