Qualification: BA (Hons)
Course Length: 3 years
UCAS Code: W410

Programme overview

Drawing on the teaching and practices of Stanislavsky and Lecoq, our BA Acting course will develop your technical skills, from singing to stage combat. You’ll learn important critical and evaluative skills, and develop your imagination through play, improvisation and scene work. You’ll also take screen acting classes and film and radio projects to explore the processes needed in today’s recorded media.

You’ll attend classes and workshops with guest speakers to develop your professional network and employment opportunities. As you come to the end of your degree, you’ll complete your transition to professional performer with a final showcase presentation in a West End theatre with invited agents and industry guests.

 

Programme 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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

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.

Specific areas of study include storytelling, naturalism and American realism, as well as the practices listed above. Acting classes will focus on Stanislavsky and Lecoq.

You will have classes in voice, singing, and movement.

Compulsory modules:

 

Specific areas of study include Shakespeare, comedy and professional development.

Classes in acting for camera will develop your understanding of screen performance methodologies.

You will begin to look at audition and interview techniques and learn the tools necessary to market yourself in today’s creative industries.

Rehearsal projects will include classical text, followed by a comedy project. Recent works for these projects include Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Pericles, and a contemporary comedy project based on Commedia dell’Arte.

At the end of the second year the Rehearsal Project is replaced by rehearsals for your first public performance. Recent productions at this point have included 13 by Mike Bartlett and Bent by Martin Sherman.

This will be followed by a unique contemporary practice project, which may include collaboration with external theatre producers. Last year’s project was led by the Natural Theatre Company.

Compulsory modules:

 

Much of the final year will be taken up with rehearsals for public performances and the West End showcase. Productions are chosen to reflect the needs and qualities of each year group, as well as engaging with both cutting-edge contemporary writers and challenging classic plays.

Recent productions include:

  • The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price, directed by Sophie Lifschutz
  • Fanny and Fagott by Jack Thorne, directed by Justin Audibert
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Colour of Justice by Richard Norton­-Taylor

You will work with external directors who will introduce you to the realities of industry practice. Recent visiting directors include:

  • Justin Audibert
  • Dan Coleman
  • Kate Budgen
  • Nikolai Foster
  • Lisa Spirling
  • Sophie Lifschutz
  • Marieke Audsley
  • Jules Tipton

You will work on a film project, footage from which will be available to you on DVD.

During this year you will undertake a personal assignment that will offer scope for independent practice and a critical evaluation of your learning.

Compulsory modules:

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.

2019 entry requirements

 

A-Level CCC
BTEC MMM
European Baccalaureate 68 per cent
International Baccalaureate 30 overall
Scottish Highers BBBCC
Welsh Baccalaureate CC
Access to HE Diploma 21 at Distinction plus 3 at Merit plus 21 at Pass

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year. Find out more about the International Foundation Year.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent)

Entry is also subject to successful audition. Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to complete the programme may also be considered.  

A non-refundable audition fee will be charged.

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

 

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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.

 

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it. Find out more about bursaries and scholarships.

 

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

Our graduates have an unrivaled employment record in West End shows and national tours. Our very distinguished alumni include performers such as:

  • Brenda Blethyn OBE
  • Oliver James
  • Bill Nighy
  • Owen Teale
  • Celia Imrie
  • Jonjo O’Neill
  • Kobner Holbrook­-Smith
  • Billy Carter
  • Ian Kelsey
  • Rob Kazinsky
  • Chris Geere
  • Claire Cooper
  • Justin Fletcher MBE

Theatre (West End)

  • The Effect, The Royal National Theatre
  • Richard III, The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Warhorse, New London Theatre
  • Strangers on a Train, Gielgud Theatre
  • Chariots of Fire, Gielgud and Hampstead Theatres
  • The Rivals, Theatre Royal, Haymarket
  • The Mousetrap, St Martin’s Theatre
  • The Tempest, The Old Vic
  • The 39 Steps, Criterion Theatre

Film

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Working Title
  • Calendar Girls, Buena Vista Productions
  • Defiance, Paramount Pictures
  • Nanny McPhee, Universal Pictures
  • Pacific Rim, Warner Bros
  • Red Tails, 20th Century Fox
  • What a Girl Wants, Warner Brothers
  • Saving Grace, 20th Century Fox
  • The Prince & MeElephant Adventure, First Look Studios
  • The Prince & Me 4: Royal Adventures in Paradise, First Look Studios
  • Love Actually, Universal Pictures
  • 28 Days Later, 20th Century Fox

Television

  • Vera, ITV
  • Death In Paradise, BBC
  • Waterloo Road, BBC
  • Death Comes to Pemberley, BBC
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • A Copper’s Tale, BBC
  • Doctor Who ­"Day of the Doctor", BBC
  • My Mad Fat Diary, E4
  • Game of Thrones, HBO
  • The Café, Sky 1
  • Holby City, BBC
  • Casualty, BBC
  • Doctors, BBC
  • Silk, BBC
  • Midsomer Murders, ITV
  • Stella, Sky 1
  • Call the Midwife, BBC
  • Fresh Meat, E4
  • True Blood, HBO
  • Hollyoaks, Channel 4
  • Trollied, Sky 1