Intake for two courses at Drama Centre London has been suspended, while a review of actor training is carried out.
For the past 20 years, Drama Centre has been part of Central Saint Martins, a constituent College of the University of the Arts London.
The university told The Stage that it had begun a “full review of actor training at Central St Martins” and that recruitment to its BA Acting course and its MA Directing course had been suspended as a result.
“Current students are not affected by the suspension,” it added.
UAL said the review of actor training would focus on “teaching and learning, assessment strategies, access and fairness”.
It added that the process would include the appointment of an independent reviewer, who will “provide assurance that all students can thrive, irrespective of background, in actor training at Central Saint Martins”.
Professor Jeremy Till, pro vice-chancellor and head of Central Saint Martins, said: “We are committed to build a modern acting provision that remains relevant in the contemporary context, founded in the radical heritage of these courses.”
UAL’s statement added: “The break in recruitment to BA Acting is to allow staff time to develop plans for acting and directing at all levels (foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate) within the Central Saint Martins performance programme. All other courses within the performance programme will continue to recruit.”
It said this included the MA Acting and MA Screen Acting courses.