BA (Hons) Acting Programme

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Central offers three intensive acting courses delivering a complete vocational actor training, each with a different specialist focus and leading to the award of BA (Hons) Acting.

  • Our high level conservatoire training is designed to develop world-leading performers
  • Training prepares performers to work in theatre, television, film and radio
  • High profile graduates include Andrew Garfield, Kit Harington, Cush Jumbo, Judi Dench, Martin Freeman, Naomi Ackie, Joe Alwyn, Hannah John-Kamen and more
  • Large number of free auditions are available for applicants facing financial hardship
  • Auditions take place in London, Leicester, Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle in the UK and overseas in Australia, Singapore, Chile, Colombia and USA

Our courses

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On this course students receive comprehensive classical and contemporary actor training. The course also focuses on new thinking in response to the rapidly evolving world of the arts and culture. Learn more about this course.

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Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre (CDT)

This course offers an innovative and rigorous actor training, emphasising the creation of new theatre and celebrates the creative potentialof collaborative processes alongside development of the individual actor.

Learn more about this course.

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Acting Musical Theatre

Students will graduate with the skills to work in classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, feature film, television and radio. Learn more about this course.


Learn more about what is included in the BA (Hons) Acting audition process

An audition at Central costs £55, however last year we awarded over 1,200 free audition vouchers which enabled more applicants to attend auditions and access specialist drama training.

Many UK-based applicants may be eligible for a free audition.

Find out if you qualify for a free audition.

Want to find out more?

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