What you'll study
This 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.
Watch this video made by Artsmark to learn more about our collaboration with Riverside school to deliver a sensory project for their pupils.
Why choose this course?
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
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
The programme’s strong ties to industry partners will be further enhanced by an exploration of place, space and community.
The course focuses on live performance, but with an understanding that this may include the use of digital technologies and multi-media where appropriate. Central to its ethos is the exploration and development of approaches to the creation and devising of performance that respond to audience, place and space, with the ambition of creating an outwardly facing theatre-artist, ready to take their place as citizens and active participants in cultural life
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. Read more about our recent Playground Project.
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.
Programme Director Postgraduate & Head of Theatre for Young Audiences Centre
Jeremy Harrison is a teacher, researcher, director, musical director, composer and community musician. He is Programme Director of Rose Bruford College’s MA Actor Musicianship and MA Theatre for Young Audiences and joint Programme Director of the Ensemble: Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Making and Leadership, in collaboration with Graeae.Read their full profile
Applicants for the Actor Musicianship MA/MFA programme 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.
In addition to this, applicants need to have a high standard of musical ability of their chosen instrument. Please note, for the purpose of admissions and application process, the ‘voice’ is not considered an instrument.Funding and Financial Support
MA 13 months MFA 24 Months
Mode of study
Course Fees (2022 Entry)
UK & Republic of Ireland Students
MFA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (240 credits)
MFA International Students (240 credits)