Rose Bruford College

Degree level: Postgraduate

International Theatre Practice and Performance (Taught)

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Course summary

Please apply directly to the College. International Theatre Practice and Performance (ITPP) offers training for multi-disciplinary practitioners, with elements of acting, directing, writing, ensemble training and contemporary performance. This program, designed specifically for US-based students, is delivered in partnership with National Theater Institute (NTI) in Connecticut. Study at two different locations:

  • National Theater Institute in Connecticut, USA
  • Rose Bruford College in London, UK
This programme is only suitable for US citizens as the National Theater Institute (NTI) cannot host International students for the element of the programme delivered here. If you are not a US citizen, you will not be eligible to apply for this course, but you may be interested in one of our other Postgraduate programmes. Why choose this course?
  • Expert training: Drawing on the benefits and experience of two noteworthy educational institutions with an excellent history of delivering high-quality vocational theater training, you will study performance and theater creation in its totality: acting, directing, playwriting, music theater, theory, history, and dramatic literature, as well as several basic aspects of technical theater.
  • Unique approach: Designed specifically for US-based candidates, this MFA program offers a unique global degree across two continents. The program uniquely integrates British and American approaches to theater training. This program attracts highly motivated, internationally-minded students who are interested in developing a multimodal practice (including skills in acting, directing, writing, and collaborative ensemble creation) while also focusing on self-sustaining approaches to theater making.
  • Industry contacts and networking: Build a network and make connections on both sides of the Atlantic. Past and upcoming visiting lecturers, tutors and mentors include: Joyce Henderson, performer with Complicité; Katie Mitchell, theatre and opera director; Claudia de Serpa Soares, Sasha Waltz & Guests ensemble (Berlin, Germany); Billy Barry, ensemble member of Batsheva Dance Company (Israel); Jay Skelton; Mita Pujara and many others.
  • Graduate Visa: On successful completion of the MFA, students will be eligible to apply for the Graduate visa, granting them permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years. With a Graduate visa, students can: work in most jobs, look for work, be self-employed, continue living in the UK with partners/children (if they’re eligible), do voluntary work, travel abroad and return to the UK.
  • Multidisciplinary: Students undertake a practical investigation into contemporary performance, directing and writing, and their relationship to making new ensemble and performance creation.
Programme Specification: https://twk-media-offload.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/bruford.ac.uk/wp-uploads/2021/06/MFA-ITPP-2-Year-Programme-Specification-2023.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

This programme is only suitable for US citizens as the National Theater Institute (NTI) cannot host International students for the element of the programme delivered here. If you are not a US citizen, you will not be eligible to apply for this course, but you may be interested in one of our other Postgraduate programmes. 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. Please visit our programme web page for audition process details: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-courses/itpp/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £57156* Whole course
International £57156* Whole course
England £57156* Whole course
Northern Ireland £57156* Whole course
Scotland £57156* Whole course
Wales £57156* Whole course
Channel Islands £57156* Whole course
Republic of Ireland £57156* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fees listed here are for October 2023 entry, the fees for 2024 entry have not been published yet. The £57,156 fee includes: - Tuition - Housing for the semester at the National Theatre Institute (NTI) - Food and/or a food stipend for the semester at the NTI - 2- week residency in London or New York City (Covid permitting) - Local Transport while at NTI - Graduation robe hire - 2 Graduation guests - Transcripts/degree
International Theatre Practice and Performance at Rose Bruford College - UCAS