MA Acting


The ArtsEd MA Acting course offers rigorous and intensive vocational actor training that enables you to unlock your potential as a highly skilled, creative and autonomous actor.

You will be given the skills and techniques to explore psychological and physical processes to engage in live & screen performance in innovative and stimulating ways.

Through working with classical & contemporary texts, creating your own companies and performance opportunities and analysing your relationship to your craft, you will be challenged and motivated to realise your abilities. By the end of your one-year training you will be equipped to take your place as a creative practitioner and prepared to adapt to the contemporary, ever-changing creative industry.

Applications for 2021 entry are now closed.

Duration 1 year (full-time)
Academic year September 2021 - July 2022
Application deadline 31 March 2021
At a glance
  • Only 30 students are accepted each year
  • A minimum of 35 contact hours per week
  • Teaching delivered over three terms (35 weeks)
Term 1
  • Acting technique – Stanislavsky, Meisner, Demidov, Viewpoints, Clown, Active Analysis
  • Rehearsal projects – Contemporary Theatre, Chekhov
  • The Expressive Body – Embodied Action & Awareness, Physical Skills, Laban, Meyerhold, Stage Combat
  • The Expressive Voice – Voice for the Actor, Singing for the Actor
  • Critical Appraisal – Developing a Reflective Practice (Essay)
Term 2
  • Acting technique – Developing character through Laban
  • Rehearsal projects – Shakespeare, Self Created work
  • The Expressive Body –Embodied Action & Awareness, Physical Skills, Meyerhold
  • The Expressive Voice – Voice for the Actor, Singing for the Actor, Dialect
  • Screen – Acting for Camera
  • Professional Employment Skills – Professional Preparation, Business Skills
  • Critical Appraisal – Performing Reflection (Performance)
Term 3
  • Performance – West End Showcase, Public Performance at ArtsEd
  • Screen – Acting for Camera
  • Professional Employment Skills – Professional Preparation & Development Plan
  • Critical Appraisal – Reflection (Essay)


Audition Fee (including round 2) £15 (Waivers available)
Course Fee 2021-22 £15,880 p.a. (2022-23 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2020)
Termly fee £5,190
Acceptance Deposit £350 UK / EU Students
£2,000 Overseas Students
MA Validation fee £148.30 (one off payment to register with City, University of London)

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to ArtsEd.

Fees are subject to annual review 2022-23 fees will be confirmed in April 2021.

Additional Costs

  • Accommodation and living costs – ArtsEd does not offer on-campus accommodation.
  • The cost of scripts/books that you might wish to purchase
  • Professional headshot
  • Spotlight entry
  • Visits to the theatre

Find out more about Funding & Scholarships.

How to apply

Am I Eligible?

If you are aged 21 or over, have an under-graduate degree or the equivalent professional experience you are eligible to apply for an audition. Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their English proficiency by having achieved one of the following in the last two years:

  • ELTS overall score of 7 with a 7 in writing and no section scoring less than 6.5
  • TOEFL score of 100/IELTS score of 6 or equivalent

If an applicant fulfils the audition criteria, but comes from an unconventional academic background without formal qualifications, the academic requirements may be waived.

What next?

Applications for 2021 entry are now closed.

Course Guide

Click here to view the full Course Guide for MA Acting


Bailey Pilbeam (2018)

The Inheritance (Young Vic) ; Salome (Greenwich Theatre); Care (The Pappy Show)

Aram Armaghanian (2015)

The End of the F***ing World (Netflix / Ch.4)

Luis Torrecilla (2018)

Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros)

Pete Picton (2018)

’83 (film directed by Kabir Khan) Jellyfish (film directed by James Gardner)

Mateo Oxley (2013)

The Windsors (Ch4); Angels in America (National Theatre)

Rameet Rauli (2013)

Find Me In Paris (Disney / Hulu); Warren (BBC); Call The Midwife (BBC)

Talisa Garcia (2002)

Baptiste (BBC One)

Thomas Fitzgerald (2017)

Enterprice (BBC3)

Vinay Lad (2017)

The Railway Children (Tour) nominated for Best Newcomer MEN Awards

Jasmine Raymond (2019)

