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MA Performance: Theatre or Theatre Collectives

Course Description

An artist-led masters programme, open to theatre makers of all styles and disciplines, We provide an unparalleled opportunity for emergent and established artists who want time and space to make high-quality theatre work and establish or refine their creative and professional identity. The programme also helps you develop skills and abilities to work in FE/HE contexts or continue to advanced study (PhD).

Key features include:

- Professional mentoring, with key international theatre artists
- Opportunities to present work at National events, platforms and festivals
- Industry training and business planning with staff in our Business Centre
- Cutting-edge spaces and resources
- A vibrant and active community

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/ma-performance-theatre-or-theatre-collectives

Course detail

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 (written) critical study and the development of a ‘professional (business) portfolio’ that helps define the nature and purpose of the creative projects in an external context.


Our Performance programme has 2 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, as well as 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.

“Groups" and “Individuals"

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, of course, welcome, either as solo performers or as individuals looking to share practice in new contexts.

Chichester: Working Environment

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.

Distance Learning

While coming to Chichester and being part of our actual community is an exciting opportunity for students, the Department has worked hard to establish a national and international ‘virtual’ community. We actively encourage students who are based in different parts of the World to join us through our ‘distance learning’ programme, which balances the core expertise provided by the University of Chichester with mentoring in their own base.

Indicative modules:

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.

Work placements

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 on graduating 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.


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 across the UK. 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.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

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

Entry Requirements

The degree is open to individuals or groupsi who wish to work towards creating and presenting new theatre/performance work. Applications are made direct to the postgraduate admissions department.All applicants will need to package and submit:• Application form• Reference form/s• Proposal/letter of application• Evidence of work/a portfolioWhere appropriate, applicants are encouraged to package any relevant supporting material with their applications (which might include):• DVD’s, Videos (or YouTube/Vimeo links) of previous work• URL link to your website• Resume/Curriculum Vitae

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