MFA — 2024 entry Acting

Building on the success of GSA’s current one-year Acting MA, this unique and innovative MFA course trains future generations of internationally renowned performers and professionals, enabling students to develop their experience, practical ability, and critical understanding of acting while enhancing their overall learning and growth as confident practitioners.

Key course information

Typical offer
2:2 minimum
Start date
September 2024
2 years
UK fees
Overseas fees
Stag Hill

Why choose
this course?

  • Our MFA Acting provides an ensemble training context for the development of professional-level skills in acting based on a blend of practical, theoretical, and reflective practice, fostering individual resourcefulness and resilience.
  • You will be taught and advised by leading West End directors, casting agents, experienced professionals and leading academics, giving you a unique and comprehensive support network and knowledge base.
  • We keep our cohorts small to ensure you get personal attention and contact from our expert teachers, who have extensive first-hand experience in professional theatre in the UK and internationally.
  • You will have opportunities to showcase your skills via public productions and industry showcases. Particularly, you will get to perfrom in a new play, allowing you to further develop skills through the challenges of creating original characters without reference to previous productions.
  • GSA facilities rank amongst some of the best professional training facilities in the UK conservatoire sector. As part of the University of Surrey, our students also have full access to the university's facilities, offering you world-class conservatoire training in a top university environment. Truly the best of both worlds!
  • In your second year, you'll have the opportunity of having a mentor to develop your own teaching practice and creative work, further enhancing and widening your career prospects and employment opportunities in acting and related areas of the creative industries.
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Fantastic graduate prospects

97% of our GSA postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA)

Top 10 in UK

Surrey is ranked 9th in the UK for overall satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2023)

Top 20 in UK

Surrey is ranked in the top 20 for the quality of our research outputs (Research Excellence Framework 2021)


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