Educational aims of the programme
Our MFA in Acting will provide graduates with:
- The ability to employ a broad range of acting knowledge and skills in the creation and presentation of roles
- The ability to perform in plays of various types and from various periods
- The acquisition of advanced understanding and capabilities in voice and speech, movement, and play analysis
- A working knowledge of historical, critical, and theoretical content and the ways they inform playwriting and dramatic writing, the creation of roles, and other aspects of production
Programme learning outcomes
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
- An experiential and theoretical knowledge of key practical acting methodologies
- An advanced understanding, which will inform ongoing skill attainment, of the physical and vocal techniques required to maintain an expressive body and the optimum functionality of the voice
- A critical understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of acting
- An advanced understanding, which will inform ongoing skill attainment, of the application of technique to differing theatrical forms, styles, genres and historical contexts
- A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice
Intellectual / cognitive skills
- Recognise, interpret and contextualise approaches to performance texts
- Identify and develop an individual methodological approach to rehearsal
- Select vocal and physical techniques appropriate to voice, person and situation
- Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different performance media
- Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others’ practice
Professional practical skills
- Successfully apply integrated vocal and psycho-physical techniques to the practice of acting in differing media
- Sustain and develop an effective and creative individual rehearsal process
- Demonstrate creative and imaginative work in performance
- Contribute effective and appropriate practices and concepts to an ensemble process
- Demonstrate evidence of practical research and effective preparation for entry into the current performance industry
Key / transferable skills
- Be disciplined and consistent in a professional context
- Conduct themselves constructively, positively, and sensitively towards others
- Able to lead and collaborate as part of the team on practical and research projects
- Communicate effectively and at an advanced level in both verbal and written form
- Seek out, critique, and employ information appropriately
- Recognise and develop commercial and artistic career opportunities
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.