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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.

You will be required to attend an audition in person or online.

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

Months of entry


Course content

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

Location: Sidcup

Term Start: October 2022

This programme is for those who are interested to make and perform theatre by, with and for young people. As one of the UK's leading drama schools, Rose Bruford College offers a unique opportunity to study and train in this increasingly popular and dynamic area of theatre practice.

Led by a team of specialist practitioners and academics you will be working with some of the leading figures in the UK and European sector. Students on the programme have had the opportunity to visit international festivals (including ASSITEJ Congress Copenhagen, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh, and Takeoff), work with leading companies and theatres (including Catherine Wheels, NIE, Oily Cart, Tall Stories, Unicorn Theatre, Action Transport Theatre, Polka Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, and Travelling Light), and with world class practioners (including Tony Graham, Mark Storor, Alex Byrne, and David Wood). Working alongside our TYA creative partners, you will explore a range of theatrical techniques and theories that will enrich your ability to create theatre for audiences of all ages. The course includes work placements with leading organisations.

Programme at a glance:

  • From the start of your studies you will work with young audiences in Schools and Colleges across the South East Region.
  • Opportunities to publish research through the College's TYA research centre.
  • You will work with and study the practice of leading TYA figures from the UK and internationally
  • Membership through the College of TYA-UK, the UK arm of ASSITEJ – the international association of theatre for children and young audiences.

Full Time

Given the advanced practice‐based nature of the programme potential students will be expected to possess a range of existing performance skills in order to be eligible to join the programme. Therefore, the focus of the learning and teaching is not about training, but about developing your existing skills with a focus on understanding, creating and producing theatrical events and performances within the context of an ensemble theatre company. Much of your study will in consequence be self‐directed and focussed on researching the field and developing your own modes of practice.The degree is made up of 5 modules, 4 x 30 credit modules and 1 final double weighted 60 credit module. Normally each module is studied over a 2‐3 month period culminating in a practical performance based project. Additionally you will be expected to submit a critical reflection related to the module based upon your personal research and related to and your professional development. Contact time with staff is high for a Masters degree ‐ although contact may vary from module to module depending on the intensity of performance related work. You can expect to devote the remainder of your time to personal study, research or collaborative working or focussing on the work-based learning elements of the programme. There is some evening and weekend working.

Part time

Part time delivery closely mirrors the full time programme, but takes place over two years. In the first year you will study 3 x 30 credit modules and in the second 1 x 30 credit module plus the double weighted (60 credit) final module. Classroom (lecture‐based and seminar work) takes place in evenings and some weekends alongside the full‐time students so that you can share experiences and learn collaboratively. Practical work will normally take place in short blocks arranged where possible to coincide with school holidays or over weekends and bank holidays as appropriate.

Download the MA Programme Specifications

Download the MFA Programme Specifications

Fees for October 2022 entry:

MA Option (13 months study)

UK and Republic of Ireland student fee: £15,000
International student fees £20,000

MFA Option (2 years study)

UK and Republic of Ireland student fee:
Year 1: £18,900
Year 2: £7,900

International student fee:
Year 1: £18,900
Year 2: £7,900

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.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills provide a loan for eligible UK/EU students of up to £11,570 per student for postgraduate Masters study. 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