Located in the heart of London, UK, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama has a long reputation of developing talented creatives who enjoy success across the globe. From Oscar-winning actors to Tony Award-winning sound designers, every area of performance and production is covered by our courses.
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is an international leader for professional theatre and performance-related training, offering an extensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The Central experience
Our students have undertaken industry placements at high-profile companies including BBC, the Old Vic, RSC, the Roundhouse, Camden Arts Council, National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera plus many more.
Central has a range of distinguished alumni and are renowned for producing some of the finest actors, designers, technicians, performance professionals and educators in the industry. As a graduate of Central, you will become part of this legacy.
Why choose Central?
As a drama conservatoire within the University of London, Central has many unique qualities including:
- broad portfolio of courses covering drama, theatre and performance-related professions
- excellent graduate employment prospects and strong industry links
- first-rate teaching facilities including the celebrated Embassy Theatre and offsite settings
- expert academics demonstrating a dedicated commitment to high-quality teaching and research
- central London location situated amongst a vibrant community of arts organisations
- unique study approaches including specialist conservatoire training
- dedicated research department exploring the future of theatre making
Central welcomes applications from international students onto all its courses. As an international student at Central you will be part of a truly cosmopolitan community of over 50 different nationalities united by a passion for performance. Most international students apply to our full-time one-year MA programmes or our full-time three-year BA programmes. To find out more about studying at Central as an international student visit our website.
Fees and funding
There are a number of scholarships, bursaries and awards available to support students during their time at Central. You can find the full tuition fees and additional costs for all of our courses here.
What courses does Central offer?
Acting, BA (Hons)
Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre), BA (Hons)
Acting (Musical Theatre), BA (Hons)
Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice
Performance Arts, BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice
Writing for Performance, BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice
Costume Construction, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Design for Performance, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Production Lighting, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Prop Making, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Scenic Painting for Stage and Screen, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Set Construction for Stage and Screen, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Stage Management and Technical Theatre, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Lighting Design, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
Sound Design and Production, BA (Hons) Theatre Practice
How can I find out more?
To find out more about Central’s courses including open events, student productions, how to apply, support services, fees and scholarships information visit our website.