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  Actor Musicianship MA/MFA

Rose Bruford College    Drama, Theatre and Performance

Full time October MA MA 13 Months/MFA 24 Months
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Unleash your potential with the Actor Musicianship MA/MFA programme at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, London. This innovative year-long course, led by renowned Actor Musician Jeremy Harrison, equips you with the unique skills to seamlessly blend music-making and acting in performance. Building on the College's esteemed BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship programme, this vocational MA/MFA focuses on interdisciplinary theatre-making, innovation, and audience engagement. Through vocational training, practice research, and project work, you will explore the dynamic relationship between music and acting, creating captivating performances that resonate with audiences. The programme offers a diverse range of modules, including Approaches to Performance, Actor-Musicianship in Performance, and Independent Project, culminating in an Industry Showcase. Applicants with a related undergraduate degree or professional experience are encouraged to apply, making this programme accessible to all aspiring theatre artists. Join us and become a leading artist in the world of actor-musicianship.

About the course

This unique, year-long MA/MFA trains you to integrate the skills of music-making and acting in performance.

What you'll study

Developed and led by renowned Actor Musician Jeremy Harrison, this vocational programme builds on and extends the work developed on the College’s 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 interdisciplinary as a core theatre-making tool, with a focus on innovation and work that responds to audience, place and space.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of professional experience.


The tuition fees for October 2024:

MA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (180 credits)

MA International Students (180 credits)

MFA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (240 credits)

MFA International Students (240 credits)

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Student Profiles

Catherine Li

''I have previously completed my BA (English) degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and my first MA degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at King’s College London. I was keen to continue intense training as an artist to fulfil my dream, therefore I continued searching. During my search about trainings online, I came across this course MA Actor Musicianship at Rose Bruford and had instantly grown interest in it simply because I love both theatre and music. I could not resist the temptation, so I embarked on an innovative journey that felt absolutely right!

I enjoyed how I get to learn about musicality and acting altogether - taking instruments into part of the artistic practice and process is something I have never ventured before. The concept is very new, but it totally makes sense. It opens so much interdisciplinary practices opportunities, and the course itself and teachers have been very open-minded and welcoming about our artistic choices or pathways.

We had a chance to perform to the outside audience on a tour in various primary schools for a whole week, collaborating with Primary Shakespeare Company. This has been hugely a valuable experience for me as we get real-world experiences that gave us a chance to learn, but at the same time also something to write on our resumes. There has been a lot of devising as well during rehearsals which I have never come across before, but it has been a good skill for me to grasp in this year.

I am hoping I can sign with an agent and get TV/film/theatre jobs after I graduate - literally anything. It would be crucial for me to understand the industry here in the UK if I get to land on any jobs with any agent. After some time/years of experience, I might want to develop full-time professionally on my own theatre projects related to Hong Kong.''

Erica Flint

''Before attending the Actor-Musicianship MA at Rose Bruford, I completed a BA at the University of Bristol in Ancient History. I had done a few professional acting jobs before starting the course, but still wanted more training. I chose the Actor-Muso course, as I had grown up playing in orchestra's as well as acting, but I had never combined the two. I was aware that Rose Bruford had an extremely good reputation for this course and knew that I had to apply. I loved that the course pushed me outside my comfort zone and encouraged me to try different instruments, as well as think differently about the one I had grown up playing. The course provided me with the opportunity to work with the fabulous company Wise Children, as well as make so many connections that have served me well in the professional world. Since I graduated, I have had a couple of professional gigs in the actor-muso/children's theatre world which have been fantastic. Of course I have a day job, but I plan to keep on auditioning and tackling anything that comes my way!''

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