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BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing

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Institution C58


3 Years Full & Part Time

Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Where this can take you

Alumni Profile: Daniel Hills and Rachel St Clar

"Throughout our studies we worked closely with our lecturer Pete Phillips to define our performance and establish our company, which was very beneficial. Rachel and I first met at Chichester four years ago, and have been working together ever since. 

While we were at Chichester, we formed Cool Hunting, and have gone on to perform at Glasgow's Buzzcut festival, appear at Camden Town's famed People's Theatre, and have been artists-in-residence at Brighton's Marlborough Theatre."

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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


Typical Offers (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

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

'This course has allowed me to comprehend the difference between the practical and written elements of the subjects, as well as using both to further develop my skills as a director, performer, writer and theatre maker. Many of my lecturers consist of euthanistic theatre makers who work in the industry or critical writers of drama which inspires me to pursue a career in the arts.'

Course content

The Drama, Theatre and Directing programme is the University of Chichester’s flagship degree in developing and training theatre professionals with a honed specialism in directing. The programme offers students ample opportunities to perform in, and direct, their own new performance work, as well as engaging with pre-existing texts; cultivating a creative and theoretical skill set ready for real-world application.   

The degree has an emphasis on new work, complimented by a strong awareness of the cultural and critical significance of previous dramatic practice, process and product - across a wide spectrum of historical and social practices of theatre.

The world-renowned, Chichester Festival Theatre provides an excellent frame for the study of established theatre practice, while students will also be trained to cultivate their own creative ideas and performances in response to contemporary performance making practices experienced during The ShowRoom season.

Students will emerge with a confident understanding of the complimentary disciplines of drama, theatre and directing, together with a range of practical experiences designed to motivate diverse careers in a range of professional contexts.

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.

Where this can take you

Previous students from the Department of Theatre have gone on to become successful actors, solo performers, artistic directors, producers, teachers, academics and festival directors.

Indicative modules

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
  • Narrative

  • Text & Deconstruction 

  • Physical & Visual Performance

  • Theory Lite

  • Modernism

  • Introduction to Directing

  • Dramaturgy: Modernism to Now

  • Cultural Identity

  • Romanticism

  • Postmodernism

  • Devised Text & Character

  • Production

  • World Theatres/ Historical Influences

  • Directing the Contemporary Ensemble

  • Theatre, Politics & Activism

  • Children & Young People's Theatre​

  • Gender, Sexuality & Theatre

  •  Adaptation & Directing

  • Directing a Script

  • Group Production

  • Workshop Project

  • Company Management

  • Applied Arts

  • Work Placement

  • Personal Study

  • Performance Writing

  • Performance and Material

  • Documenting Performance


International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

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

  • 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, students can expect 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

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs