University of The Arts London BA Acting

University of The Arts London BA Acting

BA Acting is structured as an organic process of development over three years (stages) and comprises: Main Study (Acting, Voice, Movement), Contextual Studies (Theatre & Character Analysis, Music), and Personal and Professional Development, including intensive professional preparation. Course work upholds a methodological approach to acting while developing your ability to work as part of an ensemble.

Course methodologies derive from the work of leading artists and teachers from 20th century European and American theatre. These include Konstantin Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof, Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Bertolt Brecht, Joan Littlewood, Rudolf Laban and Yat Malmgren.

The core technical disciplines (acting, voice, body) require a process of progressive and systematic development over three years. Many of the activities associated with these disciplines, such as regular classes and daily warm-ups, are about ‘tuning the instrument’. Imaginative, analytical and critical faculties call for similarly careful and progressive development.

At the heart of BA Acting at Drama Centre London is performance, a complex process of decision making and problem solving that calls for an interaction between conscious and unconscious activity, intuition and skill. All course teaching and learning activities culminate in rehearsal exercises, which are given before internal or public audiences.

Entry to BA Acting is highly competitive. Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in the quality of your audition and interview. See below for the selection criteria and information on how to apply.

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements details below:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Performance (level 3 or 4)
  • A pass in 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 Passes at GCSE (grade C or above)


  • Passes in 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 Passes at GCSE (grade C or above)


  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above
  • An equivalent high school qualification from an EU or non-EU institution

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; an outstanding audition; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four skills (on one single test) or equivalent.

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.