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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London


Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Central) is based in Swiss Cottage, in the vibrant borough of Camden, London. The school offers vocational training courses to aspiring actors and creatives, along with research degrees in the performing arts. High profile alumni include Dame Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville and Jennifer Saunders.

Ranked as ‘world leading’ in its field, the school boasts three main disciplines:

Acting – Classical, Acting - Contemporary, Acting for Screen, Actor Training and Coaching, Advanced Theatre Practice, Applied Theatre, Applied Theatre With Young People, Creative Producing, Drama and Movement Therapy, Movement: Directing and Teaching, Music Theatre, Performance Practice as Research, Scenography, Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy, Voice Studies, Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media.

Along with taught and research postgraduate courses, you will also be able to study for a Diploma or BA (Hons) degree at undergraduate level, along with a number of short courses, evening classes and one-to-one training sessions.

The school has strong connections within the television, film and theatre industries, so students benefit from regular workshops and work experience opportunities. Performance students will also have the chance to impress visiting agents and casting directors throughout the year. Students in recent years have worked on the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe, found placements at the National Theatre and undertaken production roles at festivals such as The Secret Garden Party.

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About the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Elsie Fogerty founded The Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art at the Royal Albert Hall in 1906. In time, the School earned a reputation for the quality of its teaching and was favoured by those aspiring to be theatre actors. Currently the School offers an MA in Acting, Theatre, Creative Production, Drama and much more.

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16% Part Time
84% Full Time

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48% Part Time
52% Full Time

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675 Undergraduate
425 Postgraduate

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