MA Acting

Course Overview

ArtsEd MA course offers rigorous and intensive vocational actor training that enables you to 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.

Duration 1 year (full-time)
Academic year September 2020 - July 2021
Application deadline April 2020
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Course Leader: Stephen Hudson
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 – Clown
  • Rehearsal projects – Chekhov, Contemporary Theatre
  • The Expressive Body – Movement, Physical Practice, The Thinking Body, Stage Combat
  • The Expressive Voice – Voice for the Actor, Singing for the Actor
  • Reflection – An Investigation into Process
Term 2
  • Acting technique
  • Rehearsal projects – Shakespeare, Self Created work
  • The Expressive Body –Physical Practice, The Thinking Body,
  • The Expressive Voice – Voice for the Actor, Singing for the Actor, Dialect
  • Reflection – Performing Reflection
  • Screen – Acting for Camera
  • Professional Employment Skills – Professional Preparation, Business Skill
Term 3
  • Screen – Acting for Camera
  • Professional Employment Skills – Professional Preparation
  • Performance – West End Showcase, Public Performance at ArtsEd
  • Reflection – Reflection & Professional Development Plan


Audition Fee £45 (Waivers available)
Course Fee 2019-20 £15,570 p.a. (2020-21 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 2020-21 fees will be confirmed in April 2020.

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 September 2020 entry are now open. Deadline for applications: May 2020.

Auditions are held between December and June/July at ArtsEd in London.

At ArtsEd, we believe that you cannot truly see a person’s potential from a two-minute monologue, which is why we make our audition process a half day experience. During your time with us, you will have an opportunity to see the school in action and to meet students and tutors who will welcome your questions about the course and life at ArtsEd generally.

Find detailed information about what you need to prepare for your audition here.

Course Guide

Click here to view the full Course Guide for MA Acting


Bailey Pilbeam

The Inheritance (Young Vic)

Aram Armaghanian

The End of the F***ing World 2, playing Steve

Luis Torrecilla

Wonder Woman 1984, playing the Father

Pete Picton

Jellyfish feature film, playing Clive

Mateo Oxley

Angels in America at The National and Magpie feature film

Rameet Rauli

Ride on Nickolodeon playing Anya Patel. Warren on BBC One playing Prisha and Call The Midwife on BBC One playing Mrs Huq

Talisa Garcia

Baptiste on BBC One, playing Kim Vogel

Thomas Fitzgerald

Enterprice, BBC3

Vinay Lad

The Railway Children (UK No.1 Tour), playing Peter


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.