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Acting BA (Hons) at Drama St Mary’s is a rigorous, full-time course that equips you for a career in acting.

  • Drama St Mary's - unlike other drama schools - does not charge an audition fee
  • Pre-UCAS interviews and auditions that give you feedback before you apply to university
  • Up to 30 contact hours a week for 30 weeks of the year, taught by industry professionals
  • Drama School Training in a university context - offering personal support and tutorial supervision
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Why study Acting?

This course helps you develop practical, holistic acting skills. You get 30 contact hours a week for 30 weeks of the year. Our tutors are industry professionals who bring their experience and knowledge into our studios.

Our Voice and Movement classes develop the core skills you will need as an actor. Acting classes hone your imagination, technique and stage and screen craft. In the Performance classes you can be playful, experimental, spontaneous and collaborative. The Contextual Studies stream investigates where your work fits into the wider world, both past and present.

In your first year you will build a firm base for your training. This serves as a base for developing your craft in year two through in-house productions and workshops. In your final year you begin your career with public productions, links to industry professionals and a graduate portfolio.

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. You can enjoy all the best bits of being at university – the campus services, accommodation and being part of a community of students and societies.

Our Greater London campus is on the doorstep of numerous local theatres, and we even have our own theatre at The Exchange.

We have regular guest lectures from leading industry names, and plenty of successful graduates now making a living in the acting profession.

Foundation year

Acting is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

Auditions and interviews

Auditions and interviews are part of the application process for BA Acting. You will be asked to perform a two-minute monologue of your choosing (classical or contemporary) and be interviewed about your interest in the course and your possible routes for development beyond graduating.There are also opportunities on these days to take part in a group workshop, meet the whole staff team, other students already on the programme and tour the facilities.

There are also opportunities on these days to take part in a group workshop, meet the Acting staff and current students, and tour the facilities.

We also offer Pre-UCAS auditions on Open Days where you can audition, receive feedback and be informed whether you would be accepted onto our courses (should you choose to apply to us through UCAS). If you're interested in Pre-UCAS auditions please join us on an Open Day, where you can sign up.

UCAS requirements

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent). 

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Acting.

Course content



Year one

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

Year two

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

Year three

  • Production Core
  • Contextual Studies 3: Professional Practice Core
  • Creative Thinking and Theatre-Making Core
  • Finalists Productions Core
  • Acting for Screen and Radio Core

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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 including American television or London’s West End.

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.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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.

Class sizes are usually 20 to 25 students, and year three productions run in casts of 10 to 12. 

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 64%
  • Guided learning: 18%
  • Independent study: 18%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* 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 starting in 2020 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 should you wish to join casting directory Spotlight in your final year. This costs £103 for a discounted membership as a student of a Spotlight accredited school. If you want to invest in professional headshots, these also tend to average at around £200.

You are advised to budget £100 a year throughout your degree to purchase scripts and course texts and will need to buy several pairs of rehearsal blacks to train in.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information

Dan Ford profile photo Dan Ford
Programme Director - Acting

dan.ford@stmarys.ac.uk

Heather Hartnett Heather Hartnett
Programme Director - Acting

heather.hartnett@stmarys.ac.uk

Sola  Oyeleye Sola Oyeleye
Senior Lecturer - Drama

sola.oyeleye@stmarys.ac.uk

Mark Griffin profile photo Mark Griffin
Head of Department - Humanities and Creative Industries

mark.griffin@stmarys.ac.uk


Find out more

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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