Qualification: MA
Course Length: 12 Months

Programme overview

Guildford School of Acting (GSA) has been providing highly regarded professional training in stage management for over 40 years and our graduates have gone on to work in all areas of the industry, both in the UK and around the world.

If you’re a graduate from a course other than specialist undergraduate technical theatre and believe your career path lies backstage, then this course is designed for you.

It will build on your existing knowledge and skills to boost your confidence in stage and production management, and enable you to successfully launch a career in the theatre and entertainment industry.

What you will study

On our practice-based Stage and Production Management MA course, you’ll work closely with fellow GSA students to deliver stellar productions.

Through intensive seminars and workshops, you’ll be introduced to stage management and technical disciplines and begin your professional development planning. You’ll then work on a wide variety of production projects across performance spaces within the University and at external venues. There will also be opportunities to take on senior production-critical roles as deputy stage manager, stage manager or production manager on our public productions, under the guidance of our experienced and industry-connected staff.

You’ll also have the chance to complete an industry placement and your professional development planning will culminate in presenting your work at a London showcase event.

The Masters course I was involved in, focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects. During my training at GSA, I have expanded skills and knowledge in prop making and sourcing, costume, as well as stage and production management. Experienced in working on plays, musicals, concerts and live events, I thoroughly enjoy teamwork, and I am always challenging myself within various show roles, production teams and venues in Guildford and London

Rita Tsai, MA Stage and Production Management graduate 2020

Programme structure

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.


Bachelors degree (minimum 2:2 or equivalent) in a relevant field, as well as previous engagement with theatre and performance or the wider entertainment industry.

Applicants who can demonstrate exceptional talent and can satisfy the panel of their ability to complete the course may also be considered.

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.




UK/EU      £10,300

Overseas  £18,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2020/21 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study. 



Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

Learn more about discounts for Surrey graduates.


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