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BA (Hons) 

Theatre (Performance and Production)

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Institution C58


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: £13,500

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

'My course has helped me learn all the technical aspects of theatre, not just the devising and performing side.'

Course content

In addition to classes in Theatre, leading to a range of diverse performing opportunities, you will develop production skills, choosing from a variety of lighting, sound, digital and design tasks, alongside key experiences in arts management and administration. 

You will work closely with students across a range of performing programmes and have significant placement opportunities with a wide range of professional theatres and arts organisations. 

This is a perfect course for performers who are excited by the whole process of realising a theatre project.

This programme embraces the core elements of our Theatre programme – creative processes, performance and critical engagement with contemporary theatre making – and adds key concerns in professional and technical producing. 

We recognise the increasing demand for independent professional artists to be equipped both in performance and management skills: a flexible and holistic understanding of how theatre is made.  

At Level Four (first year) you will work alongside theatre students in developing performance skills and performing in key projects on Narrative, Visual Theatre, Text/Deconstruction and Cultural Identity; they also develop skills in technical elements to do with performance design: Lighting, Sound and Digital Media and get the chance to control and stage manage key performance events.

At Level Five (second year) you will progress in your performer-making skills, taking part in a major production with all students from the year and focusing on specific types and contexts of theatre making (Comedy, Schools Theatre, Multi-Media, Site-Specific etc…); they develop management skills in targeted projects and explore key notions of design in relation to independent arts practice. 

At Level Six (third year) you will take part in a range of major performance and directing exercises and develop their knowledge of how theatre is produced and developed in a professional context.  

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
  • Technicians
  • Artistic directors
  • Producers
  • Teachers
  • Academics
  • Festival directors

Indicative modules

Level 4 (First Year):

Level 5 (Second Year): Level 6 (Third Year):
  • Narrative
  • Physical & Visual Theatre
  • Introduction to Sound
  • Light & Stage Management
  • Text & Deconstruction
  • Cultural Identity
  • Theatre Skills
  • Theory-lite
  • Modernism
  • Devised Text & Character
  • Production: Technical Production Management
  • Postdramatic Theatre Skills
  • Site-specific Theatre
  • Clown, Comedy & Mask
  • Children & Young People’s Theatre
  • Visual & Technical Arts
  • Drama in Education
  • Theatre, Politics & Activism
  • Gender, Sexuality & Theatre
  • Work Placement (Production Internship)
  • Solo Performance
  • Adaptation & Direction
  • Production
  • Personal Study
  • Performance Writing
  • Company Management
  • Documenting Performance
  • Performance & Material
  • Workshop Project
  • Technical Specialisms


International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

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: 

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.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here:

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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