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3 Years



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Julie Spencer

Interim Head of Department - Drama
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This BA Acting course is designed to offer intense conservatoire-style Actor Training for students who want to work in a demanding and exciting profession.

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Why study Acting?

The Acting BA degree has been designed around the areas of Acting, Performance, Voice and Movement and Contextual Studies. The course aims to develop you practically and holistically, whilst also allowing you to investigate the context in which theatre is made.

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 of the industry to direct our studios.

The course includes public productions, opportunities to apply your work to real communities, creative thinking and theatre-making sessions, all of which helps you to develop a graduate portfolio that gives you the best tools for your life-long career in the industry.

Why St Mary's?

Drama St Mary’s is a suite of vocational courses offering the best of Drama School practical training along with the academic rigour of university study.

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.

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

Modules are mostly assessed through practical exercises, performances and workshop demonstrations. The Contextual Studies work is assessed by essay (two essays across three years).

You will create a graduate portfolio in your third year including CV, showreel material and personal contacts. 

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 industry professionals
  • Opportunity for Central London Showcases
  • Links to the industry and development of graduate portfolio material
  • Drama School Training in a university Context - offering personal support and tutorial

Course content

Year one

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

Year two

  • Acting 3: Classical 
  • Acting for Film and TV 
  • 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. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

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

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: £11,750

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 2018 and 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 could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

UCAS Application Timeline