Guys and Dolls performance

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat)

Develop your performance and audition at theatres including the Alexandra Theatre 

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3 years Full Time; or 1 year top up Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Overview

Train in acting, singing and dance

This BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat) degree will prepare you for your career in musical theatre. With strong industry links, countless performance opportunities and a thriving department, you will work with professionals as you study dance, acting and singing.

You will join a cohort of over 400 student performers and showcase public performances with professional production teams for regional tour and major art festivals as well as creating and premiering new commissions.

For those interested the course offers optional technical and producing routes, giving you the opportunity to gain the skills needed to pursue a successful career in stage management as you cover topics including sound, lighting and costume, and arts management and producing.

You will receive training in every aspect of Musical Theatre and focus on developing your technique and skills in acting, singing and dance equally.

At the end of your first year you will take part in a showcase presentation assessment and an informal audition to be placed into one of two companies during your second year. These auditions lead to a public performance in The Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis.

In the second year you will continue to develop your acting, singing and dance in regular classes and be able to choose specialised modules in Stage Management, Technical Theatre and Arts Management, or Producing.

At the end of your second year you will be placed into one of three companies by audition: Musical Theatre Tour, Musical Theatre Commission or Musical Theatre Festival. 

Events Management students on the Arts Management route have a further opportunity to develop a short project within a variety of workplaces which have included BBC local radio and a world-music agency in the past.

If you have studies in higher education previously you can audition for top-up entry into the third year through audition and a sufficient number of credits (240 as a guidance).

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of more than 30 tutors and vocal teachers.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments, including:

  • Essays/portfolios
  • Examinations
  • Performances
  • Practical work
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Seminar discussions

Jordan Harrington

Student
"The most challenging and enjoyable three years of my life! I have been put through my paces at the university developing a variety of skills, from increasing my overall range in singing lessons to being pushed to the limit and beyond in dance classes. The cherry on the cake are the lecturers, their positive and encouraging attitudes towards students really give the drive to complete a challenging day of performing. An incredible university to study at. If I could I would do it all again in a heartbeat."

The Course

What you will study

In your first year you will develop your acting, singing and dance skills through technical classes and build you foundational knowledge for the rest of your degree.

During your second year you will continue to study technical classes in acting, singing and dance. You will be placed into two companies and over the course of the year will engage in a fully-staged Musical Theatre performance at The Alexandra Theatre, a professional 350-seater theatre venue in Bognor Regis, plus a Revue/Showcase-style work in the University’s own studio space, The Assembly Theatre.

You can start to specialise in either Stage Management or Arts Management alongside your performance and class-based training. You will undertake additional practical tasks as part of the chosen specialism and choose complementary contextual or theoretical modules to support your work. You will receive professional mentoring in your chosen specialism to enhance your training.

In your third year you will be placed into one of three companies:

  • Musical Theatre Tour
  • Musical Theatre Commission
  • Musical Theatre Festival

You will continue to complete technical classes in acting, singing and dance and undertake a weekly specialist workshop programme including stage combat, audition technique, musical theatre libretti writing, visiting West End choreographers, voice technique, body percussion, puppetry, food and nutrition. You will meet with your production team weekly and have the chance to meet and interview alumni who are thriving in the industry.

If you are studying the stage or arts management course route you will study affiliated contextual modules. If you are studying stage management you will complete Managing Teams and Processes, and Budgeting and Financial Planning. If you are studying the arts management route you will study the Business Project and Fundraising in the Arts.

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Acting

This class will develop your acting effectiveness within a performing group, under the direction of specialist acting tutors. It will improve your confidence in ensemble performance and you will learn how to sustain energy through text and how to interpret and analysis the narrative, whether spoken or sung, to give an honest and meaningful performance. Training includes performance techniques in a variety of acting contexts including immersive theatre, narrative analysis, dialect coaching, vocal projection, improvisation, script work, acting for screen, Shakespeare, metre and audition technique.

