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MA Professional Acting

A full-time, 15-month training that includes a public theatre production, filming with a professional crew, and showcasing events. You will work individually and as an ensemble on projects in screen, radio, and live performance. This course attracts students with diverse skills and experiences, builds on existing strengths, and provides the tools necessary to forge a career as an entrepreneurial, independent actor.

Course Leaders Kate Coogan
Course Location Wandsworth (London), Wigan (Greater Manchester)
Study Level Postgraduate
Study Mode Full-time
Course Length 15 months
Awarding Body Arts University Bournemouth* from 2023 (*subject to validation)

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You will focus on the essential skills required to become a professional actor able to work across all disciplines. This is a practical course with a high number of contact hours. We want you to develop your own, personal process and explore who you are as a unique artist.

In the first three terms you will receive classes in acting, movement, voice, acting for camera, musicianship and reflective practice. Each term includes rehearsal projects, which provide a practical opportunity to integrate and apply the techniques you have acquired.

The final two terms focus on industry-facing projects including:
– A mock audition panel with agents and casting directors
– A Showcase in front of industry professionals
– A public theatre production
– Recording of showreel material

There are five rehearsal projects, providing you the opportunity to develop your ability to work as an ensemble, analyse text and develop characterisation, use research skills to build the world of the play, and work confidently to embody text.

A combination of practical and theoretical classes that cover a range of methodologies in Acting Technique which are also applicable to Acting for Camera.

Actor Voice
You will cover voice production and application to text and be assessed through presentations to peer audiences and reflective tasks guided by the faculty.

Actor Movement
This module develops a core understanding of how the body works, as well as exploring and expanding the imaginative potential available to you.

– Showreel Scenes
Work under professional conditions with an experienced director to record showreel material
– Professional Practice Auditions
Work with a director or casting director to develop material for a mock audition, presented to an industry panel who will give feedback
– Showcase
Perform in a Showcase event to an audience of industry professionals
– Public Production
Rehearse a production, and perform to the public and industry at one of ALRA’s theatres
– Personal Research Project
Create an original piece of live or recorded work and present it to a peer group audience. You will also submit a written or recorded rationale to contextualise your piece of practical work


You are assessed through performance, presentations, blogs, v-logs and podcasts. ALRA supports students who struggle with academic writing to establish the necessary critical and evaluative skills. Assessment is weighted around performance, allowing you to apply skills and strategies acquired on the module.

An undergraduate degree. We actively encourage applicants who offer equivalent professional experience as an alternative to qualifications.

You should be 18 years old on enrolment (by mid-September/first day of Induction). We also welcome 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)

Selection is made by audition. Find out more here.

Funding information for the MA Professional Acting and all ALRA courses can be found in Fees and Funding.

Fees for 2021 entry
Registration Fee
MA Professional Acting North
MA Professional Acting South


Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Term 5
27th Sept 2021

10th Dec 2021
10th Jan 2022

25th March 2022
25th April 2022

15th July 2022
18th July 2022

30th Sept 2022
3rd Oct 2022

2nd Dec 2022
2 weeks break:
W/C 8th August
W/C 15th August
Admission follows successful audition and interview – see the Application Guidelines for more information. Your audition will assess which acting course is most suitable to you.

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