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Sept 2020

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3 Years



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Mark Griffin
Mark Griffin

Head of Department - Humanities and Creative Industries
020 8240 4063

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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.

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

Key facts

  • Drama St Mary's - unlike other drama schools - does not charge an audition fee
  • Drama St Mary’s offers Pre-UCAS interviews and auditions that give you feedback before you apply through UCAS
  • Up to 30 contact hours a week for 30 weeks of the year, taught by industry 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

  • 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 refer to the programme specification document for a 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 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

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

2020/21 fees

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

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 starting in 2019 or 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, 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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