MA Professional Acting

MA Professional Acting | ALRA

This 15 month, full time programme has three taught terms followed by two performance terms; including 2 theatre productions (one in collaboration with a professional theatre company), recording a film and showcases in London and Manchester.

Focusing on skills and techniques needed by today's professional actor, the programme encourages you to view your practice as continual development and to further your particular strengths.

The brevity and intenseness 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 or those seeking to change career.

If you are interested in applying to ALRA we would invite you to attend one of our next Open Days. To find out more about the opportunities available at our premises and which is the most appropriate Open Day, please visit this page or contact us.

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      • 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.

Public Productions

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 Drama UK 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.
  • If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English -. (B2 CEFR or 7.5 TEEP.)


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with student loan
Postgraduate Acting North (inc £400 University fee)
Five Terms
£0–£7,175~ £2,270 per term n/a
Postgraduate Acting South (inc £400 University fee)
Five Terms
£0–£7,175~ £3,020 per term n/a

Admission follows successful audition and interview. Candidates will be contacted as soon as possible to confirm their places.

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