What you'll study
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?
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
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
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
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
More about the course
The focus of the MA and the first year of your MFA is experiential learning and practice – exposure to rigorous craft and skill-based practise, and developing complementary artistic and professional skills to support and enhance their creative performance work.
To support this widening field of knowledge and to develop an understanding for contemporary global initiatives and professional opportunities and realities, a series of seminars, workshops, lectures, keynote interventions, and discussions will be programmed throughout the year. It is envisaged that individual students will have utilised this first year of training, study and research to develop a clear understanding of their skills, abilities and faculties as Actor/Performers and the particular field of enterprise they wish to pursue through their second year of study and beyond. MA students will undertake a Final Independent project to complete their course.
The second year of your MFA focuses on deepening and widening your field of professional practice and knowledge; the gaining of professional experience and exposure, developing professional networks and contacts and culminating in the creation of either an artist’s portfolio or a piece of independent work that typically manifests your vision, artistic practice, skills, inclinations and aptitudes. This may take the form of a live performance or presentation, an electronic presentation or a combination of these mediums.
While the MA programme and first year of the MFA have been holistically conceived, it is built on a modular framework, culminating in the first year in a research expedition which becomes the stimulus for subsequent collaborative work towards a performance. The second year of the MFA includes a professional placement, taught weekends and a Final Independent Project module which is equivalent to the Masters’ dissertation commonly found in most MFA programmes.
MA Actor/Performer Training
There are four modules in the MA:
- Module One: The Advanced Actor
- Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum
- Module Three: Expedition to Performance
- Module Four: Final Research Project
MFA Actor/Performer Training
Year One MFA
There are three modules in year one of the MFA. See details of these modules below:
- Advanced Actor Training (30 credits)
- Performative Writing/Vade Mecum (30 credits)
- Expedition to Performance (60 credits)
Year Two MFA
There are two modules in year two:
- The Widening Field (60 Credits)
- Final Independent Project (60 Credits)
Get a flavour
Programme Director MA/MFA Actor and Performer Training
Gabriel Gawin’s specialisation is actor and performance training. He has extensive international experience as an actor, performer, teacher and director.
A founder and leading performer of the acclaimed Polish Theatre company Teatr Pieśń Kozła, his work bridges between European psychophysical and British classical actor training.Read their full profile
Institution code: Not required for this course.
Course code: Not required for this course.
Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.
Once you have filled out an expression of interest online, a member of our admissions team will contact you with an invitation to apply.
You will be asked to submit an audition 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
Live Online Audition
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.
Final Live Online Audition/Interview
If successful at stage two, an offer may be made or you will be invited back to a third and final audition/interview.Funding and Financial Support
MA 13 months
MFA 24 Months
Mode of study
Course Fees (2022 Entry)
Fees for 2023 entry have not been published yet.
UK & Republic of Ireland Students
MFA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (240 credits)
MFA International Students (240 credits)