Rose Bruford College students performing in Working the Musical

What you'll study

This course offers distinctive and practical training for actors who have musical skills.

You will be guided by experienced staff, including industry professionals, who will help you to develop your actor-musician skills through practical classes in movement, voice, music and approaches to text and character. You will also develop your existing musical skills for use in a variety of performance contexts. Importantly, you will explore how these skills interconnect.

Your imagination to create, lead and make music will be developed whilst acting classes will explore the musicality of performance.

Rose Bruford Actor Musicianship students performing the musical Songs For a New World with instruments

Why choose this course?

Expert training

Experienced staff, including industry professionals, will help you to develop the skills of the actor-musician through practical classes in movement, voice, singing, music and approaches to text and character

Innovative and specialised

The first course of its kind, for more than 20 years, we have innovated the way actor-musicians are trained and have a team of specialists in developing actor-musicians on hand

Studio and training facilities

Purpose-built rehearsal, movement and performance spaces including the fully-equipped Rose Theatre and Barn Theatre, a flexible drama studio and a digital studio with motion capture facilities

Professional opportunities

Take part in several productions in your final year, including a main house and the London Showcase to which agents and casting directors are invited. There are also chances to develop your own new work and see it performed

Learn from working professionals

Recently includes: Tarek Merchant (freelance), Ian Ross (MD, Wise Children), Max Reinhardt (World musicologist, BBC Radio 3 presenter), Jeremy Mortimer (BBC radio producer), Adjoa Andoh (RSC, the National and TV: His Dark Materials, Bridgerton), Dele Sosimi (Afrobeat specialist), Abigail Pickard Price (Watermill Theatre) and Shema Mukherjee (Sitar, Raag and Tabla specialist)

Career-focussed

Learn to integrate your musical skills in performance to create, lead and make music alongside your work as an actor. Also learn how to apply actor musician skills in different, exciting contexts like Sensory or Specialist Learning environments

Rose Bruford College Actor and Actor Musicianship students performing in The Tempest

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

Two semesters in year one, 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.

Year 2

Two semesters in year one, 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.

Year 3

  • 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 Course
  • 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

Teaching and assessment methods

In your first year, you will complete around 900 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 300 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment

In your second year, you will complete around 900 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 300 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment

In your third year, you will complete around 900 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 300 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment

 

 

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Your future career

Rose Bruford College Actor Musician student playing the flute

We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes opportunities to network and work on fully realised public performances as well as introducing your work to the industry and agents at our London Showcase and London Season performances.

Over the years our students have signed with agents like Eamonn Bedford Agency, Global Artists, Olivia Bell and Narrow Road

Alumni success

Rosalie Craig

Evening Standard Award Winner and Olivier Award nominee for The Light Princess, Threepenny Opera, National Theatre.

Sam Palladio

Nashville, Strange Magic, Rebel

Shiloh Coke

Julius Caesar, Donmar Warehouse; Small Island, National Theatre

Silas Wyatt-Barke

Prince of Egypt, Dominion, West End; Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, Old Vic

Gloria Obianyo

Feature Films: Dune (2021); Mission Impossible 7 (2022); Girl From The North Country, Gielgud, West End

Lauryn Redding

Writer / composer of Bloody Elle (a gig musical), Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare's Globe and Tour, Oliver Twist - Hull Truck

Lila Clements, Tarek Merchant and Alex Tomkins

Midsummer Nights Dream, RSC

Careers options

Our graduates can be found 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. And studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Recent graduates have gone on to become:

  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Musicians
  • Arts officers producers and directors
  • Teaching and other educational professionals

Meet the staff

Alison MacKinnon Rose Bruford College Programme Director
Alison MacKinnon

Programme Director for BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship

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Rose Bruford College Module Year Co-ordinator Actor Musicianship
Tom Attwood

Module Year Co-ordinator Actor Musicianship

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
International

For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 26 January to guarantee audition or portfolio.

Institution code: 10005523

Course code: BAAMU

UCAS Points

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 audition/portfolio review.

For 2022 entry, there will be no fee for any initial audition submission. There will be fees for callbacks unless you are eligible for an exemption, which you can learn more about by clicking the links below.

Actor Musicianship callback fee £55

Our Portfolio and Auditions page gives an overview of the process and a video of useful interview tips from current and former students. *exemptions from this audition charge

Audition Process Audition Fee Exemption

Please contact us at [email protected] for information on entry criteria if you are applying from outside the UK or require assistance

Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

Sep 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2021 Entry)

UK/Republic of Ireland students

£9250

International students

£18000

Additional Costs

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