BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing

Direct and perform as you start your theatre career 

3 years Full Time, Part Time option available
Bishop Otter Campus


Be a part of your work and the work of others

This BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing degree develops and trains theatre professionals who specialise in directing. The course offers you opportunities to perform in and direct your own performance work as well as engaging with pre-existing texts. You will develop your creative and theoretical skills ready for real-world application after you graduate.

This degree has an emphasis on new work and is complimented by a strong awareness of the cultural and critical significance of previous dramatic practice, process and product. You will explore a wide range of historical and social theatre practices.

Working with the Chichester Festival Theatre, you will discover established theatre practice and perform throughout your studies. You will be trained to cultivate your own creative ideas and performances in response to contemporary performance during The ShowRoom season.

When you graduate you will have a confident understanding of the complimentary disciplines of drama, theatre and directing, alongside a range of practical experiences suited to diverse careers in a range of professional contexts.

On this course you will:

  • Develop your theatre and directing skills.
  • Perform in and direct your own work as well as existing texts.
  • Explore the cultural and critical significance of dramatic practice, process and product.
  • Work with the Chichester Festival Theatre.
  • Access placement opportunities including roles at The Chichester Festival Theatre, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Festival and more.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will complete three types of module during your degree:

  • Critical and Cultural Studies: Taught in lecturers and small seminar groups, these modules will explore theatre theory. You will learn about philosophy, sociology, psychology and critical and cultural issues and matters.
  • Projects and Productions: These modules are central to the course. These specialist performance projects will inspire and challenge you to make innovative theatre. You will be involved in at least twelve examined performances, including three major productions, during the three years.
  • Professional Development and Careers: These practical modules explore the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in theatre, arts practice and related fields as you prepare for your career after you graduate.

This course is demanding in terms of time commitments. In the first year you can expect to attend at least four hours of rehearsals for third-year directing exercises, six hours per week of project classes, at least six hours of group rehearsal, two hours of lectures and seminars, and at least six hours of timetabled personal study and preparation. This amount to 30 hours per week during term time.

You will be assessed through a wide range of practical and performance contexts including:

  • Group and individual performances
  • Directing exercises
  • Presentations
  • Creative installations
  • Written evaluations
  • Essays
  • Final year dissertation

There are no formal exams.


"'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 director, performer, writer and theatre maker. Many of my lecturers consist of euthanistic theatre makers who work in the industry or critical writers of drama which inspires me to pursue a career in the arts.' "

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Year One

The modules you will study include:

  • Narrative
  • Text & Deconstruction
  • Physical & Visual Performance
  • Theory Lite
  • Modernism
  • Introduction to Directing
  • Voice & Movement Skills
  • Dramaturgy: Modernism to Now
  • Cultural Identity

Year Two 

The modules you will study include:

  • Romanticism
  • Postmodernism
  • Devised Text & Character
  • Production
  • World Theatres/ Historical Influences
  • Directing the Contemporary Ensemble
  • Theatre, Politics & Activism
  • Children & Young People’s Theatre
  • Gender, Sexuality & Theatre

Year Three

The modules you will study include:

  • Adaptation & Directing
  • Directing a Script
  • Group Production
  • Workshop Project
  • Company Management
  • Applied Arts
  • Work Placement
  • Personal Study
  • Performance Writing
  • Performance and Material
  • Documenting Performance


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.


Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing degree prepares you for a range of careers in the industry. You will gain the skills, experience and knowledge to have an impact when you graduate. 

Previous students from the Department of Theatre have become:

  • Successful actors
  • Solo performers
  • Artistic directors
  • Producers
  • Teachers
  • Academics
  • Festival directors

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Theatre and MA Theatre Collectives
  • PgCert in Performance
  • 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

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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