Theatre Production BA (Hons) – 2017 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

You will work on a variety of productions, including plays, musicals, concerts, devised projects and events. Uniquely, at Surrey you have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other disciplines within the University’s School of Arts, including Digital Media Arts, Theatre Studies and Dance.

The University campus boasts a modern, large and well-equipped theatre in the Ivy Arts Centre. Guildford School of Acting (GSA) also uses many neighbouring theatres and other performance spaces for both teaching and public productions, namely:

  • The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
  • The Mill Studio, Guildford
  • The Electric Theatre, Guildford
  • Touring venues and site-specific locations
  • Showcase productions in London West End theatres

Studies on this intensive course begin with a comprehensive introduction to all core subjects relating to professional production skills. You will receive teaching and build experience in a range of skills, including stage management, sound, lighting, scenic design, construction, costume and digital scenography.

You will end your introductory period of study by taking a support role on one or more of GSA’s public productions.

In the second year, you will be able to select one dedicated area for specialist development and progress through your Foundation show roles.

Additionally, you will take a professional work experience placement, begin your first collaboration with students and staff within another School of Arts or allied department, initiate your Professional Development Planning, and end the year with your Principal show role, allowing you to demonstrate an intermediate level of skill and knowledge in your chosen subject.

In your third year of study, you will advance your practical production skills through your Final show roles, taking senior creative or production-critical responsibility across a range of public performances.

An industry placement will feature as a further core part of your studies in this year, as will the Professional Development module that is realised in the practical preparation and presentation of your work at an industry showcase event in central London.

Read about the experience of Surrey student, Roshan Conn

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Compulsory modules include:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Compulsory modules include:

Optional modules include:

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional recognition

Accredited by Drama UK.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Production expenses: £200 approx. - Toolkit
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £80 approx. - Show blacks and PPE

Grand total: £280 approx.

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):

  • 1 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 15 per cent medium group teaching
  • 2 per cent large group teaching
  • 82 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Graduate prospects

GSA’s Theatre 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

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 27 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 18 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

72 per cent

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers BBB/Scottish Highers ABBBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma 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 above (or international 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 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.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

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

Tuition fees

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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 additional costs section for full details.

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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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