Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

MFA Professional Voice Studies (Taught) Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Degree level: Postgraduate Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol


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Course summary

This is an exciting and uniquely designed new course offering students the opportunity to undertake specialised voice training within an internationally acclaimed theatre school setting. The course is eclectic in its approach drawing on a range of methodologies and practitioners. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School produces professional standard productions at a range of professional theatres in the South West of England and students will have the opportunity to work on these productions as part of their studies.

The aim of the course is to produce self-reflective, entrepreneurial voice practitioners who will work within traditional fields, or go on to develop the practice into new areas. It is envisaged that graduates will seek careers in a range of voice related roles such as voice and/or dialect coaches for theatre, TV, film or radio; voice directors for theatre productions; voice teachers within conservatoires or university acting departments; voice and presentation skills coaches for business or other non-performers; voice artists for radio, audio books, animated productions; or voice artists within the fields of performance or contemporary art.

The course includes theoretical aspects of voice work including: vocal anatomy and physiology; the International Phonetic Alphabet and dialects; and work on a wide range of historical and contemporary text. The emphasis, however, will be on the practical applications of theory. This will include work to develop the potential of the student’s own voice; coaching and teaching practice; and encouraging the student to research their own areas of interest. This research will conclude with a ‘practice-as-research’ project for the MA pathway or a written dissertation for the MFA pathway.

There will be opportunities within the curriculum for collaboration with students on other courses including our MA Directing, MA Design and Professional Acting courses.

Applications - further details

We will only accept one application per applicant, per year.

We will not accept applications if you have previously applied in four or more consecutive years.

Course details


"Module number: UATAWY-15-M Vocal Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
Module number: UATAWW-45-M Phonetics and Accents (45 credits)
Module number: UATAX3-60-M Voice, Speech and Text (60 credits)
Module number: UATAWX-60-M Research and Practice (60 credits)

Assessment method

Assessment is through practical and written assignments, presentations, coaching/teaching, ‘practice-as-research’ projects - and a written dissertation.

Entry requirements

The University’s Standard Entry Requirements apply with the following additions/exceptions*:
Applicants would normally be expected to have an honours degree in a related subject area. However applicants with extensive relevant professional experience will also be considered.

For speakers of English as a second language an IELTS 7.0 (International English Language Testing System) is the minimum requirement.

All applicants will be interviewed by two members of staff. For international applicants it may be possible to conduct the interview via Skype or equivalent.

The selection process will include listening and perception tests.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £13,175 Whole course
EU £13,175 Whole course
International £27,559 Whole course
England £13,175 Whole course
Northern Ireland £13,175 Whole course
Scotland £13,175 Whole course
Wales £13,175 Whole course

Additional fee information

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
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