Musical Theatre MA

This programme from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) places a very strong emphasis on the practical acquisition of technical skills in acting, singing and dancing and provides opportunities to integrate these skills in musical theatre rehearsal projects and performances. GSA is part of the University of Surrey.

Why Surrey?

The MA Musical Theatre is specifically designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree or have worked professionally in the performance industry for at least five years. We are looking for individuals who have the necessary self-discipline and motivation to master new skills and refine and develop existing capabilities.

Programme overview

We place a very strong emphasis on your practical acquisition of technical skills in acting, singing and dancing, and provide opportunities to integrate these skills in musical theatre rehearsal projects and performances. We will also help you to develop your versatility and confidence.

You will undergo intensive training in acting, singing, dancing and voice, with classes in ballet, jazz and tap, group and individual singing tutorials, and classes in voice, speech, text analysis, improvisation and movement. There will also be seminars in related contextual and theoretical studies together with classes in professional preparation and portfolio development. You will take part in a final public production, staged to the highest professional standards and led by a production team of industry professionals.

Programme aims

  • Facilitate the development of your vocal and physical instrument to the maximum potential
  • Broaden your practical experience and critical understanding of a variety of musical theatre styles and genres
  • Impart skills and techniques that will improve your chances of professional employment

The course thus aims to develop versatile, skilled and confident performers who can approach a wide variety of musical genres with a sound contextual understanding and who are able to both reflect upon and critically evaluate practice in the field.

Full-time attendance is required for the first three terms and for two weeks during the fourth term.

Teaching and assessment

Candidates should be physically fit and able to demonstrate aptitude and readiness for advanced level physical performance training. Previous students have included Law, Business, Drama and Engineering graduates as well as professional dancers, cabaret performers and models.

You will need to challenge your limitations, physically, emotionally and intellectually in order to attain the best possible result. The performance industry is highly competitive and in order to succeed you will need to be confident in your abilities whilst at the same time able to demonstrate flexibility in your approach.

You will need to be resilient to the demands of the industry, courageous and creative in performance and sensitive to the ideas of others. Above all you must be willing to set and maintain the highest standards of rehearsal and performance discipline both for yourself and within your cohort.

We aim to create a carefully selected and committed ensemble of performers-in-training, which will contribute to a disciplined, stimulating and mutually supportive learning environment in which you can be fully prepared for a successful career in the performing arts industry. Cohorts are relatively small in order to ensure maximum individual attention.

The course delivers intensive training in acting, singing, dancing and voice. There will be classes in ballet, jazz and tap; group and individual singing tutorials and classes in voice, speech, text analysis, acting, improvisation and movement. There will also be seminars in related contextual and theoretical studies together with classes in professional preparation and portfolio development. These classes continue at a reduced level towards the end of the course when you will be involved in full-time rehearsals for your final public production, staged to the highest professional standards lead by a production team of industry professionals. You will also be involved in a further performance project that will be designed to expand your understanding and experience of the professional performance industry.

We aim to create a carefully selected and committed ensemble of performers-in-training in which you can fully prepare for a successful career in the performing arts industry. Cohorts are relatively small to ensure maximum individual attention.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the course on building relationships with industry professionals through workshops and masterclasses. The programme culminates in a showcase of scenes and musical numbers presented to casting directors and agents in Guildford and a West End theatre.

Throughout the programme you will be progressively introduced to the industry structures and business processes that will be necessary to you as independent practitioners. You are also encouraged to further research and reflect on your professional development plan in order to maximize the opportunity presented by the final showcase performance.  There is strong emphasis throughout the course on building relationships with industry professionals through workshops and masterclasses.

Professional recognition

Drama UK

Accredited by Drama UK.

Related programmes

Postgraduate (Taught)

Professional development

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Programme leader

Mr Julian Woolford

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General enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

MA

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in a relevant field, as well as previous engagement with drama, theatre and performance. Offers are made in terms of grades and a successful audition and interview. Applicants who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

Further information can be found on the GSA website.

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English language requirements

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £17,000 £18,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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