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Course summary

Please apply directly to the College. 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: https://twk-media-offload.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/bruford.ac.uk/wp-uploads/2021/06/Programme-Specification-for-MAAMU-amended-Mar-22-1.pdf MFA Programme Specification: https://twk-media-offload.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/bruford.ac.uk/wp-uploads/2021/06/Programme-Specification-for-MFA-AMU-amended-Mar-20-2.pdf

Modules

MA Programme Specification: https://twk-media-offload.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/bruford.ac.uk/wp-uploads/2021/06/Programme-Specification-for-MAAMU-amended-Mar-22-1.pdf

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

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, as well as foundation courses, short courses and summer schools. You will be studying close to London and have easy access to the amazing culture, restaurants and theatre there. When you study with us, you will join students from more than 25 different countries, and develop skills that could take your career all over the world. We have links worldwide with partner institutions for student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives. You may find our international students web page and guide useful: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/join/international-students/ We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/join/visit-and-experience/

Entry requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of 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. When you submit your online application you will be asked to submit: A detailed personal statement (500 word or a 2-minute video recording). This should include why you want to study Actor Musicianship, what you would bring to the course and what your current interests and passions are. With your application you will be asked to submit self-tapes: Footage of a piece of music played on your chosen instrument(s) Footage of you performing a song, accompanied by either a backing track or a musical instrument We charge an audition fee of £35. There will be no subsequent fee should you be called back for any further rounds. If successful, you will be invited to the second round which will be an in-person workshop at our Sidcup campus and an interview. The three-hour workshop consisting of practical work and discussion. The interview is an opportunity for you to meet the Programme Director and outline why you wish to study on the course and how you think it will inform your personal and professional development. It is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions about the course student life at Rose Bruford.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £18100 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £18100 Whole course
EU £24150 Whole course
England £18100 Whole course
Northern Ireland £18100 Whole course
Scotland £18100 Whole course
Wales £18100 Whole course
International £24150 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Actor Musicianship at Rose Bruford College - UCAS