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ALRA MA professional acting student show in one of our two performance terms of our master in acting
Course Leader: Lucy Curtis, Paloma Oakenfold and Brandon Lee Sears
Course Location: Wandsworth (London), Wigan (Greater Manchester)
Study Level: Postgraduate
Study Mode: Full Time
Course Length: 15 Months
Application: £5 (application fee) £30 (stage 2 audition fee)
Awarding Body
St Mary’s University, London
Validated from 2017 to 2022
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For updated information about how ALRA is delivering Covid19 safe classes please check this page.

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 a theatre production, filming showreel scenes and showcases/panels in both London and Manchester regardless of which campus you choose to study at.

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For updated information about how ALRA is delivering Covid19 safe classes please check this page.

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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 a theatre production, filming showreel scenes and showcases/panels in both London and Manchester regardless of which campus you choose to study at.

Students work individually and as an ensemble with projects in screen acting as well as radio and theatre acting, movement, voice and other techniques which are useful to the professional actor with opportunities for audition practice to a professional panel.

  • ALRA’s postgraduate modules focus on the skills and techniques needed for professional acting today. The MA Professional Acting programme encourages you to view your performance practice as continual development and as a means to further your particular strengths.

    This is a highly practical course with a comparatively high amount of contact hours which reflects the demands of the industry students are preparing to enter.


    Teaching Patterns and Methods

    There are five modules including a public performance module affording students four separate performance opportunities and a self-directed practical research project which culminates in a performance in an area of specialism.

    Acting

    This module is a combination of practical and theoretical classes covering a range of methodologies in Acting Technique and then applied and furthered in Acting for Camera and Acting for Radio.

    Actor Voice

    This module is taught by voice specialists, using methodologies including, Linklater, Berry and Houseman. The module covers voice production and application to text and is assessed through presentations to peer audiences and reflective tasks guided by the faculty.

    Actor Movement

    This module ranges from a core understanding of how the body works to application of movement to character through a range of movement methodologies. This module is assessed through a range of short presentations to peer audiences and a reflective blog.


    Performance

    Showreel Scenes

    Actors work under professional conditions with professional directors who are current in the acting profession. This project is led by a professional film or television director, using a professional director of photography and sound engineer. Students rehearse and record two short showreel scenes.

    Public Production

    Working with a professional director and supported by a production team, students prepare and rehearse an existing text which is performed to the public and industry.

    Showcase

    Students select short scenes which are rehearsed over a period of three weeks and performed in a venue in London and Manchester to an audience of industry professionals.

    Professional Practice Auditions

    Students work with a director or casting director to develop material for a mock audition which is presented in front of a small industry panel who will give feedback. Assessment is through the final performances of the Film Project, Public Production and Showcase, and a reflective piece of work based on their mock audition experience.

    Personal Research Project

    Students will be asked to create an original piece of live or recorded work which is presented to a peer group audience. Students will also submit a written or recorded rationale to contextualise their piece of practical work.

    Assessment Strategy

    Students are assessed through performance and presentations and also through, blogs, v-logs and podcasts. It is important to note that ALRA supports students who struggle with academic writing to establish critical and evaluative skills through alternative submission formats. Assessment is weighted around public performances which is an intense learning experience, allowing the student to apply skills and strategies acquired on the module and indicating suitability to practice as a professional actor.

    Assessment Strategy

    Students are assessed through performance and presentations and also through, blogs, v-logs and podcasts. It is important to note that ALRA supports students who struggle with academic writing to establish critical and evaluative skills through alternative submission formats.

    Assessment is weighted around public performances which is an intense learning experience, allowing the student to apply skills and strategies acquired on the module and indicating suitability to practice as a professional actor.

  • It is expected that you will have:

    • An undergraduate degree or equivalent. This can be in any subject area of study. If not available, exceptional ability and/or considerable life/work experience can be taken into consideration, although a preliminary course is required to allow you to follow the non-academic admissions route.
    • 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 We need a level 6.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System)
  • Funding Information for the MA Professional Acting and all ALRA courses can be found in Fees & Funding.

    Fees for 2021 Entry

    Term

    Annual

    Deposit

    TOTAL

    MA Professional Acting North

    £2,600

    £13,000

    £400

    £13,400

    MA Professional Acting South

    £3,100

    £15,500

    £400

    £15,900

    Fees for 2021 Entry

    Term

    MA Professional Acting North

    £2,600

    MA Professional Acting South

    £3,100

    Fees for 2021 Entry

    Annual

    MA Professional Acting North

    £13,000

    MA Professional Acting South

    £15,500

    Fees for 2021 Entry

    Deposit

    MA Professional Acting North

    £400

    MA Professional Acting South

    £400

    Fees for 2021 Entry

    TOTAL

    MA Professional Acting North

    £13,400

    MA Professional Acting South

    £15,900

     

    Term DatesAutumn Term 2020Spring Term 2021Summer Term 2021
    From 5th October 11th January 26th April
    To 18th December 26th March 16th July
    Terms DatesAutumn Term 2020
    From 5th October
    To 18th December
    Terms DatesSpring Term 2021
    From 11th January
    To 26th March
    Terms DatesSummer Term 2021
    From 26th April
    To 16th July

     

    The Robert Demeger Bursary (£1,000)

    Robert Demeger was an actor and ALRA tutor 1951-2014, born in London and married, with one son and one daughter. Robert played some challenging leading roles, including an acclaimed King Lear for director Deborah Warner early in his career, and went on to cover an impressive range of work across screen and stage in the West End as well as for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was always happy to describe himself, with characteristic self-deprecation, as "a jobbing actor". Rob was adored during his work at ALRA.

    Applications for The Robert Demeger Bursary are open to all MA Acting students in their first year.

     

    The Segun Akingbola Bursary (£1,000)

    Segun was an ALRA MA student 2009-2010, a wonderful student, friend, father, brother in-law, son and loving husband. Segun heroically fought the world’s rarest and most aggressive form of cancer – Renal Medullary Carcinoma but sadly lost the fight on Christmas Day 2019.

    Segun was an actor, writer, philosopher, and a wonderful percussionist. After finishing his Masters at ALRA, he wrote, produced and acted in his first play The Patient at Soho Theatre directed by his brother Jimmy Akingbola. He went on to play the lead in Macbeth at The Greenwich Playhouse London while filming the beautifully cinematic short film Sea of Regrets by iLIKETRAINS. Segun’s TV career saw him work on the award winning BBC1’s Holby City and with Jessica Hynes and Douglas Hodge on Paul Smith's four-part, much-discussed, BBC1 drama One Night. Segun’s career highlight was being cast in the historic five-star production of The Royal Shakespeare Company's Pan-African version of Julius Caesar directed by Gregory Doran. The production played in Stratford-upon-Avon, Moscow, Ohio and New York.

    Segun is of Yoruba descent. His wife is of Italian-American descent and they have a 10 year old son.

    Applications for the The Segun Akingbola Bursary are open to all BAME MA Acting students in their first year.

  • Admission follows successful audition and interview – see the Audition Guidelines for more information. Candidates will be contacted as soon as possible to confirm their places. Your audition will help assess which acting course is most suitable for you. You can ask for feedback following your audition and you will have an opportunity to talk to staff and students throughout the day.

     

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