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The MA Acting - Classical programme at Central is a rigorous and advanced level acting course that focuses on Classical plays. Designed for students with previous experience or training in acting, this programme offers a unique opportunity to hone your technical craft and unleash your creative potential within a small ensemble company. From Greek Tragedy to Shakespeare and beyond, you will explore the rich history of theatre and develop your skills in acting, movement, and voice. With practical assessments, industry showcases, and the chance to perform in fully-supported productions, this programme prepares you for a successful career in the performing arts. Entry requirements include a conservatoire training, professional acting experience, or a degree in performance and drama studies. Auditions, interviews, and practical workshops are part of the application process. Join us at Central and embark on an exciting journey to become a skilled and versatile actor.

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:

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have either undertaken conservatoire training, have professional acting experience, or have a degree in the broad field of performance and drama studies. Students from other disciplines may be considered if you have sufficient experience of theatre. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview, and you may also be required to take part in a short practical workshop and/or submit a short piece of written work.


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Student Profile

Riz Ahmed, Graduated 2006, appeared in Nightcrawler, Jason Bourne and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Central guided me from a place of blind enthusiasm to one of diligent craft, providing me with the solid foundations I needed over the coming years. My course leaders showed such belief and patience towards us, and built such trust, that I ultimately followed them into this unknown territory. I grew more in that one year than I could have ever imagined.

Scholarships

This scholarship has been made possible by Gareth Neame OBE. It is available for applicants holding an offer on our acting, technical, design or craft courses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10,000

Eligibility

It is available for applicants holding an offer on our acting, technical, design or craft courses (Home/ EU/ Overseas). Applicants holding an offer for MA Acting - Classical, MA Acting - Contemporary, MA Acting for Screen or MA/MFA Scenography.

Application Procedure

Offer holders must be nominated to apply to this award. All eligible offer holders will be automatically considered for nomination when they are made an offer of admission. Nominees are put forth based merit, and the strength of their application to Central, including the interview/audition component.

If you have been nominated to go forward to the second stage of the Scholarship application, you will be emailed on 08 April 2024. Those offer holders will be sent an email with guidance notes a link to the online application form.


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This scholarship has been made possible by the Governors of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
There is a total of £150,000 in the fund. Awards will have a minimum value of £1,000 each. Undergraduate students will have funds paid directly to them for living expenses. Postgraduate students will have the funds allocated directly towards their tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

Home/Overseas/ ELQ.

Application Procedure

All eligible applicants will be automatically considered for an award based on merit. You will be notified by email on 30 April 2021 if you have been nominated to go forward to the second stage of the Scholarship application. Those applicants will be sent an email with guidance notes a link to the online application form. In late August 2021, there will be a second call for applications for students made an offer of admission from 27 April to mid-August.


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These major scholarships have been made possible by the Leverhulme Trust. Recipients will be incoming students on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses who demonstrate the potential for exceptional talent and also financial need.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10,000

Eligibility

Offer holders must be nominated to apply to this award. All eligible offer holders will be automatically considered for nomination when they are made an offer of admission. Nominees are put forth based merit, and the strength of their application to Central, including the interview/audition component.

Application Procedure

If you have been nominated to go forward to the second stage of the Scholarship application, you will be emailed on 08 April 2024. Those offer holders will be sent an email with guidance notes a link to the online application form.


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Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Central Bursaries are offered to all applicants holding an offer to any MA or BA Course. They are supported by donations of Central alumni and friends, in particular through the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this fund must hold an offer of admission for a relevant course. Details on how to apply can be found in your Admissions offer letter from Central.


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This scholarship has been made possible by the Governors of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000-5,000

Eligibility

All postgraduate courses. Home/ELQ/Overseas students.

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this fund must hold an offer of admission for a relevant course. Details on how to apply can be found in your Admissions offer letter from Central.


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This Scholarship is for Acting students. The Scholarship was established by alumnus John Rye who chose to use his a gift in his will to help acting students benefit from the Central experience that he so enjoyed.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Home/ELQ/Overseas. MA Acting courses.

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this fund must hold an offer of admission for a relevant course. Details on how to apply can be found in your Admissions offer letter from Central.


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