Actor Musicianship MA/MFA*

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About this course


MA 13 Months, MFA 24 Months

Term Start

October 2018

Entry Requirements

First degree in music, acting or related field/equivalent professional work or equivalent professional or life experience.

Admission by audition/workshop and interview.

This brand new, year-long vocational MA 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.

*Subject to validation

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.

Employability & Industry

The course seeks to create a diverse and international cohort who can enrich each other’s learning and create new and surprising work for all sorts of audiences, in all sorts of places.

Fee and Application Information


*subject to validation

Mode of study: Full Time

How to Apply

Please click here to register your interest in applying.

We hold international interviews and auditions throughout the year. Please click here for the latest schedule and to register.

Fees for this programme are to be confirmed 

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills provide a loan for eligible UK/EU students of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. Please see the video below for guidance.


Course content

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.

MA Information Evenings

Central London
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Tuesday 6 March 2018


International Auditions
New York 19– 21 January
Chicago 29 January – 1 February



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