Singing

This module will assess your current repertoire and you will begin to explore new work under the direction of individual vocal specialist teachers and in singing masterclass sessions. You will have a dedicated teacher who will look after your technical voice development. You will also take part in classes in vocal ensemble work and one-to-one repertoire. 

Dance

You will be taught by professional dancers and choreographers and receive training in jazz, contemporary, ballet, and tap, with daily technique and body conditioning sessions. You will be placed into a class that reflects your ability. This module supports one of our course aims to enable your to develop your technical and expressive skills in performance and to develop your skills in conveying narrative and the meaning of text through dance.

Acting, Vocal and Dance Development One

This year-long module with develop your performance and communication skills in the individual musical theatre disciplines of acting, vocal and dance. This module offers a broad range of genres and disciplines including; ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance, one-to-one technical vocal tuition, repertoire classes, vocal ensembles sessions, voice classes, acting technique and studio performances of straight plays. Students will be assessed in all three areas and must select which of the three disciplines will be allocated as their principal, second and third study by the end of semester one: Principal study (50%); Second study (30%); and Third study (20%).

Introduction to Musical Theatre

The module introduces you to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of musical theatre history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre.

Musical Grammar

This module introduces and familiarises you with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation.

Stage Management

This module will begin by setting out the basic requirements, skills and techniques applicable to stage management. You will explore the production planning process, the nature and function of the rehearsal environment, and the roles and function of the personnel required for running a range of productions.

Production 1 and 2

This module allows students to enhance their contribution to ensemble performance and to develop their skills in solo work in the context of a large performance project.

Contemporary Musical Theatre

This module builds upon the first year modules British and American Musical Theatre by relating an historical overview of the development of the genre to an examination of current trends and practices in musical theatre both here and in the USA.

Musical Theatre Industry

Students will develop their knowledge of a variety of professional roles both in the commercial musical theatre industry and in publicly funded performance contexts.

Props and Costume

This module will begin by setting out the basic requirements, skills and techniques applicable to props and costume. Information will be detailed on the production planning process, and the nature and function of the rehearsal environment.

Production and Stage Management

This module will explore the skills and techniques required in production and stage management. The production planning process, logistics and transport and organisational planning will be considered alongside issues of Health and Safety. You will develop a role in which you are in a position to inform other team members on the specific safety requirements for a practical project.

Events Management (Theatre)

You will be introduced to theatre, festival and events management, from the business administration skills involved in coordinating people, sites and facilities to the legal, budgetary and insurance requirements for professional event planning.

Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

This module explores the local and national marketplace and introduces you to a number of different models of successful positioning within the industry. For a successful career as a film or music professional you will need a strong understanding of the nature of self-employment in business. This module will develop your understanding and encourage you to confidently approach the world beyond university. You will complete a tailored financial and business plan which will encourage an awareness of local markets and circumstances.

Musical Theatre Tour

This module allows you to undertake more ambitious personal development in performance as you work in different venues and under different performance conditions. You will strengthen your vocal and dance techniques and explore performance skills in narrative and script work You will work towards a staged production in semester 2 to perform at off-campus venues across the region.

Musical Theatre Commission

This module allows you to undertake more ambitious personal development in performance as you work as a member of a performing company. You will discuss repertoire building and the nature of the performance context, leading to a clearer view of the achievement outcomes that are possible for each individual beyond undergraduate study. The module works towards a stage production.

Musical Theatre Festival

This module allows you to undertake more ambitious personal development in performance across two venues and under different performance conditions. The module will work towards a staged performance for the festival circuit.

Personal Study (Film)

This module will give you an opportunity to select an area of study in an aspect of film acting, lecture presentation or written work, and to develop this over an extended period. This is an opportunity to develop an individual repertoire and to present a longer and more challenging programme of research work.

Asian Musical Theatre and Performance Practices

Many courses focus on European and American traditions in musical theatre but there is also a rich and abundant source of musical traditions in Asia where music and theatre traditionally play a fundamental role in society. This module explores different traditions of musical theatre focusing on the multi-billion dollar industry that is Bollywood.

