Institutional Reputation

GSA’s reputation and heritage provides our students a clearly defined identity and profile within the contemporary creative industries. We’re passionate about constantly upholding and developing this reputation, ensuring our students have the technical skills they need whilst also encouraging them to develop their artistic integrity, entrepreneurism and creativity to succeed as artists.

 

World Class Facilities

As part of the University of Surrey, GSA facilities rank amongst some of the best professional training facilities in the UK Conservatoire sector. These include the £4.5million 220 seat Bellairs Theatre and 80 seat Rex Doyle Studio Theatre; student accommodation; the Library and Learning Centre which has seen investment of £16million over the last 5 years; and access to the £36million Surrey Sports Park.

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Training Excellence

Guildford School of Acting received a score of 94% for overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey, placing us second amongst the UK’s top conservatoires. Our BA Acting programme has consistently scored 100% student satisfaction and BA Musical Theatre achieved 94% student satisfaction in 2018.
Our rigorous process of training and development is proven to develop versatile, dynamic performers whose attention to detail, professionalism and talent gives GSA graduates an unrivalled reputation and employment record across the creative industries.

Teaching Excellence

Industry leading staff and visiting professionals

Students at GSA are taught and advised by leading West End directors, casting agents, lighting directors, experienced professionals and leading academics, giving our graduates a unique support network and knowledge base they can utilise pre and post graduation.

Innovative Research

Our research, which encompasses both traditional and practice-based forms, addresses performance in history and contemporary culture. It ranges from performance philosophy to global Shakespeare, and includes work in transnationalism and dance; immersive, interactive anddurational theatres; trauma and crisis in performance; disability arts; performance and thenonhuman, and costume and scenography. As a university conservatoire, we benefit from a close relationship between scholarship, performer training and professional practice. Our research centres include The Centre for Performance Philosophy, The Centre for Performance and Urban Living, The Surrey Shakespeare Centre and The Labanarium.

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GSA community

Whether you’re joining GSA on one of our foundation or degree programmes, taking part in our part-time classes or attending one of our performances the energy and passion of being part of the GSA community is undeniable. Through our collaborative approaches to learning and teaching and the extensive support network available to students both personally and professionally we hope that you’ll be inspired and proud to be part of the family. Foundation and degree students also have access to the University of Surrey’s Student Union who are committed to voicing student opinion, facilitating clubs and societies and providing support and advice throughout your student life.

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International community

At GSA our staff, students and alumni come from all over the World. Our diverse student cohorts and global focus are core elements of life at GSA that all students benefit from.

Performances and Productions

At GSA we pride ourselves in delivering performances and productions to the highest professional standards, showcasing the skill and talent of our students. It’s also important that our students have the opportunity to work with external directors, introducing them to the realities of industry practice. Productions are staged in the 220 seat Bellairs Theatre, 80 seat Rex Doyle Studio
Theatre as well as in theatres and venues in and around Guildford and London, giving students the opportunity to experience a wide range of professional performance environments. These external venues include the renowned Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
The Mill Studio and The Electric Theatre in Guildford, and various venues in London’s West End including the Shaftesbury Theatre, the Charing Cross Theatre, the Criterion Theatre and the Soho Theatre. Information on performances, productions and booking can be found on our events page