University of East London

Course Introduction

This is a practice-based programme for those wishing to develop a career as a professional actor, an innovative theatre praxis and an understanding of creative producing in London, the centre of British theatre. The programme is practice-based and industry-facing, aligned with both main stage and contemporary arts practice. The programme gives students the support to develop as theatre directors and, crucially, independent creative producers with the ability to make high quality and innovative performance work. The teaching team are both experienced academics and professional practitioners and have wide networks within the creative industries, including production houses, directors, actors and industry bodies. Students will have the opportunity to take masterclasses with industry professionals and each will be assigned a professional mentor to advise on their artistic and professional development. They will also have the opportunity to work with writers and directors on other MFA programmes in the school or externally. Teaching will take place in the industry standard studio facilities at USS and the professional arts venue Rich Mix.

On our fast-paced course, your development as an artist in the studio will be underpinned by a programme called Critical Concepts. This is a series of seminars, presentations and lectures introducing, and centred upon, the theoretical debate around contemporary fine art practice. There will even be opportunities for you to enjoy work experience. For instance, some of our students have worked with Professor Davey on his art projects in the past. Though there are two written elements over the duration of the course, your final key piece of work will be assessed through an exhibition of your art. It will stand as your major showcase. The work you will be doing with theatre professionals and the constructive help and advice you will receive from your course tutors throughout your course is all geared towards helping you establish yourself in the industry. Your final degree show will act as your showcase to attract agents and develop your professional networks.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have a degree and are normally expected to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have a overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
  • IELTS score: 6.5