Rose Bruford College
Actor Musicianship MA (PG)
Rose Bruford College

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Please apply directly to the College by 1st June 2022.

This vocational MA/MFA programme 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.

Why choose this course?

  • From Bradford to Broadway, actor-musicianship is now part of mainstream theatre culture, whilst remaining connected to its roots in the alternative theatre movement.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Explore how musical and acting processes can interrelate and feed each other.

  • 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.

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.

The Programme Specifications are available to download from the links below: MA Programme Specification: MFA Programme Specification: The Programme Specifications are available to download from the links below:

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA/MFA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts and short-term courses, summer scho
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First degree in music, acting or related field/equivalent professional work or equivalent professional or life experience. Admission by audition/workshop and interview. Please apply first and then we will send you details of our auditions.


Tuition Fees Actor Musicianship MA (PG)

Channel Islands £23500
Ireland £23500
EU £25000
England UK £23500
Northern Ireland £23500
Scotland £23500
Wales £23500
International £25000

Additional fee information

Please note that the tuition fees quoted are for October 2021 entry. The tuition fees for October 2022 entry have not been published yet.

A 5% alumni discount is available for Rose Bruford College BA Hons alumni undertaking a full time 13 months MA programme or the first year of a MFA programme.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Rose Bruford College

Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance (RBC) is a school specialised in teaching Drama, located in the South of London. RBC provides education based on all aspects of Drama production, ranging from Acting and Audio Production, to Lighting Design and Costume Production. Whatever your interest might be, the facilities and departments are in place at this college to provide for your particular needs.

  • BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship

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