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BA (Hons) Songwriting and Cabaret Performance

Explore songwriting and work with companies including Talent Artistic Group, Sonic Artists and Syd Lawrence Orchestra

WW5C
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

Top 30

UK University

1. The Guardian University Guide 2022

5th

happiest place to live in the UK

2. Office for National Statistics 2019

5 stars

for teaching quality

3. QS Stars University Rating 2019

Overview

Train to perform on cruise ships, in stage shows and hotels around the world by developing your practical skills in creative song writing with an equally strong emphasis on preparing you for work in wider musical contexts.

On this BA (Hons) Songwriting and Cabaret Performance degree you will take part in fully staged cabaret floor shows and have access to auditions for full scale production work. You will receive individual tuition in your specialist vocal or accompaniment discipline throughout your studies, and join one or more of our six orchestras, five choirs and nine other taught performance ensembles.

You will work with industry partners TAG (Talent Artistic Group), Sonic Artists and professionals from the West End, jazz venues, BBC Radio, chart topping recording artists and the most prestigious cruise companies in the world.

Demonstrate your work to leading agency partners with regular performances, perform in an industry showcase in your final year and develop your professional showreel before you graduate. 

On this course you will:

  • Develop your practical skills in creative song writing.
  • Receive individual tuition in your specialist vocal or accompaniment discipline.
  • Perform for leading agency partners, in fully stages cabaret floor shows, and in an industry Showcase.
  • Audition for full scale production work.
  • Be able to join one or more of our six orchestras, five choirs and nine other taught performance ensembles.
  • Work with industry partners TAG (Talent Artistic Group), Sonic Artists and professionals from the West End, jazz venues, BBC Radio, and chart-topping recording artists.
  • Train to perform on cruise ships, in stage shows and hotels around the world.
  • Develop your professional showreel.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will study using lecturers, seminars, practical classes and workshops. You will learn from a core team of experienced and qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including essays, exams, exhibitions, performance and practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Saara Sofia Paakko

Conservatoire student
"The atmosphere at the university is lovely due to the small size of the institution, and I love being around like-minded people."

The Course

What you will study

You will study a range of core and optional modules during the course.

Modules you could study include:

  • Cabaret Skills
  • Introduction to Song Writing
  • Professional Skills (recording studio techniques)
  • Performance Development (one-to-one lessons)
  • Build Your Own Show
  • Song Writing Techniques
  • Professional Resilience
  • Create Your Own Showreel
  • Technical Skills

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Facilities

Use industry standard spaces and equipment

You will also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis, and the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth as well as our on-site Chapel which is a fantastic venue for cabaret performances and the centrepiece of the campus.

Lecturers

Learn from experienced performers, musicians and tutors

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

As well as supporting student development and the student experience our staff are active, practicing professional musicians and researchers who regularly perform and record. We have around 140 professional tutors who visit campus regularly throughout the semester to deliver our practical and contextual modules. You will be supported by your one-to-one tutor and your module tutors, as well as your Academic Advisor.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This degree prepares you for a range of careers across the entertainment industry. When you graduate you can benefit from our connections with industry employers and agents.

As performers, past students have gone into:

  • West End productions
  • Major touring productions throughout Europe
  • Major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ​Film and TV in both the UK and US
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • Cruise ship bands on P&O
  • Warner Leisure Hotels
  • Stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world

Once you graduate you can join the Musical Theatre Alumni Facebook group to share your progress and keep up with other graduates.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Music Performance
  • MA Performance: Theatre
  • MA Screen Acting
  • MA Music Teaching
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

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

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

Scholarships may be available for selected instruments; please enquire with the Head of Music.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BCC-CCC
BTEC
DMM-MMM
IB
26 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

You will need to demonstrate your ability in an instrument or voice performance, display musical awareness and showcase your skills during your performance audition. If you have a high level of performance skills you may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Interviews and Auditions

Auditions and interviews usually run from December until March.

We aim to offer you a genuine dialogue during your application process. This gives you a sense of worth and achievement from the audition process itself; a sense of ownership for you during the process and, ultimately, is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of who you are, what you need, and how we can best prepare you for  your degree.

We judge you on your skills, your potential, and your personality, not your background.

Booking Your Audition

If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know. 

You can usually choose between two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

Once you have booked your audition you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView. 

Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing admissions@chi.ac.uk so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView 

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history. 

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

If all else fails please email admissions@chi.ac.uk with your query and applicant number.

Your Audition Day

You will need to prepare a three minute piece, in any style, but if you’d like to perform something slightly longer or to perform on more than one instrument, or on an instrument and as a singer, just let us know on the day. Composers can opt to bring a recording of some of their work, with a score if there is one, and play this instead if they prefer.

You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions 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 campuses. 

After Your Audition

After your audition the panel will discuss your application and pass our decision onto the admissions team who will update UCAS.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this will reflect the potential and quality of your audition and we’d like to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one you applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.

Charlie

BMus (Hons) Music Performance
“I remember sitting in a music A level lesson when I received my email offering me an audition to study BMus (Hons) Music Performance at the University of Chichester. I was immediately terrified of having to choose a piece to perform and to then perform it in front of tutors and other applicants. In the end I needn’t have worried at all, the audition experience was extremely enjoyable and relaxed. I had the best time meeting other prospective students, some of whom became course mates and one even a future housemate! Meeting the Head of Music, Ben Hall, was invaluable as it meant that any questions that I had about the course could be answered. He even gave us a tour of the Chichester campus and the music block which helped put us all at ease before we performed to each other.”

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.

What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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