General information about applying for our undergraduate courses and the audition process.
The BA (Hons) Acting at Central:
The course has four key principles:
Self-discovery – we encourage you to investigate and interrogate your world, challenging your own habits and preconceptions and opening yourself to the journey of the training, while learning to accept uncertainty and failure as part of the process of change and growth, and making curiosity, originality and artistic courage the cornerstones of your professional and artistic life.
Artistry – we offer you the skills you need to build your craft as an actor, so that your imagination and creativity can find expression in truthful characterisation and in the telling of complex and profound stories that offer insights into our world and the human condition.
Empowerment – within the safety of the creative space and the integrity of the acting ensemble, we promote the honest exchange of thoughts and ideas, the sharing of creative inspiration and the generosity of spirit which should always characterise a true actor.
Tradition and innovation – intrinsic to this course is a commitment to studying longstanding theories and practices while welcoming innovation and new vision.
Discovery – freeing and discovering. In your first year, an environment of active learning is carefully nurtured:
Mastery – expanding form and meaning. This year builds on core training:
Independence – applying the craft of acting. This year focuses exclusively on the ‘industry-ready’ actor:
2 A Levels at C, 3 GCSEs at C, and selection by audition.
Normal offers may be higher and depend upon expected grades and audition performance. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement, but demonstrate appropriate potential, may be accepted.
This is an intensive professional training course and must be followed in its entirety.
Candidates must be eligible to satisfy the general admissions requirements. Admission will be based on the reasonable expectation that you have the potential to complete and contribute positively to the programme and that you would benefit from honours study. There is no alternative to selection by audition.
Selection for audition will normally depend on you meeting, or being predicted to meet, minimum entry requirements, and on written references and demonstration of the following in the UCAS written statement:
In the absence of formal qualifications, an indication of academic potential will be sought in your UCAS statement.
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Find out more about the audition process for our Acting, BA courses.
View the audition speech list, or request a copy by calling +44 (0)20 7722 8183.
Each year Central hosts a number of auditions outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international auditions are designed to replicate the London-based audition experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming audition locations and dates.
The Acting course has strong and growing links with the industry.
Central employs professional directors from the second year, and invites a range of industry professionals to deliver talks and workshops on subjects from audition technique to rehearsing Shakespeare.
Recent guests include acclaimed directors Michael Grandage, Lindsay Posner and Max Stafford-Clark, and well-known actors such as James Purefoy and Kit Harington.
Students gain professional work while still on the course and there are regular visits by major theatre companies, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida Theatre and Out of Joint, who give talks and hold workshops.
Graduated 2015, first professional job was the title role in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, subsequently filmed The Sense Of An Ending with Charlotte Rampling.
Central provided me with an environment that gave me the confidence and permission to go for something I’d always really wanted. It was hard work but I loved the level and the intensity of the training ... It’s a place where you can play around and make mistakes and grow, alongside a small class of people you’ll see almost every day for three years. It felt unique and exciting and unlike anything I’d experienced. The training is brilliant. You just have to jump in and give it your all: be bold in your own way, be hungry to soak everything up and find out what works for you.
Graduated 2013, first professional London stage debut in The Harvest at the Soho Theatre.
My time at Central gave me the essential training and knowledge I needed to develop as an actor at the start of my career. The course offers a wide variety of teaching that nurtures and liberates your creativity. I have also gained a huge support network that I know will always be there, inside and outside of Central.
Graduated 2004, recent film credits include The Amazing Spider- Man 2, 99 Homes, Martin Scorsese’s Silence with Liam Neeson, and Oscar nominated for Best Actor in Hacksaw Ridge directed by Mel Gibson.
It can be a playground. The core teachers inspire and can reveal parts of yourself that you might not know existed – if you allow them that trust and openness, you can experience true creativity. It can be testing and a struggle, but that’s where most of the learning happens. I feel that my training at Central ultimately showed me how generous you can be in this profession. You definitely get out of it what you put in. You are your own master. The teachers’ expertise is sacred. If you’re lucky enough to be in a creative environment with them, give all of yourself to it, but never lose who you are. It all ultimately comes from within you. And just play.
Andrew Garfield (2004) BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee. Credits include The Amazing Spider-Man and The Social Network.
Cush Jumbo (2006) Evening Standard Award winner and Olivier nominee. Credits include Josephine and I and Julius Caesar.
Jack Donnelly (2007) starred in Atlantis, BBC fantasy drama.
Tracy Ifeachor (2007) appeared with John Malkovich in Crossbones.
Kit Harington (2008) Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards 2013. Credits include Game Of Thrones, Pompeii, Spooks, and The Greater Good.
Paula Lane (2008) plays Kylie Platt on Coronation Street (ITV).
Morgane Polanski (2014) plays Princess Gisla in Vikings, series 3 for the History Channel.
Recent BA (Hons) Acting graduate successes include:
View profiles of the academic staff who teach on this course. Click on each staff member to find out more about them.
Drawing upon multiple performance theories, rather than subscribing to a particular doctrine or method, Central actors have always adopted a pragmatic approach to their training.
The three specialist undergraduate acting courses: Acting, Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre (CDT) and Acting Musical Theatre (MT), reflect this eclecticism and celebrate the many and varied techniques available to the actor wanting to work in theatre, television, film and radio.
These courses exist within a thriving conservatoire environment – home to a dynamic range of related performance disciplines at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Training is contextualised alongside relevant professional advice and is structured in such a way as to gradually equip you with a thorough understanding of the industry.
Performances by Acting alumni have long been recognised by major awards such as the BAFTAs, Oscars, Golden Globes, Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, London Evening Standard Theatre Awards and The Sunday Times/ National Theatre Ian Charleson Awards. Most recently alumni have been awarded a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, MTV Movie Award for Best Hero, British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, Empire Award for Best Actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Ariel Award for Best Actor and London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Emerging Talent.
If you would like to attend an audition (held in London or internationally) check the audition requirement section for further details on how to apply. Good luck!
Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting