This unique conversion programme, delivered via online learning, provides experienced professionals and/or graduates from Federation of Drama Schools, CDMT, Conservatoires UK and Trinity College London validated courses the opportunity to gain a degree from a leading conservatoire within a top University. As part of Guildford School of Acting, you’ll be inspired by passionate tutors and benefit from the School’s long-standing reputation as a world-class conservative.
We are ranked 3rd in the UK for dance, drama and cinematics in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, and 5th in the UK for drama and dance in the Guardian University Guide 2024. We were shortlisted for University of the Year in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.
Our BA Theatre programme offers a range of modules that will integrate your professional experience with theory in a broad set of topics that include contemporary performer training, political theatre, musical theatre and theories of performance, as well as pathways in play writing, theatre design, choreography or musical theatre creation. Students will engage with critical concepts and explore the rich heritage of theatre and performance from an experiential and practical perspective.
What you will study
This is primarily a one-year course, available for a two-year registration, and is equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study. Teaching and learning materials are delivered via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supported by three weekend seminars, held during September, February and April. These include module presentations and workshops from members of GSA staff, as well as sessions on library research, academic writing and referencing. There’s no need to buy any textbooks for the course – all your reading materials are provided through our online library. Study and assessment comprise core modules and a choice of final project for submission, including essays or a choice of creative assignments working on playwriting, choreography, theatre design or a musical theatre scenario.
Having graduated from GSA. over 20 years ago, returning to education was a little daunting. However, I had nothing to fear as the course is clear, structured and manageable around work and family
Jason Nolan, BA Theatre Graduate 2020
Delivered by online learning and seminar sessions on-campus, our BA Theatre course will enable you to study towards a degree in just one academic year. This course is primarily a one-year course, available for a two-year registration, and is equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study.
Delivered by the renowned Guildford School of Acting, our BA Theatre course offers a range of modules that will integrate your professional experience with theory in a broad set of topics that include contemporary performer training, political theatre, musical theatre, theories of performance, play writing, theatre design, choreography and musical theatre creation.
We will guide you to actively engage with relevant concepts, exploring the rich heritage of theatre from a critical, experiential and practical perspective.
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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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.
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Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Whether you’re refocusing your career, want to pursue a masters degree, or are seeking to further your own personal interest and development, our online learning theatre course will open doors to a variety of exciting careers and further study.
Many past graduates have progressed to further study, either at PGCE, MA or PhD level, or have gone on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS Assessment only) and other subject-specialist teaching qualifications.
Graduates of this course can be found working across the globe in leading drama schools, universities, schools, theatres and production companies, as well as performing in the West End and on screen.
Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
- Actor, Lyceum Theatre
- Head of Drama, Knightsbridge School
- Head of Drama and Dance, Walstead School
- Actor, Vienna's English Theatre
- Actress/Singer, Queen's Theatre
- Marketing Assistant, Society of London Theatre
- Assistant Stage Manager, Jamie Hendry Productions
- Actor, Young Shakespeare Company.