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We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.

Our acting courses in London and Wigan are identical; it is just their location and cost that vary.

ALRA training covers acting for camera from the very first week. Students also study movement, voice, a wide range of acting techniques, text, stage combat, TV presenting, radio, dance, singing - in short, all of the elements required to work as a professional actor or director in today's industry.

At ALRA, we apply the same professional standard to all our courses to ensure they are fit for purpose and more importantly to ensure that when you have completed your course you have the skills and ability to move to the next level or to enter the profession.


BA (Hons) Acting

The BA (Hons) Acting programme of study is suitable for those determined to become professional actors working in today’s Theatre, Screen and Audio industries. Combining practical actor training with theoretical study and research methodologies, this vocational course aims to equip you to operate effectively in a highly competitive artistic industry.

Foundation Acting Diploma

ALRA's Foundation Diploma in Acting gives students a real insight into conservatoire actor training and preparation for working in the industry. It is beneficial for those wishing to pursue professional training at a higher level.

MA Professional Acting

The ALRA MA Professional Acting Course (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.

Short Courses and Workshops

ALRA offers a selection of short courses and workshops throughout the year in a range of subjects such as voice, movement and Shakespeare. They are run by approved partners and ALRA tutors and range in length from hours to weeks.

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

Having been through a period of intense curriculum development re-considering the way in which we train our actors, ALRA has created a network to support the training industry by hosting and curating networking events focusing on actor movement and actor voice.

Nottingham College 1 Year Acting Foundation – in Association with ALRA

This Foundation Course at Nottingham College is designed to refine skills in preparation for drama school or university. This course is endorsed by ALRA with elements of the Foundation course.

Leicester College 2 Year Acting Degree (Creative Performance Practice)

A performance Degree providing professional preparation, studied intensely over two years.

This course is validated and awarded by De Montfort University and delivered at Leicester College with curriculum and training approaches designed using ALRA's Conservatoire ethos.

Trinity College London and ALRA

ALRA has a long-standing relationship with Trinity College London which enables students to benefit form the Dance and Drama Awards scheme. This scheme helps students pay for their course fees and some can receive support for living expenses. This is a merit and means-tested award for which all students are eligible for consideration once they have been offered a place at ALRA.

York College

The BA Acting for Stage & Screen* is an intensive training programme created and run in close partnership with Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA).

(*Subject to approval and validation)


MA Directing

The ALRA MA Directing course is an innovative new programme which includes an international residency and individual industry mentors. Set within cutting-edge locations at both ALRA North and ALRA South, the vision of this course is to create driven, diverse artists who will change the demographic of directors in this country.


OKCU (Oklahoma City University) MFA in Screen Acting

The OKCU School of Theatre, in partnership with ALRA, offers a Master of Fine Arts in Screen Acting. This intensive two-year program is delivered in Los Angeles in the first year and in London in the second.


MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts)

ALRA collaborated with Kristin Linklater to create a unique Master of Fine Arts degree, subject to validation.