MA in Acting/Musical Theatre/Opera

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Hello

I am 22 years old and have just completed my degree at Falmouth University studying Film. I have some experience in Acting/Musical Theatre and Opera for around eight years but this is only through student productions etc.

I really wish to apply for an MA this year in either of these subjects as I would like to act professionally/work in music. However I am concerned whether this is the best choice given I only have experience in Film at degree level? Whether at audition I will have to be exceptional in order to guarantee a place. And whether the drama MA's offer agent showcases etc.

Any advice would really be appreciated!

Highest qualifications in Acting and Singing I hold:
LAMDA Grade 6 (Distinction* Acting)
LCM Grade 5 (Distinction* Musical Theatre)

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Amy
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Ok so your qualifications already show that you can act and sing and because you hold a degree there's absolutely no reason as to why you shouldn't audition.

The key piece of advice I would give you is to be sure to apply for a course with a strong practical element. There are many performing arts degrees that are too much like "watch it and writ about it". Because it sounds like you want more than that I think it would be well worth giving an audition a shot.
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If you want to be a performer then don't go to a University. Avoid any course that has a title like 'Theatre Studies' or 'Performance Studies' or 'Drama'. These are academic Masters degrees for those who want to study the theory of Theatre not those who want to *do* it.

To work as a professional performer you need practical performance skills, and the credibility of having been to a Drama School, to be taken seriously, ie : East 15 Acting School : http://www.east15.ac.uk/study-postgraduate.asp, Drama Centre : http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/po...centre-london/

There are also short courses at Drama School if you want a taste of what this would involve before you commit yourself, ie. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School : http://www.oldvic.ac.uk/short-adult-courses/ or Central School, London : http://www.cssd.ac.uk/short-courses

For Opera you need to be looking at the Royal Academy of Music courses : http://www.rcm.ac.uk/vocal/operaschool/ or Guildhall : http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/music/courses/postgraduate.html

And you can audition for small-scale stuff to get experience :ie. http://theatrebristol.net/jobs or http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/arts-jobs-listings/
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Hello

I am 22 years old and have just completed my degree at Falmouth University studying Film. I have some experience in Acting/Musical Theatre and Opera for around eight years but this is only through student productions etc.

I really wish to apply for an MA this year in either of these subjects as I would like to act professionally/work in music. However I am concerned whether this is the best choice given I only have experience in Film at degree level? Whether at audition I will have to be exceptional in order to guarantee a place. And whether the drama MA's offer agent showcases etc.

Any advice would really be appreciated!

Highest qualifications in Acting and Singing I hold:
LAMDA Grade 6 (Distinction* Acting)
LCM Grade 5 (Distinction* Musical Theatre)

Best,
Amy
Hi Amy,

I definitely wouldn't let it stop you applying! For example our MA Acting course at Birmingham School of Acting, admission is based on the audition. We normally ask for an honours degree in an appropriate subject but really it comes down to your performance, and the eight years of productions and your qualifications mentioned are good experience to back you up.

Our course is also training for theatre and film as we have access to the university's new £62 million TV production facilities and Europe's largest free standing green screen- if film is something that interests you in particular?
As for showcases, we showcase to agents in both Birmingham and London in the final term

Hope this helps!

Best,
Lydia (BCU)
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