Why choose this course
Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is one of the UK’s leading accredited drama schools, providing dedicated conservatoire training within a purpose-built environment on the University of Surrey campus.
This MFA Teaching of Voice and Singing programme is a practice-based interdisciplinary programme designed to build upon students’ existing experience and expertise in either or both disciplines. It will provide a unique opportunity for the research and development of specialist vocal techniques appropriate to the demands of professional interdisciplinary performing arts, which may include both spoken text and singing. This programme has the integrated feature of offering both voice and singing training in a conservatoire and business context.
This two-year masters programme is unique in the sector and by studying it, you will be part of the next generation of voice and singing business practitioners.
What you will study
In the first year, you will study three compulsory modules:
- Voice fundamentals (phonetics, accents and anatomy)
- Voice and singing pedagogies
- Integrated teaching practice (intensive public-facing placements).
In the second year, you will study two further compulsory modules:
- Advanced pedagogies (voiceovers, infomercials and animation)
- Advanced professional practice (coaching, presentation skills, lesson-planning and curriculum design, voice psychology and mental health, business model).
Our campus boasts great transport links to London, so you’ll be close to the heart of UK theatre in London’s West End.
GSA is situated on the University of Surrey’s beautiful campus, offering students state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities within a lively university environment, just ten minutes’ walk from Guildford town centre and only 34 minutes from central London by train.
Students at GSA have access to purpose-built studios and tutorial rooms within the GSA building and across the University campus. The fully equipped studio spaces are fitted with mirrors and sound system.
Students will have the opportunity to teach, coach and practise in the 190-seat Bellairs Theatre, 60-seat Rex Doyle Studio, 80-seat Performing Arts Technology Studios (PATS) building and Founders Studio. They also have access to 10 tutorial/practice rooms and a foyer area with café.
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. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
GSA has an excellent reputation as a conservatoire, and graduates are sought for a variety of roles in the Performing Arts, as teachers, performers, creatives and production staff. We consistently nurture students to become highly employable leaders in their field and resilient graduates, with a sophisticated toolkit of transferable skills. GSA is part of the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), the Alliance of Musical Theatre Conservatoires (AMTC) and the Global Conservatoire Alliance (GCA).
The MFA programme focuses on the development of specialist skills and knowledge, producing highly skilled teachers and coaches, ready to enter their respective specialist workforces. Students study core aspects of each field, gaining theoretical and practical skills as well as work placement within the University, networking and career planning opportunities. All GSA students are equipped with both a practical and theoretical understanding of potential employment opportunities and how to navigate them upon graduation.
Former graduates of GSA’s Masters Programmes have moved into careers related specifically to the training of voice and singing including, but not limited to, the following:
- Lecturer in Voice, Lecturers in Singing, Head of Singing at GSA
- International Outreach Project organiser for Cross-cultural Shakespearean Projects
- Head of Voice, Laines Theatre Arts
- Singing Teacher, Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama, specialising in Musical Theatre, Sweden
- Professor of Voice, Seoul, South Korea
- Joint Head of Voice, Mountview Theatre School
- Vocal Tutor, University of Chichester
- Vocal Tutor, Dept Music and Media, University of Surrey
- PhD Research and Head of Singing, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia
- Head of Musical Theatre, Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, UAE
- Director, S&L Performing Arts, Hong Kong
- Teaching Fellow in Vocals at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), London.
An MFA qualification offers opportunities to teach at university-level (internationally) and will help students develop business and digital skills, creativity and imagination, dexterity, and good interpersonal skills.
Academic year structure
GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
In the second year of the MFA, there is the option to study the masters programme using a hybrid-model. This allows students to continue with their studies whilst seeking employment opportunities. Students can also continue in-person on campus, if they wish.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 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:
Please note: this course is subject to validation, therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.
Course 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 Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
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 modules section for more information.
Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree (or recognised international equivalent) in performance or coaching and/or have a minimum of five years performing and coaching experience in professional performance industries or performing arts training institutions.
Applicants will also need to demonstrate that they have the maturity and critical insight to engage with and develop the theoretical understanding that will inform, develop and enhance current practice in the field.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component.
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.
Applicants will be invited to submit an audition tape and selected candidates will be invited to interview.
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 your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, 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. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to 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.
In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.
Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries.
Start date: October 2023
Full-time - 2 years
- To be confirmed
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- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
- If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Terms and conditions
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Subject to validation
This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme.