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Performance: Theatre or Theatre Collectives MA

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Our Performance programme has two pathways, “Theatre” and "Theatre Collectives”, and is designed especially for both emerging and established theatre and performance artists or groups.

A part ‘taught’, part ‘research’ model, the programme is centred on core modules in postgraduate research methodologies, around which you create a new piece of work, an artists portfolio, business plan, and a practice-led-research project.

We offer opportunities to establish a professional artistic identity and platform your own work in National and International markets, and develop prospects for continuing higher education, both in terms of teaching and in terms of continuing study. 


  • A range of sponsorships (fee waivers) available*
  • Flexible delivery, ideal for distance learning and International delivery
  • Rehearsal and administrative space and access to leading theatre technologies
  • A programme of external mentoring, with key international theatre artists
  • Opportunity to participate and present work at research laboratory events and as part of the ShowRoom’s Formations programme
  • Opportunities to present work at National events, platforms and Festivals
  • Marketing support for future projects and ongoing membership of the University’s Graduating Artists Scheme

This programme is designed to be extremely flexible, reflecting the diversity of approaches to making artwork. It can be studied full-time or part-time.

Students are expected to develop two parallel projects: a work-in-progress piece informed by an extensive critical agenda and a major performance event. These projects are underpinned by extensive critical study and the development of a ‘professional portfolio’ that helps define the nature and purpose of the creative projects in an external context.


A key feature of the programme is the ‘Theatre Collective’ strand: we welcome block-applications from groups of artists who are keen to develop their creative identity as part of a shared collective. Individuals are welcome either as solo performers or as individuals looking to share practice in new contexts.


Students will be entering into one of the most vibrant and connected environments and communities for making contemporary theatre and performance. The Department of Theatre at Chichester has an established reputation for working with a wide range of established performance artists who recognise the opportunities of creative research and development within an applied university context.

Much of the work developed by students Department is presented in our ShowRoom Theatre, a key venue in the national touring network, with a reputation for programming innovative and radical work, but we also have firm links with venues and festivals in Brighton, London, Bristol and Edinburgh.


You will be encouraged to think about your own future within theatre along with the help of our academic lecturers, many of who are professional artists with links to hundreds of theatres.

Your own new work will be stimulated by a continuous programme of professional performances from a wide range of international artists, many of whom support the work of the department through teaching and mentoring.


Every year we offer students the chance to work with the technical, marketing, or outreach departments of our local theatres in art centres and other venues, theatre companies, independent producers, schools/colleges and various other related contexts. These programmes are designed to help get your foot on the ladder within an established organisation or professional context.

Students are also encouraged to work further afield – across the UK, Europe, or the USA – with the Department’s Cultural Exchange programme. Intensive weekend residencies and summer schools will be arranged in accordance students’ needs: the programme is designed to work around the calendars of working artists.


This programme constitutes 180 Credits and is broken into five compulsory modules:

  • Developmental Project (Practice led Research and Development, including a written dissertation, 60 credits)
  • Production (Practical Project, 60 credits)
  • Professional Portfolio (Professional development and representation, 30 credits)
  • Research Methodology (Critical Studies, 15 credits)
  • Cultural Identity and Performance (Critical/Practical Research Project, 15 credits)

Production and Developmental Project serve as the year-long core creative projects, supported by external and professional reflection through Professional Portfolio.

These projects are delivered in a rigorous, yet highly flexible, context, with regular masterclasses by professional practitioners, supported by tutorials and seminars with tutors and mentors.


Our programme is run by a team of highly dedicated academics and artists, who also teach on the highly successful BA Theatre Programme and on the Performing Arts MPhil/PhD programme.

We work very closely with a wide range of established artists and performance collectives – both members of Faculty and Associate Artists – who recognise the unique contribution Chichester makes to supporting new theatre work.


This bursary is for students who have maintained an artistic practice for over 5 years. This bursary will cover 1/2 of the fee for Full Time study and is available for any UK resident. There may be 1-2 Working Artist Bursary's available.

In addition to the usual application please send an email to Brian Lobel at  with up to 500 words evidencing your previous practice and your goal in returning to academia. Please also send links to appropriate documentation online. All students who fit the criteria and are accepted via the Application Portal, will be considered.

Deadline for consideration for this bursary is 15 May. 


This bursary is for students for whom travel costs and being on campus 2-3 days a week would prove a barrier to MA study. Travel bursaries up to £200/month will be available for a limited number of students, based on need and budget.

In addition to the usual application, please send an email to Brian Lobel at  with a short paragraph describing cost considerations, and a budget. If accepted via the Application Portal, the budget will then be considered for a travel bursary. Your travel bursary application will NOT be considered in relation to whether you are accepted or not. This travel bursary is available for all students (including those outside of the UK).

Deadline for consideration for this bursary is 15 May. 

Visit the Performance: Theatre or Theatre Collectives MA page on the University of Chichester website for more details!