Entry requirements

Applicants for the Actor Musicianship MA/MFA programme will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.

In addition to this, applicants need to have a high standard of musical ability of their chosen instrument. Please note, for the purpose of admissions and application process, the ‘voice’ is not considered an instrument.

Admission by audition/workshop and interview.

Please apply first and then we will send you details of our auditions.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Sign up for an information webinar about the course on Wednesday 11th January 2023 17:30-18:30 GMT

Duration: 13 months (MA) or 2 years (MFA)

Location: Sidcup

Term Start: October 2023

This vocational MA/MFA programme builds on and extends the work developed on our ground-breaking BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship programme, drawing on our strong links to theatre makers, directors, choreographers, writers, musical directors and performers involved in the development of this innovative area of theatre practice.

Taught through vocational training, practice research and project work, it aims to develop interdisciplinarity as a core theatre making tool, with a focus on innovation and work that responds to audience, place and space.

Why choose this course?

  • From Bradford to Broadway, actor-musicianship is now part of mainstream theatre culture, whilst remaining connected to its roots in the alternative theatre movement.
  • This unique MA offers you the opportunity to explore how to integrate the skills of music-making and acting in performance. Equipping you to create and perform work that contains the visceral power and poetry synonymous with actor-musicianship.
  • Rose Bruford College was the first to develop an actor-musician training course and is regarded as the world-leader in this field with a long history of graduates working at the forefront of this area of theatre practice.
  • Explore how musical and acting processes can interrelate and feed each other.

This course offers an intensive and in-depth exploration of how musical and acting processes can interrelate and feed each other. Creating work that is both music as theatre and theatre as music.

The programme’s strong ties to industry partners will be further enhanced by an exploration of place, space and community. Asking how this most inclusive of theatre forms can continue to engage audiences of all ages; developing and building on the origins of the actor-musician movement as an alternative and progressive theatre form, with a history of creating surprising and engaging live theatre experiences in all sorts of places and spaces.

Connected to London and Kent and with an international reputation, our Sidcup campus offers an ideal location to explore how actor-musicianship can continue to play a part in both international mainstream theatre and work that seeks to enrich and develop new and hard to reach audiences.

The Programme Specifications are available to download from the links below:

MA Programme Specification

MFA Programme Specification

Fees for October 2022 start (tuition fees for 2023 entry have not been published yet) :

MA Option (13 months study)
UK and Republic of Ireland student fee: £15,000
International student fee: £20,000

MFA Option (2 years study)
UK and Republic of Ireland student fee: £26,800
International student fee: £26,800

Information for international students

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA/MFA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts and short-term courses, summer schools and foundation diplomas. We use theatre training to help build global communities and relationships. We have links throughout the world in Europe, The Americas and Asia.

We currently host students from over 25 different countries. We are training future graduates who will see the world stage as their future workplace. We are interested not only in welcoming international students and practitioners to our Sidcup campus and Central London locations but also working worldwide with partner institutions on student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives.

Please click here to read our International Student Guide.

We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, please click here to register for one.

Fees and funding

UK students
See programme description.
International students
See programme description.

UK and Irish students and some EU students can apply for a Postgraduate Master's Loan of up to £11,836. Please click here for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    13 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MFA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
The Student Recruitment Team
Email
studentrecruitment@bruford.ac.uk
Phone
02083082600