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Masters in Acting in the UK in 2024

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Performance – Physical Acting MA

University of Kent United Kingdom

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Acting - Classical MA

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama United Kingdom

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Screen Acting MA

University of Chichester United Kingdom

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LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) United Kingdom

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University of East London (UEL) United Kingdom

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Essex, University of United Kingdom

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Acting FdA, CertHE

Teesside University United Kingdom

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Acting MA

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Acting MA

University of the Arts London (UAL) United Kingdom

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Masters in Acting in the UK

Study Acting Masters Programmes

Studying acting at university will give you the chance to hone your performance skills in a nurturing and encouraging environment. Your course will aid your professional development, allowing you to equip yourself with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for future employment. You will be exposed to both on-stage and off-stage elements of acting, so you can reap the rewards of a holistic higher education.

A degree in acting will give you a good foundation in the theory and practice of acting, public performance, voice and movement, physical skills, audition skills, professional acting skills, and small production studies. These modules will prepare you for a variety of career options.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical assessments and theatre sessions. You may also be presented with opportunities to attend masterclasses with industry professionals in a range of dramatic arts sectors.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to study after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Acting for Film and TV
  • Acting for Theatre
  • Vocal Skills
  • Production and Contextual Studies
  • Recorded Media
  • Rehearsal Skills

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, submit a final major research project, or take part in a final degree show, this will give you the opportunity to further explore a favoured area of acting.

The accreditation of an acting degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or in some cases a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Depending on your career path when you have graduated, you may be presented with opportunities to gain further professional or academic qualifications and certifications.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in acting will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

Prospective acting students may be required to submit a portfolio as part of their application. Your institution will be able to provide more information about what format it should come in, what should be included, and how to submit it. You may also be required to attend an audition as part of the admissions process.

Graduates of an acting degree will find that there are many different career opportunities available to them. You might choose to work in a role directly related to your degree course. This could include becoming a professional actor, working for or setting up your own theatre company, teaching at a performing arts or drama school or as a director.

You will have gained a wide range of transferable skills throughout your degree. These will be useful in the acting industry, as well as highly applicable in other creative arts industries and beyond. Skills gained might include idea development, effective communication, and teamwork.

Graduates of a master's degree in Acting will have advanced skills in acting and directing, as well as a deeper understanding of dramatic theory and dramatic literature. This degree is suitable for those aspiring to pursue professional careers as actors in theatre and film, or those interested in teaching acting at the university level.

Your master's degree program will focus on refining your acting skills and may offer specialisation options in areas such as Shakespearean performance, contemporary theatre, or screen acting. Modules you study could include:

  • Advanced Scene Study
  • Directing for the Stage and Screen
  • Acting for Camera
  • Theater History and Dramatic Theory
  • Physical Approaches to Acting

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

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