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  MA Musical Theatre: Acting and Performance


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 full potential with the MA Musical Theatre: Acting and Performance programme. Dive into a comprehensive actor training course tailored for musical theatre enthusiasts. Led by industry experts, the curriculum combines rigorous training with creative exploration and professional development. From honing your expressive instrument to mastering ensemble-building and collaboration, each module is designed to elevate your skills. Term One covers essential acting skills, while Term Two delves deeper into rehearsal techniques for both musical and non-musical performances. Term Three culminates in a large-scale musical theatre production, preparing you for the professional world. In Term Four, pursue your passion with a tailored independent project. Entry is through a two-stage audition process, welcoming applicants from diverse academic backgrounds and with prior performance experience. Join us and embark on a transformative journey towards a successful career in musical theatre and beyond.

About the course

The MA Musical Theatre: Acting and Performance course is a rigorously-designed actor training programme specialised for musical theatre performance. Our approach blends rigorous training, creative exploration, and professional development, all guided by our distinguished faculty and industry experts. We believe training in musical theatre produces well-rounded actor-singers who are able to deploy their talents in musical theatre and beyond. The course integrates the following thematic elements:

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies), however, we consider applications from graduates of other subjects as well as candidates without a degree but who have significant prior experience. Some experience as a performer is essential. Entry is by a two-stage audition, which is used to assess the candidate’s ability to succeed on the course.


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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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