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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

    04-JAN-21, 19-APR-21, 03-AUG-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

The MA Acting for Screen degree at Central is a professional training that focuses on acting in film, television and screen-related media. Primarily for those with previous training or professional experience, it explores the expressive potential of performance and the relationship between performers and camera. The course will build on your existing skills and focus on the specific needs of the year group.

Draw on the expertise of Central’s permanent staff team and specialist professionals from the industry
The course aims to encourage your development as a creative artist with the flexibility to work across all performance mediums, specialising in screen performance
The emphasis of the training is on producing actors who, on leaving, have a high skill level, with the necessary technique to apply to a screen context.

Specialist, rigorous training

Throughout the first two terms, you will follow rigorous training in acting, which will concentrate on the core skills of voice, body, acting and creative interpretation. The principles of study derive from psychophysical methods, particularly the techniques of Michael Chekhov and Stanislavski.

The range of classes across the first two terms will include screen technique; this will essentially examine the distinction between screen and live performance. It will also cover visual storytelling, working in – and adapting to – shot size, cheating, hitting the mark, shooting contemporary scenes from television and film, and the preparation of different styles of work, including soap, drama and comedy.

Acting classes will interrogate the body and provide you with a toolbox of exercises. There is a specific focus on relaxing and working with ease, developing the imagination, unpicking personal habits and creating believable performances.

Voice and dialect classes will encourage an understanding of the voice as an instrument and will work with a variety of texts including poetry, verbatim, classical and contemporary material. In the area of movement, there is exposure to various styles, which may include jazz and historical dance, yoga and chi kung.

Other classes include sight-reading, textual analysis, casting and mock auditions led by casting directors, actors and directors. Professional preparation will involve guidance on selecting photographs, writing CVs, self-marketing and online promotion.

Assessment

Modes of assessment include practical assignments, reflective writing, presentations, and written and practice-based research. For the Sustained Independent Project there is an option to make a film, write a dissertation or compile a portfolio, which would include a case study of a filmmaker and an extended research enquiry.

Tuition fees

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£ 20,774per 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

Central is part of the Tier 4 Pilot scheme, streamlining the process for international master’s students wishing to study in the UK.
Central is situated moments away from central London, in the most multicultural city in the UK.
Each year Central runs international auditions across the world and as a result has a healthy international cohort.

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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