What you'll study

Training as actors, directors and writers.

Run in partnership with National Theater Institute (NTI) in Connecticut.
Study at two different locations:

  • Year one Rose Bruford College Sidcup and Lewisham campus
  • Year two National Theater Institute in Connecticut, USA
Rose Bruford College International Theatre Practice and Performance students

Why choose this course?

Expert training

Students will undertake a profound practical investigation into contemporary performance, directing and writing, and their relationship to making new theatre and performance creation

Unique approach

This MA/MFA programme offers a unique global degree across two continents. The programme uniquely integrates the British and American approaches to theatre training

Multidisciplinary

Students will undertake a profound practical investigation into contemporary performance, directing and writing, and their relationship to making new theatre and performance creation

Industry contacts and networking

Build a network and make connections on both sides of the Atlantic

MA Course Structure

MA Semester 1

Based at Rose Bruford College in London, UK

There are two modules of 30 credits undertaken by MA International Theatre Practice and Performance students at Rose Bruford College. The first module focuses on the fundamental skills of performance. The programme is designed to include the Performative Writing module of the current postgraduate provision at Rose Bruford College.

  • Module 1.  Performance skills (30 credits)
  • Module 2. Performative Writing/Vade Mecum (30 credits)

MA Semester 2

Based at the National Theater Institute, Connecticut, USA

The MA offers one module in semester two at NTI of 60 credits.

MA Semester 3

  • Module 3:  Theatre makers Intensive (60 Credits)

This module is a 14-week intensive theatre program. The first part of the theatre-makers intensive module offers a comprehensive training curriculum, with classes in acting, directing, design, movement, playwriting, voice, singing etc. Weekly presentation of plays and musicals mentored by working directors, playwrights or composers. These presentations involve design, choreography etc. Every student will be involved in at least two devising processes and the company project which the students build from the start in ten days.

The second half of the module will build on the work of the NTI intensive and apply for this work over a six-week period to produce a piece of theatre for public performance as part of theatre-makers Intensive which invites actors, directors, and playwrights to spend six weeks training in a single discipline. They will produce new works alongside the O’Neill’s professional national conferences that originated the staged reading model and launched the careers of countless theatre artists.

  • Module 4: Final Independent Project: Rose Bruford College tutored (60 Credits)

The final module comprises the creation of an original piece of creative work. Students work on this in their own time and location. This may be a performance; a conceptual paper; a multi-dimensional proposition of a project that the student has developed and will pitch to professional organisations; it may be the practical articulation of the student’s own practice, or a model and vision for the student’s future organisation. It could be a book; it may be the presentation of a Research and Development for theatre production, or the creation of a professional portfolio, and audition material. It will be the culmination and distillation of the practice and vision the student has developed over the course of their studies and reflect the integrity and originality of their practice. The final project can be understood as the proposition which launches the student into the professional world.

In addition to taught programmes, there is an optional self-funded USA showcase for MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance programmes in November each year in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

MFA Course Structure

The MFA programme has a unique pattern in that this MFA programme is taught for two years across two different continents. The programme will benefit from the courses already on offer at Rose Bruford College and NTI which have been developed, structured and used as the springboard to build the MFA.

MFA Year 1

Based at Rose Bruford College in London, UK

There are three modules in year one each undertaken by all students in the fundamentals of acting, writing and directing. Year one will cover the skills and fundamentals of the three areas for all students with no options. This bespoke programme is designed to include the Performative Writing module of current Postgraduate provision at Rose Bruford College.

  • Module 1. Performance skills (30 credits)
  • Module 2. Performative Writing/Vade Mecum (30 credits)
  • Module 3. Performer, Writer, Director and Theatre Maker. (30 credits)

MFA Year 2

Based at the National Theater Institute, Connecticut, USA

There are two modules in year two at NTI. The first module (module 4) is a 14-week  intensive which offers a comprehensive training curriculum taken by all MFA students. The second module (module 5) offers students an option in either directing, writing, music theatre or performing.

  • Module 4: Laboratory Intensive (30 credits)
  • Module 5. Advanced Practice (60 Credits)
  • Module 6: Final Independent Project (Rose Bruford tutored)

The final module facilitates the creation of your original creative work. This may be a performance, a conceptual paper, a multi-dimensional proposition of a project that you have developed, and a pitch to professional organisations; it may be the practical articulation of your own practice or a model and vision for your future organisation.

It could be a book or a proposition for a PhD; it may be presenting your Research and Development for a theatre production or creating a showreel, professional portfolio, and audition material.

It will be the culmination and distillation of the practice and vision you have developed over the course of your studies and reflect the integrity and originality of your practice. Your final project can be understood as the proposition launches you into the professional world. (60 Credits).

This programme is only suitable for US citizens as the National Theater Institute (NTI) cannot host International students for the element of the programme delivered here. If you are not a US citizen, you will not be eligible to apply for this course, but you may be interested in one of our other Postgraduate programmes.

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Entry requirments

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.

Funding and Financial Support

Course Summary

Duration

MA 13 months MFA 24 Months

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

October 2021

Course Type

Postgraduate Course

Qualification

MA/MFA

Course Fees (2020/2021)

MA UK & Republic of Ireland & International Students (180 credits)

£28000

MFA UK & Republic of Ireland & International Students (240 credits)

£49700