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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU(2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

The MA in Classical Acting is a postgraduate acting course for live-performance actors at all stages of their career and is taught by highly regarded specialists in acting and directing.

You’ll gain insight into the classical drama canon (from Ancient Greece to the mid-20th century) and enhance your understanding, creativity and delivery of classical texts. Your skills will be developed through evaluation and reflection on your own practice; expanding your artistic and market awareness; and gaining insights into innovative artistic practices.

You might explore areas such as: Greek Comedies and Tragedies; English Renaissance Plays; Naturalistic Plays from Germany, Norway, Russia, America and Britain.


In trimester one, you’ll be immersed in practical training, leading to performances of monologues, duologues, and scenes. You’ll also get a grounding in current research methods, completing practical or scholarly research. This leads to a presentation and an essay.

In trimester two, we’ll give you the opportunity to train at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. You’ll develop your training into a professional portfolio. Alongside this you’ll develop a theatre company with fellow students for public performances of classical plays of your choice.

In trimester three, you can choose to undertake a more traditional written dissertation, a performance based dissertation or a mixture of the two. You might direct a production, lead workshops, or research into areas relating to directing as part of your dissertation.

For information on previous modules please refer to our website.


The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, masterclasses, off-site visits, performance and production work, and through our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We invite professional actors and directors to work with you and we have an ever-expanding list of lecturers, specialists, artists, and guest scholars. The Master’s is taught in the evenings in three-hour workshops. If you’re looking for a more flexible learning option, we also offer a part-time mode.


Assessments could include performances, essays, literature reviews, written documentation of work, presentations, portfolios, leading workshops, written evaluations, rehearsal and practice blogs, written dissertations, practical dissertation projects, and critical play reviews.

For more information on teaching and assessment methods, please go to our website.


We currently give all students the opportunity to take part in a two week residency at Shakespeare's Globe. You’ll benefit from intensive, full-time training, leading to a production on the Globe’s stage.

You’ll have the opportunity to see a lot of theatre, as well as visit museums and theatres. Previous destinations have included Bath, Bristol, Stratford upon Avon and London. Other field trips may give you the chance to work with professional theatre groups and actors; we’ve previously rented studios in London for this purpose. Some trips are subsidised, however, you may have to contribute to fund travel and tickets.

For more information on the various opportunities available on this course, please go to the course webpage.

Visit the MA Classical Acting page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!





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