Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

Course Introduction

The American Theatre Arts (ATA) programme offers a unique approach to performance training. Our intensive practical programme has evolved over the last ten years in direct response to those students who recognise the increasing importance of international study as an integral part of their drama school experience. The ATA might appeal to you because we provide an opportunity to study acting both here in the UK and in the United States. But we also challenge conventional notions of actor'training to equip you with an understanding of the traditions and innovations of a whole'range of American theatre practice. You will then be able to bring that understanding to your performance work in Europe and beyond. This is a programme for those with a passion for exploring the trans'Atlantic, indeed global, interchange of theatre practice. We are looking for individuals with something to say, who are keen to collaborate and experiment.

Course Modules

Year 1: Core modules: Understanding American plays in their historical context; exploring Broadway musical theatre; acting, voice, movement and theatre making classes. Year 2 (in the United States and at Rose Bruford College): Studying national history and the development of America's theatre; classes in acting, musical theatre, improvisation, physical theatre, playwriting, directing and theatre making; public productions; cultural research through 'field trips' to major cities and theatres. Year 3: Core modules: Examining shared aspects of theatre practice between America and Europe; independent research projects initiated by students; staff'directed public productions of contemporary American plays and musicals; professional preparation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £16,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates CCC
  • Tariff 112
  • GCE A-level
  • Tariff (Scottish qualifications) 112
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • International Baccalaureate
  • SQA Advanced Higher

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88% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 74%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 86%

£16,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 88
Studying 2
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 6
Unknown 4

44% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 61%

Total Practical: 39%