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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and Cabaret Performance

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Institution C58

UCAS WW4C

Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 104 - 120

A Levels: BBC

BTEC: DDD - DMM

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate their 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. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Course content

Have a read of our latest press release here.

 

The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest musical theatre departments in the UK with a community of over 400 student performers. You will get to showcase public performances with professional production teams for regional tours, major art festivals and to create and premiere new commissions.

The course provides employers with talented graduates in an area where skilled practitioners are in demand and where young performers in particular are welcomed.

Train to perform on cruise ships, in stage shows and hotels around the world by developing your practical skills in the musical theatre disciplines of voice, dance, including Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Ensemble and acting with an equally strong emphasis on preparing you for work on cruise ships and wider entertainment contexts. You will have access to auditioning for full scale production work as well as being guaranteed to take part in fully staged cabaret floor shows. Working with industry professionals who have headlined for some of the most prestigious cruise companies in the world, such as Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Crystal, Radisson, Princess,  NCL, Saga and Fred Olsen, you will develop the vital skills needed to be competitive in this rapidly expanding entertainment sector.

We have a well developed network of employers and agents with whom we can work to efficiently introduce you to for career opportunities in the industry.

"Sonic Artists have a wide range of opportunities for musicians and performers in the cruise, leisure and holiday industries ideal for Jazz, Musical Theatre, Songwriting and Cabaret Performance. We are committed to helping the University of Chichester develop this talent and eventually guide them into the job market." Jon Perry- Director, Sonic Artists

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best-ever facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students which is as much about the quality of the tutors as it is about the spaces we work in.

There is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study includes Wi-Fi areas for laptop use or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Tuition takes place in modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms with new grand pianos.

The Music department has access to several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.

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 has been redeveloped into a multi-purpose rehearsal and theatre studio space, seating up to 80 audience. 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. Our students therefore have access to both an historic cathedral city and an iconic south-coast seaside resort!

The Learning Resource at both campuses is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, with a comprehensive musical theatre collection, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished.

On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Hub, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are pleasant green spaces with good seating, landscaped gardens and lockable bike sheds. 

Where this can take you

The student will have the opportunity of developing a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond University.

The Musical Theatre programme runs a lively Alumni page on Facebook so join up and you will see some of the impressive things that students go on to do!

Course progression has been very high, with a number of students going on to further study in MA in Musical Theatre in some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the country and in PGCE teacher training.

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

 

Indicative modules

Cabaret Skills

This year long programme of study is focused towards preparation, developing the different disciplines and practices needed for cabaret performance skills, as well as developing a good sense of performance context. 

Spotlight Skills

The importance of technique and styles of the chosen skills will be emphasized in this bespoke programme of study. Students will be expected to be able to believably demonstrate their chosen skills in a filmed acting performance.

Swing Project

This third year module is intended to give students an insight to the role of a ‘swing’ within a musical theatre performance context. It will encourage students to develop an exploration of performance styles in practical work and to encourage a willingness to approach new and more ambitious material. A more professional approach to rehearsal will be encouraged and students will be required to keep a ‘swing bible’ (written log) of all information needed to effectively take part in the performance, in any given role.

Performance Development

This module introduces various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers. 

Build your Own Show

(Module information to come)

Ensemble

Students will focus on producing a professional standard in performance, demonstrating confidence within the chosen repertoire(s) and technical and expressive maturity. An appropriate balance in programming and the ability to lean towards either a supporting or leadership role, chamber or accompanied performance or accompaniment itself reflects the culmination of a progressive development of individuality as a practioner. Students will also develop their skills in hosting events and presenting the work to others.

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. 

Create your Own Showreel

(Module information to come)

Musical Theatre Skills

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the viewer will be emphasised in group lessons and in formative performance assessment, and a good standard of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. Students will discuss aspects of performance practice relevant to their individual choice of or combination of discipline development, and develop their skills in the forming of critical judgements of performance.

International English Studies

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Additional Costs

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Audition details and FAQs

Please prepare 2 contrasting songs, ONE of which must display character and personality. 

In addition please prepare a short spoken introduction to the character song which shows off your personality. If you are wishing to specialise in dance, please also supply evidence of dance experience and training (exams levels and exam boards). 

For more information on the audition process download the audition booklet here.

Audition booklet

AUDITION FAQs

I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to chiview.chi.ac.uk and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here: help.chi.ac.uk/clearing-your-browser-data-including-cache

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

If all else fails, you are welcome to email admissions@chi.ac.uk. Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via admissions@chi.ac.uk so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented 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 the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here: chi.ac.uk/about-us/how-find-us