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Our undergraduate degrees combine the best of Drama School (conservatoire) training with the best of university education and our postgraduate courses are vocational programmes that aim to equip you with advanced industry skills, as well as provide the opportunity for artistic experiment and research.

We think it is particularly important that theatre should have social purpose and although we place the performer at the centre of our work there is a strong focus on the audience. We believe that theatre is about 'us' not about 'me'.

Undergraduate Study

BA Acting offers Drama School training within a university context. Its aim is to prepare students for professional work in the theatre, television and film industries. Students can expect in excess of 18 hours of scheduled classes each week.

BA Technical Theatre is a two year 'fast track' programme where students will live the full degree experience in six trimesters over two years. This rigorous training will give you opportunities to develop all the skills you would need in a career in Technical Theatre and Production Management.

Postgraduate Study

MA London Theatre is a perfect programme for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in London’s rich theatre heritage and is designed for students wishing to pursue further academic careers in theatre, those interested in being a theatre commentator, or those simply interested in delving further into the Theatre capital of the world.

MA Playwriting gives students the time and support to develop their own full length play. Throughout the programme students will work with industry professionals who share their knowledge and insight into what it takes to be a working playwright. The course culminates with a rehearsed reading of your plays with an invited industry audience.

BA (Hons) Acting graduates

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