My student experience
"Students who want to get the best out of their time at Surrey should seek out work placements. It's those placements that get you through the doors that you can't open any other way."
"I came to visit Surrey in September, and I was immediately hooked. The acting school's facilities were incredible: a dedicated building (with a Starbucks!) with an atmosphere buzzing with excitement and possibility.
I knew I wanted to study something very niche - how people use their voices when singing and speaking. The course itself was small - only 7 of us – however it meant we got a lot of individual attention, and we got to really grow as practitioners.
The delivery of the course was very mature - you were expected to do a great deal of independent work, and there were enormous resources at your disposal. Not only that, but you could go in to any class in GSA and watch what was going on to study how the teachers operated.
I felt like I changed a lot - before studying the course, I was stuck on one path. I was a singing teacher in Exeter, and though I enjoyed my job immensely I felt that there was a higher level of opportunity out there.
I teach voice in a number of different ways. I teach at a really nice drama school, East 15 in Loughton and also from home in Shepherd's Bush, London. I love being self-employed - the autonomy to be able to do your own research and develop your own methods while working with students.
My time at Surrey has kick-started my career. On the work placement aspect of the course, I took a placement at East 15 - and that led me to getting my job there! I got the chance to deliver a 2,000-seater workshop at Westminster Central Hall - where the other guest was Jon Snow from Channel 4! The change in my fortunes has been immense and unexpected.
The delivery of the course was very mature - you were expected to do a great deal of independent work, and there were enormous resources at your disposal.
Students who want to get the best out of their time at Surrey should seek out work placements. It's those placements that get you through the doors that you can't open any other way. The Surrey name and the amount of connections they have - especially in fortified networks like drama schools - gives you the prestige you need to get in.
The alumni network of Surrey is very valuable, especially for the networking opportunities that they bring. Being able to meet people of all walks of life, knowing that you have an instant connection, is very valuable for generating business leads and even job opportunities.
My happiest memory of Surrey is "fish Fridays" - the unofficial weekly meet-up of all our course-mates, where we'd talk shop and eat fish. It'll live long in the memory."