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BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Theatre Performance and Dance)

BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Theatre Performance and Dance) is designed for students who wish to create their own original performance work in a highly charged, radical and diverse creative environment.

Performing Arts students work alongside those in Theatre and Acting, developing skills in devising, performing, digital and technical production leading to significant performance opportunities in a diverse range of theatre contexts.

Additionally, Performing Arts students develop key skills in Physical Theatre and Dance. The programme leads to highly valuable vocational experiences and opportunities in new theatre, dance, interdisciplinary arts and applied theatre.

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Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Entry requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

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

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.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Where this can take you

Alumna profile: Emma Martin 

"The absolute freedom to explore my own interests, conduct my own research and make my own mistakes all while being helped, supported and encouraged by talented students and friendly, experienced and highly professional teaching staff." 

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Course content

Across all three years, students are engaged in a highly practical programme, designed to develop significant skills, ideas and experiences relevant to careers in the dance-theatre industry.

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

  • Skills: Movement, Dance, Voice, Devising, Playwriting, New Technologies and Technical Production, Solo Performance, Directing, Workshop Leading, Documenting Performance
  • Focused Creative Projects:  Narrative, Physical and Visual Theatre, Text and Cultural Identity; Clowning, Multi-media, the Body, Site Specific, Theatre in Schools and Audience Interactivity;
  • Production: THREE 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: Company and Business Management, Applied Arts Practice, Work Placement.

At Level Four (first year)

Students are introduced to a wide range of working practices, developing core skills in voice, movement and devising alongside critical and theoretical study designed to widen cultural reflection. You create performances in four project projects: Narrative, Physical and Visual Theatre, Text and Deconstruction 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 exploring post-structural notions of performance.  Students 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)

Students develop their own portfolio of theatre practice through a range of exciting performance options: Adaptation and Direction, Solo Performance, Experimental Workshop Performance, Performance Writing, New Technology and Performance and Documentation.  All students create a major production in small performance companies and produce a written dissertation.  Key careers development is provided through a range of modules: Company Management, Applied Arts and Work Placement

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 department uses the Showroom for student performances, practical workshops and hosting some of the best international touring theatre.

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

Where this can take you

Our professional development programme, offers a range of formal internships with our professional partner organisations, which ensures our graduates are well-prepared for careers in the cultural industries.

Indicative modules

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
  • Narrative
  • Physical & Visual Theatre
  • Text & Deconstruction
  • Cultural Identity
  • Theatre and Dance skills
  • Theory-lite
  • Modernism
  • Devised Text & Character
  • Production
  • Post-structural skills
  • Site-Specific Theatre
  • Clown, Comedy & Mask
  • Children’s & Young People’s Theatre
  • Visual & Technical Arts
  • Solo Performance
  • Adaptation & Direction
  • Production
  • Personal Study
  • Performance Writing
  • Work Placement
  • Company Management


International English Studies

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International English Studies

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, students 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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Additional Costs