The ArtsEd MA Acting course offers rigorous and intensive vocational actor training that enables you to harness your potential as a highly skilled, creative and autonomous actor.
You will be immersed in a dynamic and rigorous acting programme that is challenging and robust. Our team of experienced industry professionals will work with you to hone and develop your actor’s craft, enabling you to be prepared and resilient for the demands of the contemporary industry.
Inclusive and questioning, the course gives you techniques to work with classical and contemporary texts with imagination, truth and specificity. The course is vocational and highly practical where techniques are acquired through the year in classes, workshops and performances. Both theatre and screen acting is explored. The MA in Acting enables its graduates to have an autonomous, responsive process that is alive to the world around it, flexible to the needs of the industry, and full of the actor’s imagination and creative potential.
The MA course is based at studios at 2 Dukes Avenue in Chiswick, just a short walk from ArtsEd’s main building in 14 Bath Road. All MA students have full access to the resources in the main building, these include the library, canteen, and studio and rehearsal spaces. The latter are free to book outside of timetabled hours.
In the final term, rehearsals for the public performances take place in the rehearsal rooms at 14 Bath Road. The performances also take place there, in the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, our beautiful proscenium arch theatre run by our highly skilled in-house production team.
Applications for September 2024 open 16th October 2023. Applications close 1st March 2024. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news on our degrees and diplomas.
|Audition Fee||Round 1 FREE, Recall £25||(Waivers available)|
|Course Fee 2023-24||£16,850 p.a.|
|Acceptance Deposit||£350||UK / EU 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.
Find out more about Funding & Scholarships.
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:
If an applicant fulfils the audition criteria, but comes from an unconventional academic background without formal qualifications, the academic requirements may be waived.
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“For me the course really was a toolbox. Teachers are practitioners that give you their knowledge about specific techniques and specific ways of doing things. And then it was for us to say “Great, I embrace this, this is maybe something I’ll work on in future or maybe this isn’t quite for me. So I felt like I graduated as my own actor rather than one that had been created by the course.”Joanna Clarke, 2018 Graduate
“MA course at ArtsEd is the huge variety of people we have on the course. We’re all from different walks of life, we all have different backgrounds, and that’s what makes it so interesting!”Aimee Corry, 2020 Graduate
“I’m surrounded by amazing teachers and students who all have a thirst for learning and a thirst for drama. We have so much fun every day. We learn new things: from Meisner to Laban; to doing voice work; to doing breath work; to physical movement. Every day is new and every day is exciting.”Laura Essex, 2020 Graduate