Theatre (Conversion Course by Distance Learning) BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

The course has aided my ambition to progress in the performing arts industry. It has been hard work but personally very gratifying. It’s been great to be part of the GSA family.

Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Theatre, with our programmes ranked second in the Guardian University Guide 2018. As part of the Guildford School of Acting, you will be inspired by passionate academics and benefit from GSA’s long-established reputation as a world-class theatre school.

The unique opportunity to complete your BA (Hons) degree in a year and entirely via distance learning means that you can pursue your passion for theatre whilst fitting your learning around your home and work life.

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

Programme overview

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

Teaching and learning materials are provided electronically via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supported by three weekend seminars held during September, February and April. These include core module presentations and lectures from members of GSA staff, as well as an induction into the Library and seminars on research strategies, academic writing, style and referencing.

Delivered by the renowned Guildford School of Acting (GSA), our Theatre programme offers a range of modules that will integrate your professional experience with theory in a broad set of topics from early Greek musicals to contemporary political theatre. We will guide you to actively engage with relevant concepts, exploring the rich heritage of theatre from a critical, experiential and practical perspective.

You’ll be invited to optional seminars to meet peers and tutors and develop your connections in the fast-paced industry of theatre, adding to your existing network.

Study and assessment comprises core 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.

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 6)

Teaching

The programme is primarily a one-year distance 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 into the library 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, podcasts and as tutors, as well as full access to the University of Surrey Library’s services.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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.

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

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.

Graduate prospects

‭Students undertake this course for a variety ‭of reasons. You may be refocusing your career ‭and require a formal qualification to do so, ‭or you may wish to pursue further study at Masters ‭level and require a BA (Hons) qualification ‭to do so, or you may be seeking to further ‭your own personal interest and development ‭through academic 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.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Please see other entry requirements.

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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Required subjects

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

Other entry requirements

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.

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) 1 year W404

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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.

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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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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