The ALRA Acting MA (15 months) is a full time actor training programme that has three taught terms followed by two performance terms; including two theatre productions (one in collaboration with a professional Theatre Company), recording a film and showcases in both London and Manchester.
ALRA’s postgraduate courses focus on the skills and techniques needed for professional acting today. The MA Acting programme encourages you to view your performance practice as continual development and to further your particular strengths.
This course includes most aspects of a Drama School BA (Hons) Acting course but is delivered at a fast-tracked pace. Students work individually and as an ensemble with projects in screen acting as well as radio and theatre acting, movement, voice and other vital techniques of the performing arts with opportunities for audition practice to a professional panel.
The brevity and intensity of this programme demands a strong professional focus, a good level of stamina and an excellent level of commitment, and whilst we welcome all applicants, typical students are those with some performance experience who perhaps have already had a taste of the acting profession, or those seeking to change career or study at Postgraduate or Masters level.
Entry is subject to audition.
Auditions are held alongside the 3 year course and full details can be found under Apply Now and in the prospectus which you can download.
- Entry Requirements
- Fees & Dates
- Admissions and Assessment
Timetables for each course are distributed during induction week and then at the start of each subsequent term. Please note that although we make every effort to supply the full timetable, some changes are inevitable due to reasons beyond our control. All aspects of the timetable are compulsory.
- Acting and Performance Studies – Classes in Acting Technique, Acting for Camera, Acting for Radio, Improvisation. Scene Study includes – Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Greek Tragedy, and Contemporary writers.
- Voice Studies – Classes in Voicing Text, Technical Voice, Articulation and RP, Choral.
- Movement Studies – Core and Alignment, Creative Movement Stage Craft and Characterisation, Period dance and movement, Combat.
- Contextual Studies – Approach to text, Character Research, Research Methodologies Muscianship, Professional Practice, Practical Research Project.
In terms 4 and 5 you will:
- Record a 10 minute film which will be streamed on the ALRA website
- Perform in a play which will tour the local community in collaboration with a professional theatre company
- Perform in a play in the ALRA Theatre
- Perform in a Showcase in both London and Manchester to industry professionals
Practical Research Project
In terms 4 and 5 students can choose to:
- create an original 20-25 minute live performance for theatre or a recorded piece for film, television or radio.
- working individually or as a collective you establish a theatre company to produce a public performance
All students successfully completing the course will be awarded:
- MA Professional Acting (validated by St Mary's University College)
- In addition you will be entitled to Full Equity Membership through our CDET accreditation.
Selection is made by audition.
See Audition Guidelines (How to Apply)
It is expected that you will have:
- an undergraduate degree or equivalent, or considerable work/life experience could be taken into consideration; we would ask you to attend an intensive preliminary course.
- You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course, although ALRA welcomes older students, especially those who are thinking about a career change.
- If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this).
|with DaDA||paying privately||with Student Loan|
|Postgraduate Acting North (inc £400 University fee)
|£0–£7,175~||£2,270 per term||N/A|
|Postgraduate Acting South (inc £400 University fee)
|£0–£7,175~||£3,020 per term||N/A|
|Autumn Term 2017||Spring Term 2018||Summer Term 2018||Autumn Term 2018|
|From||18th September||8th January||23rd April||TBC|
|To||24th November||23rd March||13th July||TBC|
Admission follows successful audition and interview. Candidates will be contacted as soon as possible to confirm their places.
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