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MA Acting

College
CSM
Start date
September 2018
Course length
1 year

Course summary

MA Acting is now closed to all applications for 2018 entry.

A Drama Centre course at Central Saint Martins. MA Acting is an intensive 45-week intensive course, committed to facilitating your physical, intellectual and expressive transformation into a highly skilled professional actor with deep integrity and access to powerful creative impulses.

This course is part of the: Drama and Performance Programme

Great reasons to apply

  • In past years, students have spent 8 weeks at the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, known as the Vakhtangov Institute, in Moscow - one of the foremost conservatoire drama schools in Russia
  • You’ll benefit from our distinctive approach, exploring the Stanislavsky system, German Expressionism and the legacy of Rudolph Laban, and improvisation
  • You’ll engage in active research into the social background of the dramatic text and political awareness will be at the forefront of your work, with emphasis on applying these techniques to the recorded media as well as the stage
  • You’ll participate in physically and emotionally demanding and intensive programme of classes covering voice, movement, ballet, speech, period dance, neutral mask, acting technique and rehearsal
  • MA Acting is one of the courses in the Programme that originates from the unique approach and techniques that were developed by Drama Centre London
  • An impressive list of famous performers and a number of world-famous directors have emerged from courses at the Drama Centre London including Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Colin Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Anastasia Hille, Geraldine James and many more.

Scholarships, awards and funding

Jane Rapley Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

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Alumni profiles

Mikhail Sen

Mikhail Sen

Mikhail is currently playing the lead in 'Taj Express' which has a three week run in London at The Peacock Theatre.

Adelaide Obeng

Adelaide Obeng

Adelaide is currently filming for Casualty on the BBC

Ana Marija Spasojevic

Ana has done voice over work for Barclays, Credit Suisse and Compass DBS awareness.

Course details

This MA Acting instils a thorough applied knowledge of the actor’s craft, develops the ability to embody and express classical and contemporary plays and playwriting, explores current trends in theatre, screen, and other modes of performance, and develops a sense of purpose, allowing the actor to be both material and maker.

During this course, you will focus on a range of acting techniques, skills classes, and research.  Rehearsal, performance projects and ensemble work; all helping you develop your creative abilities as an actor. This postgraduate course encourages you to develop skills required by the realist style: multi-layered characterisation, recognising the subtle rapport between text and subtext, being ‘private in public’; as well as exploring expression on a large scale and engagement with the audience, necessary for both intimate and epic performance.

The course has an historical relationship with the world-famous Boris Shchukin Institute (with a direct pedagogical lineage to Stanislavski), and currently the actors spend a term learning the Vakhtangov approach at the Institute in Moscow

During the London-based part of the course, you will work intensively to develop your craft with an experienced core team of teachers and directors. There will also be opportunities to work with visiting companies and practitioners, and to collaborate creatively with students from other disciplines. The course culminates in Public shows followed by a Professional Industry Showcase.

Course units

MA Acting is structured in two units over 45 weeks:

  • Unit One (weeks 1-15) "Skills and Techniques of Acting"
  • Unit Two (weeks 16-30) "The Practice of Acting"
  • Unit Three (weeks 31-45) “Consolidation and Performance”
  • Eight weeks are possibly spent at the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, known as the Vakhtangov Institute, in Moscow - one of the foremost conservatoire drama schools in Russia - or equivalent provision.

Staff

Oleg  Mirochnikov

Oleg Mirochnikov

Senior Acting Tutor in Vakhtangov Tradition, Drama Centre London.

Bill  Britten

Bill Britten

Acting and Directing for Camera Tutor, Drama Centre London.

Annie  Tyson

Annie Tyson

Acting Tutor, Drama Centre London.

John  Beschizza

John Beschizza

Acting Tutor, MA Screen: Directing, Writing, Drama Centre London.

Course Leader: Georgina Sowerby
Associate Lecturer, Ballet: Glen Snowden
Associate Lecturer, Critical Analysis: Mary Ann Vargas
Associate Lecturer, Movement: Liana Nyquis
Associate Lecturer, Music: John White
Associate Lecturer, Practical Voice: Alex Bingley
Associate Lecturer, Professional Preparation: Anne Henderson
Associate Lecturer, Radio: David Angus
Associate Lecturer, Speech and Dialect: Helen Ashton
Associate Lecturer, Stage Combat: Tim Klotz

How to apply

2018/19 entry

MA Acting is now closed to all applications for 2018 entry.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal statement

Please write about 300-500 words explaining your reasons for applying to your chosen course (provide details of your particular subject interests, relevant experience or abilities, what you wish to achieve on the course, and your career aspirations).

