Theatre Production BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

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What you'll study

This practice-based programme provides professional training in a wide range of production skills. Surrey graduates are confident, creative and technically skilled practitioners who have the ability and stamina to succeed in all areas of the entertainment industry.

Programme overview

On our Theatre Production programme you will work in close collaboration with fellow students at the world-renowned Guildford School of Acting to deliver a variety of productions within our modern, large and well-equipped Ivy Arts Centre theatre.

Studies begin with a comprehensive introduction to all core subjects relating to professional theatre production. You will receive teaching and build experience in a range of skills including sound, lighting, stage management, scenic arts and digital scenography.

As you progress through the programme, you will be able to select one dedicated area for specialist development, eventually taking senior creative or production-critical responsibility across a range of public performances within the University and at external venues. An industry placement and professional development modules will also feature as a core part of your studies and you will have the opportunity to present your work at a final year London showcase event.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

Accredited by Drama UK.

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Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £40
  • Production expenses: £205
  • Grand total: £245


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Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Graduate prospects

GSA’s Performance Technologies and Production graduates enjoy an impressive success rate in gaining employment in the industry. They have worked or are currently working on West End productions/major tours such as:

  • Les Misérables
  • Rock of Ages
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Ghost the Musical
  • Spamalot

Alumni are also to be found in numerous regional theatres, opera and ballet companies, arts venues, scenic construction and prop-making companies, corporate events and lighting, sound and video hire companies.

Over recent years, graduates have also attained management roles, including:

  • West End shows and No 1 Tours, Company Manager
  • Royal Albert Hall, Senior Technical Manager
  • Birmingham Symphony Hall, Technical Manager
  • ATG Theatres, Technical Director

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

72 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

32 overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers


Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with a B in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and A-level BB

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are made in terms of grades and a successful interview. Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the programme, may also be considered.

Further information can be found on the GSA website.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

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.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years W450 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

Bursaries and scholarships

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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