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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1950
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • Theatre/Drama School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +442083082600
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Rose Bruford College

The Rose Bruford Training College of Speech and Drama was established in 1950 by teacher Rose Elizabeth Bruford, with the help of poet laureate John Masefield, Laurence Olivier, and Peggy Ashcroft, who formed part of the Board of Governors. Rose Bruford "pioneered the first acting degree in 1976."

Initially, classes were held in Lamorbey House, an 18th-century, Grade II listed manor house in the Lamorbey district of Sidcup.

The campus has since been expanded; the construction of several new buildings was completed in 2002. For some time, there was also a campus situated in Deptford, near Greenwich in South East London, which was closed when the college incorporated all of its courses on the Sidcup campus.[citation needed] Among these are four venues for student productions: the 300-seat theatre in the round Rose Theatre; the more intimate Barn Theatre; and two "black box" studio spaces. Third-year undergraduate students present their shows in off-campus London venues, such as the Unicorn Theatre and the Leicester Square Theatre.

Rose Bruford College was the filming location of the television drama Nearly Famous (2007).

Academic Highlights

Rose Bruford College is an exciting and vibrant place to study and students from all programs work closely together, replicating the processes of a professional theatre company to make ensembles and to produce fully mounted productions. Good staff/student ratios and small class sizes (plus frequent one-on-one tutorials) mean that students get to know their tutors and peers and benefit from regular support and guidance in academic and personal matters.

Life in Rose Bruford College

The College’s active Students’ Union organizes regular social events throughout the year and there are a number of clubs and societies, which meet regularly and organize further events and activities

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Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points*
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes 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.

This highly vocational program is designed to provide you with the skills needed to become a successful professional actor for the stage, screen and recorded media. Acting is a demanding program that aims to produce an artist who is physically and vocally flexible, and intellectually alive and curious. Over three years, you will work in a variety of genres and repertoires from classical to contemporary.

Alongside the core disciplines of voice, movement, and acting techniques, you will develop a range of creative and transferable skills that will encourage you to become an independent thinker and motivated artist; an articulate and reflective practitioner equipped to succeed in an increasingly competitive profession.

Notable Alumni

Among the college's alumni are Gary Oldman, Tom Baker, Lake Bell, Rosalie Craig, Richard Eyre, Hayley Squires, Giovanna Fletcher, Stephen Graham, Nick Darke, and Sam Palladio.

In 2018, Bruford graduate Gary Oldman won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hour. In the same year, Rosalie Craig won Best Musical Performance at the Evening Standard Awards for the lead role of 'Bobbi' in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company. This is the second time she has received the award.

In 2017 Hayley Squires was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by BAFTA for her role of Katie in I, Daniel Blake.

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