Please note: If you do not complete required information or upload the documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

You will be contacted by UAL to book and pay for an audition online. The non-refundable audition fee is £50.00.

Auditions normally take place between January and May. We seek to audition and interview all applicants. We recommend you choose an early audition date. For more details about our audition procedure visit the auditions and interviews page.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case) and your account on the UAL Applicant Portal. These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Stage 1
You will present two speeches to a panel, normally composed of Programme staff and a professional representative. One speech should be by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries and the other written later than 1830 onward. You may be asked to explain briefly the context of your material.

You may replace one or both speeches with duologue scenes from the same period(s); in which case you need to bring a partner with whom to present the scene(s). All candidates are interviewed, with particular attention being given to the pieces chosen, their context and meaning. You may also be asked to improvise or attempt simple exercises.

Stage 2
If you're selected after the first stage, the panel will ask you to repeat one or more or your speeches in a workshop that will include the other candidates invited to stage two. The panel are likely to redirect your speech and may ask you to work with a partner, either another candidate or a student already at the school.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

2018/19 entry

MA Acting is now closed to all applications for 2018 entry.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Please write about 300-500 words explaining your reasons for applying to your chosen course (provide details of your particular subject interests, relevant experience or abilities, what you wish to achieve on the course, and your career aspirations).

Please note: If you do not complete required information or upload the documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Apply to MA Acting

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and audition.

What happens next

You will be contacted by UAL to book and pay for an audition online. The non-refundable audition fee is £50.00.

Auditions normally take place between January and May. We seek to audition and interview all applicants. We recommend you choose an early audition date. For more details about our audition procedure visit the auditions and interviews page.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case) and your account on the UAL Applicant Portal. These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Stage 1
You will present two speeches to a panel, normally composed of Programme staff and a professional representative. One speech should be by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries and the other written later than 1830 onward. You may be asked to explain briefly the context of your material.

You may replace one or both speeches with duologue scenes from the same period(s); in which case you need to bring a partner with whom to present the scene(s). All candidates are interviewed, with particular attention being given to the pieces chosen, their context and meaning. You may also be asked to improvise or attempt simple exercises.

Stage 2
If you're selected after the first stage, the panel will ask you to repeat one or more or your speeches in a workshop that will include the other candidates invited to stage two. The panel are likely to redirect your speech and may ask you to work with a partner, either another candidate or a student already at the school.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.


Entry requirements

An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree.

This educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • An Honours Degree or an equivalent academic qualification;
  • A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours Degree;

Applicants who do not meet the standard course entry requirements may still be considered if the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by:

  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four skills (in one single paper).

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.

What we look for

Successful candidates for MA Acting will be expected to bring to the course a level of understanding of drama in its various contexts as well as an ability to work autonomously for sustained periods with the appropriate concentration, focus and resilience. As the course places strong emphasis on collaboration and the ability to work within an ensemble, successful candidates would be expected to demonstrate openness, flexibility and generosity within the context of a creative group. The vocational nature of the course implies a certain degree of proficiency at entry.

Selection criteria

Entry to MA Acting is highly competitive. Selection to the course is determined by the quality of the application: this is indicated primarily in the quality of your interview and practical work.

  • We select applicants who demonstrate:
  • High level of intellectual engagement;
  • High physical awareness and adaptability;
  • High vocal awareness and adaptability;
  • Highly developed characterization;
  • High interactive awareness and adaptability;
  • Confidence and flexible collaboration;
  • An interest in theatre.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

£16,800 (2018/19) plus residential fee: £2,200.

£1,000 discount for Home/EU students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. Please note that instalments apply to tuition fees only; the residential fee must be paid in full before enrolment.

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our register your interest form.

International fee

£21,840 (2018/19) plus residential fee: £2,200.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

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Careers and alumni

An impressive list of famous performers and a number of world-famous directors have emerged from courses at the Drama Centre London.

Alumni include Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Frances de la Tour, Paola Dionisotti, Colin Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Anastasia Hille, Geraldine James, Helen McCrory, Jack Shepherd, John Simm, Colin Tierney, Lambert Wilson, Penelope Wilton and many more.

Adrian Noble (for ten years Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company), film writer and director David Leland, novelist Esther Freud, and television director Jan Sargent are among our graduates.

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