Theatre BA (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is one of the world's leading conservatoires and Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for theatre, with our courses ranked 2nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

The unique opportunity to complete your BA degree in a year and entirely via online learning means that you can pursue your passion for theatre and develop your connections in the industry, whilst fitting your learning around your home and work life.

As part of the Guildford School of Acting, you will be inspired by passionate academics and benefit from the School’s long-standing reputation as a world-class conservatoire.

What you will study

Delivered by online learning, our BA Theatre course will enable you to study towards a degree in just one academic year. This course is primarily a one-year course, available for a two-year registration, and is equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study.

Delivered by the renowned Guildford School of Acting, our BA Theatre course offers a range of modules that will integrate your professional experience with theory in a broad set of topics that include contemporary actor training, American political theatre, musical theatre, theories of performance, play writing, theatre design, choreography and musical theatre creation.

We will guide you to actively engage with relevant concepts, exploring the rich heritage of theatre from a critical, experiential and practical perspective.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BA (Hons) 12 months

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.

Whether you are refocusing your career, want to undertake a masters degree, or are seeking to further your own personal interest and development, our online learning theatre programme will open doors to a variety of exciting careers and further study.

Many past graduates have progressed to further study, either at PGCE, MA or PhD level, or have gone on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS Assessment only) and other subject specialist teaching qualifications.

Graduates of this programme can be found worldwide working in leading drama schools, universities, schools, theatres and production companies, as well as performing in the West End and on screen.

Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:

  • Actor, Lyceum Theatre
  • Teacher of Theatre and Singing, City Academy
  • Actor, Vienna's English Theatre
  • Actress/Singer, Queen's Theatre
  • Marketing Assistant, Society of London Theatre
  • Assistant Stage Manager, Jamie Hendry Productions
  • Actor, Young Shakespeare Company.

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

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.

Timetables

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).

Teaching

The programme is primarily a one-year online learning course, available for a two-year registration should the need arise, equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study.

Teaching and learning materials are delivered electronically via the University’s virtual learning environment, supported by three weekend seminars (held during September, February and April).

The three weekend seminars are solely for students on the conversion programme and include core module presentations and lectures from members of GSA staff, as well as an induction to the Library and Learning Centre and seminars on research strategies, academic writing, style and referencing.

In addition to the three weekend seminars, you will have contact with GSA staff through email, seminars, lectures, vodcasts and podcasts, as well as full access to the University of Surrey Library’s services.

Study and assessment comprises compulsory modules and a choice of final project for submission, including essays or a choice of creative assignments working on playwriting, choreography, theatre design or a musical theatre scenario.

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.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

MCNAMARA AM Mrs (GSA)

Personal tutor

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.

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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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 modules section for more information.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

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.

Prospective candidates are required to have successfully completed a three-year National Diploma at an accredited drama school or have significant industry experience and equivalent qualifications.

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

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.

Selection process

Offers are made on the basis of the completed application form and audition/interview is not normally required.

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.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BA (Hons) 12 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

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.

How to apply

The online application for 2019 entry will open in September 2018.

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