BA (Hons) Acting
Professional training for actors has been a vital part of Central since its foundation in 1906, when Elsie Fogerty founded The Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art at the Royal Albert Hall.
The international reputation of the Acting course is based upon the consistent excellence of its students as evidenced by the number of alumni continually undertaking high quality work. Award-winning graduates of the course are many and include Joss Ackland, Nonso Anozie, Peggy Ashcroft, Claire Bloom, Judi Dench, Lindsay Duncan, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Andrew Garfield, Cush Jumbo, Laurence Olivier, Harold Pinter, James Purefoy, Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Zoë Wanamaker and Alexis Zegerman.
Historically, Central actors have always adopted a pragmatic approach to their training, drawing upon multiple performance theories rather than subscribing to a particular doctrine or method. It is hoped that students will continue to celebrate this breadth of vision.
The course is divided into three specialist pathways. Students are required to audition (held nationally and internationally) and then, if successful, will be chosen for one pathway. It will not be possible to transfer between pathways once accepted.
During the course you will be taught by resident and visiting professional staff how to draw on a wide range of acting processes. The course will help you learn how to become self-determined creative actors eminently capable of working in theatre, television, film and radio and will constantly challenge your understanding of acting. Intensive conservatoire training also requires utter dedication and will demand your courage, intelligence, wit and generosity. The pathways exist within a thriving university/conservatoire environment - home to a dynamic range of related performance disciplines at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The training will be contextualised alongside relevant professional advice and is structured in such a way as to gradually equip you with a thorough understanding of the industry. Professional preparation including meetings with agents, casting directors, producers, directors etc., as well as mock auditions/castings and a West End showcase, have meant that in recent years most of the BA (Hons) Acting students – across all three pathways – have secured agent representation by the time they have completed the course.
Performances by Acting alumni have long been recognised by major award-giving bodies such as the BAFTAs, Oscars, Golden Globes, Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, London Evening Standard Awards and The Sunday Times/National Theatre Ian Charleson Awards.