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11 Masters Programs in Acting

Breaking into film or stage acting is often difficult, even when you have received proper training. By pursuing a Master in Acting, students can hone their acting skills and better prepare for a career working on professional productions. What is a Master in Acting? It is a program of study that involves learning and mastering techniques that transfer to acting on stage, in film or on television.… Read more

Breaking into film or stage acting is often difficult, even when you have received proper training. By pursuing a Master in Acting, students can hone their acting skills and better prepare for a career working on professional productions.

What is a Master in Acting? It is a program of study that involves learning and mastering techniques that transfer to acting on stage, in film or on television. In addition to acting techniques, students tend to study the business of film and theatre, script analysis, stage movement and speech. The one-to-two-year program often culminates in a presentation of student films or live acting presentations. Before getting accepted to a program, prospective students may need to demonstrate their acting skills in front of a panel.

Earning a Master in Acting is often a thrilling experience for students. Benefits often include unique opportunities to work on student stage and film projects, as well as a leg up in a competitive industry.

The cost of earning a master’s degree in acting differs depending on the institution and length of the program. There may be fees for materials for film or stage productions as well. Students are encouraged to thoroughly research their program of choice to understand the costs involved.

A master’s degree in acting can help launch students toward careers on professional stages such as Broadway. Many graduates also find jobs as production assistants for television and film directors. Acting is a competitive field, and although not every student might make an on-screen appearance, there are many different behind-the-scenes careers available with stage, television and film productions. Some students may even pursue a PhD and wish to teach acting at universities and other educational institutions.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in a related field, students can usually apply online for a program. Though some courses may be available online, most will likely need to be completed on a campus. A presentation of acting skills may also be necessary before acceptance. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
London, United Kingdom

The MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance aims to inspire the theatre and performance artists of tomorrow and appeal to those committed to the creation of thei ... +

The MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance aims to inspire the theatre and performance artists of tomorrow and appeal to those committed to the creation of their own work – whether as actors, directors or writers for the stage. The journey of the programme covers all three areas. -
Master
Full-time
13 - 36 months
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The Master's Degree in Theater and Performing Arts is aimed both at those students who want a mastery of skills related to the world of theater in its professional aspects of ... +

The Master's Degree in Theater and Performing Arts is aimed both at those students who want a mastery of skills related to the world of theater in its professional aspects of a creative, organizational and interpretive nature, as well as those who wish to study in depth the different lines of research related to theater, dramatic literature, and performing arts. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2021
Campus
 
National University of Art Institute
1201, Argentina

This master's degree aims to encourage research in both the theoretical and practical areas of theater and performing arts based on new contemporary theories and practices, as ... +

This master's degree aims to encourage research in both the theoretical and practical areas of theater and performing arts based on new contemporary theories and practices, as well as promoting the exchange of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary artistic experiences of artistic production. Graduates of the Master's in Theater and Performing Arts will obtain a plural training that will allow them to act as artists and professionals in performing disciplines as well as consolidate themselves as researchers of the same. -
MA
Spanish (Argentina)
Feb 2022
Campus
 

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University Rennes 2
Rennes, France

his path allows the confirmed actor to pass the competitive examinations to become a teacher in art schools, high school or university; it also opens up to specific trades in ... +

his path allows the confirmed actor to pass the competitive examinations to become a teacher in art schools, high school or university; it also opens up to specific trades in the artistic and cultural field: assistant to the director, director, playwright, artistic and cultural mediator, etc. -
Master
Full-time
French
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Gothenburg, Sweden

Our programme is for practising artists with an interest in interdisciplinary artistic situations. We examine the artist’s interaction with the surrounding community and aspec ... +

Our programme is for practising artists with an interest in interdisciplinary artistic situations. We examine the artist’s interaction with the surrounding community and aspects related to location and dramatic structure in artistic work. You apply with an investigative project that you develop through the entire programme. -
Master
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Missouri Kansas City
Kansas City, USA

The acting program is a three-year, minimum 60-credit-hour professional actor-training program interacting with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, a professional Equity League ... +

The acting program is a three-year, minimum 60-credit-hour professional actor-training program interacting with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, a professional Equity League of Resident Theatres (LORT) B Theatre. -
Master
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Columbia University School of the Arts
New York, USA

Columbia University’s MFA Theatre Program is collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary. It defines itself by its location in New York City. It thrives on the extensi ... +

Columbia University’s MFA Theatre Program is collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary. It defines itself by its location in New York City. It thrives on the extensive network of Columbia alumni and faculty who work in prestigious theatres at every level, who direct and perform in award-winning productions, and who engage with our students far beyond the classroom. -
Master
English
Sep 2021
 
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
London, United Kingdom

Pioneering programmes aimed at performance and movement practitioners interested in movement directing and teaching. Students may be actors or dancers who want to diversify, p ... +

Pioneering programmes aimed at performance and movement practitioners interested in movement directing and teaching. Students may be actors or dancers who want to diversify, people who work with actors, or practitioners from sport or holistic practice who want to enhance their understanding of practical/theoretical interfaces regarding movement in contemporary performance. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Russian State Institute of Performing Arts
Saint Petersburg, Russia

This Master’s program has been designed specifically for international students. Its purpose is to instruct those who have a Bachelor’s degree in theatre in other countries in ... +

This Master’s program has been designed specifically for international students. Its purpose is to instruct those who have a Bachelor’s degree in theatre in other countries in how productions are staged within the contemporary Russian school of theatre. Particular attention is paid to the method of active analysis and etude form of rehearsing. -
Master
Full-time
Russian, English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Ekaterinburg State Theatre Institute
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Areas of professional activity in which graduates who have mastered the program can carry out professional activities: Education and Science (in the spheres: professional and ... +

Areas of professional activity in which graduates who have mastered the program can carry out professional activities: Education and Science (in the spheres: professional and additional education; scientific research); Culture, art (in the fields of performing arts; film art; creative activity). -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
Russian
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Sidcup, United Kingdom

This programme is for those who are interested to make and perform theatre by, with and for young people. As one of the UK's leading drama schools, Rose Bruford College offers ... +

This programme is for those who are interested to make and perform theatre by, with and for young people. As one of the UK's leading drama schools, Rose Bruford College offers a unique opportunity to study and train in this increasingly popular and dynamic area of theatre practice. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
13 - 24 months
English
Oct 2021
Campus