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Patsy Gilbert

Academic Director for Drama

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BA Acting is designed to offer intense conservatoire style Actor Training for students who want to work in a demanding and exciting profession.

Please note: this programme is subject to validation.
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Why study Acting?

The Acting BA degree has been developed around the strands of Acting, Performance, Voice and Movement and Contextual Studies, develop the student practically and holistically, whilst also investigating 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 experience and knowledge of the industry into our studios and direct to our studios. The course includes public productions, opportunities to apply your work to 'real' communities, creative thinking and theatre making sessions and support you to develop Graduate Portfolios to give 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 programmes offering the best of Drama School practical training along with the academic rigour of university study. Situated on our campus in South West 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 work is taught in lecture seminars (10%) throughout the programme which link with the work you do in practical classes to a wider understanding of the theatre.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through practical exercises, performances and workshop demonstrations. All students create a Graduate Portfolio in year three including CV, show reel material and personal contacts. The Contextual Studies work is assessed by essay (two essays across three years).

Key facts

  • 30 contact hours a week for 30 weeks of the year.
  • Training 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

Year two

Year three

Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional- you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

By the end of the Acting degree programme 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

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

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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 informtion

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