Ted Lasso – Apple TV; The Last Letter From Your Lover (StudioCanal)

Sara Sioufi (2019)

Death on the Nile – (20th Century Fox)

Brandon Dodsworth (2019)

Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC Dell)

Cameron Butterwick (2017)

Marcella (ITV) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Shakespeare Company) Measure For Measure (Greenwich Theatre)

Rosie Hague (2017)

A Very British Scandal (BBC)

Davinia Hamilton (2017)

10 Steps To Murder (Discovery Channel)

Michele Belgrand (2015)

Outlander (Starz)

John Askew (2013)

Recent TV: The English Game (Netflix); Flack (CBS); The Rook (Starz) Recent Stage: Gypsy Queen (International Tour); Rita, Sue & Bob Too (Out of Joint); And Did Those Feet (Bolton Octagon); Wuthering Heights, Ladies in Lavender (Theatre Royal Windsor); Revenger’s Tragedy, Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse)

James Lawrence (2013)

The Great Gatsby (West End)

Yasen Atour (2012)

Dark Heart (ITV)

Muireann Bird (2012)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros); Outlander (Starz); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National Theatre Scotland)

Conor Boru (2012)

Without Remorse (Paramount Pictures); Hold The Dark (Netflix); Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders (BBC)

Peter Rose (2012)

Anthony & Cleopatra, The Tempest (The Globe)

Tom Holloway (2011)

Homeland (Fox); Doctors, EastEnders (BBC)

Luiana Bonfim (2011)

The Widow (ITV/Amazon)

Kevin Layne (2011)  

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal/Amblin); Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (Disney/LucasFilm); Giri/Haji (Netflix/BBC); Patrick Melrose (Sky/Showtime)

Marc Graham (2011)

Marc is a co-founder of the pioneering and multi award winning gig theatre company Middle Child.

Abeille Theatre

formed by Bettina Paris & Emma Rowbotham (2017) Their first show, Little Big Girl, was developed through Theatre N16 and premiered at Waterloo East. This show is still developing for a production in Malta and the company is also working on their next show, whilst running ongoing workshops for theatre practitioners.

Fancy Another?

A company made up of Katherine Lea, Elrik Lepercq, Ellen McLeod, Emma Nihill, Jasmine Raymond, Tina Rizzo, Rob Shaw, Anna-Rose van der Wiel (2019) Their first show, Shaping Dust, was originally developed on the MA before winning a development opportunity from the Actor’s Centre. The show has subsequently been given a run at London’s Cockpit Theatre in February 2020.

Pathway Theatre  

formed by Kelly Long & Joanna Clarke (2017) Pathway bring exciting, bespoke, immersive productions to audiences who would otherwise be unable to access theatre. They also offer workshops and ongoing training to actors.

Tunji Joseph (2018)

Wrote, produced and performed in 1-man show ‘White Board – Black Pieces: Race in the West’; two very successful runs at Matthews Yard Theatre Croydon and Waterloo East Theatre

Stuart Vincent

Kite Runner UK Tour


What’s the maximum applicant age?

There is no maximum age.

What’s the minimum applicant age?

You need to be 21 when the course commences.

Are you able to audition via video or DVD?

No – we need to see you in person. Exceptions may be made for those applying from overseas and a Skype audition might be possible. Contact ArtsEd for further details.

Do you need any specific exam results or grades to be able to apply?


When do you hold MA Acting auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Mondays or Thursdays from January to July during term time. If we offer you a date please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances such as illness or an exam commitment.

How much written work will there be on the course?

There are 2 essays of 2500-2750 words to be completed within the year.

Will I work with the BA courses at any point in the training?


Am I able to work whilst studying on the MA?

The training is an intense programme that requires full attendance on each 9 hours day, Monday to Friday. Any extra employment is not recommended if you are to be able to focus on the considerable requirements that the course will make of you. We recognise that the financial burden of training and living in London can be substantial and would suggest that any employment undertaken, if essential, is considerably limited to one or two evenings per week, and one weekend day per week. Any more than this and you are going to find it very difficult to complete the course.

You can find more general FAQs here.