Musical Theatre in the Community

You will explore contemporary and recent examples of musical theatre, with a particular focus on transferring that knowledge into a practical community based project, culminating in the students working both on and off campus with children from local schools.

Managing Teams and Processes

This module looks at specific areas of leadership and management. You will develop competency in project planning and in developing leadership, co-ordination and management skills. 

Budget and Financial Planning

This module will focus on the realistic and accurate budget management of an identified performance project. You will explore a range of strategies designed to ensure successful delivery of the project and within identified budget constraints.

Business Project

This module is taken by Arts Management students and aims to develop competency in business planning and imaginative use of physical and creative resources.

Introduction to Fundraising in the Arts

The module will consider the third-sector in relation to the other two sectors, the legal structures for non-profit organisations and regional variations in regulation, alongside the charity model in at least one other country.

Ophelia Mancini

Student
"I feel so proud that I had an influence in creating this amazing show and fulfil my artistic ideas for the final piece. I would never have imagined creating something like this three years ago, which gives me the confidence that you can do anything that you put your mind to. What an incredible opportunity to have had my training at Chichester."

Facilities

Use industry standard spaces and equipment

The Musical Theatre programme is primarily based on the Bognor Regis campus with a good number of dance and rehearsal studios equipped with Harlequin flooring.

The Assembly Theatre is a multi-purpose rehearsal and theatre studio space, seating an audience of up to 80. Students will also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis.

The Bognor Regis campus is seven miles from the Bishop Otter campus and is connected by frequent buses.

Other facilities include:

  • Computerised recording and media studios.
  • Well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons).
  • Soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons.
  • Lecture and seminar rooms.
  • An acoustically superb performance venue.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat) degree will prepare you for your future career. You will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance your CV and your employability.

Many past graduates are now working in some of the principal producing houses.

As performers, alumni 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
  • Stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world.

Join our alumni group on Facebook to see what do after finishing their studies.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Music Performance
  • 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 Fee page.

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

Tia Kenrick

Student
"It is overwhelming how much I have learnt from the whole process. I feel as if I have grown as an individual having worked with my tutors. It has been the most demanding yet worthwhile performing experience I have had to date."

Mark Ward

Director for a leading West End agency, Belfield & Ward
"I have worked in the entertainment industry for 25 years. First as a trained performer for 8 years and subsequently as an artist's agent for 17 years. It has been my pleasure to be aware of the Musical Theatre (Single Hons- Triple Threat) programme at The University of Chichester since it's inception in 2009. "

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
104-120
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC
BTEC
DDD-DMM
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

You will need to demonstrate your ability in dance, acting and singing in a performance audition. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Interviews and Auditions

Your audition

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.

You will complete all three aspects of the audition whichever course you are applying for.

During your first year all students embark on a technical foundation year of acting, singing and dance classes and will then specialise in year two. Dance classes are streamed according to ability so it is essential that all audition candidates participate in the dance section of the audition.

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat) focuses on all three skills and while candidates need to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in all three areas, we will also consider those with a stronger skill in one area as long as there is an acceptable level of ability in the other two.

Dance

You will be taught some technical exercises in the centre and across the floor as well as a musical theatre routine (compulsory) and a short tap routine (optional). You will need to demonstrate some ballet technique (compulsory). Please bring appropriate clothing and jazz and tap shoes if you have them.

Singing

You should prepare two contrasting songs from the musical theatre canon. You will be asked to choose one song to start with and if required you may be asked to sing some of the second. Please bring the music for the accompanist (no photocopies please, unless you have permission from the copyright holder). We cannot accept a cappella or backing tracks.

Acting

Your audition will include a short improvisation workshop. Please prepare one short up-beat monologue that relates to you as an actor and that you feel appropriate to the Musical Theatre art form. This should last no more than 2 minutes.

To find out more about the audition process please contact Karen Howard, Head of Musical Theatre on k.howard@chi.ac.uk.

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 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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