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.
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
Participate in an extended placement that gives you a practical and immersive experience in a working environment
Build a national and international network of industry contacts and change-makers
Acquire the essential skills required for design, making, implementation and evaluation of theatre and social change projects
Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
Level 4 introduces and develops the academic and intellectual skills that you will need for study and professional development. In addition, you will begin to learn the practical and technical skills of the performer and creator, producer and change-maker.
This module provides you with a foundation to support both your training and future creative practice in a way that is spontaneous, imaginative and disciplined. As part of Techniques Intensive, you will work towards a competency and confidence in the basic theatre making skills, languages and techniques within 1) Movement 2) Voice 3) Production and 4) Design, preparing you for later professionalisation and focussed training.
The module provides you with a synthesis of the individual skills acquired in Performing Change I. These previous skills will be applied to creating a solo performance or independent creative project examining the question: ‘Who are you to make what change in the world?’
This module provides you with a foundation to support both your training and future producing practice using London-based theatres and social organisations as primary case studies. Over the term, day trips and theatre visits will provide an introduction to how theatre can produce social change in various ways: in dramatic content, in organisational structure, in charitable or activist context.
Level 5 develops your skills towards a level appropriate to preprofessional work and gives experience of outside professional and community contexts, including via work placement, group facilitation and guest lecture series.
The module provides you with a foundation to support your training and future creative practice as it relates to working as a group facilitator. This module will introduce the skills and processes of conceptualising, designing, leading and facilitating a group workshop.
This module provides you with a foundation to support both your training and future creative practice as it relates to working as part of a group as performer, collaborator and co-deviser.
Group Devised Performance has historically been a chosen artistic form for socially-engaged practice, with artists gathering together in aid of a shared vision, often to political or meaningful ends.
The module runs throughout the whole year across two semesters. The first part of the module is a guest lecture series which features contemporary leaders, activists and change makers sharing their experiences of social change and how art is used as a tool to forward these agendas.
The second part of the module will advance the practice-based research from Activating Change I, further developing your artistic practice through embodied understandings of theory.
The module provides you with a progression of your work in Producing Change I+II with additional focus on the world beyond Rose Bruford/Sidcup. This module will consist of a rotation through three work placements, each focused on unique models of social change and the arts.
Organisations like Slung Low, Duckie, Home Live Art, The Sick of the Fringe, Arts Council England will be ideal locales for you to think about models for change, what social change looks like in practice, and provide an introduction to the roles and responsibilities inherent in producing and theatre-making.
Weekly placements are then discussed and analysed during a weekly seminar. All placement locations are vetted and organised by T&SC faculty, who will build a three-week ‘syllabus’ for their rotation of students. T&SC faculty will work closely to ensure the placement fits within National Student Union (NSU) and other work standards.
This module builds on your previous placements and introduces you to new additional skills necessary for producing, using both the Rose Bruford Symposium (on-campus festival of art and research) and the Edinburgh Fringe (the world’s largest arts festival) as case studies.
For the Rose Bruford Symposium, you will work with staff and students at Rose Bruford to devise a system of application and curation, before assisting in curating and executing the overall event. The skills that you build as a team focussed on making the Symposium will be the same skills developed via your work on the Edinburgh Fringe.
You are expected to be a self-directed learner at year 3. Module study options include, but are not limited to:
The module runs throughout the whole year across two semesters and provides you with an opportunity to lead and produce a significant creative project responding to the theme of theatre & social change. The form that your final creative project takes is individually responsive, but could include a 30-minute solo performance, 45-minute group performance, hour-long facilitated workshop for a group that you work with over a number of weeks, a durational performance installation, or a week-long campaign that you run via social media or in person.
This module runs the full year and consolidates your practical and theoretical research skills and enables you to investigate, in detail, a specific aspect of Theatre& Social Change which is of particular interest to you. The module represents the culmination of your critical reflection on performance practices, as well as models and movements for social change, and gives you the opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of independent research work.
This six-month work placement will give you the tools you need to experience being part of an organisation, to see a season or extended period at a workspace, and to build a project for that organisation, thus becoming leaders and innovators inside of theatre & social change. The module (and the degree) concludes with a Social Change Showcase, an opportunity for you to share these projects with professionals in the field.
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.
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
Programme Director for BA Theatre & Social Change
Lehni Lamide Davies is an Artist, Creative Facilitator, and Producer who primarily works on socially engaged performances, films, installations, exhibitions and participatory arts projects across various contexts and communities including care homes, schools, parks, shopping centres, festivals, theatres, galleries, cultural institutions and museums. Her creative practice is rooted in creating Empathic Spaces to uncover intimate narratives around race, identity, wellbeing and interconnectedness, bringing transformative stories to life that are uncovered, nurtured, celebrated and archived. Her films and installations have been presented at the Manchester Film Festival, Dulwich Festival, The Whitgift Centre Croydon, NY Independent Film Festival, Galapagos Arts (NY & Detroit) and The Public Theatre NY.Read their full profile
Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson
Phoebe Patey-Ferguson is an academic, artist and producer. Their research expertise is on international theatre festivals, rooted in the Sociology of Theatre and Performance. This work frequently intersects with their further research interests in live art, contemporary British theatre, and queer theory. Phoebe’s Doctoral thesis examined the history and practice of international theatre festivals in Britain, with particular focus on the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and its social, political and economic context.Read their full profile
Professor of Theatre & Performance
Brian Lobel is a performer, teacher and curator, who is interested in creating work about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded and loved by others.Read their full profile
How to join
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 and workshop audition.
Workshop audition process
The application process for this course involves a workshop and discussion.
There is no charge for participation in the workshop.Auditions
Mode of study
Course Fees (2023 Entry)
Course fees for 2024 entry have not been published yet
UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)
International students (Fee per year)
Fee Exemption Criteria
- You audition as part of a progression agreement.
- Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
- You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
- You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
- You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
- You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial/emotional support from parents/family.
- You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
- You are being auditioned overseas.
If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply.
Please be aware that you may incur additional costs as part of the course; as an indication, this could include the following:
- Course-related travel £250/year (estimated)
- Stationery and printing: £60 per year
- Theatre tickets: £150-£175 at the beginning of each year