In partnership with nine American universities, American Theatre Arts offers an intensive training in trans-Atlantic performance practice, including a semester in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Kentucky, North & South Carolina or Texas. Our curriculum responds directly to events in the world, placing your creativity, social engagement and activism centre-stage. Our exploration of American ‘classics’ by the likes of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry and August Wilson highlights their social and political contexts, complementing a critical study of the history of the USA. Collaboration lies at the heart of the course, providing the opportunity to work alongside designers and digital artists in self-devised and multi-media productions, reflecting the cutting edge of current industry practice. Classes in acting, musical theatre, dance, acting on camera, directing, playwriting and spoken word build to public performances in which you will participate in the creation and staging of new work mentored by experienced playwrights and composers directed by industry professionals. The course has premiered works by writers such as Lynne Nottage, Christopher Shinn and Jennifer Haley and our graduates have featured in leading roles in the West End, regional theatre and film & television. Others have been nominated for playwriting, directing and music video awards both in the UK and USA. “American Theatre Arts I chose American Theatre Arts because of the amazing opportunity to study in the USA, and to understand the culture beyond the United States of America as we know it. I’ve enjoyed developing lots of different skills from many professionals and finding an artistic family where I can explore my creative outlets.” Olga, American Theatre Arts student You may also be interested in: Acting BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts BA (Hons)
Please visit our website to view the course specification in detail: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/learn/undergraduate-courses/american-theatre-arts/ Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA degree study in performance, design and production arts. We also run short-term courses, summer schools and foundation programmes for international students who are looking for a shorter period of study. You will be studying close to London and have easy access to the amazing culture, restaurants and theatre there. When you study with us, you will join students from more than 25 different countries, and develop skills that could take your career all over the world. We have links worldwide with partner institutions on student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives. You may find our international students web page and guide useful: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/life-at-the-college/international-students/ We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/life-at-the-college/open-days-and-webinars/
Widening Access and Contextual Admissions: Rose Bruford College is committed to widening access. We encourage applications from all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of your background, and ensure that no groups are disadvantaged during the application process. We welcome students from all educational backgrounds. For instance, we look at your age, whether you declare a disability, whether you have spent time in care, the area in which you live and, if appropriate, the relative performance of the school you attend. 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.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
You must achieve a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component or a Secure English Language Test (SELT) equivalent to this score. We accept all Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as approved by the UKVI.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Rose Bruford College Bursaries for UK Students: We will offer £600 financial support for each year of the course in the form of a bursary to all students who come from households below the median income level (£29,400). This information is provided to the student loan company who communicate it to our student services team so once confirmed you will be paid automatically in February (£300) and May (£300) if you are eligible. Please note the figures listed here are for academic year 2023/24 and are subject to change.