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Theatre Department

The Department of Theatre has an international reputation for making exciting and innovating theatre.  We offer a range of performance-based, highly practical degree programmes at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, all designed to encourage students to think for themselves, create original theatre and prepare for careers in the arts industries. 

Based around The ShowRoom, the University’s professional theatre venue, students enter a friendly, busy, well-resourced and diverse community of artists: all our tutors have professional careers and are active researchers and their connections to international arts organisations and fellow artists ensures a seamless relationship with the professional industry. 

Our Degree Programmes

We offer five undergraduate programmes:

Our biggest BA programme, Theatre, provides a robust practical and vocational degree for those interested in making their own theatre; our Acting programme works in parallel with the Theatre programme and is for students who are intent on developing their performance skills while making new theatre; our Drama and Theatre programme embraces the practical making emphasis of Theatre, while offering study of the established texts and traditions of British drama. 

We offer three postgraduate programmes:

What makes us different?

  • The sheer range, quality and quantity of performances our students produce: every year well over 200 original theatre pieces are made
  • Our staff include internationally renowned artists, directors and researchers, well known for their practical and theoretical expertise
  • Our extensive links with a wide range of professional artists who teach, direct, mentor and support our activities. Conversely, we support those artists, making for a vibrant creative exchange
  • Our professional development programme, with a range of formal internships with our professional partner organisations, which ensures our graduates are well-prepared for careers in the cultural industries 
  • Excellent facilities: the ShowRoom is at the heart of a large suite of studios, rehearsal rooms and editing and recording facilities
  • The ShowRoom brings the very best of international contemporary theatre and dance to the campus
  • On-going relationship with the internationally-renowned Chichester Festival Theatre, providing a dynamic and diverse culture of studying theatre in a leading theatre city!