Entry requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes 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.

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

Months of entry


Course content

Sign up for an information webinar about the course on Monday 9th January 2023 at 17:00-18:00 BST (UK Time).

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

Location: Lewisham Postgraduate Centre, London

Term Start: October 2023


This programme focuses on creating an ensemble, performer training, theatre making and performative writing.

Informed by critical reflection and practice research, the uniqueness of this programme lies in the opportunity to develop and present original work.

In a collaborative context, students move creatively between different roles to develop skills in performance and independent making practice

We welcome students with a background in performance as well as theatre making, dance, writing, music, film and live art with an interest in developing their practice as collaborative and independent theatre artists.

Why choose this course?

Expert training: You will be taught, guided and mentored by experienced staff and world-leading theatre practitioners as you explore different processes and develop new skills.

Explore different creative roles: You will deepen your practice as performers, devisers, writers, directors and dramaturgs, ready to enter the industry as confident independent and collaborative theatre makers.

Ensemble: Within a creative and supportive ensemble environment, you will be encouraged to take creative risks, make discoveries and expand your collaborative theatre making practice as you develop original work. You will learn how to embed core ensemble values and create an inspiring environment for collaborative play and discovery. By taking a physical approach to making theatre and working with text, you will experiment, with a focus on original approaches to making performance.

Experimentation and innovation: As well as core workshops in performance, movement, voice and devising, you will learn from and collaborate with professional artists working with sound, light, scenography, film, new technologies and music. This creative exchange will equip you to develop fruitful collaborative dialogue with artists working across different disciplines.

Create new work: You will focus on creating original work, with regular opportunities to collaborate with peers across the post-graduate school. You will build meaningful creative relationships and share work in progress. The course is highly responsive to the individuals within the cohort and to the work they want to develop.

Sharing work: You will be encouraged to share work with audiences beyond Rose Bruford, for instance at scratch nights and new work festivals. In 2022, students shared new work with audiences at ‘Calm Down Dear’ Festival (Camden People’s Theatre) and had work accepted to the scratch night for Voila European Theatre Festival for Autumn ’22 (Cockpit Theatre).

Final project: You will share original work in a London theatre venue at the end of the year. In 2022 students shared an original, collaboratively created play at the Vaults Theatre, London.

MA Collaborative Theatre Making

There are four modules in the MA over 13 months:

  • Module One: Performance Skills
  • Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum
  • Module Three: Director, Writer and Performer as Theatre Maker
  • Module Four: Final Research Project

Please click here to view the MA Programme Specification

MFA Collaborative Theatre Making

There are five modules in the MFA over two years

Year One

There are three modules in year one:

  • Module One: Performance Skills
  • Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum
  • Module Three; Director, Writer and Performer as Theatre Maker

Year Two

There are two modules in year two:

  • Module Four: The Widening Field
  • Module Five: Final Independent Project

Please click here to read the MFA Programme Specification

Employability & Industry Graduates have gone into Performing, Producing, Forming Companies, Directing, Arts administration, teaching or continue to further study at Masters or PhD level, including the College’s own Research Degree programmes.

Fees for October 2022 entry (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: £23,500
International student fee: £27,000

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 45 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

The Student Recruitment Team