Why Central?

Why you should consider studying at Central, from our creative buzz, ethos of discovery and culturally diverse student body to our high profile alumni, state-of-the-art facilities and London location

Why Central - at Central we put your future career at the heart of everything we do

At Central we put your future career at the heart of everything we do, and when you leave, you’ll be a specialist in your subject – with the preparation you’ll need to get work in a fast-moving performing arts industry.

Who We Are

We’re a specialist college for the performing arts and offer everything from evening courses, diplomas and summer schools to undergraduate degrees, MA/MFAs, and research programmes. Our areas of specialism cover performance (acting, voice, movement), creative, design and production (theatre practice) and applied theatre. Find a course

Our Alumni

You’ll probably have heard of, or seen our alumni on or off stage. Central graduates are starring in and producing television, theatre, films and festivals all around the world, from theatre producer Sonia Friedman, award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry and War Horse puppeteer Toby Olié to James Bond's Dame Judi Dench, Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington and Spiderman's Andrew Garfield.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our facilities are state-of-the-art: we have everything you’d expect from a world-famous drama school, and more – along with plenty of rehearsal and practice spaces - and an experimental lighting studio.

The Buzz

The building is a hive of activity and constantly buzzing with creativity. Students cluster on the steps and in the atrium rehearsing lines, or discussing projects; and you can almost always hear the sound of music practice coming from somewhere. It’s best to book onto an open day to see us in full flow.

Students' Union

But it’s not all work: in the evenings the Students’ Union bar is a great place to socialise and be entertained, and the SU offer lots more to get involved with (as does the wider University of London's Student Central).

Our London location

We’re in a great position in London: we’re directly opposite Hampstead Theatre, a short walk from some of London’s iconic parks (Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill), and only 3 tube stops away from Central London (for the West End Theatre district, shopping and nightlife).

What next?

Find a course, look for an open day, audition or interview or find out about accommodation, fees and funding.

You can always contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

More about us

  • We offer many specialist courses such as BA Puppetry and BA Performance Arts, MA Music Theatre and MA/MFA Scenography. Find a course
  • We work closely with industry professionals to ensure that the way you learn is relevant to the way you will work. Find out more about our industry connections
  • As well as teaching, our academic staff are actively involved in developing their fields and creating new knowledge as practitioners in their own right
  • We encourage you to challenge traditions and take creative and intellectual risks; you’ll find an environment of discovery alongside the development of new knowledge through practice and scholarship
  • In the summer of 2018 Central’s brand new North Block will be completed, with five additional performance and rehearsal studios; from Spring 2017 we will also have a campus on Bankside (near the River Thames and Shakespeare’s Globe) with several additional rehearsal spaces
  • Everyone is welcome at Central – we encourage culturally diverse student and staff body, and we work hard to ensure that every person belongs here with us
  • In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) we were ranked as the top UK drama conservatoire for world-leading research, and among the top UK universities for world-leading impact in drama research.