Qualification: MFA
Course Length: 24 Months

Programme overview

As a musical theatre performer you must be passionate, creative, and able to form a deep connection with your story, character and audience.

Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is one of the most well-regarded musical theatre schools in the world, and our new two-year MFA in Musical Theatre will provide you with the very best conservatoire training within a top UK university environment. 

Building on our international reputation in Musical Theatre this two-year course is unique in Europe in the way it combines training to enhance your skills with professional opportunities and chances to launch your career.

What you will study

On our Musical Theatre MFA course, you will gain a broad range of musical theatre knowledge and skills while performing in a variety of outstanding productions.

Supported by first-class teaching, your learning will involve a working knowledge of historical, critical and theoretical content, and the creation of performances that will be presented to agents and professionals for maximum industry exposure. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a professional placement, giving you invaluable experience of the UK musical theatre industry.

A high percentage of GSA alumni appear in the cast lists of West End shows and national tours. Last year, over 95 per cent of GSA graduates gained professional representation or professional contracts within the first year of graduating.

Programme structure

The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

This MFA Musical Theatre course comprises of four 15 credit modules and two 30 credit modules within the first year. In the second year, the course comprises of four 15 credit modules and one 60 credit module.

The following modules 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.

Year 1 (full-time)

Module title Status Semester
MUSICAL THEATRE PRACTICE: 1 Compulsory 1
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE Compulsory 2
ACTING TECHNIQUES Compulsory Year-long
DANCE TECHNIQUES Compulsory Year-long
MUSICAL THEATRE PRACTICE: 2 Compulsory Year-long
VOCAL TECHNIQUES Compulsory Year-long

Year 2 (full-time)

Module title Status Semester
ADVANCED VOCAL PERFORMANCE Compulsory 1
NEW MUSICAL Compulsory 1
ADVANCED PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE Compulsory Year-long
ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Compulsory Year-long
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE DEVELOPMENT Compulsory Year-long



 

Our MFA in Musical Theatre will provide graduates with:

  • The ability to employ a broad range of Musical Theatre 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 singing, dance, acting and play analysis
  • A working knowledge of historical, critical, and theoretical content and the ways they inform musical theatre writing, the creation of roles, and other aspects of production
 

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

  • The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price, directed by Sophie Lifschutz
  • Fanny and Fagott by Jack Thorne, directed by Justin Audibert
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Colour of Justice by Richard Norton­-Taylor

You will work with external directors who will introduce you to the realities of industry practice. Recent visiting directors include:

  • An advanced understanding 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 musical theatre
  • A sophisticated understanding 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 genre, idiom, style and historical context
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different musical theatre styles
  • Ability to evaluate, critique and develop methodologies of practice
  • Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others’ practice

Professional practical skills

  • Identify and develop a personally effective and methodological approach to rehearsal
  • Select and apply vocal and physical techniques appropriate to different genres, styles and periods of musical theatre
  • Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative work in performance
  • Contribute effective and appropriate advanced practices and concepts to an ensemble process
  • Demonstrate evidence of extensive 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 both lead and collaborate as part of a 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.

 

Disclaimer: Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

2020 entry requirements

 

Entry by audition.  Students must hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (minimum 2.2 or equivalent), as well as significant engagement with drama, theatre and performance. Alternatively, entrants may have 5 years of relevant professional experience in the industry.  Offers are made subject to a successful audition and interview.

In exceptional cases, where ability and experience clearly show that an applicant is able to complete the course, other qualification profiles may be accepted. Variations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in each element

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

 

START DATE: OCTOBER 2020

Full-time

UK/EU  £15,900

Overseas  £15,900

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2020/21 only. Annual fees will rise by four percent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

 

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey, you may be eligible for a ten percent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/scholarships/discounts-surrey-graduates

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

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