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  MA Acting - Contemporary


Royal Central School of Speech & Drama    Graduate School

Full time September MA 1 year, full-time
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Unleash your acting potential with the MA Acting - Contemporary programme at Central. Tailored for experienced individuals, this advanced conservatoire course delves deep into the world of Contemporary plays. From honing your technical craft to exploring collaborative creativity within a small ensemble, you'll be immersed in a transformative learning journey. Dive into practical group classes covering acting, movement, voice, and stage combat, while delving into the works of iconic playwrights like Shakespeare, Chekhov, and more. The programme uniquely focuses on the intricate relationship between actors and writers, offering you the chance to work alongside both emerging and established playwrights. With a blend of intensive training, studios, and practical assessments, you'll refine your skills and culminate your learning with a fully-supported production. If you have a background in performance, drama studies, or professional acting, seize this opportunity to elevate your craft through audition and interview. Embrace the challenge and embark on a rewarding journey towards mastering the art of Contemporary acting.

About the course

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

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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

Enyi Okoronkwo, Graduated 2014, credits include Wonderland at the National Theatre and Junkyard, a new musical at Bristol Old Vic.

I was aware that it would be a jump coming from the BA (Hons) Drama at Queen Mary to the MA Acting at Central, but throughout I have found that the intensity of this course – being taught by industry professionals, and being given unique opportunities and constant support, including 1:1 voice and movement tutorials – has given me incomparable training.

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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