Actor Musicianship BA (Hons)

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About this course


3 Years

Term Start

September 2021

Entry Requirements

This programme is now closed for 2021 entry.

64 UCAS points*
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

* We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points if we have evidence of your potential from your application or interview/audition.

The Actor Musicianship programme offers distinctive and practical training for actors who have musical skills. It is taught by the same team as the Acting programme, and shares the same core disciplines and approaches to performance.

You will be guided by experienced staff, including industry professionals, who will help you to develop the skills of the actor musician though practical classes in movement, voice and approaches to text and character. You will also be developing your existing musical skills for use within a variety of performance contexts.

Perhaps most importantly, you will explore how these skills interconnect. Your actor’s imagination will be developed to help you create, lead and make music, whilst acting classes will explore the musicality of performance.

Why choose this course?

  • A long-established and groundbreaking course, taught by an experienced team.
  • It is an accredited practical actor training for actors who play musical instruments; actor-musicians are in high demand in the industry.
  • Learn to integrate and develop your musical skills in performance to create, lead and make music alongside your work as an actor.
  • You will be guided by experienced staff, including industry professionals, who will help you to develop the skills of the actor-musician through practical classes in movement, voice and approaches to text and character.
  • You will be involved in several productions in your final year, including a main house production with Acting students and the London Showcase to which agents and casting directors are invited.
  • We recognise the importance of face to face teaching for practice-based programmes and as the pandemic progresses we will continue to deliver face to face teaching whenever possible. All of our programmes safely delivered face to face teaching in Autumn term 2020 with rigorous COVID 19 safety procedures in place.

Employability & Industry

Graduates can be found in a wide range of work; at leading regional theatres, in the West End, RSC and National Theatre. In television, film, radio, children’s theatre, and in small scale touring theatre companies in the UK and Europe.

Alumni Success

• Katie Brayben, Winner of 2015 Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for Beautiful

Lila Clements (Midsummer Nights Dream, RSC)

• Rosalie Craig, Evening Standard Award Winner and Olivier Award nominee for The Light Princess, Threepenny Opera, National Theatre)

• Tarek Merchant (Midsummer Nights Dream, RSC)

• Sam Palladio, (Nashville,Strange Magic)

• Alex Tomkins (Midsummer Nights Dream, RSC)

• Jessica Warbeck (Women Beware Women)

*Source: Rose Bruford College agency representation monitoring.


Graduate Occupations

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Musicians
  • Quality assurance technicians
  • Arts officers producers and directors
  • Teaching Assistants

Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017

Fee and Application Information

  • 30 Hours/week tuition
  • Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

UK/Republic of Ireland Applicants  

  • Please click here to apply for 2021 entry via UCAS. Please apply by the UCAS deadline on 29 January to guarantee an audition/interview invite. 
  • Institution code: R51

  • Course code: W4W3

International Applicants

Please e-mail if you require assistance.

2021/2022 Fees

  • UK/Republic of Ireland Students - £9,250
  • International Students - £18,000

Audition Fees

For 2021 entry, all initial/first-round auditions will be via video submission. You will be sent full instructions regarding how to record and submit your video, and what to include, once we have received your application from UCAS. Under the circumstances, we will not be charging an audition fee for this first round stage. We are hoping to hold second round auditions on campus in the Spring if it is safe to do so.

Please click here for information about our audition process.

We don’t charge an audition fee if you:

  • You audition as part of a progression agreement.
  • Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
  • You are in receipt of benefits, including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
  • You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
  • You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
  • You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial/emotional support from parents/family.
  • You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
  • ​You are being auditioned overseas.

 If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply. 


Please click here for information about Student Loans and Bursaries.

We are delighted that the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded Rose Bruford College with its third scholarship to support a student for all three years on this programme. Potential scholars will be invited to audition upon accepting a place on this programme.

Course content

Years 1 & 2: (Level 4 and 5)

  • There are two semesters in each year, each including:
  • A Skills Block: timetabled weekly classes in movement, voice, music making, composition,music directing and arrangement, acting, musicality, singing and study
  • Performance Projects: full-time rehearsal processes culminating in performances that include music as a fully integrated element.

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications
Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

Year 3: (Level 6)

  • Independent Research Project: research and develop your own area of interest
  • Recorded Media: developing skills in TV, film, radio and voice-over
  • Professional Preparation: mock auditions, industry lectures, Spotlight registration and CV / Portfolio guidance
  • London Showcase: performance event for an invited audience of agents, casting directors and industry professionals
  • Main House Production: a fully mounted public production with students from the Acting Programme
  • London Season: a fully integrated actor musician production performed in a London venue
  • The New Writing Season: a series of commissioned pieces for actor musicians.

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications


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"My degree really set me up for the industry."
Actor Musicianship graduate Rosalie Craig

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