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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: MFA Acting
|Institution||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
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)
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Please note: this course is only open to those who are NOT ordinarily resident in the UK. This course is ONLY open for international applications, which will include EU students from 2021 entry. Permanent Irish residents applying for 2021 entry will be classed as ‘home’ student status as a result of the Common Travel Area agreement and are therefore not eligible for this course.
Applicants would normally be expected to have an honours degree in a related subject area such as Drama, Acting, Theatre Studies or Performance Studies. However applicants with extensive relevant professional experience will also be considered.
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency through a relevant qualification, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which can also be used to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For MFA Professional Acting, an overall score of 7.0 is normally required, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, 6.0 in writing, 7.0 in listening and 7.0 in speaking.
Applicants will be auditioned by two practitioners, at least one of which will either be a senior member of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Acting staff or a practitioner of high standing in the industry.
In addition auditions will be video recorded for final selection by senior members of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Acting staff. At audition, applicants will need to demonstrate a good standard of acting, both in terms of preparation and ability to take direction.
Applicants will be given an opportunity to ask questions about the program as part of the audition session, as well as via internet or phone contact.
|Location||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
1 - 2 Downside Road
|EU||26510 GBP for Whole course|
|International||26510 GBP for Whole course|
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