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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Acting Performing Arts (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Mountview’s MA in Performance – Acting is designed to give students with a previous degree or practical experience the skills and contacts to succeed as an actor

The course develops technical skills over an intensive three-term programme of training and study. There are only 32 places available each year. With 36 hours of contact teaching time each week and taking place with a maximum of 16 students per class this postgraduate acting course delivers focused, hands-on training.

Over the first two terms you will take skills classes. These are complemented by performance projects including contemporary writing, Shakespeare, European and American drama and original devised work.

In the final term, you’ll present a fully-staged public production and professional showcase attended by agents, casting directors and other prominent industry professionals. Students with a USA work visa also have the option of a New York showcase (flights and accommodation costs apply).

Across the year students prepare for their MA on a performance-related subject of their choice through lectures and tutorials. This is presented as a creative project, backed up with a written submission.

In your third term you’ll also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison to understand and prepare for life as a working actor.

Assessment is based on work throughout the course. If you wish to complete the MA you will attend a series of seminars and prepare a creative project. The MA is not compulsory and if you don’t take it you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Acting, Acting for camera Improvisation, Voice, Movement & dance and Singing.

Tuition fees

UK fees
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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Admission onto the course is by audition. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Entry is based on performance at audition. If you do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA. If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).