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Full time


24 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MFA - Master of Fine Art

Subject areas

Music Studies Acting Music Performance / Playing

Course type


Course Summary

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 MFA 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.

Employability & Industry

The course seeks to create a diverse and international cohort who can enrich each other’s learning and create new and surprising work for all sorts of audiences, in all sorts of places.


This module focusses on the training of the actor-musician as ensemble-performer. It is taught through practical class-work, workshops and seminar discussion. Attention will be given to individual disciplines such as voice, movement, acting and music making, but the emphasis will be on the exploration of where these disciplines intersect and overlap. The module explores the interdisciplinarity of the actor-musician by offering exercises and approaches to theatre-making that enable the integration of music-making and instrumental playing in the creation of performance.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Actor Musicianship MA/MFA programme will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.