The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

There are currently a limited amount of spaces still available on some undergraduate courses. See the list below and fill out the form to register your interest in being interviewed for a place in 2020. 

Why Central?

  • We are known internationally as a leader in the training of the next generation of theatre makers. Our graduates are working across the globe, with many recognised through award nominations and successes.
  • Our new £16.7 million North Block has added further world-class facilities to our campus with a new theatre, sound stage and movement studio just a few of the new resources available for our students to experiment with and enjoy.
  • Students receive intensive teaching and hands-on practical experience supported by leading academics, technical support and visiting professionals from industry on a regular basis
  • The courses on offer have placements opportunities available for students to receive practical experience of working in the industry
  • Our unique courses provide you with specialist skills in your chosen area whilst also providing unparalleled levels of collaboration with other courses, giving added experience to prepare you for working in industry.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice 

Students can choose from the following three courses:

Drama, Applied Theatre and Education

This course uses drama and theatre techniques in a range of non-traditional theatre settings such as prisons and hospitals to evoke social or educational change. Students on the course will learn to facilitate, perform, write and plan effectice workshops. 

Performance Arts

Develop your own performance identity through experimental theatre underpinned by theory. 

Writing for Performance 

This course develops performance writing skills, technical understanding and personal identity. There is a particular focus on creating theatre to inspire change in a wide range of theatre and non-theatre settings.


BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

Students can choose from the following ten courses.

Costume Construction

Learn how to build, adapt and alter costumes for live performance as well as undertaking design interpretation. 

Design for Performance

Learn to design set and costume through both traditional and modern methods such as AutoCAD and Photoshop. 

Production Lighting

Learn to plan, rig, focus, plot and maintain lighting and video rigs for theatre and other live shows. 

Prop Making

Train to become a specialist and unique model maker able to fashion props from a wide range of materials for clients in television, film, theatre and advertising.

Scenic Painting for Stage and Screen

Learn how to paint backdrops and set pieces for theatre, film, television. Students will work with a range of materials and will learn techniques such as marbling and calligraphy.

Set Construction for Stage and Screen

Plan and build sets for a variety of contexts including theatre, film, television, events and advertising. 

Stage Management

Train to become a stage manager whilst gaining a background in all aspects of production and technical theatre. 

Technical and Production Management

Receive intensive training in theatre technology and management practice. 

Lighting Design 

Learn to design lighting for live performance, developing creative and technical expertise. 

Theatre Sound

Students will learn the art of creating sonic worlds integral to dramatic narrative, and develop the technical ability to totally control the sonic environment of live performance. 


Want to apply during Clearing - check if you are eligible

Clearing will open on 6th July 2020 through UCAS and you will eligible to apply to Central through clearing if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You made a UCAS application this year but didn’t receive any offers;
  • You made a UCAS application this year but declined the offers you received;
  • You have received your results and didn’t meet the conditions of your offers;
  • You are making a UCAS application for the first time this year;
  • You were accepted elsewhere but have chosen to decline your place and be released to Clearing.

Register your Interest

Register your interest in being interviewed for one of our courses by filling out this form



Bursaries and Scholarships

Although it is late in the application process, there may still be a small number of bursaries and scholarships available for late applicants to apply for. 

The Admissions Team will be able to state what is available when organising an interview date.



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