Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is arguably the foremost musical theatre school in the world and our new two-year MFA programme in Musical Theatre provides students the very best conservatoire-style training within a top UK university environment.
Building on the international reputation of our BA and MA Musical Theatre programmes this terminal degree in performance is unique in the market and the perfect platform for those looking to launch their professional career.
Offering world-class teaching and impressive industry links from one of the UK’s leading conservatoires MFA students will learn to employ a broad range of musical theatre knowledge and skills whilst delivering outstanding performances in a range of productions.
The programme also provides a working knowledge of historical, critical and theoretical content and the creation of a performance that will be presented to agents and professionals for maximum industry exposure.
As a student on the MFA programme you will also have the opportunity to participate in a professional placement production, giving you invaluable experience of the UK Musical Theatre industry.
An impressively high percentage of GSA alumni appear in the cast lists of West End shows and National tours and last year, over 95 per cent of GSA graduates gained professional representation or professional contracts within the first year of graduation.
This programme is studied full-time over four consecutive semesters and two academic years. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Research and Rehearsal
-Singing and Audition Technique
-Voice and Acting
-Public Performance Project
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
Our MFA in Musical Theatre will provide graduates with:
-The ability to employ a broad range of Musical Theatre knowledge and skills in the creation and presentation of roles
-The ability to perform in plays of various types and from various periods
-The acquisition of advanced understanding and capabilities in singing, dance, acting and play analysis
-A working knowledge of historical, critical, and theoretical content and the ways they inform musical theatre writing, the creation of roles, and other aspects of production
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-An advanced understanding of the physical and vocal techniques required to maintain an expressive body and the optimum functionality of the voice
-A critical understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of musical theatre
-A sophisticated understanding of the application of technique to differing theatrical forms, styles, genres and historical contexts
-A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Recognise, interpret and contextualise approaches to genre, idiom, style and historical context
-Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different musical theatre styles
-Ability to evaluate, critique and develop methodologies of practice
-Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others’ practice
Professional practical skills
-Identify and develop a personally effective and methodological approach to rehearsal
-Select and apply vocal and physical techniques appropriate to different genres, styles and periods of musical theatre
-Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative work in performance
-Contribute effective and appropriate advanced practices and concepts to an ensemble process
-Demonstrate evidence of extensive practical research and effective preparation for entry into the current performance industry
Key / transferable skills
-Be disciplined and consistent in a professional context
-Conduct themselves constructively, positively and sensitively towards others
-Able to both lead and collaborate as part of a team, on practical and research projects
-Communicate effectively and at an advanced level in both verbal and written form.
-Seek out, critique and employ information appropriately
-Recognise and develop commercial and artistic career opportunities.
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.