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Course summary

Please apply directly to the College. The MA/MFA Actor/Performer Training is a practice-based programme for those seeking intensive advanced training as actors and performers alongside rigorous academic study and performance research. The programme focuses specifically on actor/performer training, theatre creation, performative writing, informed critical reflection and practice research. The uniqueness of the programme lies in the way it seeks to integrate traditional text-based conservatoire training and practices with the physical collaborative approach that has grown out of Eastern and Central Europe over the last 60 years. The MA/MFA includes an expedition which offers a unique context for learning and ethnographic and cultural research. Why choose this course?

  • Expert training: Provide specialist professional teaching and opportunities for study, research and embedded practice that is focused to enable you to build, enhance and take ownership over your own practice as an innovative and empowered actor performer and theatre-maker
  • Exploration of text and physical performance: The uniqueness of the programme lies in the way it seeks to integrate traditional text-based conservatoire training and practices with the physical collaborative approach that has grown out of Eastern and Central Europe over the last 60 years
  • Unique approach: Provide in-depth training and study to develop your artistic and academic expertise within highly specialised performance systems and ecologies and offering opportunities to work within dynamic and diverse, performance cultures
  • Learning environment: Create a pedagogical culture dedicated to providing advanced, rigorous and challenging learning and development opportunities in an environment that seeks to draw inspiration from traditional performance cultures and practices and to fuse these elements with contemporary global theatre and performance and outwardly facing theatre-artist, ready to take their place as citizens and active participants in cultural life
MA Programme Specification: MFA Programme Specification:


There are three modules in year one of the MFA: Advanced Actor Training (30 credits); Performative Writing/Vade Mecum (30 credits); Expedition to Performance (60 credits). There are two modules in year two of the MFA: The Widening Field (60 Credits); Final Independent Project (60 Credits)

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: We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here:

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. When you submit your application you will be asked to submit an application form with digital self-tapes, no more than two minutes each, performed in English: A Contemporary speech from a play (1960 onwards). A Classical speech from either a Shakespeare or Jacobean play. We have provided some Audition guidance which can be found here. We charge an audition fee of £35. There will be no subsequent fee should you be called back for any further rounds. If successful at the first audition stage, you will be invited to attend a live online audition performing your classical piece in front of the panel. If successful at stage two, an offer may be made or you will be invited back to a third and final audition/interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £32350 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £32350 Whole course
EU £33450 Whole course
England £32350 Whole course
Northern Ireland £32350 Whole course
Scotland £32350 Whole course
Wales £32350 Whole course
International £33450 Whole course

Additional fee information

The fee includes travel and accommodation costs of the expedition.
Actor and Performer Training at Rose Bruford College - UCAS