Professional Acting MFA An intensive forty weeks course.
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Professional Acting MFA

Key Information
  • Award

    Acting MFA

  • Duration

    1 year – 40 weeks (full-time)

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Course Overview

Please note: Applications OPEN on 18th July 2019 and will close at 4pm on Friday 28th February 2020


This one-year Masters level course gives up to 14 International postgraduate students from outside the EU the opportunity to study in Bristol on an intensive forty week conservatoire course.

Course summary document can be found here – MFA Professional Acting Course Key Facts


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 programme available to students from outside the EU who are seeking graduate-level study at a world-class school.

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

The programme 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.

Industry ready

The programme 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.



About the Structure of the Programme

This programme’s structure is designed to maximise the training opportunity for Masters 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.

Please Note:   The MFA Acting International Program is fully eligible for US Federal Loan Funding.



  • “The tutors are so passionate and supportive.
    It’s more of a family than a school.”

  • “The intensity and quality of the course means that you will get more from a year’s training than you would think possible.”

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice