Applying for a GSA programme

At GSA we tailor our application process for each programme to make sure we can carefully assess the suitability and potential of each individual.  In all cases we look for vibrant and energised candidates, with a clear passion for their subject and craft, who can be imaginative and open to learning.

We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for each of our students regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, faith or economic background.  We understand the importance of visibility and representation in our training and actively want to reflect the diversity of the population in the creative community we have at GSA.  We are dedicated to creating a safe and supportive application process and environment where candidates are empowered to do their best work.

If you have any special requirements or need assistance with your submission or application please contact our admission team by email at admissions@surrey.ac.uk.  We will do everything we can to ensure that they are in place when you come to audition or interview at GSA. Please note, we do not provide feedback.

AUDITION FAQs

Audition and Interview Requirements

Auditions are held in two parts as follows:

  1. First Round audition:

Applicants are asked to provide a link to video self-tapes of two audition pieces:

  • A speech from a published play written since 1960 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A speech from a classic play, preferably Shakespeare, lasting up to two minutes.
  1. If you are invited to a Recall Audition Workshop these will be held at GSA, and you will be asked to take part in acting and movement sessions; you may also be asked to re-present your first round audition material. 

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications are made online at the Foundation Acting programme page.

Auditions are held in two parts as follows:

  1. First Round audition:

Applicants are asked to provide a link to video self-tapes of four audition elements:

  • A ‘legit’ song from a musical written before 1965 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A ‘contemporary’ song from a musical lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A speech from a published play written since 1960 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • Five short basic dance and movement exercises.
  1. If you are invited to a Recall Audition Workshop these will be held at GSA, and you will be asked to take part in acting and dance sessions; you may also be asked to re-present your first round audition material. 

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications are made online at the Foundation Musical Theatre programme page.

 

BA (Hons) Acting

Auditions are held in two parts as follows:

  1. First Round audition:

Applicants are asked to provide a link to video self-tapes of three audition pieces:

  • A speech from a published play written since 1960 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A speech from a classic play, preferably Shakespeare, lasting up to two minutes; and
  • Your response to a source image provided by GSA making use of movement, text (either existing or self-written), song or a combination.
  1. If you are invited to a Recall Audition Workshop these will be held at GSA, and you will be asked to take part in acting and movements sessions; you will also be asked to use your first round audition material as part of these sessions.

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications for the BA (Hons) Acting programme should be made via UCAS.

Auditions are held in two parts as follows:

  1. First Round audition:

Applicants are asked to provide a link to video self-tapes of three audition pieces:

  • A speech from a classic play, preferably Shakespeare, lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A musical theatre song or jazz standard performed to a backing track or self-accompanied
  • An instrumental piece of music on your first instrument and in your preferred style.
  1. If you are invited to a Recall Audition Workshop these will be held at GSA, and you will be asked to take part in acting, voice, movement and music sessions; you may also be asked to re-present your first round audition material. 

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications for the BA (Hons) Actor-Musician programme should be made via UCAS.

Applicants are invited to a single day Audition Workshop which will be held at GSA and will include sessions on music or singing, and movement or dance.  Applicants are asked to prepare a speech – lasting not more than two minutes – from any published play, or from a screenplay, or a historical or political speech. 

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications for the BA (Hons) Applied and Contemporary Theatre programme should be made via UCAS.

Auditions are held in two parts as follows:

First Round audition:

Applicants are asked to provide links to video self-tapes of three audition elements:

  • A ‘legit’ song from a musical written before 1965 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A ‘contemporary’ song from a musical lasting up to two minutes; and
  • Five short basic dance and movement exercises

Recall Audition Workshop

If you are invited to a Recall Audition Workshop these will be held at GSA, and you will be asked to take part in acting and dance sessions; you may be asked to re-present your first round audition material.  You will also be asked to prepare:

  • A speech from a published play written since 1960 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A song chosen by the applicant from a song list provided by GSA.

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme should be made via UCAS.

Applicants for this course will be asked to attend a short interview online, with a panel comprised of staff from the GSA faculty.

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications for the BA (Hons) Theatre Production programme should be made via UCAS.

Applicants are invited to a single day Audition Workshop which will be held at GSA.  You will be asked to prepare:

  • A speech from a published play written since 1960 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A speech from a classic play, preferably Shakespeare, lasting up to two minutes

You will also take part in acting, voice and movement sessions.

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications for the MA Acting programme should be made via the university’s postgraduate application page.

Applicants are invited to a single day Audition Workshop which will be held at GSA.  You will be asked to prepare:

  • A ‘legit’ song from a musical written before 1965 lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A ‘contemporary’ song from a musical lasting up to two minutes; and
  • A speech from a published play written since 1960 lasting up to two minutes

You will also take part in acting and dance sessions.

Full guidance for each element of the audition will be sent by e-mail upon application.  Applications for the MA Musical Theatre programme should be made via the university’s postgraduate application page.

Applicants for this course will be asked to attend a short interview day online, with a panel comprised of staff from the GSA faculty.

Applications for the MA Stage and Production Management programme should be made through the university website.

Offers for this course are made on the basis of the completed application form; an audition or interview is not normally required.

Applications for the BA (Hons) Theatre programme should be made through the university website.

Offers for this course are made on the basis of the completed application form; an audition or interview is not normally required.

Applications for the MA Theatre programme should be made through the university website.

    Audition Fees

    Audition Fees

    Applicants for all performance courses must pay a non-refundable audition fee. 

    Audition fees for Foundation Acting, Foundation Musical Theatre, BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Actor-Musician and BA (Hons) Musical Theatre are:

    • For a First Round audition the fee is £15
    • If an applicant is successful and invited to a second round Audition Workshop, there is an additional fee of £30 

    Audition fees for MA Acting and MA Musical Theatre are:

    • Single Round Audition fee £45

    There are no audition or interview fees for BA (Hons) Applied and Contemporary Theatre, BA (Hons) Theatre Production, MA Stage and Production Management, BA (Hons) Theatre (online learning) or MA Theatre (online learning).

    Details on how to pay audition fees will be emailed out upon application.

    Financial support for audition fees

    The University of Surrey is able to support eligible students who have applied to an undergraduate course at GSA, by waiving the audition fee for initial and recall auditions. To be eligible you must satisfy all of the essential criteria below, in addition to one of the listed Widening Participation and Outreach (WP&O) criteria.

    If you meet the criteria listed below, complete the GSA Audition Fee Waiver application form here - https://surrey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gsa-audition-2020-21

    Essential Criteria: You must meet all of the following criteria.

    •  Home students (currently residing in the UK with a UK postcode)
    •  Studying at a state-funded school or college
    •  Invited to audition for GSA

    WP&O Criteria: You must meet one of the following criteria.

    • Young person in local authority care/Care leaver
    • Estranged students
    • Young Adult Carer 
    • Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman or Boater students
    • Students with a household income of £15,000 or below, or in receipt of free school meals (within the last 6 years) or in receipt of a 16-19 bursary 
    • Students from areas of multiple deprivation (*see IMD look up tool below)
    • Students from low participation neighbourhoods (**see POLAR4 look up tools below)

     *You can check your postcodes Index of Multiple Deprivation data using this online look up tool. Your postcode must be decile 1 or 4 (see column F).

    **You can check whether you live in a low participation neighbourhood using this online postcode look up tool. Your postcode must be quintile 1 or 2 against POLAR 4 (see table on map)

    Contact

    If you have any questions about the application and audition process get in touch with our admissions team:

    T: +44 (0)1483 682222     E: admissions@surrey.ac.uk