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BA (Hons) Acting

Have the freedom and creativity to express yourself and become the future of theatre

3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus


Perfect your performance skills

This BA (Hons) Acting degree is a practical and performance-based course. You will train to be a versatile, proactive and flexible performer as you explore topics including acting, screen acting, scene study, voice, singing, movement, stage combat, creative writing, technical production and stage management, solo performance and classical theatre. 

You will develop your acting and creative skills with performances and creative projects. 50% of the course syllabus involves acting skills training that leads to professionally directed productions. You will work with established text and develop understanding of key acting styles and contexts.

Alongside your performance skills you will develop your knowledge of narrative, physical theatre, verbatim theatre and cultural identity, clowning, Shakespeare and children’s theatre, and have opportunities to study motion capture, voice work and showcasing. Academically you will discover critical and cultural studies and investigate topics including modernism, romaniticism and post modernism.

You will become a member of a shared creative community where cultural identity, experimentation and research are central to making live and recorded theatre. This course focuses on critical thinking as and professional development well as performance craft and technique. You will be able to take part in casting opportunities, auditions, and talks with industry professionals. 

Across all three years, you are engaged in a developed vocational programme, designed to develop significant skills, ideas and experiences relevant to creative performance careers.

You will work to produce and perform in original work and develop highly relevant professional contacts that prepare you for the demanding, diverse and flexible careers in the professional theatre. This course runs in parallel to BA (Hons) Theatre, so you will work with and perform with other students throughout your degree.

All of of staff are specialists in their areas of teaching and still active members of the acting industry.

On this course you will:

  • Perform and produce original work throughout your studies.
  • Join the acting community and work alongside BA (Hons) Theatre students.
  • Develop your acting skills and academic understanding.
  • Explore acting, screen acting, scene study, voice, singing, movement, stage combat, creative writing, technical production and sate management, solo performance and classical theatre.
  • Explore narrative, physical theatre, verbatim theatre and cultural identity, clowning, Shakespeare and children’s theatre.
  • Access placement opportunities including roles at The Chichester Festival Theatre, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Festival and more.
  • Be able to study motion capture, voice work and showcasing.
  • Investigate modernism, romaniticism and post modernism.
  • Learn from and network with industry professionals.

Theo Moore

Acting student
"What I love about the acting course at Chichester are the opportunities to not only massively develop your acting skills from some amazing professional teachers, but also to create and devise work that is personal to you. Being surrounded by so many hard working and committed teachers and students enables to feel confident about entering the professional acting world."

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will complete classes in skills, creative projects and theoretical study. You will cover:

  • Skills: including movement, dance, voice, scene study, creative writing, technical production and stage management, solo performance, classical theatre
  • Focused creative projects: where you will explore narrative, physical theatre, text and cultural identity; clowning, multi-media, the body, community theatre
  • Production: including major staff-led performance events (four performances over the last two years)
  • Critical and cultural studies: such as applied theory, modernism, romanticism and post modernism
  • Professional development: business management and showcasing.

In the first year you can expect to attend six hours per week of taught skills classes, at least four hours of rehearsals for third-year directing exercises, six hours of project classes, at least six hours of group rehearsal and two hours of lectures and seminars. You should also expect at least six hours of timetabled personal study and preparation. This amounts to 30 hours per week during term time.

Skills development sessions are taught by a range of dedicated specialists in small-classes of about fifteen, whereas some modules are taught in lecturers and small seminar groups. You will also complete practical training. During your degree you will be involved in at least twelve examined performances, including three major productions, over the three years.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including practical and performance contexts. These assessments will include group and individual performances, directing exercises, presentations, creative installations and essays. There are no formal exams.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a range of core and optional modules on the course. You will study four different types of module.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Year One

In first year you will take part in a rigorous programme of skills and technique classes, classes in movement, dance and voice, and textual and contextual acting workshops.

The modules you will study are:

  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Physical theatre
  • Narrative
  • Verbatim theatre
  • Cultural identity
  • Theory-lire
  • Modernism

Year Two

In your second year you will continue on a rigorous skills programme and focus on two major performance projects. The first project involves writing and developing text for performance while the second involves classical performance for a contemporary audience. 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.

