University Of Chichester Drama

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University Of Chichester Drama

BA (Hons) Acting is a performance programme taught by leading theatre and performing arts professionals, training you in key acting styles and contexts. You will produce and perform in shows with established scripts and create original works, while also developing highly relevant professional contacts that set you up for demanding, diverse and flexible careers in the professional theatre and drama industry.

“I increasingly find I am meeting Chichester graduates doing brilliant things – working at festivals, curating events, performing and developing work.” – Mary Osborn, Assistant Artists’ Advisor and Programme Coordinator

Course content

BA (Hons) Acting is a practical performance-based programme, running in parallel to the established and successful BA (Hons) Theatre.

You will become a member of a shared creative community, where cultural identity, experimentation and research are central to the process of making live and recorded theatre. The programme recognises the importance of craft and technique, but also of critical thinking, in relation to the performer at the heart of the creative process of theatre.

You will work with established text and develop understanding of key acting styles and contexts; you will also work to produce and perform in original work and develop highly relevant professional contacts that set you up for demanding, diverse and flexible careers in the professional theatre. Across all three years, students are engaged in a developed vocational programme, designed to develop significant skills, ideas and experiences relevant to creative performance careers.

At various points in the programme, we provide classes in:

  • Skills: Movement, Dance, Voice, Scene study, Creative Writing, Technical Production and Stage Management, Solo Performance, Classical Theatre
  • Focused Creative Projects:  Narrative, Physical Theatre, Text and Cultural Identity; Clowning, Multi-media, the Body, Community Theatre
  • Production: Four major staff-led performance events (over the last two years);
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: Introduction to Applied Theory, Modernism, Romanticism and Post Modernism
  • Professional Development:  Business Management and Showcasing

At Level Four (first year)

You engage in a rigorous programme of skills and technique, developing a strong sense of your instrument in relation to your own identity; classes in movement, dance and voice are complimented by textual and contextual acting workshops; you start to develop a robust critical understanding of cultural and critical studies that assist you in four main performance projects: narrative, physical and visual theatre, text and cultural identity.

At Level Five (second year)

You continue on a rigorous skills programme, which, in the 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 classical performance for a contemporary audience.  Students can select options in complimentary practices: clowning, script writing, body-based performance, site-based performance and theatre-in-education. Critical and cultural studies continue in romanticism and post-modernism.

At Level Six (final year)

A programme of skills development continues and concludes with processes of documentation and representation, ready for the professional world. You take part in a range of exciting performance events: a solo performance; a small-cast devised play and a major external performance of text. You will engage in a programme of professional development, which runs alongside a structured showcase of your work and allows your final studies to merge into a professional career.

Our facilities

The Showroom

At the heart of the learning experience of the Theatre department is a fully equipped 212-seat public theatre venue – The Showroom. The department uses the Showroom for student performances, practical workshops and hosting some of the best international touring theatre.

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