Over thirty students from Rose Bruford College on its world-renowned European Theatre Arts Programme are now successfully on placements in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic and France.
Students were due to travel in January 2021, but the surge in coronavirus cases in the UK and Europe and ensuing lockdowns meant plans were delayed.
Other obstacles included extra costs for enhanced testing, due diligence around insurance regulations and navigating each partner country’s individual visa and covid security regulations and bureaucratic requirements.
Rose Bruford College has a very high percentage of students undertaking placement abroad or on its UK campus. In 2018 it was recognised as one of the top twenty-five performing universities for student mobility in the world. After a successful bid for two years’ Erasmus funding in 2020, which enabled it to continue funding and supporting the cross-border collaboration and learning, Rose Bruford College intends to continue to provide financial support for students across the College to undertake these kinds of placements by applying to the UK Government’s new Turing Scheme.
The training is built on three foundational principles: working as an ensemble, crossing borders (artistic, cultural and geographical), innovation, and aims to train performers, makers, and practitioners who are proactive, adaptable and rigorous who can sustain careers in the performing and creative industries.
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