This exciting new degree for 2017 will replace all the current Drama undergraduate programmes (Drama and Theatre Arts, Drama and Applied Theatre, Drama and Physical Theatre)

Why study Acting?

BA Acting is Drama School training in a University context. Its aim is to prepare students for professional work in the theatre, television and film industries. By combining conservatoire-style training with university education it will not only develop your acting skills to a professional standard, but will also enhance your critical and creative thinking skills.

Acting students will receive 30 hours of class contact time per week. Core classes are in voice, movement and acting technique and there are also opportunities to specialise in screen acting or physical theatre or applied theatre in the third year

Why St Mary's?

Students are taught by academics as well as teachers and practitioners drawn from the theatre and film industries. This includes the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

90% of the Acting degree's classes are studio-based, practical workshops or production rehearsals. 10% (one three-hour module per week) is a university-style lecture-seminar class in which you will study technical approaches to acting and the work of theatre and film practitioners.

You will perform in major productions in the second and third years, directed by professional theatre directors and supported by students on the Technical Theatre programme.

You will also be assigned a personal tutor and meet on a weekly basis.

Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

A Student View

Rosie Passmore (Drama and Theatre Arts student)
"I am a more confident, well spoken and self-assured person than I was three years ago, and I solidly believe it is through what I have learnt here and the people that have taught it to me.

"All of the Drama Teachers have been very supportive in and out of the Studios. They have been in the industry and know what they're talking about. No one at St Mary's wants you to fail; they will support you as much as they can with whatever you are doing.

"Being so far away from home can be very difficult, but knowing that there is someone to talk to, who knows me personally and can be there to help and comfort me, is the best feeling. I know I'm supported here by my tutor and other staff and that's why I have been able to enjoy my time at St Mary's so much."

St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.


St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.