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BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing

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College C58


Course Length:

3 Years Full & Part Time

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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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: TBC

2020 International fee: TBC

Typical Offers (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points, including an English A level at C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points (including English Higher)

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.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

'This course has allowed me to comprehend the difference between the practical and written elements of the subjects, as well as using both to further develop my skills as a performer, writer and theatre maker. I’m taught by both the English and Theatre Departments, many of my lecturers consist of euthanistic theatre makers who work in the industry or critical writers of drama; this inspires me to pursue a career in the arts.'

Course content

A creative and analytical approach to the making of contemporary theatre. Delivered in partnership by the Departments of Theatre and Humanities, the programme has an emphasis on new work, complimented by a strong awareness of existing dramatic practice. The world-renowned, Chichester Festival Theatre provides an excellent frame for the study of established theatre, while students will be encouraged to make, perform and direct their own work in a wide range of exciting and radical performance contexts.

Students will emerge with a confident understanding of drama, theatre and directing, together with a range of analytical and creative experiences designed to motivate careers in diverse practical and theoretical contexts.

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

Previous students from the Department of Theatre have gone on to become successful actors, solo performers, artistic directors, producers, teachers, academics and festival directors.

Indicative modules

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
  • Narrative

  • Text & Deconstruction 

  • Physical & Visual Performance

  • Theory Lite

  • Modernism

  • Directing in Practice: Page to Stage 1 and 2

  • Performance Skills

  • Cultural Identity

  • Romanticism

  • Postmodernism

  • The Origins of Drama

  • Directing Placement

  • Devised Text & Character

  • Production 1 (Narrative & Character)

  • Theatre, Politics & Activism

  • Children & Young People's Theatre​

  • Gender, Sexuality & Theatre

  •  Adaptation & Directing

  • Directing a Script

  • Group Production

  • Workshop Project

  • Company Management

  • Applied Arts

  • Work Placement

  • Personal Study

  • Writing a Stage Play

  • Writing Radio Drama

  • Shakespeare Text & Culture

  • Contemporary Drama

  • Renaissance Drama 


International English Studies

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International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

There are three different types of module, shaping your experience throughout the three years of the programme.  

  • 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 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