The Rose Bruford College pushes the boundaries of training in performance and technical theatre, introducing the first university-level BA degrees for Acting and for Lighting Design in the 1970s. Acting and performance are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, along with technical theatre and management undergraduate programmes, and two online degrees. The college has trained some of the best talents making theatre today around the world.


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: R51

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 92%
  • Postgraduate 8%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 84%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library complements the college's specialist performance and production facilities, providing the best possible opportunity for quiet study and research.
  • There are over 50,000 books, slides, CDs, videos and DVDs on the performing arts and related subjects, around 80 hard copy journal titles, and access to a large number of e-journals plus other online resources.

Student jobs

  • Based in London, part-time work in areas such as retail, hospitality and administration are generally available.
  • Information on opportunities is posted on the college's website.

Careers advice

  • Performers' talent is displayed via public performances in London, Edinburgh and across Europe, plus a showcase where agents and casting directors are invited. The number of actors being represented by agents continues to increase each year, with the majority of actor musicians also gaining agent representation.
  • Graduates from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts host an annual exhibition in a prestigious London venue to introduce their work to the industry.
  • Students are placed in companies and theatres, and many students secure employment from the experience. The college maintains a number of close links with industry to support students' learning.

Health services

  • The college supports all students to access community health services including specialist support where necessary.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Free counselling services are available to all students. The college has signed up to the Time 4 Change mental health charter and has a trained cohort of Mental Health First Aiders on site to support students.

Disability support

  • Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance welcomes students with disabilities, long-term health conditions or specific learning differences. Around one third of students at Rose Bruford declare a disability.
  • Prospective applicants are recommended to contact the college before applying if they may need additional support, so that any adjustments or support can be put in place before they begin their studies.

Other services and facilities

  • All students have a personal tutor with whom they can discuss any academic matters.
  • Staff in Student Services provide support for non-academic matters, including issues such as financial worries, problems with housemates, feelings of homesickness, help in coping with the pressures of study or support with mental health.

Students' Union

  • Rose Bruford has an active Students' Union that organises social events throughout the year.
  • There are also a number of clubs and societies that meet regularly and organise their own events and activities.


  • The Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance was established in 1950 by its namesake Rose Eliza Bruford.
  • Bruford was a teacher at the time, and was assisted by Poet Laureate John Masefield, actress Peggy Ashcroft and prolific theatrical actor Laurence Olivier.
  • The Rose Bruford College is credited with pioneering the first acting degree in 1976.

Fascinating Fact

  • One of Rose Bruford College's famous alumni won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2018: Gary Oldman won the award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the movie, Darkest Hour.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Tom Baker – actor best known as the fourth Doctor in Doctor Who and the narrator of comedy series Little Britain.
  • Mathew Baynton – actor and writer, starring in The Wrong Mans, Yonderland and Horrible Histories.
  • Gary Oldman – actor and Oscar-winner for his performance as Winston Churchill in the movie, Darkest Hour.
  • Pam St. Clement – actor best known as Pat Evans from Eastenders.
  • Kate Ashfield – actor starring in the 2004 comedy, Shaun of the Dead.
  • Cheryl Fergison – actor who found fame as Heather Trott in Eastenders.
  • Kerry Godliman – actor and comedian, known for her role as Hannah in Derek.
  • Stephen Graham – actor starring in This Is England series, The Damned United and as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire.


Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Lamorbey Park, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup
, Kent
, DA15 9DF