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MA Acting (Company) Course Overview MA Acting (Company)  Course Overview

Our MA is an opportunity to develop or reinvigorate yourself as an actor and create original theatre productions.

Working in teams, you take charge of your professional journey and become self-sustaining, by creating public performances adaptable to different venues and circumstances. You experiment, innovate, and get to grips with contemporary approaches to extend your range of presentational skills. Through an immersive, ensemble-based approach you develop your technical skills with industry leading professionals. This paves the way for you to step out into the profession with the confidence and connections to be a success. Throughout the course you work as a year group to produce four performances before your final project. For this final project you form into smaller companies, or a single-person company, with a grant from us, to create and showcase an original work, testing it out by finding audiences for this in external venues.

Accreditated By:

Accredited by Federation of Drama Schools Accredited by CDMT

What You Will


  • Year 1
  • Student


    "The course allowed me to find an artistic voice that I didn't know I had. Over the year I was given invaluable opportunities to grow and take risks. I no longer see myself as just an actor but as an artist who wants to carve out her own place in the industry."

    Ruby Shrimpton - (Graduated 2022)

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  • Student


    "I chose LIPA specifically for its student focused agenda. The faculty, staff, and facilities are designed to make you the priority. They truly care for you and their teaching is world class.  LIPA allows you the space to explore new things, combining your strengths with those of the people around you. The MA Acting (Company) course takes the meaning of ensemble to a whole new level.”"

    Joseph Winder - (Graduated 2022)

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  • Student


    "The MA Acting (Company) has helped me to access my creativity quickly and has given me tools to be able to work and collaborate with a variety of different people. Throughout the year, I was able to refine the skills that I received in my undergrad and become a more mature and open-minded actor."

    Bailey Nickerson - (Graduated 2022)

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How You Will


  • Workshops
  • Performances
  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Independent study
    Independent study
  • Group Work
    Group Work
  • Masterclass

How You Will Be


Students will be assessed primarily through performance and modes of self-reflection (podcasts, viva, essay, or presentation). We are interested in how you develop yourself as an artist and so all of our assessments are designed to challenge and develop your techniques and to also allow you to reflect and research on the type of artist you wish to become.

Practical/written work ratio

80% practical work / 20% written assignments

Validated By:

Liverpool John Moores University

What Our

Graduates Do

This is a relatively new course. The key aim for most of our graduates will be to set up their own companies, which will be focused on presenting and touring new work. 

Some of the outcomes of our graduates include:

Angela Rose (2021)

Associate artist for Close to Home Productions and has worked with various theatre companies focused on developing new writing and ensemble-based making, including Night Light Theatre CIC/NHS and Black Bright Theatre’s northern tour.

Jaquell Walker (2021)

Was invited to perform his final production At Ease at Black Fest in Liverpool, followed by Vault Festival in London and a UK tour.



You are expected to have a good degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline or significant practical experience such as professional work.

You are expected to have a good degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline or significant practical experience such as professional work. International students also need to meet our English Language requirements of 5.5 overall score for IELTS, with a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

Educational qualifications are important but limited in what they can tell us about you.

Your natural ability, your fit with what and how we teach, your growth and your potential are also key factors in our admission process. We can’t evaluate these solely on your educational achievements, so no matter which course you are applying for, we look for the following attributes on your application and at the interview stage.




Knowledge, Ability and Experience

We want to hear about your acting experience to date, both in training and your professional career. If you do not have a degree in Acting or a related subject, we would like you to demonstrate that you have substantial acting experience. We are interested in versatile performers, so we want to see that you have a broad range of performance capability.



We want to know how you have pursued your acting career and continued to develop your craft since graduation. If you are applying to us directly from an undergraduate course, we are interested in how you have been preparing for your future professional career and any relevant experience outside of your course. If you do not have a degree, we want to hear what you have done which demonstrates an advanced interest in acting and becoming an actor.


Ability To Work Effectively with Others

You’ll be working collaboratively on complex projects, often under pressure. Along with your fellow acting students, you’ll work with students from other disciplines, teachers and industry professionals. We want to see that you are able to communicate ideas, respond to direction thoughtfully and can provide critically informed and considered feedback.


Broad Interest and Engagement

We look for evidence that you have a natural curiosity and interest in the world around you and are able to draw from a wide range of experiences and influences in your work. We want to see that you are prepared to embrace all of the opportunities that we offer on this course and more broadly within the Institution.



We’d like to know why you’re applying to us and how you think this course will support your development as an actor and contribute to your specific career goals. We’d like to see that you have a firm understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, both in terms of your methodology and technical ability as an actor and preparing for your future career.


A Spirit of Enterprise

We want to see how you have used your own initiative to create opportunities that have allowed you to further yourself as an actor. To some extent, this may have been through work on your undergraduate course, but we would especially like to see that you have worked on independent creative projects outside of any training you may have undertaken.


This course will be subject to revalidation for 2023 entry. For information on possible changes to course information, see our course changes information page.