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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: MFA Acting

InstitutionBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Department Acting
Telephone 0117 9733535
Study type Taught


This one-year MFA level course (in the UK the terms course and program are used interchangeably) gives up to 14 International postgraduate students from outside the UK the opportunity to study in Bristol on an intensive forty-week conservatoire course.

There is a strong emphasis on developing the actor’s voice and body and a commitment to building performance through close text work

The MFA in Professional Acting is a rigorous actor training course available to students from outside the UK who are seeking graduate-level study at a world-class school.

While the majority of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School acting courses are reserved for UK residents only, this course offers that same world-class conservatoire training to fourteen students carefully selected from North America and around the world.

The course emphasises the continued development of the actor’s voice, body and creative process, along with a commitment to building performance through a dynamic relationship with text and language. There is a substantial focus on the classical British and European repertoire, with close attention given to a practical exploration of Shakespearean text in performance.

The course is designed to prepare students for the varied acting demands made within the current performance industry, including those appropriate to the recorded media. In their final term, MFA Acting students undertake a fully-mounted production, supported by professional design, stage management and costume students or practitioners.

This course’s structure is designed to maximise the training opportunity for MFA students while recognising the unique financial and personal demands incurred while studying abroad. With this in mind, the course is taught through an extremely intensive one year structure, utilising extended term dates, and abbreviated breaks between terms.

In previous years, the School has auditioned across the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as in Bristol. Due to Covid-19, our plan at present is that first round auditions will be held over Zoom. Our ambition is to hold final round auditions at venues in the above countries as well as in Bristol during spring 2021, but where this is not feasible due to Covid-19, the selection procedure will be completed virtually.

Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG)

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