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BA (Hons) Theatre

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (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

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.



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

Dominic Davies
'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, you 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)

You 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.  You 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)

You develop your 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.

Read our Theatre flyer for more information. 

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

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 you will be 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”.

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.

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.

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.

Indicative modules

Level 4 (First Year): Level 5 (Second Year): Level 6 (Third Year):
  • Narrative
  • Physical & Visual Theatre
  • Text & Deconstruction
  • Cultural Identity
  • Movement Skills
  • Voice, Body & Text
  • Devising
  • Theory-lite
  • Modernism
  • Production (narrative & character)
  • Performance Skills (devised text & character)
  • Production (postmodern)
  • Performance Skills (post-dramatic theatre)
  • Site-Specific Theatre
  • Clown, Comedy & Mask
  • Drama in Education
  • Children’s & Young People’s Theatre
  • The Body and Performance
  • Gender, Sexuality & Theatre
  • Theatre, Politics and Activism
  • Visual & Technical Arts
  • Romanticism
  • Postmodernism
  • Solo Performance
  • Adaptation & Direction
  • Workshop Project
  • Production
  • Personal Study
  • Performance Writing
  • Documenting Performance
  • Performance & Material
  • Work Placement
  • Company Management
  • Applied Arts


International English Studies

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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, you 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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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 you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

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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