Rose Bruford College

Degree level: Undergraduate

European Theatre Arts (Training the Contemporary Performer)

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Course summary

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We are still accepting applications for Autumn 2021 entry. Reasons to study European Theatre Arts (Training the Contemporary Performer) • You will train intensively as a contemporary performer, shaping your ability to create exciting innovative performance. Build on your own interests to craft a personal artistic voice. • 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. • Explore a wide range of European practices and techniques, closely tutored by an international team of theatre experts. • Enjoy working in close collaboration with visiting industry professionals, investigating contemporary performance practices. • Spend a period of your second year training at one of our European partner institutions or companies, developing your skills and enhancing your employment opportunities. (Visit our website for a list of current partner institutions). • Graduate ready to work and build a successful portfolio career in the performing arts industry, in the UK and abroad, as a freelance performer and theatre maker. Career opportunities Graduates have gone on to perform with cutting-edge theatre companies, to form their own companies and work with established companies venues such as the Barbican Theatre, Forced Entertainment, Royal National Theatre and Icelandic National Theatre among others. Graduates produce work at a range of European & international festivals. Other career destinations include directing, writing, teaching, establishing theatre venues, producing and more. You may also be interested in: Acting, BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship, BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts, BA (Hons) “ETA has changed me a lot as an artist and a person. It’s helped me see that I have a voice and potential.” Arianne Carless, ETA 2018 Graduate

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4): Workshops and performance on different dramatic texts An introduction to devised theatre Performance techniques in relation to critical theory Productions illuminating key periods of European theatre history Directing fundamentals (optional). Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications Year 2 (Level 5): Workshops and seminars on selected European practitioners Productions and seminars on texts from different European nations or regions Study in another European country Directing and designing European texts. Year 3 (Level 6): An introduction to research in practice Final collaborative productions Final practical projects and dissertations Professional preparation and research on different European theatre companies. Please visit our website to view the programme and module specifications in detail:

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA/MFA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts and short-term courses, summer schools and foundation diplomas. We use theatre training to help build global communities and relationships. We have links throughout the world in Europe, The Americas and Asia. We currently host students from over 45 different countries. We are training future graduates who will see the world stage as their future workplace. We are interested not only in welcoming international students and practitioners to our Sidcup campus and Central London locations but also working worldwide with partner institutions on student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives. You may find our International Student Guide useful: We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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

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IELTS (Academic)5.5Applicants are required to have an IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component. We prefer certification from IELTS, but other tests may be accepted.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £18000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship 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 will be paid automatically in February (£300) and May (£300) if you are eligible.

European Theatre Arts (Training the Contemporary Performer) at Rose Bruford College - UCAS