This course gives you the physical, critical and authorship skills to create performances that are relevant to our time. While studying Contemporary and Popular Performance, students become versatile performers who can make their own work and own their own stage, training in skills and exploring techniques from physical theatre, live art, experimental performance, cabaret, clowning, stand-up comedy, circus skills, immersive theatre, drag, spoken word, burlesque, stage magic and festivals. Students benefit from the opportunity to undertake industry placements with partners who may include organisations such as Glastonbury Festival, Duckie and Punchdrunk. You’ll also network with professional practitioners and learn a wide range of practical skills that will serve you in your practice, such as performing skills, event management, producing, fundraising and collaboration. As well as benefitting from our world-leading facilities at our Sidcup campus, students will be based at Tramshed, a comedy and theatre venue and community arts hub based in Woolwich, immersing you in the industry in the heart of London while you train. Graduates will be ready to go on to write, perform, produce or manage within the growing performance, experimental theatre, new cabaret, contemporary circus, festival, immersive and live event culture in the UK. You may also explore a career in broadcast media and live culture; from radio, online, film or television. If you love a variety of genres circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy and solo work - Contemporary and Popular Performance will allow you to explore it all. “Contemporary and Popular Performance One of the reasons I choose the course was because of how well connected to the performance industry it is. I’ve been able to see and meet so many amazing companies and artists, even during my first year! I feel very confident that I will find my place in the industry when I’ve graduated.” Gabrielle, Contemporary and Popular Performance student You may also be interested in: European Theatre Arts BA (Hons) Theatre and Social Change BA (Hons)
Please visit our website to view the course specification in detail: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/learn/undergraduate-courses/contemporary-and-popular-performance/ 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; essay.
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 interview/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.