Qualification: BA (Hons)
Course Length: 3 years
UCAS Code: W450
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Programme overview

Surrey’s practice-based BA Theatre Production course provides you with professional training in a wide range of production skills.

Guildford School of Acting is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK and you will be joining a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners, stage managers and technicians. You’ll work in close collaboration with fellow students to deliver a variety of productions within our modern, large and well-equipped Ivy Arts Centre theatre.

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

What you will study

On our BA Theatre Production course, you‘ll work on a variety of productions including plays, musicals, devised projects and events.

Beginning with a comprehensive introduction to all core subjects relating to professional theatre production, you’ll build experience in a range of skills including sound, lighting, stage management and construction and Scenic Arts. You will also get an overview introduction to video and theatre design. We are proud to have strong industry links, and teaching current industry standards linked and integrated with key organisations is at the heart of our vocational training.

As you progress through the course, you’ll be able to select one dedicated area for specialist development, eventually taking senior Head of Department production-critical responsibility across a range of public performances. Industry placement and professional development modules are also a core part of this course and you’ll have the opportunity to present your work at a final year showcase.

One of the best things about this course is the unique structure, which allows you to explore all aspects of technical theatre before then deciding on which one to major in later. I entered first year with the aim to becoming a Deputy Stage Manager but then got introduced to so many other options to explore. I am now working as a freelance Video Designer and Programmer, a whole sector of technical theatre I did not realise existed before university. All members of staff are so helpful in helping you discover what your true passion is, and then strive to ensure you get the experience and skills you need to achieve it

Libby Ward, BA Theatre Production graduate 2020

Graduate Story: Roshan Conn

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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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.


Entry requirements

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Entry is also subject to successful interview. Candidates who can satisfy the panel of their ability to complete the programme may also be considered.

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GSA’s Production graduates enjoy an impressive success rate in gaining employment in the industry. They have worked or are currently working on West End productions/major tours such as:

  • Les Misérables
  • Dreamgirls
  • Billy Elliot
  • Kinky Boots
  • The Book of Mormon

Alumni are also to be found in numerous regional theatres, opera and ballet companies, arts venues, scenic construction and prop-making companies, corporate events and lighting, sound and video hire companies.

Over recent years, graduates have also attained management roles, including:

  • West End shows and No 1 Tours, Company Manager
  • Royal Albert Hall, Senior Technical Manager
  • Birmingham Symphony Hall, Technical Manager
  • ATG Theatres, Technical Director