Applying to GSA

Applications for undergraduate courses are made via UCAS except for BA Theatre. Foundation, BA Theatre and postgraduate applications are made directly through the relevant programme page.

Yes; we audition every applicant. Each year, GSA is able to offer a very small number of places to students who do not meet the A level requirements based on their particularly exceptional performance at audition. These places are offered at the discretion of the audition panel.

You will be sent an email with instructions to set up your Surrey Self-Service. You will need your University of Surrey application number in order to set this up. You will then need to pay the audition fee to be able to see bookable audition dates. Please note these dates will only show once we have passed your payment. If you are successful in your first audition, you will be recalled for a further audition on a different day and following this a decision will be made on your application. A recall audition is only applicable to the BA Acting and Musical Theatre courses.

Yes. You will need to submit a new application via UCAS and attend another audition. We don’t consider the previous application and you will be auditioned as a new applicant.

No. You must apply in the academic year before you want to start at GSA. You can defer a place for BA Dance and BA Theatre Production only.

Yes, you can apply for more than one course in the same year. You will need to pay an audition fee for each course.

emphasised that fluency and accuracy in the English language is essential. This should be matched by an extensive vocabulary, text awareness and a genuine desire to work on improving the language. If you are successful at audition, you may be asked to provide evidence of English language. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence that you meet the University of Surrey’s English language requirements that are stated on the relevant programme pages

Audition fees

Yes. This is currently set at £55 for BA/MA courses and £45 for the Foundation programme. The audition fee must be paid via Surrey Self-Service. You will be emailed information on how to set this up once we have received your application.

GSA is pleased to offer an audition fee waiver for eligible UK students applying for undergraduate courses for September 2019 entry.
To assess you eligibility please use the online postcode search tool. This tool will provide details of your POLAR3 score, if your postcode is in quintiles 1 or 2 you may be eligible to an audition fee waiver. This link will also provide further details of the classifications. If your postcode shows you are eligible please contact Admissions so we can confirm your eligibility.
Please note that we are unable to assess applicants living outside of the UK or those from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

No. Please consider your application carefully. If you think you might change your mind, it is important that you understand that we will not be able to give you a refund.

As soon as we have passed your audition fee payment, available audition dates will be shown under the Events tab in Surrey Self-Service. Please select the most appropriate date for you to attend. During certain periods of the year, we experience a significant peak in the number of auditions and this may cause a small delay. If you haven’t heard after two weeks please forward your receipt and your ID number in an email to Admissions.

Preparing for an audition

Auditions for BA courses are held annually between November and March. Auditions for MA courses are held between December and May.

After you have applied to a GSA programme you will receive instructions in Surrey Self-Service informing you of how to pay for an audition. After you have done this you will receive an email with a receipt. Once you have paid for your audition, you will be able to view all available audition dates.

The majority of first auditions are held at the GSA building at the University of Surrey in Guildford. However, we also hold regional auditions in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. You will receive details of any such locations when you log in to book your audition. We also hold a number of international auditions in Chicago, New York, Toronto and Hong Kong. Please check the Auditions page on our website for more information on regional and international auditions. All recall auditions take place at GSA.

We are not able to accept a video audition for our performance-based courses. This includes BA Acting, Musical Theatre, Actor-Musician, and MA Acting and Musical Theatre. You will need to attend an audition at GSA (Guildford), or at one of our regional or international auditions venues. Please note that we cannot accept videos for recall auditions.

Yes, you can. Please cancel your attendance on the current booking, which will show the list of remaining available audition dates for you to book onto. If there are no dates remaining, please contact the Admissions team.

A typical audition lasts around half a day. A recall audition lasts all day. You should aim to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the audition is due to commence.

If you have declared a disability and will need specific support to enable you to participate in the audition process, please let us know in advance.

You should wear clean, comfortable clothes that allow you to perform without hindrance.

For Musical Theatre auditions please wear clothes that do not mask the shape of your body. Wear shoes that allow you to stand naturally.

Please bring one passport photograph to the audition with your name clearly written on the back. You should also bring some water in a closed bottle.

There is a café in the GSA building, which is open on most of the days that there are auditions. If this is closed there is a campus shop with a wide range of food a short walk from the building.

After your audition

We aim to let you know the outcome of your first-round audition within two weeks. During certain periods of the year, we experience a significant peak in the number of auditions and this may cause a small delay. The decision of your application will be updated via UCAS Track and Surrey Self-Service.

You will be invited to a recall audition. These are all held at the GSA premises. Details of the requirements for this session will be made available after a successful first audition.

Unfortunately not. Due to the high numbers of auditions that take place each year we are not able to provide individual feedback.

No. Only if you meet the conditions of your offer will your place be guaranteed. This usually means meeting our A-level, or equivalent, requirements.

The reserve list is not ranked in order and so we are not able to tell you how likely it is that you will be made an offer. The audition panel reviews the candidates on the reserve list after every audition – as they are putting together an ensemble, they will be looking to ensure that the cohort will work well together and whether you are made an offer will depend on a number of factors. We will contact you if we are able to make you an offer.

Please don’t be discouraged by being placed on the reserve list – this is in itself a fantastic achievement as it is so competitive to gain a place at GSA.

Unfortunately GSA is not able to defer any offers. If you turn down your offer you will need to apply and audition again next year.

Due to the number of applications we receive, it is not possible to arrange bespoke tours of our facilities. The best way to get an idea of the GSA environment is to attend an Open Day or see one of our shows.

Our graduates are currently working across film, television, and theatre. Recent West End credits include; The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hamilton, Chess, Aladdin, Shrek The Musical, The King and I, Tina - The Musical, Kinky Boots, Strictly Ballroom, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and many, many more.
GSA Alumni can also be seen in the following films and television shows; Ghost Stories (2018), Les Misérables (2012), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Love Actually (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, Black Mirror, Eastenders and many more.