Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Theatre, with our programmes ranked second in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
Through performance, analysis and debate, engage directly with the specialisms that shape this changing field.
What you will study
Theatre and Performance as your major
The Theatre and Performance major will help you master a range of techniques for exploring theatre and its texts.
With opportunities to engage actively through written and practical exercises, you will explore the rich cultural histories of the locations in which we work. You will focus on understanding and using a range of concepts, methods and approaches for probing the social, cultural, historical and geographical contexts of texts, plays, performances and theatrical trends.
Our unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development means you can look forward to developing a range of specific and transferable skills for independent critical and creative practice (especially if you take the option of a Professional Training placement).
You will thus graduate with an international and crossdisciplinary perspective on theatre and performance.
Integrative module for Theatre and Performance majors
Theatre is one of the oldest art forms, but one that constantly reshapes itself for new audiences and creative tastes. It has always embraced ingenuity and technology to provide a means to reflect upon any and every topic that an imagination can conceive.
Theatre and Performance thus possesses the ability to exchange ideas with practically every other academic discipline.
Together with your fellow Theatre and Performance majors, you will examine how the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects are also explored through theatre, and vice versa.
What are the key features of theatre and performance as an academic discipline? Which of these are shared with the minor subjects? And what can each learn from the other?
With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into theatrical texts and performances deriving from study of each minor subject.
Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of the theatre from a more complete perspective.
Creative Writing as your minor
Choose Creative Writing as your minor subject and you'll develop an understanding of the theory and practice of poetry, drama and the novel. With enhanced knowledge of the distinctive character of texts written in the principal literary genres (and other forms of writing and communication), you'll become adept at translating ideas into critical and creative texts an ability that will prove highly desirable in any career you wish to pursue.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||Y34A||View KIS data set|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||W44A||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 with Creative Writing 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 programmes are well resourced in terms of practical spaces and library holdings. 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.
Studio classes, rehearsals and workshops are run in spaces across the campus, including the purpose-built studios in the GSA building.
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.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
"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."
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4
Choose one creative writing optional module.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Choose one Creative Writing module and either three THE modules, or two THE modules and LAS2007.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Choose one Creative Writing module and three THE modules.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Theatre and Performance is taught through a combination of practical classes, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Through practical modules, you establish a professional approach to performance creation.
Academic sessions develop informed thinking about theatre in a shared space that values both individual contribution and peer reflection.
You are encouraged to own your individual learning experience while at Surrey and to become familiar with building and sustaining peer networks.
Learning is fully supported by the University’s e-learning environment, and you will be able to develop skills in using academic software and become familiar with the ways in which new technologies can support work and learning.
You will be encouraged to articulate your ideas through a range of forms and to understand key aspects of these forms, whether in practical performance, essays or presentations.
Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
ALSTON A Dr (GSA)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||£9,250||£17,500||Not applicable|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||£9,250||£17,500||£1,850|
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.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £180 approx. - Uniform including specialist footwear
- UK-based activity: £150-200 Theatre trips (students should aim to see some live theatre throughout the course of their programme)
Grand total: £330-380 approx.
Professional Training placement fees
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
How to apply
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