Qualification: MA
Course Length: Part-time 24 Months

MA Theatre

Why GSA

GSA is one of the UK’s leading drama schools.  This two year online learning programme provides the opportunity to gain an academic qualification from a leading drama school within a top ten university from the convenience of your own home. GSA has enjoyed nearly twenty years of distance learning provision to a global community of students.

Programme overview

Uncover more about who you are – discover who you could become.

Ideal for those in full-time employment, our MA Theatre course from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) provides a gateway to an exciting future without the need for regular attendance on campus.

GSA is accredited by the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), and you’ll have unlimited access to our virtual learning environment where you’ll be supported by industry-leading professionals and passionate academics.

Furthering your skills, our course will take you deeper into relevant concepts and the fascinating history of theatre from both a practical and critical perspective.

What you will study

Our MA Theatre course allows you to study at your own pace through online learning, so you can pursue your passion for theatre and develop industry connections around your existing commitments.

You’ll actively engage with relevant concepts and explore the rich heritage of theatre from a critical and theoretical perspective. You’ll gain an understanding of theatrical practices and develop your ability to evaluate significant historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre.

Our broad range of modules incorporates relevant topics such as Theories of Performance, The Greeks, Contemporary Theatre Making, Political Theatre, Shakespeare in Performance, and Musical Theatre. You’ll also complete an independent research project that will allow you to specialise in an area of particular interest to you.

Programme structure

This programme is studied part-time over two academic years by online and distance learning. It consists of eight taught modules and an Independent Research Project.

As part of the programme you will be invited to attend an optional seminar at the start of each semester. Attendance may be in person or online. (Online access is available beyond the actual seminar date)

Programme content

 

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (distance-learning)

Module title Status Semester
THE BACKGROUND TO THEATRE Core Year-long
THE GREEKS Compulsory 1
NATURALISM AND THE ACTOR Compulsory 2
SHAKESPEARE Compulsory 2

Year 2 (distance-learning)

Module title Status Semester
GLOBAL THEATRES Compulsory Year-long
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Core Year-long
MODERN THEATRE Compulsory 1
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT Core 2
MUSIC AND DANCE IN THEATRE Compulsory 2

Seminar dates TBC

 

2019 entry requirements

 

Students must hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (minimum 2.2 or equivalent), as well as previous engagement with drama, theatre and performance. 

 

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.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Fees and Funding

 

START DATE: OCTOBER 2020

Distance-learning

UK/EU    £5,200

Overseas    £10,400

These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.

If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our Masters programmes.

 

Discounts for Surrey graduates

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

 

Distance Learning students benefit from the following:

  • Access to a campus card which offers physical access to the University of Surrey Library, Archives and associated resources.
  • Access to GSA studios and facilities.
  • SCONUL access enabling borrower's rights at Partner University libraries (UK wide)