Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Acting for Screen MA
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The MA Acting for Screen degree at Central is a professional training that focuses on acting in film, television and screen-related media. Primarily for those with previous training or professional experience, it explores the expressive potential of performance and the relationship between performers and camera. The course will build on your existing skills and focus on the specific needs of the year group.

Draw on the expertise of Central’s permanent staff team and specialist professionals from the industry The course aims to encourage your development as a creative artist with the flexibility to work across all performance mediums, specialising in screen performance The emphasis of the training is on producing actors who, on leaving, have a high skill level, with the necessary technique to apply to a screen context. Specialist, rigorous training Throughout the first two terms, you will follow rigorous training in acting, which will concentrate on the core skills of voice, body, acting and creative interpretation. The principles of study derive from psychophysical methods, particularly the techniques of Michael Chekhov and Stanislavski.

The range of classes across the first two terms will include screen technique; this will essentially examine the distinction between screen and live performance. It will also cover visual storytelling, working in – and adapting to – shot size, cheating, hitting the mark, shooting contemporary scenes from television and film, and the preparation of different styles of work, including soap, drama and comedy.

Acting classes will interrogate the body and provide you with a toolbox of exercises. There is a specific focus on relaxing and working with ease, developing the imagination, unpicking personal habits and creating believable performances.

Voice and dialect classes will encourage an understanding of the voice as an instrument and will work with a variety of texts including poetry, verbatim, classical and contemporary material. In the area of movement, there is exposure to various styles, which may include jazz and historical dance, yoga and chi kung.

Other classes include sight-reading, textual analysis, casting and mock auditions led by casting directors, actors and directors. Professional preparation will involve guidance on selecting photographs, writing CVs, self-marketing and online promotion.

Modes of assessment include practical assignments, reflective writing, presentations, and written and practice-based research. For the Sustained Independent Project there is an option to make a film, write a dissertation or compile a portfolio, which would include a case study of a filmmaker and an extended research enquiry.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

AHRC; Career Development loans; Graduate loans; or Professional Studies Loans.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Acting for Screen, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

You should normally have a first degree in the broad field of performance and drama studies, although applications from students of other disciplines may be considered if they have sufficient experience of performance. Your application may also be considered if you have appropriate professional experience, or can otherwise demonstrate your potential to undertake this form of postgraduate study successfully. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview.


Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

About Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a member of Conservatoires UK, located in the Swiss Cottage area in the city of London. Prospective students can expect to find professional drama and music facilities, as well as faculty members with extensive experience working in their respective fields. The city of London is known for being expensive to live in, but also for the opportunities that it provides socially and academically.

Student composition of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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