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Full time | Newton Park Campus | 1 year | SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Acting Performing Arts (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Become a specialist in classical drama through this MA Classical Acting course. You’ll gain insight into the classical drama canon from Ancient Greece to the mid-20th century, exploring areas such as Greek Comedies and Tragedies, English Renaissance plays and Naturalistic plays from Germany, Norway, Russia, America and Britain.


Enhance your understanding, creativity and delivery of classical play texts.

You’ll develop these skills through:

  • Evaluation and reflection on your own practice
  • Expanding your artistic and market awareness
  • Gaining insights into innovative artistic practices.

How will I be taught?

The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, masterclasses, off-site visits, performance and production work, and through our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We invite professional actors and directors to work with you and we have an ever-expanding list of lecturers, specialists, artists, and guest scholars.

The Master’s is taught in the evenings in three-hour workshops. If you’re looking for a more flexible learning option, we also offer a part-time mode.

In this course, students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.


You can choose to undertake a more traditional written dissertation, a performance based dissertation, or a mixture of the two. You might direct a production, lead workshops, or research into areas relating to directing as part of your dissertation.
Production 2: Acting in a Company - Core
Research Methodologies & Context - Core
Production 1: Scene Study - Core
Professional Collaboration - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

We’re looking for individuals with a flair for performance and a clear passion for classical acting. Training is hands-on, so you’ll need energy, drive and the motivation to transform your ideas into productions. Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

University information

Bath Spa University is a great choice for those seeking to combine high quality tuition with a unique lived experience. The university has a 150 year heritage of delivering outstanding higher education, and is based in the magnificent World Heritage city of Bath, where students experience ancient Roman heritage alongside Georgian elegance and contemporary city living. The university’s specialist facilities include brand new buildings,...more

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