Welcome to the School of Arts

The Arts at Surrey are as dynamic and interconnected as the cultural industries themselves.

We offer a great environment for specialist and interdisciplinary study in dance, digital arts, music, performance, sound and theatre. Our programmes range from conservatoire training to production engineering to high-level scholarly study, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary contexts for the creative and performing arts.

We integrate cutting-edge arts practices, excellent student-centred teaching and training, world-leading research and scholarship (including practice-based research), and strong connections with arts organisations in the UK and around the world.

Around 900 students take our programmes, which include undergraduate degrees, Masters programmes, PhDs and short courses.

Our design, performance, production and workshop facilities are at the forefront of industry standards, and we curate a lively programme of public-facing arts events (over 300 in 2014/15), including dance and theatre shows, musicals, concerts, installations, seminars and symposia.

The School is part of the Faculty for Arts and Social Sciences, a vibrant multi-disciplinary environment with extensive opportunities for connections across subject areas and research centres, and with national and international partners.

At all levels, we share the University's commitment to providing life-transforming experience and skills. You’ll find our graduates all across the performing arts, and in many other careers where it helps to be creative, independent-minded, good at working in teams, and able to lead.

Our campus is unusually well-equipped with facilities for the arts:

  • Ivy Arts Centre (including 200-seat theatre, studios, workshops and technical facilities)
  • Performing Arts Technology Studios (concert performance venue, dance studio, recording studios and practice rooms)
  • GSA Building (custom-built studios and rehearsal rooms)
  • Nodus Centre (digital media hub)
  • Television Studio (broadcast-specification studio that also supports location shooting)
  • Lewis Elton Gallery (our own art gallery, hosting a programme of exhibitions and installations)


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