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BA (Hons) Acting

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

A Levels: BBB - BCC

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM (Performing Arts)

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Audition: Candidates will be asked to attend an audition day. You will present two prepared speeches, talk with staff about their interests and ideas for making theatre and take part in a devising workshop. You will get the chance to meet current students over lunch.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5



2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

Alice Morris
Theatre student
'What separates the Theatre degree at Chichester from other courses is how practical and ‘hands on’ it is. I’m always working on creative projects and developing skills. I’m taught by people who already work in the industry and that helps me think professionally about my work and my future.'
Theo Moore

'What I love about the acting course at Chichester are the opportunities to not only massively develop your acting skills from some amazing professional teachers, but also to create and devise work that is personal to you. Being surrounded by so many hard working and committed teachers and students enables to feel confident about entering the professional acting world.'

Course content

BA (Hons) Acting is a practical performance-based programme, running in parallel to the established and successful BA (Hons) Theatre. 

You will become a member of a shared creative community, where cultural identity, experimentation and research are central to the process of making live and recorded theatre. The programme recognises the importance of craft and technique, but also of critical thinking, in relation to the performer at the heart of the creative process of theatre.

You will work with established text and develop understanding of key acting styles and contexts; you will also work to produce and perform in original work and develop highly relevant professional contacts that set you up for demanding, diverse and flexible careers in the professional theatre. Across all three years, students are engaged in a developed vocational programme, designed to develop significant skills, ideas and experiences relevant to creative performance careers.

At various points in the programme, we provide classes in:

  • Skills: Movement, Dance, Voice, Scene study, Creative Writing, Technical Production and Stage Management, Solo Performance, Classical Theatre
  • Focused Creative Projects:  Narrative, Physical Theatre, Text and Cultural Identity; Clowning, Multi-media, the Body, Community Theatre
  • Production: Four major staff-led performance events (over the last two years);
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: Introduction to Applied Theory, Modernism, Romanticism and Post Modernism
  • Professional Development:  Business Management and Showcasing

At Level Four (first year)

You engage in a rigorous programme of skills and technique, developing a strong sense of your instrument in relation to your own identity; classes in movement, dance and voice are complimented by textual and contextual acting workshops; you start to develop a robust critical understanding of cultural and critical studies that assist you in four main performance projects: narrative, physical and visual theatre, text and cultural identity.

At Level Five (second year)

You continue on a rigorous skills programme, which, in the second year, is focused on two major performance projects – one in each semester.  The first involves writing and developing text for performance; the second involves classical performance for a contemporary audience.  You can select options in complimentary practices: clowning, script writing, body-based performance, site-based performance and theatre-in-education. Critical and cultural studies continue in romanticism and post-modernism.

At Level Six (final year)

A programme of skills development continues and concludes with processes of documentation and representation, ready for the professional world. You take part in a range of exciting performance events: a solo performance; a small-cast devised play and a major external performance of text. You will engage in a programme of professional development, which runs alongside a structured showcase of your work and allows your final studies to merge into a professional career.

Our facilities

The Showroom

At the heart of the learning experience of the Theatre department is a fully equipped 212-seat public theatre venue - The Showroom.

The ShowRoom is recognised nationally for presenting some of the most exciting companies touring on the UK circuit, and the programme is shaped to support the learning of students.

We often run workshops and post-show discussion for Theatre students with visiting artists. We believe that one of the best ways to learn about professional theatre is by watching a training with arts industry professionals. This is at the heart of the ShowRoom's ambition. 

The ShowRoom is highly adaptable, with retractable seating, making it an excellent teaching and workshop space in addition to its role as a venue. It is run by our Theatre Manager and Department Technician, who work closely with our students, helping them to realise creative and adventurous ideas in a professional working space. 

Other facilities include:

  • Studio spaces exclusive to the department
  • Rehearsal Rooms
  • Recording studio
  • Editing facilities
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • In-house lighting and sound technicians to assist student projects

Find out more on the ShowRoom website.

Work placements

Working in professional contexts is a hugely important part of the vocational ethos of the Theatre Department. The Department has excellent links with the professional theatre industry, you will be able to work closely with a range of artists, theatre companies, producers and festival programmers. Our students have had opportunities for placements with:

  • The Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Total Theatre Awards, Edinburgh Festival
  • Forest Fringe, Edinburgh
  • The Marlborough, Brighton
  • The Paper Birds Theatre Company, Leeds
  • Arts Admin, London
  • Bootworks Theatre
  • The Basement, Brighton
  • Battersea Arts Centre, London
  • Search Party
  • Brian Lobel
  • A range of schools and outreach environments

“Chichester University Theatre course stands out as one of the most outward looking and industry focused BA courses in the UK. There is a genuine commitment from all the staff to ensure that students are given the best possible skills to forge successful careers in the arts.” - Martha King, Theatre and Dance Officer, ICIA Bath

People you'll meet

During your three years you will work closely with our dedicated staff team. All of our staff work professionally in the theatre industry, as performers, theatre-makers, directors, dramaturgs and researchers. To meet the rest of the team click here.

