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Key information

Qualification type

MFA - Master of Fine Art

Subject areas

Voice Studies (Drama) Drama Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

Voice Studies courses at Central are nationally and internationally renowned, giving a specialised education in the study and practice of the spoken voice. These courses are for graduates of appropriate disciplines who wish to follow a career in voice teaching and who seek specialised study and practice in voice and speech.

Study with internationally renowned voice tutors and professionals
Learn pedagogical skills for the teaching of voice on this world-leading course
Network with actors, accent coaches, speech therapists and singers and undertake education and industry placements.

Structure of the MA and MFA Courses

In the first year of the MFA, you join the MA students for terms one to three of the course. The MFA then extends into a second year, beginning in October, which involves a mix of workplace attachments, mentorships and observed practice, in close liaison with members of the related industries. You are encouraged to specialise in one or more directions, building on the first year’s teaching.

The MFA second year widens your opportunities to develop voice knowledge within a variety of professional contexts in which pertinent questions can be asked, protocols tested and new structures suggested. This involves a combination of workplace attachments, mentorships and reflective observation where appropriate. You are expected to undertake tutorials and occasional seminars throughout the year, although these may be via Skype, as part of an ongoing process of pedagogical reflection and engagement leading to the submission of a final dissertation and reflective pedagogical documentation.

The MFA offers a further embedding of skills and concepts learnt during the first year. In some countries the MFA is more recognised, particularly for those interested in teaching, or researching in a higher education environment.

An MFA top-up year for those with an existing MA in this subject is also available.


During the first three terms of both courses, assessment is through written work, practical projects and teaching practice.

In the fourth term of the MA, you complete a dissertation or portfolio focusing on your specialist area of enquiry arising from the work of the course.

In the MFA second year, assessment is by means of documents based on field experience and related research.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module aims to extend your understanding of critical debates and practices within a specific area of drama/theatre or performance; Make appropriate, intelligent and informed selections from a wide range of possibilities of approach or research materials; Engage in a sustained, focused, independent piece of work that constitutes a summative contribution at the end of your programme; Develop as a contributor to the field. Extend experience and outputs through a prolonged engagement with relevant practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An understanding of voice informed by appropriate work experience of at least two years is normally an essential prerequisite, or a degree (or equivalent) in a subject which has included an element of voice and speech studies. Graduates of other disciplines will be considered if they can provide evidence of previous training in voice and/or speech. You will also normally be required to have the equivalent of 20 hours teaching experience in the field of voice and/or performance-related subjects. Applicants without an undergraduate degree (or equivalent), but who have professional experience working with voice for at least two years, e.g. actors and directors, will be considered for interviews for non-standard entry. An offer will normally only be made after interview. A top-up year for those with an exciting MA or PGDip in this subject is available.