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MFA Classical Acting: Performance & Practice

MFA Classical Acting: Performance & Practice

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Full time


18 months

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Qualification type

MFA - Master of Fine Art

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Course Summary

About the course

This intensive masters degree in classical acting is delivered through an inspiring and exhilarating programme of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, including public-facing performances in our largest space, The Sainsbury Theatre.

Working on plays from the Shakespearean, Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, French classical and Restoration periods you will discover how classical theatre translates across centuries, cultures and languages, and build an awareness of their historical, political and social context, and their impact on modern theatre.

You will take classes in craft skills to develop and strengthen your existing abilities and prepare you for the rehearsal process. Delivered throughout the year in long modules, these will include acting (voice, textual analysis and contextual studies), movement, music and singing.

You will progress through the application of your acquired knowledge of both theory and practice as it relates to the intelligent exploration and development of original characters. And you will also complete a thesis presentation reflecting on the relationship between your classical training and contemporary theatre practice.

Your first year will culminate in the staging of a Shakespeare production to which agents and casting directors are invited.

Year two will include two modules: Pedagogy of Classical Acting and New Classics Project.

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Entry requirements

You should have a knowledge and interest in classical texts and the speaking of verse and prose and a commitment to a career as a professional actor. The MFA certification is particularly useful for US students (among others), for whom it will serve as an entry-level qualification for college teaching in Arts subjects. You should be a fluent English speaker. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply, as we assess this at the auditions. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if you’re offered a place. We can only accept IELTS for UKVI. LAMDA does not make conditional offers, or adjust entry requirements according to non-academic criteria.