MA Acting seeks to develop its students’ individuality, technical skills and professional outlook. You will be supported to become a professional artist, committed to the management and development of your practice.
One of the key features of the course is its strong links with the profession. Throughout the course, you will learn more about the realities of how theatre and the acting professions work in contemporary spaces. Actor training at CSM has built up a close relationship with the professional community since its origins with the Drama Centre London. Student and graduate work is celebrated by professional employers, practitioners and agents.
Unit 1: Skills and Techniques of Acting
This unit examines a range of acting methodologies, preparing you for future rehearsal of scenes. It is structured as an intensive preparatory period of acting techniques and physical and language skills. It is followed by an execution element, in which these techniques are developed and tested. This takes place through scene study of challenging and complex texts.
Unit 2: The Practice of Acting
Unit 2 is dedicated to developing your practical understanding of the demands of different texts, materials and platforms for acting and you will rehearse scenes from Elizabethan drama. Then, following an induction and preparation you will explore an acting technique in-depth, for example, the Vakhtangov technique.
The second part of the unit begins with rehearsals on scenes, duologues and audition monologues. Your studies will focus on performance, including an industry showcase and preparation for the profession.
Unit 3: Consolidation and Performance
Unit 3 integrates your learning experiences. You will have the opportunity to use and develop your skills. You will prepare for employability, including critical engagement with current practice in the field of acting.
In Unit 3 there are elements of personal and professional development. These underpin the way in which you deal with the dynamics of the creative team throughout the course. Your integration into professional fields and into practice of theatre will be increasingly related to your current activities. For example preparation of head shots and CV or professional profiles.
Reflective journal summaries
The process of self-evaluation is a key aspect of the course. The principal instrument of this is a reflective journal summary. This will allow you to develop your self-awareness as a practitioner. It will encourage you to reflect on all aspects of your creative work. By capturing an analytical dialogue between yourself and the work, you will both inform and challenge your practice.
Mode of study
MA Acting is offered in full-time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.