Guildford School of Acting (GSA) has been providing highly regarded professional training in stage management for over 40 years and our graduates have gone on to work in all areas of the industry, both in the UK and across the globe.
This course is aimed at graduates from courses other than specialist undergraduate technical theatre programmes who have realised that their career path lies backstage. It will build on your existing knowledge and skills to increase your competence and confidence in stage and production management. After you graduate, you will be able to successfully launch a career in the theatre and entertainment industry.
To complete the year you will create a portfolio, including reflection on your emergence as a professional practitioner and an independent research project.
Type of programme
Full-time: 12 months
What you will study
On this intensive practice-based masters course, you’ll work in close collaboration with fellow GSA undergraduate and postgraduate students.
You’ll begin the year with intensive seminars and workshops, which will introduce you to the stage management and technical disciplines, and begin your professional development planning.
You’ll then start working on our wide range of production projects, taking place in both our dedicated campus performance venues as well as external venues. You will have the opportunity to take on senior production-critical roles as deputy stage manager, stage manager or production manager on our public productions, all under the guidance of our experienced and industry-connected professional staff. You will also have the opportunity to complete an industry placement.
Your professional development planning will culminate in presenting your work at a London showcase event. To complete the year you will create a portfolio reflecting on your emergence as a professional practitioner.
Bachelors degree (minimum 2:2 or equivalent) in a relevant field, as well as previous engagement with theatre and performance or the wider entertainment industry.
Applicants who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to complete the course may also be considered.
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
|Start date||Oct 2018|
Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018/2019 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.
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.
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This programme is studied full-time over one academic year.
Example module listing
Semester 1: 4 x 15 credit modules
Semester 2: 2 x 15 credit modules, 1 x 30 credit module
Summer – 1 x 60 credit module