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Postgraduate Taught

MA Screen Acting and Performance

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Drama
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We are looking for graduates with a 2:2 or above in their first degree in drama.

Contextual offers


  • first research-led, professional level programme in screen acting and performance-making in the Russell group 
  • professional intensive studio-based practice training, comparative to the conservatoire experience 
  • masterclasses and creative sessions with professional directors and actors 
  • learn in industry-equivalent screen studios 
  • professional level networking opportunities with leading industry practitioners and creative studios 

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Programme Directors: Dr Bryan Brown

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Develop transferable skills, specialist knowledge and professional experience through interdisciplinary teaching

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in drama. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criterion, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application. Practical and/or professional experience may be taken as constituting the equivalent of a degree qualification. Practical and/or professional experience may be taken as constituting the equivalent of a degree qualification. 

All applicants must submit a CV which is up-to-date, including full educational history and all other work/relevant experience. With the CV all applicants must submit an on-camera audition. This should be no more than two minutes and demonstrate your current acting skills and knowledge of screen technique. This must be uploaded to the web in a capacity that is easy to view with the link added to your CV.

Applicants may also wish to submit additional creative material, such as an acting reel or a portfolio of other acting and/or screen work. This is welcome but is not mandatory. Any additional material should be similarly uploaded to the web in a capacity that is easy to view with the link added to your CV. 

It is recommended that your film reel or portfolio be no longer than 5 minutes or a comparable length in reading.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

As new technologies continue to change how actors, performers and the creative industries make work, the need to critically understand and develop essential skills for performing on a variety of screens is essential. On this course, you will explore and develop on-camera acting and voice-over techniques, build confidence in your ability to perform for and create with various screen and audio technologies, extend your previous acting and performance making skills, and deepen your critical thinking.  

Aimed at actor-performers, this course sits within Drama at Exeter’s well-established ethos of collaborative performance making. Hence you will enhance your understanding of all aspects of performance making for screens while critically reflecting on essential collaborative strategies. Additionally, you will gain further knowledge on cross-media approaches to performance through seminars and practical explorations of the historical relationship between live and screen-based art. 

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Course structure

The one-year studio-based programme will run as two core module blocks in Term 1, and as two option module blocks in Term 2. Each term has a mid-term independent ‘challenge project week’ where you will have the opportunity for further collaboration on small scale non-credit bearing projects that can enhance your experience with a view to future employment. Over the last two terms of the programme each student frames an independent creative research and output module, equivalent to a practical dissertation.


Students will have the opportunity to undertake a concerted fieldtrip to a London or equivalent industry-related organization to explore and develop the skills necessary for working within the evolving landscape of the screen industry, including the potential to engage with extended reality and performance capture contexts. 


The programme is strongly vocational yet aims to cultivate a reflective practitioner. Building on the ethos of Drama at Exeter and staff research-practice expertise, particularly research centred on contemporary creative industry practices and cross-cultural performance practices.

We have a range of academics working in this area, including Dr Bryan Brown’s research on contemporary international acting and performance making for stage and screen; Professor Konstantinos Thomaidis, a world-leading research specialist in voice for stage and screen; Professor Heike Roms who works and publishes on international intermedial performance practices; Professor Stephen Hodge, whose practice-research explores creative art performance in the digital and live; and Professor Rebecca Loukes whose research and professional practice centres on intercultural and international performance and acting practices.

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Graduates of this programme will have had opportunities to develop their own creative practice, project management, independent and collaborative skills that they can take into a wide range of careers. They'll learn to reflect upon and articulate their own practice of acting for screens and also have an understanding of how to frame and pursue an independent career as a creative practitioner working across media forms.

You’ll leave with experience of key performance and acting skills for screen, including audition techniques, specialist voice and physical training, a portfolio and a show reel.   

You’ll have also enhanced your knowledge of techniques for working as a performer and behind the screen and possess a deepened understanding of writing and performance creation and analysis skills applicable to a variety of screen environments.