American Theatre Arts BA (Hons)

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About this course


3 Years

Term Start

September 2019

Entry Requirements

  • 112 UCAS points*

​*In exceptional circumstances the College may take a lower offer, based on prior experience or potential demonstrated at interview/audition.

The American Theatre Arts (ATA) programme offers a unique approach to performance training.

Our intensive practical programme has evolved over the last ten years in direct response to those students who recognise the increasing importance of international study as an integral part of their drama school experience.

The ATA might appeal to you because we provide an opportunity to study acting both here in the UK and in the United States. But we also challenge conventional notions of actor-training to equip you with an understanding of the traditions and innovations of a whole-range of American theatre practice.

You will then be able to bring that understanding to your performance work in Europe and beyond. This is a programme for those with a passion for exploring the trans-Atlantic, indeed global, interchange of theatre practice. We are looking for individuals with something to say, who are keen to collaborate and experiment.

Why choose this course?

  • Perform roles in public productions directed by professional American and British directors
  • Collaborate with designers and digital artists in the staging of unique immersive and multi-media productions.
  • Explore a comprehensive range of performance disciplines, including musical theatre, acting on camera, directing, playwriting and theatre for young audiences.
  • Be closely tutored in the American ‘classics’ and their social and political contexts, including plays by writers such as Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson and David Mamet.
  • Work with experienced playwrights and composers on new material.
  • Spend a semester in the USA at the following prestigious institutions: 
Centre College in Kentucky, Clemson University in South Carolina, Columbia College in Chicago, Stephen F Austin State University in Texas, Syracuse University in New York State, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Employability & Industry

Graduates have gone on to perform on stage and screen in the UK and US, to win awards as playwrights and directors, to work as technicians and administrators for leading television and theatre producers and to create their own independent theatre companies..

Alumni Success

  • David Ajao (Othello, Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Clark Devlin (Goodnight Mister Tom, West End)
  • Rebecca Killick (War Horse, National Theatre and International Tour)
  • Jay Marsh (Porgy & Bess, Regents Park, Sunny Afternoon, West End)
  • Tom Brennan Director of Wardrobe Ensemble (Riot, National Theatre)

Fee and Application Information



  • Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed for this programme. 

International Applicants

Please e-mail

2018/2019 Fees

  • UK/EU Students - £9,250
  • International Students - £17,500

Please click here for information about Student Loans and Bursaries.

Audition Fees

You will also be required to pay a £25 audition fee for this programme. Please click here for information about our audition process.

We don’t charge an audition fee if you:

  • Audition as part of a progression agreement/compact
  • Are registered disabled
  • Can offer other evidence of financial hardship
  • Are being auditioned overseas

 If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply. 

Course content

Year 1 Level 4 (at Rose Bruford College):

  • Understanding American plays in their historical context
  • Exploring Broadway musical theatre
  • Acting, voice, movement and theatre making classes

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

Year 2 Level 5 (in the United States and at Rose Bruford College):

  • Studying national history and the development of America’s theatre
  • Classes in acting, musical theatre, improvisation, physical theatre, playwriting, directing and theatre making
  • Public productions
  • Cultural research through ‘field trips’ to major cities and theatres

Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

Year 3: Level 6

  • Examining shared aspects of theatre practice between America and Europe
  • Independent research projects initiated by students
  • Staff-directed public productions of contemporary American plays and musicals
  • Professional preparation

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications

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ATA Graduate company 'The Shady Dolls' have received rave reviews since forming in 2004 and features the work of Programme Director Steven Dykes and Lecturer Rebecca Pollock. Click here to visit their website.