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BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

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



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

'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 you ample opportunities to perform in, and direct, your 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 you will also be trained to cultivate your own creative ideas and performances in response to contemporary performance making practices experienced during The ShowRoom season.

You 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
  • Festival directors

Indicative modules

Level 4 (First Year): Level 5 (Second Year): Level 6 (Third Year):
  • Narrative
  • Text & Deconstruction
  • Physical & Visual Performance
  • Theory Lite
  • Modernism
  • Introduction to Directing
  • Voice & Movement Skills
  • 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

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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, you 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

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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?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

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.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

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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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