Theatre (1-Year Conversion) BA (Hons) – 2017 entry

The course has aided my ambition to progress in the performing arts industry. It has been hard work but personally very gratifying. It’s been great to be part of the GSA family.

What you'll study

This programme provides graduates from Drama UK courses, Trinity Guildhall-validated courses and experienced professionals the opportunity to gain an academic qualification from a top-ten university.

Programme overview

This distance-learning conversion programme will suit you if you are refocusing your career and require a formal qualification (for example, for teaching), or if you wish to pursue further study at Masters level and require a BA (Hons) qualification to do so, or if you are seeking to further your own personal interest and development through academic study.

We will guide you to actively engage with relevant concepts, exploring the rich heritage of theatre from a critical, experiential and practical perspective.

The programme is primarily a one-year course, available for a two-year registration should the need arise, equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study.

It is suitable for Drama UK and CDET three-year Diplomats, those holding a Trinity College London three-year Professional Diploma, and those with experience in the industry.

Teaching and learning materials are delivered electronically via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supported by three weekend seminars (held during September, February and April).

You will have contact with GSA staff through email, seminars, lectures, vodcasts, podcasts and as tutors, as well as full access to the University of Surrey Library’s services.

The three weekend seminars are solely for students on the Conversion programme and include core module presentations and lectures from members of GSA staff, as well as an induction into the library and seminars on research strategies, academic writing, style and referencing.

Study and assessment comprises core modules and a choice of final project for submission, including essays or, if preferred, a choice of creative assignments working on playwriting, choreography, theatre design or a musical theatre scenario.

Core modules include the study of theories of performance, political theatre, actor training and musical theatre.

Compulsory modules:

Professional recognition

Accredited by Drama UK.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 2 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 98 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Graduate prospects

‭Students undertake this course for a variety ‭of reasons. You may be refocusing your career ‭and require a formal qualification to do so, ‭or you may wish to pursue further study at Masters ‭level and require a BA (Hons) qualification ‭to do so, or you may be seeking to further ‭your own personal interest and development ‭through academic study. 

Many past graduates have progressed to further study, either at PGCE, MA or PhD level, or have gone on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS Assessment Only) and other subject specialist teaching qualifications.

Graduates of this programme can be found worldwide working in leading drama schools, universities, schools, theatres and production companies, as well as performing in the West End and on screen.

2017 Entry requirements

Prospective candidates are required to have successfully completed a three-year National Diploma at an accredited drama school or have significant industry experience and equivalent qualification.

The course is suitable for DramaUK and CDET 3-year graduates or those holding a Trinity College London Level 5 or higher Professional Diploma as well as experienced industry practitioners and professionals.

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent)

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 1 Year W404 View KIS data set

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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