Why Surrey?

This Guildford School of Acting (GSA) programme emphasises practical actor training, delivered via a series of project workshops and rehearsals supported by extensive classes in relevant technical skills.

GSA is one of the UK’s leading accredited drama schools, providing dedicated conservatoire training within a purpose-built environment on the University of Surrey campus.

Programme overview

This intensive programme offers practical training which focuses on the acquisition of technical skills in acting, voice and movement.

These support a range of rehearsal projects, screen acting projects and public performances. Students also take professional development workshops and classes in audition technique.

Cohorts are kept small to ensure that students receive the maximum amount of personal attention and contact.

Performance opportunities include a devised project, a final public production led by a production team of industry professionals, and a West End Showcase.

Programme details

Programme leader

Dr Jaq Bessell

Find out more

General enquiries

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries


Programme facts

Type of programme


Programme length

Full-time: 12 months

Start date



Entry by audition.  Students must hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (minimum 2.2 or equivalent), as well as previous engagement with drama, theatre and performance. Offers are made subject to a successful audition and interview.   

Applicants who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered.  Variations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

Study mode Full-time
Start date Sep 2018
UK/EU fees £16,200
Overseas fees £17,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study. 

A complete list of all fees for our Masters Programmes


Discounts for Surrey graduates 

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. 

Learn more about the graduate discount.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a compulsory Advanced Practice module.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Industry Practice 1
The Integrated Body 1
Contextual Practice 1
Industry Practice 2
The Integrated Body 2
Contextual Practice 2
Public Production
Advanced Practice



  • New York

Tuesday 23rd January 2018  (Times tba)

Pearl Studios, (Studio414)

500 8th Avenue, 12th Floor,

New York, NY10018


  • Toronto

Saturday 27th January 2018 (10am – 3pm)

Randolph Academy

Bathurst Street

  • Chicago

Friday 2nd February 2018 (10am – 2pm)

                Studio 1, Hubbard Street Dance

                1147 W Jackson Blvd

                Chicago, IL 60607


URTA Dates are:

  • New York

Friday 19th January – Monday 22nd January 2018

  • Chicago

Monday 29th January 2018 – Thursday 1st February 2018

The Regionals and Hong Kong are still to be confirmed.