About this course
Duration: 3 Years
Term Start: September 2021
96 UCAS points*
This is equivalent to three C’s at ‘A’ level or three Merits 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 or interview/audition.
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.
Why choose this course?
Perform roles in public productions directed by professional American and British directors.
Collaborate with designers and digital artists in the staging of unique immersive and multi-media productions.
Explore a comprehensive range of performance disciplines, including musical theatre, acting on camera, directing, playwriting and theatre for young audiences.
Be closely tutored in the American ‘classics’ and their social and political contexts, including plays by writers such as Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson and David Mamet.
Work with experienced playwrights and composers on new material.
Spend a semester in the USA at the following prestigious institutions: Centre College in Kentucky, Clemson University in South Carolina, Columbia College in Chicago, Stephen F Austin State University in Texas, Syracuse University in New York State, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Employability & Industry
Graduates have gone on to perform on stage and screen in the UK and US, to win awards as playwrights and directors, to work as technicians and administrators for leading television and theatre producers and to create their own independent theatre companies.
David Ajao (Othello, Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company)
Clark Devlin (Goodnight Mister Tom, West End)
Rebecca Killick (War Horse, National Theatre and International Tour)
Jay Marsh (Porgy & Bess, Regents Park, Sunny Afternoon, West End)
Tom Brennan Director of Wardrobe Ensemble (Riot, National Theatre)
Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:
Actors, entertainers and presenters
Authors, Writers and translators
Arts officers producers and directors
Business and related associate professionals
Marketing associate professionals
Leisure and travel services
Customer service managers and supervisors
Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017
Fee and application information
Mode of Study: Full-Time
How to apply
Apply for September 2021 entry through UCAS. Please apply by 29th January 2021 to guarantee an audition invite.
Institution code: R51
Programme Code: W423
Please e-mail email@example.com to find out more information.
For 2021 entry, all initial/first-round auditions will be via video submission. You will be sent full instructions regarding how to record and submit your video and what to include once we have received your application from UCAS. Under the circumstances, we will not be charging an audition fee for this first round stage. We are hoping to hold second round auditions on campus in the Spring if it is safe to do so.
We don’t charge an audition fee if you:
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.
Year 1 Level 4 (at Rose Bruford College):
Understanding American plays in their historical context
Exploring Broadway musical theatre
Acting, voice, movement and theatre-making classes
Year 2 Level 5 (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
Cultural research through ‘field trips’ to major cities and theatres
Year 3: Level 6
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
The Barn Theatre
The Rose Theatre
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