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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: MFA Acting Classical and Contemporary Text

InstitutionRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland View institution profile
Department School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film
Telephone 0141 270 8265
Study type Taught


MFA Acting Classical and Contemporary Text is a vocational postgraduate programme of study for emerging artists. The programme aims to enable actors to acquire practical skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to contemporary/new writing and classical text and the creation of original work.

There are two Classical and Contemporary Text pathways: acting or directing, with all students working together as an ensemble. There will be numerous opportunities to learn and experiment, in projects, rehearsals and performances; creative collaboration lies at the heart of all the work. As part of your studies, you will complete a one-month residency at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, developing your knowledge and skills in classical text in this unique, iconic environment. You will spend time working on both classical and contemporary texts. These plays are performed to a public and professional audience.

MFA students will complete the full MA Acting Classical and Contemporary Text programme with an additional four-month module in which they will create a substantial piece of original work with mentoring and support. This project should serve as a ‘creative calling card’, providing another vehicle into the industry for those students who see themselves as theatre makers in addition to actors.

Through this programme you will benefit from professional connections allowing you to develop invaluable industry contacts. When you graduate, you will have gained practical, high-level experience of working in the profession, as well as all-important contacts and the skills to underpin your future career. The programme also encourages you to generate your own performance ideas, so that you are able to emerge into the professional world with a greater sense of yourself as a creative, self-reliant artist.

Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a place like nowhere else … powered by performance, its people and their passion.

Established in 1847, RCS is consistently recognised as a global leader in performing arts education. In 2021, RCS was named as one of the world’s top three destinations for performing arts education by the QS World University Rankings.

RCS offers undergraduate and postgraduate tuition across the specialisms of music, dance, drama, production, film and education. To study at this institution is to be immersed in a creative and collaborative arts community with students from more …

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