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Course summary

This BA (Hons) Acting for Contemporary Theatre degree is a highly practical programme which will develop your skills, ideas and experiences to prepare you for your career in the theatre industries. Explore narrative, physical and visual theatre, and text and cultural identity throughout your degree. You will develop your performance skills and explore topics including performance, production, critical and cultural studies, business management and applied arts practice. On this course you will: Learn to apply your business knowledge to the theatre industry, and have the option to undertakes placement with a range of theatres. Benefit from our professional industry partnerships throughout your studies. Access placement opportunities including roles at The Chichester Festival Theatre, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Festival and more. You will work to produce and perform in original work and develop high-quality professional contacts that prepare you for a demanding, diverse and flexible career in the professional theatre industry. You will become a member of a shared creative community where cultural identity, experimentation and research are central to making live and recorded theatre. You will be able to take part in casting opportunities, auditions, and talks with industry professionals.


Year One: In your first year, you will focus on a wide range of working practices, as you begin to develop core skills in voice, movement, and devising. You will also begin your critical and theoretical study designed to widen cultural reflection on the theatre space, as you create performances in four project projects: Narrative, Physical and Visual Theatre, Text and Deconstruction and Cultural Identity. Year Two: Your second year is focused on two major performance projects – one in each semester. The first involves writing and developing text for performance; the second involves exploring post-structural notions of performance. You can also select options in complimentary practices: clowning, script writing, body-based performance, site-based performance, and theatre-in-education. Your critical and cultural studies continue through an examination of romanticism and post-modernism. Year Three: In your final year, you will develop your own portfolio of theatre practice through a range of exciting performance options: Adaptation and Direction, Solo Performance, Experimental Workshop Performance, Performance Writing, New Technology and Performance and Documentation. All students create a major production in small performance companies and produce a written dissertation. Key careers development is provided through a range of modules: Company Management, Applied Arts and Work Placement.

Assessment method

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. During your degree you will be involved in at least twelve examined performances, including three major productions, over the three years. There are no formal exams.

How to apply

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Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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The audition has 4 parts: 1. Movement class: Please come in clothes suitable for a movement session. 2. Speeches: We ask you learn two short contrasting speeches. These should be no longer than one minute each. One should be a classical speech, the other from a published modern play. 3. Interview: Please research a local OR national OR international cultural event e.g. a story from your local newspaper, an event like the London 2012 Olympics or the Brexit referendum. Be prepared to discuss: a) why this event is significant to you b) 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. 4. Workshop: You will take part in a workshop with other candidates and current students exploring approaches to devising and performing.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6No component less than 5.5
PTE Academic5050-57 and no lower than 50-57 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)79At least: 18 in Reading 17 in Listening 20 in Speaking 17 in Writing

Qualifications recognised for English language proficiency

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15240 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15240 Year 1

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Acting for Contemporary Theatre at University of Chichester - UCAS