Taught Degrees

Central is a specialist college for the performing arts. We offer 14 MA/MFA courses and 3 undergraduate programmes, themselves comprising of 16 separate courses as well as a Research Degree programme and a range of Short Courses.

Central is a specialist college for the performing arts: we offer 14 MA/MFA courses and 3 undergraduate programmes

Central is a specialist college for the performing arts. We offer 14 MA/MFA courses and 3 undergraduate programmes, themselves comprising of 16 separate courses as well as a Research Degree programme and a range of Short Courses.

Our courses are in the areas of acting, actor training, applied theatre, theatre crafts and making, design, drama therapy, lighting, movement, musical theatre, performance, producing, puppetry, scenography, stage management, sound, technical arts and production, theatre studies, voice, writing and much else besides.

Central’s curriculum is planned by specialist staff and external peers. Each course undergoes a validation process at its inception, annual monitoring each year and a Periodic Review every 5 years. External Examiners work with us to look at quality, level and more. Student experience is very important to us and is gathered in formal and informal ways.

We work to strengthen our legislative duties to proactively promote equality, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations through the curriculum (among other things) and regularly review the management, design and delivery of learning, teaching and assessment so as to incorporate (rather than add on) equality and diversity.

Find a Course

Please visit our Course Finder where each course has its own page with video and written information about the course, the professional focus of the course, the learning experience, entry requirements, fees and funding and much more.

The undergraduate programmes

BA (Hons) Acting

BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education (with a pathway in Writing for Performance)

The postgraduate courses

MA Acting (Classical)

MA Acting (Contemporary)

MA Music Theatre

MA Acting for Screen

MA/ MFA Actor Training and Coaching

MA/ MFA Performance Practice as Research

MA/ MFA Advanced Theatre Practice

MA Applied Theatre (with pathways: Drama in the Community and Drama Education or Drama and the Criminal Justice System)

MA Drama and Movement Therapy

MA/ MFA Voice Studies

MA/ MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching

MA Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy

MA/ MFA Creative Producing

MA/ MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media

Other courses

Central has a dynamic and vibrant PhD community. Please see the Research Degrees pages for more.

Central also offers Diploma courses, summer courses, evening classes and Saturday youth theatre.