Qualification: BA (Hons)
Course Length: 3 years (4 with professional training)
UCAS Code: W438


Why Choose This Course

Our BA (Hons) Applied and Contemporary Theatre course is designed to train highly skilled theatre makers of the future, who aspire to influence social change. This programme is the first choice for those wishing to be thoroughly equipped with the knowledge and skill base to create theatre that can rapidly respond to, learn from and challenge contemporary issues.

Fully embedded within the GSA Conservatoire, the vocational modules help to deepen and develop your knowledge of applied theatre and cover all relevant aspects from multiple angles; creative, technical, teaching, entrepreneurial, professional development, work placement, whilst providing you with core skills training in the performing disciplines.

Society needs practitioners with a broad and dynamic skill set; problem-solvers who see challenges as opportunities.  This course develops, enables and trains the next generation of performance artists and creative entrepreneurs. You will explore devised and collaborative approaches to researching, creating, producing and performing contemporary performance practices, in addition to traditional historical scripted forms.

What you will study

On our BA (Hons) Applied and Contemporary Theatre course you will be taught by industry-leading professionals, and will join a vibrant community of talented performers, performance makers, creative practitioners, stage managers and technicians.

The course examines the ever-evolving nature of contemporary practice in pursuit of developing and training the next generation of theatre makers, creative entrepreneurs and cultural leaders.  Case studies, performances, theatre creation and placements include, but are not limited to: theatre for social change, site-specific performance, community theatre, theatre in education, education and outreach programmes, health and wellbeing organisations, disability arts, as well as a collaborative large-scale ensemble performance in a traditional theatre setting.

This work extends to an exciting range of UK and international settings, including a placement module in Year 2, as well as a further optional Professional Training year, between the second and final year of study. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

    This course is subject to validation therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.

    Programme Structure

    The academic year is divided into three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All modules are 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.


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    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
    • Bronagh Waugh
    • 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


    • 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


    • 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