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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    10-JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

Designed primarily for students with previous experience and/or training, the MA Acting - Classical masters programme at Central is a creatively, physically and intellectually demanding, advanced level, conservatoire acting programme specialising in Classical plays.

Perform in two fully-realised public productions and an industry showcase
Hone the individual technical craft of the actor, and release your collaborative and imaginative creativity within a small ensemble company (typically 14-16 students)
Take part in practical group classes in acting, movement and voice, undertaking separate stage combat training

The Classical course follows the development of the theatrical art from its earliest ritual roots to the birth of naturalism:

> Greek Tragedy, Chorus and the Neutral Mask

> Clowning and Commedia dell’arte

> Shakespeare and the English Renaissance

> Stanislavski, the Method, Realism and Expressionism.

The course draws on the hugely influential theories and techniques of the great French acting teacher Michel Saint-Denis, training the expressive body, voice and imagination. Working with some of the greatest dramatic texts ever written, you are asked to consider what they mean now, and how their 21st century reinterpretation and re-imagining still holds a ‘mirror up to nature’.

You are encouraged to understand the demands of both art and craft, as participants in, and practitioners of, the Western theatrical tradition, through a course structure that examines, in chronological order, four key periods of innovation and transition.

Graduate employment and career pathways include:

Actors in leading theatre venues worldwide

Including national and international tours, in the West End and on Broadway, and for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Court Theatre, The Bush Theatre, English National Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, National Theatre of Norway in Bergen, National Theatre of Greece, Teatro Gayarre in Pamplona, The Shaw Festival Theatre in Ontario, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Sydney Theatre Company in Australia.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 23,984per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

  • Campus address

    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Embassy Theatre, Eton Avenue, Camden, NW3 3HY, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 102 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    137 72%

    28th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    8th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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