Rose Bruford College American Theatre Arts students in the ensemble ofFurious! The Ballad of ’72.

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 students performing in the production of Blue on Blue

Course breakdown

Year 1

Studied at Rose Bruford College (UK)

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

Year 2

Studied at Rose Bruford College (UK)

  • Studying national history and the comparative development of British and American theatre
  • Classes in acting, musical theatre, physical theatre and directing
  • Independent research projects initiated by students
  • Public production
  • Cultural research through field trips to theatres

Year 3

  • Studied in the United States and at Rose Bruford College (UK)
  • 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

Dance Nation by Rose Bruford College American Theatre Arts students
RBC Figures by 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

We are no longer accepting applications for this course for 2022 entry.

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 2022 entry, there will be no fee for any initial audition submission. There will be fees for call backs unless you are eligible for an exemption, which you can learn more about by clicking the link below.

American Theatre Arts call back fee £55

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 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2022 Entry)

UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)

£9250

International students (Fee per year)

£18900

Funding and Support Additional Costs

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