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MFA: Teaching and Learning

In the two years of study you’ll be working in small class-groups (approx. 10-14) and receiving regular, personalised feedback.

Aspects of the MFA are delivered by permanent and regular staff members at Drama Studio London, all with established professional industry credentials. Core staff provide continuity and key technical skills training in acting, voice, movement and recorded media throughout the two-year programme.

This core staffing is balanced with an equally essential cohort of freelance professionals who provide the necessary interface with the industry. You will be taught by a wide range of respected practitioners and directors to provide different methodologies, current industry specialist knowledge and experience. As well as being regularly employed in the profession, many also teach and direct across equivalent programmes at other respected institutions and bring a substantial range of specialist teaching experience within the practice based conservatoire model.

You will meet with casting directors and agents act for guest lectures, workshops, mock interviews and castings and many subsequently invite our students to formally audition again once training is complete, providing a smooth transition into the profession.

What can you expect?

A standard day of contact hours at DSL is 9.45 am – 5.15 pm from Monday to Friday (30 contact hours per week). This includes time for supported independent research and project making.

In addition to this, you will be expected to do a personal 30 minutes physical and vocal warm-up each day before classes begin. You can expect to spend approximately 7 hours a week preparing for classes and learning lines (guided independent study), and in independent research, reading and additional personal practice (individual vocal drills etc.). There are a small number of evening commitments for performance blocks and industry talks each term. Very occasionally there is a Saturday rehearsal, but plenty of advanced warning will be given when this is required.

Academic Support

If you are returning to study, are a mature student, or require additional support for any reason, as DSL is partnered with UWL (University of West London) you can also take advantage of their range of academic support services; from online Academic Skills Workshops to 1:1 Support sessions. Go to the UWL website to find out more.