Rose Bruford College European Theatre Arts students performing in the show Yellow Wallpaper

What you'll study

Throughout this course, the emphasis is on innovative and ensemble practice, rooted in a robust understanding of existing practices and theories.

You will train in a range of techniques and methods from European theatre practices,  investigating and building your capacity as a performer and maker. You will also explore the role of director and designer.

You will develop your ability to situate these practices in a variety of theoretical, historical and socio-cultrual contexts. You will have the opportunity to spend part of your time studying/training abroad.

Rose Bruford College European Theatre Arts students in the production Freefall

Why choose this course?

Build your unique creative skill-set

Acquire a wide range of skills and techniques, from clowning to devising, though rigorous training as a contemporary performer. Empowering you to build on your own interests and innovate to craft a personal artistic voice

Expert training

Explore a wide range of European practices, closely tutored by an international team of experts. And investigate contemporary performance collaborating closely with visiting industry professionals

Create, collaborate and innovate

Perform in small-scale and large-scale ensembles, exploring devised and text-based theatre. Collaborate with other performers, designers and technical specialists to present original work

Study abroad

Spend a semester at one of our European partner institutions or partner companies, which currently include EESTI MUUSIKA (Tallinn), ESAD (Murcia), EIOLA (Barcelona), Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno), PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts (Wroclaw) and RESAD (Madrid)

Grow your network

Build a professional network for the future making industry connections while you study and training alongside innovative theatre-makers from all disciplines

Working graduates

Recent graduates are performing with a wide range of companies, forming their own successful companies working with venues like Battersea Arts Centre, Barbican Theatre, National Theatre and Icelandic National Theatre as well as performing at Festivals

Rose Bruford College European Theatre Arts Students with mobile phones in the show Freefall

Course breakdown

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

 

Year 1

  • Workshops and performance exploring different dramatic texts and techniques
  • An introduction to techniques of devised theatre
  • Performance techniques in relation to critical theory
  • Productions illuminating key periods of European theatre history

Year 2

  • Workshops and seminars on selected Theatre practitioners
  • Productions and seminars on texts from different European nations or regions
  • Study in another European country
  • Directing European texts

Year 3

  • An introduction to research in practice
  • Final collaborative productions
  • Final practical projects and dissertations
  • Professional preparation and research on different European theatre companies

Teaching and assessment methods

  • In your first year, you will complete around 510 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 540 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 510 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 540 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 510 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 540 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

We aim to create graduates who are adaptable and rigorous performers, makers and practitioners, able to innovate in their own practice and shape their own career pathway. Many go on to have portfolio careers, including performing with established cutting-edge companies and forming their own companies, and producing or directing work. Other destinations for graduates include teaching, establishing theatre venues, writing, producing and more.

Alumni success

Kane Husbands

Founder, The PappyShow

Ro Hutson

Strong Female Character, Outstanding Comedy Show Melbourne Fringe, 2015

Dr. Jorge Lopes Ramos

Artistic Director of ZU-UK, Hotel Medea

Graduate Theatre Companies

Filskit Theatre; Sleepwalk Collective; Smoking Apples; Todos Theatre; Hikapee

Sophia Eleni

On Arriving (West End), 15 Heroines (West End), Call the Midwife

James Eeles

Peaky Blinders, Darkest Hour, Farming

Venues founded by ETA Graduates

The Freezer, Iceland; Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham

Careers options

Graduate ready to build a successful portfolio career in the performing arts, working in the UK and abroad as a freelance performer and theatremaker. 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, musicians and presenters
  • Arts officers, producers and directors
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Special needs education teaching professionals
  • Authors, Writers and translators
  • Artists, photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting operators
  • Vocational trainers and instructors
  • Playworkers
  • Leisure and travel service roles

Meet the staff

Thomas Wilson European Theatre Arts Programme Director
Thomas Wilson

Co-Programme Director BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts

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Aphrodite Evangelatou Module Year Coordinator at Rose Bruford College
Aphrodite Evangelatou

Module Year Coordinator - European Theatre Arts

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Luis Campos

Module Year Coordinator in European Theatre Arts

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
International

For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 26 January to guarantee audition or portfolio.

Institution code: 10005523

Course code: BAETA

UCAS Points

64 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes 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/portfolio review.

Audition Fees

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

European Theatre Arts callback fee £35

Our Portfolio and Audition pages give an overview of the process and a video of useful interview tips from current and former students. *exemptions from this audition charge

Audition Process Audition Fee Exemption

Please contact us at [email protected] for information on entry criteria if you are applying from outside the UK or require assistance

Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

Sep 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2021 Entry)

UK/Republic of Ireland students

£9250

International students

£18000

Additional Costs

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