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BA (Hons) Theatre

BA (Hons) Theatre is a practical drama and performing programme, which develops you into an independent performance maker able to work inside theatres, schools, galleries, site-specifically and beyond.

Your work will be rooted in original ideas decided by you and your fellow students, with an emphasis on rigorous and generous creative practice.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS 2D46

Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements 2018

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

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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Student view

Dominic Davies
Theatre
“It's a highly welcoming place with all of the years mixing and helping one another creating a family type atmosphere which allows you to feel relaxed and happy to push yourself and those around you. The lecturers are all still creating and are able to make a real difference towards creating our own work.”
David Doust

'Chichester is an excellent place to learn, develop and enhance your skills as a theatre maker. There are plenty of opportunities to perform large public projects, as well as smaller student projects, giving a real variety to your time here, no two days are ever the same! Being taught by current industry professionals and top class academics gives the students an insight into Theatre as a profession, the current hot topics within the arts and ensuring that the work you are making is at the forefront of current arts practice.'

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 theatre industries.

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 created 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.

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, with students 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

“The University of Chichester is fast becoming a hotspot for exceptional performance talent within the region. I have had the pleasure of working with a number of Chichester graduates and they come to professional spaces armed with an aptitude for work and boundless enthusiasm.” - Abby Butcher, Theatre Producer, Brighton

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 Pete Phillips – Senior Lecturer

What I Teach

I lead on the site-specific theatre module, which takes students out of the studio and into unusual places around Chichester and beyond. I also enjoy teaching a module on Documenting Performance, giving students the opportunity to create performance work that takes on a more lasting form – some students make photography projects, installations, performance games and video art.

What I Create (performance, research)

With my colleague Jodie Hawkes, I am co-artistic director of live art duo Search Party. Since 2005 we have made live art performances for theatres and public spaces throughout the UK and internationally. Total Theatre called our most recent performance, My Son & Heir “a phenomenal show about the complexity of parenthood”.

www.searchpartyperformance.org.uk

My favourite thing about Chichester

The creativity of the students and their ability to create a really exciting and supportive environment really impresses me every year. The place is so vibrant; everywhere you look students are busy creating performances. I can’t walk down a corridor without someone saying hi and asking how I’m doing!

Artists and Theatre Companies I recommend: 

I really love Action Hero. They’re old friends and make fantastic work often exploring our relationship to American popular culture through really accessible themes like feel-good-sports-movies, spaghetti westerns and stuntmen. http://www.actionhero.org.uk

Also, I think everyone should check out Mammalian Diving Reflex. They are an incredible company from Canada who make fantastic interventions in public space. Their show Haircuts by Kids involves training a group of primary school children to cut hair and then letting them loose in a real hair salon, asking really interesting questions about image and how adults and children can share social spaces. http://mammalian.ca

Best show I saw last year:

I finally caught up with Christopher Brett-Bailey’s solo show This Is How We Die. It’s brilliant. We performed at few of the same festivals last year and never managed to see it, but it was well worth the wait – snarly, aggressive, charming and witty performance writing. A show that turns your head inside out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjuBptAMpYE#t=28

http://christopherbrettbailey.com

Indicative modules

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
  • Narrative
  • Physical & Visual Theatre
  • Text & Deconstruction
  • Cultural Identity
  • Theatre 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

 

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. 

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