BA (Hons) Acting
The BA (Hons) Acting course takes as its focus the practical and intellectual construction of the contemporary professional actor whose employment will be predominantly located within a context of fast changing, culturally diverse performance opportunities.
It will challenge your understanding of acting because, in today’s multimedia and multifaceted landscape, it is no longer useful to categorise acting in a single generic or restrictive way – it is not how the industry works and it is not how we want to train you. You will be required to become resilient and resourceful and draw on a wide range of acting processes. We will help you to learn how to frame these with self-determined creative and intellectual strategies, alongside professional career targets.
Uniquely, the dynamic context of the course offers the opportunity to opt for one of three specialist pathways. Places are limited to ensure small class sizes. Please note that we reserve the right to offer a place with a different acting specialism as a result of the audition process. Offers are non-negotiable and it is not normally possible for students to transfer between pathways once accepted on the programme.
Many Acting graduates become professional actors and you will leave Central with practical, transferable and academic skills for a variety of career options. Acting alumni performances have been recognised by major award-giving bodies such as the BAFTAs, the Oscars, Golden Globes, the Laurence Olivier Awards, the Tony Awards, the London Evening Standard Awards and the Sunday Times/National Theatre Ian Charleson Awards.
The BA (Hons) Acting course is a complete professional preparation. However, some students may wish to consider a fourth year MA at Central as a continuation of their studies. Many students – particularly those travelling from overseas – find it convenient to plan for four years’ residency and study in London. The advantages of a postgraduate ‘fourth year’ at Central include:
MA qualification – the opportunity to complement and extend your undergraduate specialism in another area of acting. Suggested options include MA Acting, MA Acting for Screen, MA Actor Training and Coaching, MA Music Theatre, MA Advanced Theatre Practice, or MA Performance Practices and Research coherent progression and the opportunity to think ahead, seeing MA student work and discussing MA options throughout your undergraduate courses with relevant staff.
As an undergraduate student you will be well placed to gain admission onto one of our MA programmes, but progression is contingent on interview and achieving an appropriate pass from your BA programme.