MA Stage and Production Management


Why GSA?

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.

Programme facts

Type of programme


Programme length

Full-time: 12 months

Start date

Oct 2018

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Study mode Full-time
Start date Oct 2018
UK/EU fees £9,800
Overseas fees £17,000

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. 

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 discounts for Surrey graduates.

Admissions information

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Further information for applicants

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year.

Example module listing

Semester 1: 4 x 15 credit modules

  • Stage management
  • Technical skills & stagecraft
  • Professional development planning
  • Production 1


Semester 2: 2 x 15 credit modules, 1 x 30 credit module

  • Production & project management
  • Professional showcase
  • Production 2/Placement (30 credits)


Summer – 1 x 60 credit module

Professional portfolio