An interview with Ben Francombe - Head of Department 

What I Teach

As Head of Department, I've taught on almost all our modules over the years, but I am currently teaching Narrative in the first year (a great way to meet all our new students), Performance Skills in the Second Year and, this year, I'm getting the chance to lead on a second semester production 

What I Create (performance, research)

I am currently working with TOTAL THEATRE: a national support network for independent theatre makers on a project to map the different approaches to 'creativity' in the National Curriculum.  I work regularly as a professional dramaturg (an academic and literary advisor), most recently for the theatre collective, 1927

My favourite thing about Chichester

It has to be the amazing range - and originality - of students' work: every year, I see work that blows me away!  Oh, and the wonderful professional artists who come and work with our students every year (that's two things, right?)

Artists and Theatre Companies I recommend: 

A great favourite of mine (and MA graduates of Chichester) are  The Paper Birds:  I particularly enjoyed 'Blind', their recent one-woman show on Beat-Boxing with the amazing Grace Savage. Check out this trailer from last year:

Have a look at Lone Twin who are a performance duo, who make lovely simple work about travel, places and meeting people: their work can be very interactive and immersive and can crop up in some really strange non-theatre spaces.  There is a really good book about their work edited by David Williams and Carl Lavery called 'Good Luck Everybody', published by the Centre for Performance Research.

And a great solo artist, who is a firm friend of our department is Scottee: his 2013 show 'The Worst of Scottee', which we brought to the ShowRoom, was hugely moving and terribly funny. Have a read of this review in the Guardian:

Best show I saw last year:

Totally biased, here! It has to be 1927's smash-hit show 'Golem', which I worked on as dramaturg.  It's just finished a West End run and has gone out on tour, so catch it if you can (if it's not sold out!). Here's a little taster - a trailer from the Young Vic run at the beginning of 2015:

Indicative modules


Level 4 (First Year): Level 5 (Second Year): Level 6 (Third Year):
  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Physical Theatre
  • Narrative
  • Verbatim Theatre
  • Cultural Identity
  • Theory-lite
  • Modernism
  • Screen Acting
  • Singing
  • Stage Combat
  • Shakespeare
  • Script Writing & Character
  • Production (devised)
  • Site-Specific Theatre
  • Clown, Comedy & Mask
  • Children’s & Young People’s Theatre
  • The Body and Performance
  • Classical Theatre Production
  • Production (new play)
  • Production (devised)
  • Filming of Acting Showreels
  • Solo Performance
  • Personal Study
  • Professional Development




International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

There are four different types of module, shaping your experience throughout the three years of the programme. 

  • Skills Development: taught by a range of dedicated specialists in small-classes of about fifteen.  You develop your voice, movement and compositional skills, which help to build up your technical abilities as a performer and maker.
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: taught in lecturers and small seminar groups.  Alongside studies on theatre theory, you will learn about philosophy, sociology, psychology and critical and cultural issues and matters.
  • Projects and Productions: the heart of the programme.  These are specialist performance projects that will inspire and challenge you towards making innovative theatre.  You will be involved in at least twelve examined performances, including three major productions, over the three years.
  • Professional Development and Careers: Taught in a practical way, providing insight of, and preparation for, a career in theatre, arts practice and related fields. 

The programme is demanding in terms of time commitments: for example, in the first year, you can expect to be in six hours a week of taught skills classes, together with at least four hours of rehearsals for third-year directing exercises; six hours a week of project classes, with at least six hours of group rehearsal; two hours of lectures and seminars, with at least six hours of timetabled personal study and preparation: 30 hours in total.

Your work is assessed through a wide range of practical/performance contexts: group and individual performances, directing exercises, presentations and creative installations.  There are no formal exams.  Some classes are assessed through continuous assessment and through written evaluations, with several formal essays that lead to a final-year dissertation. 

Additional Costs

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Audition Details and FAQs


The audition process will consist of four parts and every candidate will complete all activities regardless of their degree choice to show the crossovers between our programmes.

You will meet and work with current members of staff and students on the day during movement classes, your speeches and workshops.

For your interview we ask that you research a local OR national OR international cultural event and come prepared to discuss the event you have chosen.

For more information about timings, what to wear, etc - download the Theatre audition booklet.


Theatre Audition Booklet



I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

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Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

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If all else fails, you are welcome to email Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here:


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