American Theatre Arts Rose Bruford College

What you'll study

This intensive and practical course offers a unique approach to performance training combined with study both in the UK and in the United States.

You will explore new material and take part in cutting-edge, immersive productions as well as being 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.

You will get the opportunity to fully explore trans-Atlantic theatre practices and challenge conventional notions of actor-training, have a platform for your voice and the chance to collaborate and experiment with your work.

Rose Bruford College American Theatre Arts students performing the show Furious! The Ballad of ’72.

Why choose this course?

Expert and diverse training

Explore a comprehensive range of performance disciplines with a diverse group of practitioners, including musical theatre, acting on camera, directing, playwriting and theatre for young audiences

Professional experience

You will perform in public productions directed by professional American and British directors

Explore new plays with professionals

Work with professional Directors / Musical Directors and participate in the creation and production of new materials mentored by experienced playwrights, devisers and composers

Study in the UK and US

As well as leading UK drama school training, you have the opportunity to spend a semester living and studying in the USA. We offer a choice of locations including prestigious institutions in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Kentucky, North & South Carolina and Texas

Reflect real-world issues

The course curriculum consciously reflects and responds to the world beyond the campus, giving a space for your creativity, engagement and social activism to be part of your studies

Cutting edge and collaborative

You will get the chance to work alongside designers and digital artists in the staging of unique immersive and multi-media productions that reflect the cutting edge of current industry practice

Rose Bruford College American Theatre Arts

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

Studied at Rose Bruford College (UK), you will be introduced to the academic and intellectual skills that you will need for professional development.

You will begin to learn a range of performance skills and contextualise these in developing your understanding of American theatre.

  • Demonstrate a range of physical and vocal performance skills
  • Integrate these various skills and techniques into performance related to your study
  • Engage with and identify collaborative processes within theatre making
  • Identify key concepts and ideas of major theorists and practitioners of American theatre
  • Plan and prepare for seminars, workshops and rehearsals
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional discipline towards the work
  • Demonstrate an independent imaginative response to your interpretation of text and performance

Year 2

Your skills will be further developed towards a level appropriate to professional work and you will experience performance in collaboration with other disciplines.

Studied at Rose Bruford College (UK).

  • Employ diverse physical and vocal performance skills in a range of performative contexts
  • Evaluate critically the processes of the performer, director and designer within theatre making
  • Analyse the inter-relationships between the performer, director, designer and the audience in the creation of the theatre event
  • Articulate and engage critically with the principles, concepts and ideas of writers and practitioners in an international context
  • Apply a range of analytical, reflective and communicative skills informed by an understanding of practices inherent in theatre making
  • Demonstrate creativity and originality in the study and presentation of material

Year 3

Studied in the United States and at Rose Bruford College (UK), you are expected to be a self-directed learner, with regular tutorials associated with specific projects guiding you and ensuring that your learning is appropriately contextualised.

  • Examining shared aspects of theatre practice between America and Europe
  • Classes in acting, musical theatre, improvisation, physical theatre, playwriting, directing and theatre-making
  • Independent research projects further developed by students
  • Staff-directed public productions of contemporary American plays and musicals
  • Professional preparation

Teaching and assessment methods

  • In your first year you will complete around 600 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 600 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
  • In your second year, you will complete around 600 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 600 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
  • In your third year, you will complete around 600 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 600 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment

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Your future career

Rose Bruford College American Theatre Arts
Rose Bruford College American Theatre Arts

We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes the opportunity to gain practical experience and network both in the UK and US as well as introducing your work to the industry and agents in fully realised productions for public performance. We also support you in creating a self-promotion and career plan.

Alumni success

Kate Spencer

TV - Coronation Street, Doctors. Theatre includes Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, UK Tour/West End, Frost/Nixon, Crucible Theatre

Jeremy Cobb

Book of Mormon

David Ajao

Othello, Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company

Tom Brennan

Directing credits: West End, Almeida Theatre and National Theatre

Rebecca Killick

War Horse, National Theatre and International Tour

Jay Marsh

Porgy & Bess, Regents Park, Sunny Afternoon, West End

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Recent graduates have gone on to become:

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

Meet the staff

Steve Dykes
Steven Dykes

Programme Director American Theatre Arts

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Tony James Rose Bruford College Part-Time Acting Course Director
Tony James

Course Director for Acting Part Time; Lecturer of American Theatre Arts

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Dana Blackstone Rose Bruford College Module Year Coordinator for American Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College
Dr Dana Blackstone

Module Year Coordinator, BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland and International applicants

Applications for 2023 entry are still open, please submit your applications via UCAS by tapping the Apply Now button.

Institution code: R51

Course code: W423

96 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to three Cs at ‘A’ level or three Merits and 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 audition.

For 2023 entry, there will be a £35 audition fee, unless you are eligible for an exemption, which you can learn more about by clicking the link below.

Our Auditions page gives an overview of the process and a video about preparing for audition.

Auditions Audition Fee Exemption

Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

August 2023

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2023 Entry)

UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)

£9250

International students (Fee per year)

£21735

Funding and Support Additional Costs

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