MA/MFA Teaching and Coaching Actors’ Movement

Qualification | Master of Arts (MA) with an option to top-up to Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in the final year/term

Course Leader | Chris Sivertsen

Validated by | University of East London (UEL)

Location | Woking

Course Length | Delivered as a two-year part-time course. A one-year full-time

Start date | September 2024




Italia Conti’s new MA/MFA, Teaching and Coaching Actors’ Movement, is either a one-year full time or two-year part time course leading to a qualification that will equip each student to teach movement to actors across all areas of actor training and to work as a movement coach in the industry.

The course distinguishes between the roles of teaching and coaching: teaching focusses on developing the student actor as they learn to negotiate their body in space, through character exploration in rehearsal then guiding them into performance; coaching focusses on understanding the needs of the industry and learning to work within the different mediums of film, TV and theatre.

The course will turn actors into teachers capable of transforming performance art students into performers for whom movement is integral to their creative process.  By the end of the course trainee teachers will be able to teach students how to open their body and broaden their craft into the unchartered territory of new work.

This MA/MFA offers opportunities to explore teaching and coaching in real situations, learning from already established practitioners in their struggles and inspirations, and through their daily interactions with students and actors.



For part-time students, the course will run September through to August in the first year, and September through to September in the second year. The part-time option will be available as of September 2023.


For full-time students, the course will commence in September and will conclude the following September. Please note that the full-time option is not currently available, but will be in the future. If you are interested in only the full-time option, please contact us for further information.


UK Tuition Fees | £6500 per year (PT); £11,200 per year (FT) for the MA. There is an additional cost for students undertaking the MFA modules.

Deposit | £275 (The deposit is refundable within 14 calendar days of the payment being received by Italia Conti but will not be refunded thereafter for non-enrolment. It will be held by Italia Conti and will be refundable on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to Italia Conti.)


Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.


The MA/MFA course is eligible for the following funding options:

–  Student Finance Masters Loan (

–  Private Funding

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2:2 or above BA (Hons) degree in related performing arts discipline (e.g. Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance) and/or significant relative performing arts industry experience (as Actor/performer).
Successful Interview

After completing the application process you will be invited to attend an interview where you will discuss with the Course Team your previous training, and performance/directing/teaching experience.


Application to the MFA Teaching and Coaching: Actors’ Movement course is to be made directly through Italia Conti

Applicants should have completed Italia Conti’s application form by the 30 July in the year of intended start in order to be considered for interview.

​​​In line with our admissions policy, Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point. Places on our courses are limited; it is usual for drama schools to make more offers than there are places. Acceptances are dealt with on a first come first serve basis and so early acceptance is advised.