Guys and Dolls performance

Present fully-scaled productions with professional production teams

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3 years Full Time; or 1 year top up Full Time
Bognor Regis 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

Internationally-respected musical theatre training with guaranteed performance opportunities

With an international reputation for excellence, our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat) course provides you with strong industry links, guaranteed performance opportunities, and the ability to work with professional practitioners as you study dance, acting and singing.

Gain a highly-practical musical theatre training

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

You will access vocal masterclasses, one-to-one singing lessons, ensemble, singing and acting through song. Dance will include tap, jazz, contemporary, body con, ballet, and Matt Mattox. Your acting classes will include technique (Meisner and Stanislavski), improvisation and devising, script work, dialect, acting for camera, and Shakespeare.

Guaranteed performance opportunities in fully-staged productions

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

At the end of your first year, you will take part in an ensemble 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 your second year.

Musical theatre performance students on stage

Learn the fundamentals of theatre production

For those interested, the course also offers optional stage management, technical and producing routes in a range of backstage and front of house activities, giving practical experience in stage management, sound, lighting, design, costume, and arts management and producing.

Star in your professional showcase and kickstart your career

In your third year, you will perform one of three shows, performing in professional venues across the South East region, audition at an agent panel day and at the end of the year have the chance to perform in a Graduate Showcase in London.

You will graduate with a professional showreel, headshots and a vocal rep folder, giving you everything you need to start your career within the performance industry.

Mark Ward

Director of leading West End agency Belfield and Ward
"This is a course we recognise as providing the training needed for the level of actor that we represent."

Spotlight accredited

Our Spotlight accreditation offers you discounted graduate membership to largest casting resource in the United Kingdom, inclusion in a dedicated ‘graduate’ section of their website, access to their dedicated one-to-one career advice sessions, and much more.

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On this course you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive and internationally-renowned musical theatre training
  • Perform in multiple fully-staged productions as you become part of your own company
  • Have the opportunity to learn the key aspects of theatre production and management
  • Star in a professional showcase as you develop connections with industry professionals to boost your career.
  • Learn from expert and experienced teaching staff

The Course

Develop your acting, singing and dance skills as you experience company life

Year One

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.

Year Two

Become part of a company

Alongside your technical development classes, you will be placed in two companies and over the course of the year will engage in a fully-staged performance at The Alexandra Theatre, a professional 350-seater theatre venue in Bognor Regis, and will participate in a series of practical research projects (MT Lab) in the University’s own studio space, The Assembly Theatre.

Explore additional specialisms

In addition, can start to specialise in either Stage Management or Arts Management. 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 and hands on experience in your chosen specialism to enhance your training.

Year Three

In your third year you will be placed into one of three companies. You will continue to complete technical classes in acting, singing and dance and undertake a weekly specialist workshop programme run by external practitioners covering a range of areas in preparation for the industry. There are also two Teaching modules available to take as an option open to all students on a selection basis.

If you are studying the stage or arts management course route you will study affiliated contextual modules. You will continue to gain hands on experience under the mentoring of professional practitioners.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Acting Development

You will develop fundamental skills in theatre performance, connection to and understanding of self, truthfulness and character. You will achieve this through acting exercises and techniques, for example, Stanislavski, Meisner, improvisation as well as through narrative and script work as an individual and ensemble performer.

Dance Development

This module focuses on the development of ensemble skills, with an additional examination of the different performance styles of jazz, tap, contemporary and ballet.

You will begin with a focus on the correction and development of alignment, posture, core, and upper body strength through the regular engagement with dance tutors and choreographers. You will then move on to prepare for fully staged production.

Training is in a range of styles which will develop versatility in performance to include specific knowledge of dynamics, use of space and the stage space and the relationship with other dancers.

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 1

This module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise you with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation. Alongside this, you will present and discuss your work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence.

Musical Grammar 2

This module builds on the knowledge you have accrued on music grammar and deepens your understanding of key elements of musical structure. You will continue to present and discuss your work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.

Singing Development

This vocal development module focuses technical study where you will explore a variety of skills particular to the students’ individual voice. Your skills and technique are strengthened and nurtured to support stylistic and dramatic choices which are expressed in solo and ensemble repertoire.

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.

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.

Events Management

This module explores the legal and logistical aspects of planning a range of different musical events and will experiment with presenting ideas to tutors and peers.

You will explore the relationships between stakeholders in event production, including artists, venues, audiences and funders, a range of models of event and festival production, and the diversity of approaches taken by different organisations and promoters.

As part of this, you will explore the input of artists and artist’s agents within event production and effective forms of operational and human resources management in the realization of festivals and events.

You will gain an understanding of the varying technical requirements related to promoting different types of musical events in distinct venues and locations, and a familiarity with licensing laws and health and safety considerations when related to festival and event production.

Production 1: Ensemble Practices

This module provides you with extensive performance and production experience, as you explore the devising process rooted in character narrative, specifically in relation to dance theatre.

You will be given insight into the way that characters can define (and hinder) a clear making process and, in the process, will consider structural processes, such as narrative as a key determinate to the progression of the piece.

Musical Theatre Industry

In this module, you will develop your knowledge of a variety of professional roles both in the commercial musical theatre industry and in publicly funded performance contexts.

Musical Theatre Technical Skills

This module develops the key technical skills in acting, singing and dance required to become a successful a musical theatre professional.

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.

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.

Budgeting 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.

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.

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. 

Musical Theatre Ensemble

This module allows you to undertake more ambitious personal development in performance as you work towards an ensemble musical theatre piece.

Musical Theatre Festival

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

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 you working both on and off campus with children from local schools.

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, as you work towards a staged production in semester 2 to perform at off-campus venues across the region.

One to One Teaching

This module introduces a range of techniques in structuring lessons, communicating expressive and performance based concepts and problem solving designed to create an exciting and stimulating learning experience for individual singers, dancers and actors embarking on the early stages of study. You will set your own goals in teaching and develop skills in analysing and measuring the outcomes of lessons, using this information to inform planning for effective teaching practices.

Personal Study

You will have an opportunity to select an area of study of your choice over an extended period, to research and present their findings in written form.

Ophelia

Musical Theatre 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."

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our expert and experienced staff

Our expert and experienced musical theatre practitioners get to know you as individual so you can feel more confident to develop your technical skills and explore your creative ideas in a supportive environment.

Typical study weeks include:

  • Performance technique classes
  • Supplemental training classes
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Studio-based workshops
  • Application of practice classes

Outside of scheduled classes you will complete independent study including developing repertoire, researching texts, individual solo practise, completing individual or group tasks and working on your assignments.

Jordan

Musical Theatre student
"The lecturers' 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."

Experience

Discover industry-standard spaces and equipment to support you learning

Kody

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat)
"I had my West End debut this year in Hairspray and have gone straight into rehearsals for Hex at the National Theatre. The Triple Threat Course at the conservatoire gave me the tools and the shaping I needed in order for me to excel in these amazing opportunities I've been given in the industry."

Ellie

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat)
"I had my West End debut this year (2022) and The Triple Threat route was the perfect course to enable me to access the professional industry, network with incredible artists and creatives, and find myself as a musical theatre performer. I am so grateful to all the tutors that gave me their time and expertise that allowed me to be where I am today, doing what I love every day, and being able to call it my job!"

Careers

Prepare for a rewarding career within the performance industry

High-contact hours with industry experts, focus on performance skills and experience, and strong professional links with the sector help prepare you for your future career, as you 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. Join our alumni group on Facebook to see what do after finishing their studies.

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.

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 who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs 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

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.

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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.

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