Why choose this course

Surrey’s practice-based BA Theatre Production course provides you with professional training in a wide range of production skills.

Guildford School of Acting is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK and you will be joining a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners, stage managers and technicians. You’ll work in close collaboration with fellow students to deliver a variety of productions within our modern, large and well-equipped Ivy Arts Centre theatre.

We are ranked 3rd in the UK for drama and dance by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and top five by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will study

On our BA Theatre Production course, you‘ll work on a variety of productions including plays, musicals, concerts, devised projects and events.

Beginning with a comprehensive introduction to all core subjects relating to professional theatre production, you’ll build experience in a range of skills including sound, lighting, stage management and scenic arts.

As you progress through the course, you’ll be able to select one dedicated area for specialist development, eventually taking senior creative or production-critical responsibility across a range of public performances within the University and at external venues. Industry placement and professional development modules are also a core part of this course and you’ll have the opportunity to present your work at a final year showcase event in London.

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BA (Hons) UCAS: W450

3 years

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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.

GSA’s performance technologies and production graduates enjoy an impressive success rate in gaining employment in the industry. They have worked, or are currently working, on West End productions/major tours such as:

  • Les Misérables
  • Rock of Ages
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Ghost the Musical
  • Spamalot.

Our alumni can also be found in numerous regional theatres, opera and ballet companies, arts venues, scenic construction and prop-making companies, corporate events and lighting, sound and video hire companies.

Over recent years, graduates have also attained management roles, including:

  • Company Manager, West End shows and No 1 Tours
  • Senior Technical Manager, Royal Albert Hall
  • Technical Manager, Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • Technical Director, ATG Theatres
  • Lighting Technician, PRG Dubai
  • Sound No.3, Dreamgirls
  • Assistant Stage Manager, Jamie Hendry Productions.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

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. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

Modules

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 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

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:

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

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. 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 Guildford School of Acting.

Programme leader

ROXBURGH D Mr (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.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development 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.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: CCC.

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

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: MMM. 

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

Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 30.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

 

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 68%.

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

Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 21 at Distinction, 3 at Merit and 21 at Pass.. 

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

Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

Scottish Highers

Overall: BBBCC. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with CCC 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: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.

Selection process

We make offers in terms of grades after a successful interview.

If you can demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the course you may be considered for a place irrespective of your academic background.

Further information can be found on the GSA website.

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

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BA (Hons)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

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

Overseas students: please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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 associated costs with this course:

  • Production expenses: £200 approximately - Toolkit

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £80 approximately - Show blacks and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Grand total: £280 approximately.

Optional expenses

During their time on the programme, students may have the opportunity to go on an optional work placement, and therefore there may be associated costs depended on the nature of the particular placement. By way of a general guide, for the current optional work placement opportunities depending on the placement there could be an additional associated cost to students of between £0 and £800.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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