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BA (Hons) Acting at Drama St Marys offers a vocational Actor Training for the 21st Century.

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Why study Acting?

The course aims to develop you practically and holistically, whilst also allowing you to investigate the context in which acting takes place.

The degree offers 30 contact hours a week for 30 weeks of the year and is taught by a range of industry professionals who bring their experience and knowledge into our studios.

Regular Voice and Movement classes develop the core skills an actor needs. Acting classes hone your imagination, technique and specificity for stage and screen. Performance classes prepare you to be playful, spontaneous and collaborative. Contextual Studies investigates where your work fits into the wider world, both past and present.

The first year of the course provides a firm base for your training. In the second year, you further develop your craft through in-house productions and workshops. The final year sees you begin your career, with public productions, links to industry professionals and a graduate portfolio.

BA Acting is a rigorous full-time training that gives you the best tools for your life-long career in the industry.

Why St Mary's?

Drama St Mary’s is The University Drama School. We provide the best of Drama School practical training in a university setting.

Training in a university context means that Acting students at St Mary's enjoy greater institutional support, campus services and accommodation as well as being part of a wider community of students and societies.

Situated on our campus in Greater London, our intense training programmes develop the skills and talents of a new generation of performers and theatre-makers.

Key facts

  • Drama St Mary’s offers Pre-UCAS interviews and auditions that give you feedback before you apply through UCAS
  • 30 contact hours a week for 30 weeks of the year, taught by in-dustry professionals
  • Opportunity for Central London Showcases
  • Rigorous vocational training
  • Links to the industry and development of graduate portfolio material
  • Drama School Training in a university Context - offering personal support and tutorial supervision

Course content

Year one

  • Acting 1: Intro to Acting 
  • Acting 2: Text 
  • Contextual Studies 1: Acting in Theory and Practice 
  • Performance 1: Skills 
  • Performance 2: Ensemble 
  • Voice and Movement 1 

Year two

  • Acting 3: Classical Text 
  • Acting 4: Acting for TV and Film 
  • Contextual Studies 2: Theatre History 
  • Performance 3: Devising 
  • Performance 4: Applied Theatre 
  • Voice and Movement 2 

Year three

  • Acting for Screen and Radio 
  • Contextual Studies 3: Professional Practice 
  • Creative Thinking and Theatre-Making 
  • Finalists Productions 
  • Production 
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

By the end of this Acting degree, you will have had a professional training appropriate to a career in theatre and be equipped with creative, analytical, communication, team-working and organisational skills relevant to a wide range of graduate employment.

Recent graduates have found employment as actors both on stage and on screen. There is also the opportunity for further study on our Theatre Directing Masters degree, or at another Drama School or University.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Acting students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree with work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The course is predominantly (90%) taught through practical classes and workshops, as well as rehearsals for productions.

The Contextual Studies strand of the degree is taught in lecture seminars (10%) throughout the course and links to the work you do in practical classes, giving you a wider understanding of the theatre.

Assessment methods

Acting, Performance, Voice and Movement modules (comprising 90% of the course) are assessed through practical exercises, performances and workshop demonstrations. The Contextual Studies modules are assessed by essay (two essays across three years) and graduate portfolio in your third year.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £11,220

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs can occur, largely in the final year of your degree, as actors book professional headshots and sign up for Spotlight, the industry casting directory.

For further information about additional costs please email

Further information

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