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Professional Voice Practice - MA / MFA / PgDip

Professional Voice Practice - MA / MFA / PgDip

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MFA - Master of Fine Art

Subject areas

Acting Business Communication Skills

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Realise your potential as a creative practitioner and train to be a professional voice coach at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. You will gain highly specialised knowledge in a range of professional contexts and develop advanced expertise as a voice coach, teacher or performer.

Through reading, discussion, reflective writing and practising as a coach or teacher, you will relate theory and practice and learn the ways of thinking and working of a professional voice practitioner. Through full engagement with the opportunities the course provides, you will be prepared for work as a voice practitioner in private practice, in Further or Higher Education, in business, in theatre, performing arts and media.

What's covered in the course?

The starting point is work on yourself: i.e. your voice and its source in your body and breath. It is the experiential understanding of this process and listening to your colleagues on the course that informs your own pedagogy. At Royal Birmingham Conservatoire we advocate a physiological and imaginative approach to voice work that develops the 'practical, intellectual, physical and emotional skills of students in an atmosphere that is enabling, supportive and empowering'*.

Through core learning based on how the voice works, your imagination will fuel the development of your personal artistry and development. If you aspire to learn in-depth, specialist knowledge in professional voice practice, then this programme will not only teach you the skills, but broaden your vital industry connections.

The foundation of the course is rooted in the principles and practices of healthy vocal use. Exploring topics such as vocal function and dysfunction, phonetics and accent analysis, you will build an in-depth awareness of professional voice practice. The content of the course spans from teaching you practice-based methods and strategies to theoretical research.

We will help you establish links to industry through our strong connections with leading companies such as the RSC, Birmingham REP Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We have a working relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and with the company’s Head of Voice, Kate Godfrey.

Modules

Combined with the Practical Voice and Singing modules, this module forms the foundation for a deeper understanding of voice work and provides you with a range of approaches to the interpretation and speaking of densely coded texts simultaneously enabling your voice to develop in terms of clarity, range, expressivity and power. To engage with the work to the fullest extent, you need to learn and present texts within the class so that an experiential understanding of the imaginative and technical demands of interpreting texts is developed. As graduates of the course, you will be working with actors, actors in training, or other students of voice, so it is important that you have some direct experience of performing, in a safe and supportive environment in order to understand the challenges that face the performer or presenter.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,600

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,600

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

You should normally possess a first degree, performance diploma or equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you do not meet the above entry requirements, but possess an appropriate level of performance skills and professional experience.