Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
Through performance, analysis and debate, engage directly with the specialisms that shape this changing field.
Our students benefit from the University of Surrey’s long-established reputation for dance and arts research, and our Theatre and Performance degree sits within the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) as a unique programme grounded in practical and theoretical enquiry.
Students benefit from our state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre with its main theatre and studios, and a separate performance studio for audiences of 120.
Through practice, analysis and debate, you will engage directly with the specialisms that shape theatre and performance in the present moment, allowing you to thrive in a range of professions linked directly to theatre, as well as the creative and cultural industries.
At Surrey we place a large emphasis on preparing you for employment and a career. On our Theatre and Performance degree you will be given the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement with a partner organisation related to the theatre industry.
What you will study
Through our Theatre and Performance programme you will explore the ideas and practices that inform current theatre and performance making, both nationally and internationally.
The programme is grounded in considerations of key historical landmarks, before widening out to consider a breadth of contemporary performance practices, theatre texts and events.
Your studies will focus on artistic and cultural enquiry, theatre history, politics, ethics, and performance analysis, alongside a pronounced spirit of experimentation, all informed by research, practice and reflection.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||W441||View KIS data set|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||W440||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Theatre and Performance placements
Unusually for a Theatre and Performance degree, we offer you the option of a Professional Training placement, giving you valuable experience in a theatre-related organisation.
A pioneer in integrated professional training, the University has operated the placement scheme for the last 40 years and employers have been impressed by the maturity and professionalism of those who have undertaken it.
In Theatre and Performance, we have established good connections with employers, both locally and internationally but are always keen to help students identify placements with companies that are of particular interest to them.
During this year, you will be supported in gaining valuable experience in degree-related professions such as marketing, education, outreach, audience development, community work, media or arts administration.
A University supervisor and a workplace mentor will guide you through an original work programme in an industry context.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
During your time on the Theatre and Performance programme, you will have a personal tutor who will monitor progress and offer advice and guidance. You will identify an individual career path and establish a plan that will support your career aspirations.
Teaching on the programme is informed by professional practices, to support your work on the degree and to prepare you for life on the Professional Training placement and in a career after university.
Our Theatre and Performance degree will equip you with skills, knowledge and experience that are valuable for a range of careers in such areas as:
- Performance and contemporary theatre practice
- Arts administration and management
- Technical production
- Education and community arts
- Events management
- Cultural policy
- Media and creative arts
Throughout your degree, you will secure goals and competencies that will help you to prepare for a specific career path.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
In order to add an international element to your University of Surrey experience, you might decide to spend one or two semesters overseas doing a Professional Training placement abroad or studying at one our partner universities.
In previous years, students have studied at:
- La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia)
- Monash University, Melbourne (Australia)
- University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia)
- University of Sydney (Australia)
- Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand)
- North Texas University (USA)
- North Carolina State University (USA)
- University of Central Florida (USA)
- Brock University, Ontario (Canada)
Our courses are well resourced in terms of practical spaces and library holdings. Studio classes, rehearsals and workshops are run in spaces across the campus, including the purpose-built studios in the GSA building. The University campus houses the state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre with its main theatre and studios, and a separate performance studio for audiences of 120.
You will be encouraged to locate taught modules in the context of wider performance and arts practice. There are live theatre and arts events on and off campus and several student societies engaged in staging theatre and performance.
In Guildford, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and GLive show new and canonical works, and the town is also home to an established book festival and a host of local galleries, libraries and archives.
With London only half an hour away, there is a wealth of arts and culture to explore, with theatre trips and regular reference to recent productions forming an important part of the life of the programme.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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"My greatest achievements this year were moments where I stepped right out my comfort zone, for example - moving away from home and learning to live independently."
"I would definitely recommend a Professional Training placement. It’s incredible. It totally changed me as a person and it also got me a job offer."