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MA Performance: Theatre or Theatre Collectives

An artist-led masters programme, open to theatre makers of all styles and disciplines.

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 Year FT, 2 Years PT

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: TBC

2020/21 International fee: TBC

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

Applicants will ideally have a 2.1 degree (or have relative experience or qualification) in Theatre / Performing Arts or related subject, or any other degree plus relevant professional experience, or an academic qualification equivalent to a degree plus relevant professional experience.

Applications are made direct to the department. You will need to submit:

  • Application form
  • Reference form
  • Proposal/letter of application
  • Evidence of work/a portfolio

Student view

Aaron Reeves
MA Performance (Theatre)
'This programme has really helped me develop myself as an artist. The course helped generate new ways of devising materials, refine my methodologies, and helped me create work within a professional context. This was a unique experience that gave me the opportunity to work closely with professional artists that are best suited to the work I create in order to support me and my practice.'
Jemma McDonnell
The Paper Birds

'The MA in Theatre Collectives has been invaluable to me as an artist, a collaborator and as an individual. I feel the course is structured to support and encourage the academic and practical learning and development of the business and the individuals who essentially make that business. As the Artistic Director of The Paper Birds I can feel the impact of the course shifting, shaping and enhancing the work of the company.'

Andy Roberts
Co-Director, Bootworks Theatre – graduate MA Theatre Collectives

'The MA in theatre collectives at Chichester was the perfect testing ground for my practice, I was given the time and space to create new work and, through the mentoring programme, the opportunity to tour the country meeting practitioners and artist’s in the industry. There’s something really special in that freedom to explore.'

Rachel St Clair
Cool Hunting

'The course has provided me with an excellent basis for my journey into my own professional practice. It caters to the needs of the individual and as well as this provides countless opportunities such as networking with professionals outside of the university which I find invaluable. It does all this and more in a friendly environment where your peers and academic staff are committed to providing the support needed in order to move forward. All in all, I couldn't be happier with the course and couldn't be more excited to move onto the next step after university with confidence in my artistic identity.'

Course content

Our Performance programme is designed especially for interdisciplinary theatre and performance artists or groups*.

A part ‘taught’, part ‘research’ delivery model, the programme is centred on core modules in postgraduate research methodologies, around which you create a new piece of work, an artists portfolio, business plan, and a practice-led-research project.

Our relationship to the Fine Art department means we welcome those who’s practice and approaches fall in-between, or outside of, or crossover, conventional and/or traditional labels and contexts for Theatre, Performance and the Live Arts.

Our programmes and their delivery focus on:

  • Postgraduate level academic development for artists
  • Interdisciplinary practice-led research methodologies
  • A “do it yourself” ethos, and strategies for professional self-reliance
  • Practice led research and development of new work
  • Innovation and experimentation in contemporary live arts making

Key features include: 

  • Flexible delivery, with options to study full-time, part-time, or through distance learning.
  • Mentoring by international theatre and performance artists
  • Opportunities to present work at national events, platforms and festivals

This programme is designed to be extremely flexible, reflecting the diversity of approaches to making contemporary theatre and performance. The Department of Theatre at Chichester has an established reputation for working with a wide range of contemporary performance artists who recognise the opportunities of creative research and development within an applied university context.

Our programme is run by a team of leading-edge interdisciplinary academics and artists, who also teach on the highly successful BA Theatre programme, and on the Performing Arts MPhil/PhD programme. We work very closely with a wide range of established artists and performance collectives – both members of Faculty and Associate Artists – who recognise the unique contribution Chichester makes to supporting new theatre and performance work.

Groups and collectives

Another key feature of the programme is the ‘Theatre Collective’ strand: we welcome block-applications from groups of artists, who are keen to develop their creative identity as part of a shared collective. Groups co-author and produce most of the work through the programme together, while finding space and contexts to refine and develop their individual research interests.

Download the MA Theatre Information Pack



This course starts in September

Our facilities

You will be entering into a vibrant and connected environment and community for making contemporary theatre and performance.

Much of the work developed by students is presented in our ShowRoom Theatre or fully-equipped smaller studios. The ShowRoom is a key venue in the national touring network, with a reputation for programming innovative and radical work.

The department also have firm links with venues and festivals in Brighton, London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, and Edinburgh. You will be encouraged to present your work in venues and platforms throughout your studies with us.

During the last couple of years we have considerable refurbishments to both our Bishop Otter and Bognor Regis campuses. These renovations include a purpose-built Assembly Theatre, used by Theatre students for rehearsals and performance, alongside a range of other spaces and sites to make and present work.

We also have a number of soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. Our Chapel is also a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus. There are also several dance studios,  and a 110-seat studio theatre. Our Tech Park hosts industry standard digital, film, and music resources too.

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus, and we offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

Also situated in our LRC is nearly 100 open-access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans. Cutting edge media technologies and equipment are at your disposal.

Where this can take you

We offer opportunities to establish a professional artistic identity and platform your own work in national and international contexts, and develop prospects for continuing higher education, both in terms of teaching, or continuing studies to MPhil and PhD.

Your own new work will be stimulated by a continuous programme of professional performances from a wide range of international artists, many of whom support the work of the department through teaching and mentoring.

Every year we offer students the chance to work with the technical, marketing, or outreach departments of our local theatres in art centres and other venues, theatre companies, independent producers, schools/colleges and various other related contexts. These programmes are designed to help get your foot on the ladder on graduating within an established organisation or professional context.

You will also be encouraged to work further afield – across the UK, Europe, or the USA – with our cultural exchange programme. Intensive weekend residencies and summer schools will be arranged in accordance students’ needs - the programme is designed to work around the calendars of working artists.

Work placements

Every year we offer students the chance to work with the technical, marketing, or outreach departments of our local theatres in art centres and other venues, theatre companies, independent producers, schools/colleges and various other related contexts. These programmes are designed to help get your foot on the ladder on graduating within an established organisation or professional context.

You will also be encouraged to work further afield – across the UK, Europe, or the USA – with the Department’s Cultural Exchange programme. Intensive weekend residencies and summer schools will be arranged in accordance students’ needs: the programme is designed to work around the calendars of working artists.

Indicative modules

This programme constitutes 180 credits and is broken into five compulsory modules:

  • Developmental Project (Practice-led Research and Development project , including a written dissertation, 60 credits)
  • Production  (Practical Project, 60 credits)
  • Professional Portfolio (Professional development and representation, 30 credits)
  • Research Methodologies (Critical Studies, 15 credits)
  • Cultural Identity and Performance (Critical/Practical Research Project, 15 credits)

Production and Developmental Project serve as the year-long core creative projects, supported by external and professional reflection through Professional Portfolio.

These projects are delivered in a rigorous, yet highly flexible, context, with regular masterclasses and visiting lectures, by professional practitioners, supported by tutorials and seminars with tutors and mentors.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Assessments are predominantly practical and creative in nature, and all work is rigorously evidenced and underpinned in critical research.

On this programme you will produce (and be assessed through the creation of):

  • Practical (public) performances
  • Work-in-progress sharings and ‘scratch’ presentations
  • Practical workshops and interactive/participatory research activities
  • Monographs and artists books
  • Business models and plans
  • Research papers and presentations
  • A written thesis

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: