One year (full-time)
The course develops creative and practical skills over an intensive three-term programme of training and study.
There are only 34 places available each year. With over 30 hours of direct teaching time each week and taking place with a maximum of 17 students per class this postgraduate acting course delivers focused, culturally engaged, practical actor training.
Over the first two terms you will undertake rigorous skills training in all areas of an actor’s professional practice. In each term skills work is put into practice with performance projects focusing on contemporary and classical playtexts and original devised work.
Lectures and seminars centre on devising, autobiographical and solo performance and theories and practice including: intersectional feminist, postdramatic, queer and critical race theories, socio/political theatre practices, and the performance of knowledge. Alongside one-to-one tutorials, these sessions support the development of your Creative Project, an original piece focusing on an area of performance practice of your choosing and performed at the end of the second term.
In the third term, you’ll perform in a professional showcase attended by agents, casting directors and other prominent industry professionals, as well as a fully staged public production of a play. In your third term you’ll also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison Manager to prepare for life as a working actor.
Our miniseries ‘& Performance’ explores the Mountview MA Performance programme and how performance training can be complemented by critical engagement with theory – watch here.
This course will run subject to re-approval by the University of East Anglia (UEA). This means the course is currently going through UEA’s process to confirm the course will lead to a UEA award. Course re-approval will take place in June 2022 and is expected to be confirmed by August 2022. All courses validated by UEA are revalidated every five years through this re-approval process.