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MFA in Professional Acting with Independent Production

Course details:

The applications for this course are currently closed for 2020 entry. 

Start Date: Monday 5 October 2020*
End Date: 5 August 2022*
Course Duration: 66 Weeks**
Hours Per Week: 30
Digital Audition Fee: £20.00 (Standard audition fee is £47.50 – currently not available)
Course Fee: £9,250 per year
Certificate of Study: Masters in Fine Art (MFA)
Academic Qualification: MFA in Professional Acting with Independent Production

*Dates may be subject to change.
**This programme is only available as full-time across two years.


DSL is proud to announce the launch of its MFA in Professional Acting with Independent Production. This is a unique and industry led London-based programme delivered by leading professional practitioners. The training also includes European and USA residences to further enhance skills and industry contacts.

The aim of the MFA is to produce highly skilled, versatile and independently thinking professional actors who can confidently shape a sustainable career in the diverse and continually evolving Performing Arts industries including stage, screen and audio. It includes modules in Independent Production in recognition that today’s actor must create work as well as be in it.

The course is practical, in-depth and industry informed in its design and delivery. You will be taught throughout the two years by current professional practitioners and working directors in all the specialist training areas of voice, movement and acting for stage, screen and audio; providing you with advanced actor training, alongside rigorous academic study and performance research. Regular contact is also maintained with leading producers, directors, casting directors and agents to ensure that you emerge confident, capable and industry ready.

The course includes two international residencies. Year 1 will include a one-week, intensive training workshop with a European partner organisation. Year 2 will include a substantial training residency in the USA, at a leading performing arts conservatory. Both these residencies will extend your understanding of specialist areas and explore creative possibilities across cultural landscapes.

Upon graduating you'll receive Spotlight and Equity membership with a full career launch. You will leave the MFA with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. You will be given the opportunity to showcase your talent in events for the public, agents and casting directors, as well as emerging with your own fully realised production that is ready for touring, viewing or listening.

The MFA is validated and awarded by the University of West London which prides itself as the Career University. Drama Studio London is also accredited by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT), a governing body which accredits excellent professional training in the leading drama schools. It is an integral member of the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), an organisation dedicated to good practice in conservatoire training.

UWL Logo 1tiny Our MFA is now validated and awarded by University of West London so you can be sure you'll be getting quality training with an academic stamp. 
cdmt neg Colour Horizontal 50 Drama Studio London is also ACCREDITED by the CDMT, a governing body that accredits only the top drama schools in the country (this awards us industry recognition of achievement), and is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.


Who is it the course for?

The focus for the MFA is the creation of industry ready confident professional actors and the independent production is there to build actors skills to enable them to also create their own work, to be proactive in the industry - providing a grounding in producing and project management as well as actor training.

  • Those holding a first degree – does not need to be in a related subject - OR
  • Those with relevant professional experience in performance.
  • Those looking to lecture - in certain countries an MFA is regarded as an essential Higher Education teaching qualification.

It may also appeal to:

  • Those interested in working internationally (within national constraints).
  • Those who may want to work part-time or during the long summer break.