The modules you will study are:

  • Screen acting
  • Singing
  • Stage combat
  • Shakespeare
  • Script writing and character
  • Production (devised)
  • Site-specific theatre
  • Clown, comedy and mask
  • Children’s and young people’s theatre
  • The body and performance
  • Classical theatre production

Year Three

This year includes further skills development and concludes with processes of documentation and representation to prepare you for the professional world. You will take part in a range of exciting performance events: a solo performance; a small-cast devised play and a major external performance of text. You will engage in a programme of professional development, which runs alongside a structured showcase of your work and allows your final studies to merge into a professional career.

The modules you will study are:

  • Production (new play)
  • Production (devised)
  • Filming of acting showreels
  • Solo performance
  • Personal study
  • Professional development


Alice Morris

Theatre student
"What separates the Theatre degree at Chichester from other courses is how practical and ‘hands on’ it is. I’m always working on creative projects and developing skills. I’m taught by people who already work in the industry and that helps me think professionally about my work and my future."


Use industry standard spaces and equipment

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.

Work Placements

Gain experience in industry

This BA (Hons) Acting course has a strong vocational focus and supports you to find work in professional contexts. You will benefit from the Theatre Department’s excellent links with the professional theatre industry and have opportunities to work closely with a range of artists, theatre companies, producers and festival programmers.

Past 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
  • Schools and outreach environments

Martha King

Theatre and Dance Officer, ICIA Bath
“Chichester University Theatre course stands out as one of the most outward looking and industry focused BA courses in the UK. There is a genuine commitment from all the staff to ensure that students are given the best possible skills to forge successful careers in the arts.”


Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Acting degree will prepare you for a range of careers after you graduate.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Theatre
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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

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

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
(Performing Arts)
28 points
with no element lower than 5.5.


You will need to attend an audition. You will present two prepared speeches, discuss your interests with staff, share ideas for making theatre and take part in a devising workshop. You will have the opportunity to meet current students over lunch.

Interviews and Auditions

The audition process

You will complete all four parts of the audition process, whichever degree you are applying for.

You will meet and work with current students and members of staff and during the audition movement classes, workshops and your speeches.

Movement Class

You will be led by a member of staff through a physical warm up that will prepare you for the day ahead. You will be asked to work physically through the body, touching on ideas of how the body can be used in performance. This section of the workshop will feel like a class.

You should wear clothing appropriate for movement and work to your own limits and the capabilities of your own body.


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.

You should be prepared to discuss:

  • Why this event is significant to you
  • Your ideas for directing an imaginary new play based on this event.

Think about where you might perform the play, what it might look like and who the ‘characters’ might be.

This part of the audition will feel like a tutorial. You should approach this task from a perspective that supports your chosen course. For example BA (Hons) Theatre Performance & Production applicants could describe a project from a design perspective, whereas BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing candidates might offer more dramaturgical insights.

You should choose an event that is important to you and consider discussing the event with a friend in preparation for your interview. Try to imagine a practical project that you would love to do no restrictions, for example what would you do if money was no object? Explore how the event informs the nature of the idea.


During the workshop section of the audition you will be given a stimulus and asked to create a short performance in a small group in response. The brief will set up clear parameters, but members of staff will mostly observe the way you work with other applicants to create a new performance. We are looking at how you work with others and how you collaborate in the creation of new performance material.

This section of the audition will feel like a devising workshop. We expect applicants for BA (Hons) Theatre to excel in this section of the workshop.

You should focus on producing something that you enjoy, not choosing something that you think will impress us. You should be prepared to work with others and be challenged by their ideas, but also offer your own ideas.


You will be asked to perform two short, contrasting speeches; one contemporary and one classical. You will do a short warm up exercise with a member of staff and then will present the speeches. At least one of the speeches will be performed, whilst the other may be used as part of a rehearsal exercise to see how you work with direction.

This section of the audition is completed in small groups, so you will perform in front of some of the other applicants.

This part of the audition will feel like a rehearsal for a production. We expect applicants for BA (Hons) Acting
to excel in this section of the audition.

You should choose speeches that are appropriate for your casting range and read the the whole play of your chosen piece, not just a section from an audition book. You need to be prepared to work with the speeches and offer positive feedback on other candidates’ work.

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 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 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.


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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