MA PERFORMANCE – ACTING

Validated by University of East Anglia

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.


2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
24 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 23 July 2022
Writing up period (MA only) 23 July – 31 August 2022

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (15-20 April) or May Bank Holidays

Skills

  • Acting
  • Acting for camera
  • Improvisation
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Dance
  • Singing

Performance

  • Open space
  • Contemporary play 1

MA Creative Project

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
24 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 23 July 2022
Writing up period (MA only) 23 July – 31 August 2022

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (15-20 April) or May Bank Holidays

Skills

  • Acting
  • Acting for camera
  • Recorded Voice
  • Classical texts
  • Improvisation
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Dance
  • Acting through song

Performance

  • Shakespeare
  • Contemporary play 2

MA Creative Project

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Creative project
  • Performance

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
24 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 23 July 2022
Writing up period (MA only) 23 July – 31 August 2022

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (15-20 April) or May Bank Holidays

Skills

  • Industry engagement
  • Career development

Performance

  • Showcase
  • Public production
  • Screen project

MA Creative Project

  • Written submission
 
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USEFUL INFO

Audition Fee£25 first round, £20 second round
2022/23 UK/Republic of Ireland Students Course Fee£17,680
2022/23 International Students Course Fee£19,870

Fees are subject to annual review. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Additional costs include grey palette active wear for workshops and dance shoes – allow around £180. Headshots, Spotlight membership and some travel – allow £350. 

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Find Out More

Admission onto the course is by audition. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA.

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

First round auditions will take place online. Candidates will need to submit a film of them performing their selected materials. For detailed information on what you need to prepare for auditions and for audition dates visit

Auditions and Interviews

Training at Mountview was both the most challenging and rewarding experience I've had. The support and guidance I received whilst facing fears and insecurities that performing naturally brings was fantastic.

Varun Sharma - Mountview Alumnus

2021 Prospectus