Mission & Values

The mission of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is to contribute to, value and shape the theatre and performance arts and industries of our times through education, training, research and industry engagement.


Placing students at the centre of our work, the College aims to provide the highest quality undergraduate and postgraduate degree-level and continuing professional education and training in all aspects of theatre and performance. We equip graduates with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to become leaders in their field, shaping the future of the theatre, entertainment and allied arts and industries.


1. We aim to support and value both our students and staff in their ambitions and aspirations to be independent learners and professional teachers and to maintain the College’s reputation as a world-class, practice-based, professional conservatoire.

We will:

  • Develop the academic environment for students through enriched courses that are constantly being developed and monitored to deliver the highest standards of excellence, which are informed by the latest developments in the subject of study and industry practice.
  • Provide academic staff with the stimulation, support, mentoring and resources to continually develop as teachers and practitioners, ensuring that staff maintain a close understanding of current developments in research, scholarship and professional practice in their subjects.
  • Deliver a broad range of taught, distance-learning and research degrees, whilst adopting new models of non-degree and continuing professional training.


2. We aim to create and value  new insights in the area of theatre and performance through distinctive approaches to research into and through practice.

We will:

  • Maintain and grow the College’s research culture by ensuring that staff and students are fully supported in carrying out research.
  • Promote research that develops the academic discipline and professional arts practices as well as informing teaching.
  • Achieve recognition of our growing worth as a research institution through engagement with the REF 2014.


3. We aim to continually develop, value and lead our sector through education and training that is industry focused. We will offer our graduates the best possible preparation for successful and satisfying careers as innovative and enterprising practitioners.

We will:

  • Make certain that our programmes reflect changing practices in the industry.
  • Improve student employability through career guidance and by showcasing their work to industry professionals.
  • Attract industry professionals to the College to teach and share their knowledge and practice with students and staff.
  • Collaborate with external partners nationally and internationally to create opportunities for students to learn in diverse professional and educational environments.


Statement of Academic and Artistic Freedom

Rose Bruford College values and defends the principle of freedom of thought, practice and expression within its academic and artistic community, while recognising its responsibilities in promoting tolerance, mutual respect, diversity and cultural understanding. Material is chosen for study and performance on the basis of its value in examining a broad range of practices and ideas. From time to time, such study material may challenge students’ perspectives and values. The College expects students to engage with chosen material without censorship, and encourages a spirit of openness, recognition of creative expression and intellectual debate. At the same time it seeks to ensure that the choice, interpretation and treatment of such material is not gratuitous, exploitative or illegal.