American Theatre Arts BA (Hons)

show all

About this course


3 Years

Term Start

September 2021

Entry Requirements

This programme is now closed for 2021 entry.

  • 96 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to three C’s at ‘A’ level or three Merits at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

​*We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points, if we have evidence of your potential from your application or 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.
  • We recognise the importance of face to face teaching for practice-based programmes, and as the pandemic progresses, we will continue to deliver face to face teaching whenever possible. All of our programmes safely delivered face to face teaching in Autumn term 2020 with rigorous COVID 19 safety procedures in place.

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)


Graduate Occupations

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Authors, Writers and translators
  • Arts officers producers and directors
  • Musicians
  • Business and related associate professionals
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Leisure and travel services
  • Customer service managers and supervisors

Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017

Fee and Application Information

Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

UK/Republic of Ireland Applicants

International Applicants

Please e-mail if you require assistance.

2021/2022 Fees

  • UK/Republic of Ireland Students - £9,250
  • International Students - £18,000

Please click here for information about Student Loans and Bursaries.

Audition Fees

For 2021 entry, all initial/first-round auditions will be via video submission. You will be sent full instructions regarding how to record and submit your video and what to include once we have received your application from UCAS. Under the circumstances, we will not be charging an audition fee for this first round stage. We are hoping to hold second round auditions on campus in the Spring if it is safe to do so.

Please click here for information about our audition process.

We don’t charge an audition fee if you:

  • You audition as part of a progression agreement.
  • Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
  • You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
  • You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
  • You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
  • You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial / emotional support from parents/family.
  • You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
  • ​You 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

Please click on the links below to download:

​We champion diversity because a rich mix of people makes Rose Bruford College a more productive and creative place to study and work; and we champion equality because it is the right thing to do.

Click to view the 2021 ATA Graduate Brochure


Keep up to date with the latest news and events from this course across our social media channels through #rbcATA

Alumni News



Visit Steven Dyke's Website