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Why GSA?

This practice-based Theatre Production programme provides professional training in a wide range of production skills. At Surrey, we pride ourselves on producing graduates that are confident, creative and technically skilled with the ability and stamina to succeed in the contemporary entertainment industry.

Programme overview

On our Theatre Production programme you will work in close collaboration with fellow students at the world-renowned Guildford School of Acting to deliver a variety of productions within our modern, large and well-equipped Ivy Arts Centre theatre.

Studies begin with a comprehensive introduction to all core subjects relating to professional theatre production. You will receive teaching and build experience in a range of skills including sound, lighting, stage management, scenic arts and digital scenography. 

As you progress through the programme, you will 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. An industry placement and professional development modules will also feature as a core part of your studies and you will have the opportunity to present your work at a final year London showcase event.

Programme structure

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.

2017 entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-Level BBB
BTEC DDM
European Baccalaureate 72 per cent
International Baccalaureate 32 overall including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level
Scottish Highers Scottish Highers ABBBB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass overall with a B in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and A-Level BB
Access to HE Diploma 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit

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. Find out more about the International Foundation Year.

Required subjects

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

Selection process

Offers are made in terms of grades and a successful audition and interview. Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the programme, may also be considered.

A non-­refundable audition fee is usually charged.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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.

Course options

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

Tuition fees

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

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.


Bursaries and scholarships

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

International Students

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.


How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

Graduate prospects

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

Alumni are also to 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:

  • West End shows and No 1 Tours, Company Manager
  • Royal Albert Hall, Senior Technical Manager
  • Birmingham Symphony Hall, Technical Manager
  • ATG Theatres, Technical Director