Musical Theatre BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Drama and Dance, with our programmes ranked second in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Guildford School of Acting is arguably the world’s most successful centre for musical-theatre training. Our programmes provide personalised industry-focused instruction and education, within the discipline of an ensemble, to develop your skills and abilities in preparation for a sustained career.

Programme overview

Our Musical Theatre programme will develop your professional and collaborative sensibilities through a rigorous process of training. You will learn a clear set of individual technical, critical and evaluative skills, with practical classes in core disciplines from jazz dance to stage combat.

Your skills are continually developed through integration exercises, scene work and project rehearsals and productions of classic and contemporary musicals. Classes in dance and singing are highly prioritised alongside acting classes and projects, which enable our Musical Theatre performers to become multi-skilled and therefore highly versatile, ensuring your appeal to the industry and a flying start to your career.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3

Our Musical Theatre programme will develop your professional and collaborative sensibilities through a rigorous process of training. You will learn a clear set of individual technical, critical and evaluative skills, with practical classes in core disciplines from jazz dance to stage combat.

Your skills are continually developed through integration exercises, scene work and project rehearsals and productions of classic and contemporary musicals. Classes in dance and singing are highly prioritised alongside acting classes and projects, which enable our Musical Theatre performers to become multi-skilled and therefore highly versatile, ensuring your appeal to the industry and a flying start to your career.

Teaching

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Assessment

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.

Contact hours

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.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Auditions

Auditions are held between November and May each year and early application is advised to guarantee audition availability. Further information can be found on the GSA website.

We try to make our auditions as enjoyable as possible. We are looking for potential and, if we see it, we would like you to feel convinced that GSA is the best place for your training.

The audition panel is looking for:

  • A vibrant and energised body and mind
  • A healthy body and a healthy voice
  • A knowledge of theatre, television and film
  • An ability to transform the written text in either song or speech into believable and theatrically truthful words and thought
  • An ability to freely use your imagination
  • An ability to listen and follow instructions
  • An ability to work with others to achieve a presentable piece of work
  • Spontaneity
  • An ability and previous experience in singing, acting and dancing (for Musical Theatre the panel will expect potential in at least two out of the three)
  • An ability to attempt everything regardless of previous experience
  • A receptive and enquiring mind
  • A voice and body that is trainable and a personality responsive to our methods of training

More detailed information about our Musical Theatre auditions can be found on the GSA website.

Graduate prospects

Our graduates have an unrivalled employment record in West End shows and national tours. Our very distinguished alumni include performers such as:

  • Michael Ball
  • Tam Mutu
  • Hal Fowler
  • Alex Gaumond
  • Tom Chambers
  • Billy Carter
  • Michael Jibson
  • Caroline Sheen
  • Helena Blackman
  • Savannah Stephenson
  • Faye Brookes

West End productions

  • Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre
  • Here Lies Love, National Theatre
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Savoy
  • Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre
  • Urinetown, Apollo Theatre
  • Evita, The Dominion
  • The Light Princess, The National
  • Spamalot, Playhouse Theatre
  • From Here to Eternity, Shaftesbury Avenue
  • Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales
  • Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre
  • The Commitments, Palace Theatre
  • Dirty Dancing, Piccadilly Theatre
  • Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre
  • Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre
  • Once, Phoenix Theatre
  • Stephen Ward, Aldwych Theatre
  • I Can’t Sing, London Palladium
  • Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre

UK tours and regional theatres

  • Shrek
  • Legally Blonde
  • Happy Days the Musical
  • Dreamboats and Petticoats
  • The Buddy Holly Story
  • West Side Story
  • Avenue Q
  • Cats
  • 9 to 5
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • The Lion King
  • Oliver!
  • Betty Blue Eyes
  • Evita

Other recent West End productions

  • Top Hat
  • Ghost
  • Hairspray
  • Shrek
  • Merrily We Roll Along
  • Color Purple
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Kiss Me Kate

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Dictaphone (phone voice recorder is sufficient)
  • Production expenses: £175-350 - Portfolio photos
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £240 approx. - Uniform including specialist footwear and boneprop
  • UK-based activity: £150 - Theatre trips (students should aim to see some live theatre throughout the course of their programme).

Grand total: £575-750 approx.

Optional expenses

In final year, students may wish to apply for Spotlight (including graduates casting list) and Equity membership - £350 approx. During the course of their programme, they may also wish to join the GSA Students' Union Society - £5 per annum.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: AAB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 82%.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34.

GCSE or Equivalent English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAABB. 

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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Selection process

Offers are made in terms of grades and a successful audition and interview. Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the programme, may also be considered.

A non-refundable audition fee is usually charged. Further information can be found on the GSA website.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years W312 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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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.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

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.

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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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