What you'll study

This course combines practical theatre-making skills with project design and implementation, understanding of cultural, social and creative context, writing proposals, fundraising, marketing and communications. Industry placements, case studies and ongoing input from professional practitioners and cultural activists play a major role in the course.

 

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Rose Bruford College Theatre and Social Change students

Why choose this course?

Learn from working experts and professionals

Ongoing sessions with cultural activists working in a range of arts, social, and other diverse non-traditional settings

Professional experience

Participate in an extended placement that gives you a practical and immersive experience in a working environment

Make connections

Build a national and international network of industry contacts and change-makers

Career-focussed

Acquire the essential skills required for design, making, implementation and evaluation of theatre and social change projects

Theatre and Social Change students at Rose Bruford College rehearsing

Course breakdown

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

Year 1

Focus is on your own identity as a theatre maker and learning the fundamentals of theatre-making as performers, producers and directors.

  • Learning to make and research practice
  • Essential arts management and production skills including finance, fundraising, grant writing, basic contract law, marketing and communications and digital and social media
  • Understanding social and historical movements and high-level interaction with individuals and companies actively engaged with social change
  • Visits to cultural organisations and social enterprises, meeting practitioners, and talks from a range of professionals working in the field of cultural activism

Year 2

Concentration is on how can you make a contribution through an understanding of principles of project management as performer, maker or producer. Achieved through:

  • Development of facilitation skills and case studies
  • Professional inputs from individuals and companies working as cultural activists in the field
  • Industry visits and placements within an Arts organisation or Major Festival / Cultural season (e.g. Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre, Coney, The Sick of the Fringe, Slunglow at The Holbeck)
  • Working with cultural activists further developing your management, administrative and cultural leadership skills and exploring the range of skills required to fulfil the role of cultural activist (as performer, maker or producer) in a social change context

Year 3

Focus is on your skills as a leader and you will develop a project in partnership with a cultural /social organisation with mentoring.

This will take the form of an articulated role in a social impact project in an organization or group.

Teaching and assessment methods

  • In your first year, you will complete around 380 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 80 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 380 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 80 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 200 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 280 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

This is a course for creative individuals committed to an innovative professional theatre practice – as performer, maker or producer – which aims to change lives and inspire change in communities from all backgrounds and walks of life. We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes the opportunity to build a highly relevant network and work on real projects while you study.

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Our graduates will be ideally placed to go on to become:

  • Theatre makers - performers, producers and directors
  • Community arts project leaders
  • Creative practitioners and leaders in Arts organisations
  • Facilitators in the creative and cultural sector
  • Festival and Event specialists and leaders
  • Actors, entertainers, musicians and presenters
  • Arts officers, producers and directors
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Archivists and curators
  • Authors and Writers
  • Activists and cultural organisers

Meet the staff

Rose Bruford College Professor of Theatre and Performance Brian Lobel
Brian Lobel

Professor of Theatre & Performance, Programme Director for BA Theatre & Social Change

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Rose Bruford College Lecturer Phoebe Patey-Ferguson
Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

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Lehni Lamide Davies

Theatre and Social Change Programme Manager & Lecturer

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland and international applicants

For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS.com

Institution code: R51

Course code: W412

64 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to two Cs 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 the workshop and discussion.

Workshop audition process

The application process for this course involves a workshop and discussion.

There is no charge for participation in the workshop.

Auditions

Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

September 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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