European Theatre Art at Rose Bruford College

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-cultural contexts. You will have the opportunity to spend part of your time studying/training abroad.

European Theatre Art at Rose Bruford College

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 which currently include EESTI MUUSIKA (Tallinn), ESAD (Murcia), EIOLA (Barcelona), Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno), AST National Academy of Theatre Arts (Wrocław), RESAD (Madrid), and Divadlo Continuo (Southern Czechia)

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

European Theatre Art at Rose Bruford College

Course breakdown

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

 

Year 1

You will be introduced to the academic and intellectual skills that you will need for study and professional development.

You will begin to learn a range of performance skills and contextualise these in developing your understanding of theatre making through a European perspective.

  • 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 European theatre
  • Plan and prepare for seminars, workshops and rehearsals
  • Demonstrate an independent imaginative response to your interpretation of text and performance
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional discipline towards the work
  • Study productions illuminating key periods of European theatre history

Year 2

You will further develop your skills towards a level appropriate to professional work and experience performance in collaboration with other disciplines.

  • 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 a European and wider international context
  • Apply a range of analytical, reflective and communicative skills informed by an understanding of practices inherent in theatre making
  • Initiate projects and lead seminars, workshops and rehearsals
  • Demonstrate creativity and originality in the study and presentation of material
  • Take some responsibility for the development and assessment of your own professional skills

Year 3

  • An introduction to research in practice
  • Final public 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

Rose Bruford College: European Theatre Arts
Rose Bruford College: European Theatre Arts

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

Nanna Gunnars

Co-Founder, Huldufugl; Festival Director, Reykjavík Fringe Festival

Dr. Jorge Lopes Ramos

Artistic Director of ZU-UK

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, ITV

Sofia Danu

Moonknight, Disney+; Two Palestinians Go Dogging, West End; Prime Suspect, ITV

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
Dr Aphrodite Evangelatou

Module Year Coordinator - European Theatre Arts

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Dr Luis Campos

Module Year Coordinator in European Theatre Arts

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Dr Vanio Papadelli

Lecturer in Movement BA European 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: W422

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.

Audition Fees

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.

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Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

September 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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