Qualification: BA (Hons)
Course Length: 3 years
UCAS Code: W410

Programme overview

The BA (Hons) Acting at GSA is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in theatre, TV, radio and film.

Taught through the ensemble our training is rooted in the practises of Stanislavski, Lecoq and Laban – it provides the technical skills needed to become autonomous, embodied actor/artists able to work in response to the fast-changing landscape of the professional actor.

The development of imagination, sensation and play happens through improvisation, script-based, devised rehearsal processes and weekly fundamentals classes developing into screen acting, film and radio projects exploring the processes needed for today's recorded media.

With a strong emphasis on understanding the individual we work with our actors to learn more about who they are so we can best support them to forge the opportunities and craft a culture that they aspire to.         

 

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.

Introduces the key principles of:

  • Imagination and Play.
  • Observation, Awareness and Attention.
  • Ensemble.
  • Breath and Impulse.
  • Space.
  • Time.
  • Action.
  • The Actor Creator.
  • Form.

Year one is about understanding self in relation to the fundamental skills that make up actor process. Through voice, actor movement and acting fundamentals you will develop your artistry and technique.

Specific areas of study include storytelling and the ensemble, naturalism and Shakespeare.

Compulsory modules:

THE ACTOR IN REHEARSAL 1 STORYTELLING / ENSEMBLE
THE ACTOR IN REHEARSAL 3 - SHAKESPEARE
ACTING FUNDAMENTALS
COLLABORATIVE PRINCIPLES
EMBODIED VOICE AND MOVEMENT 1
THE ACTOR IN REHEARSAL 2 / HISTORICAL NATURALISM – RUSSIAN TEXTS.

 

 

Building on the foundation of year one:

Classes in acting for camera will develop your understanding of screen performance methodologies.

Collaborative processes are developed with-in the devised rehearsal process.

Full time rehearsals and audition techniques begin to mirror industry practise.

Specific areas of study include Self-Generation / Devised project, Advanced Text, Comedy and full-time rehearsal.

Compulsory modules:

THE ACTOR IN REHEARSAL 4: SELF GENERATION – AMERICAN DEVISED PROJECT
THE ACTOR IN REHEARSAL / COLLABORATION WITHIN INDUSTRY
EMBODIED VOICE AND MOVEMENT 2
SCREEN / ACTING FUNDAMENTALS
THE ACTOR IN REHEARSAL 5 / ADVANCED TEXT

 

 

Much of the final year will be taken up with rehearsals for public performances and the West End showcase. Productions are chosen to reflect the needs and qualities of each year group, as well as engaging with both cutting-edge contemporary writers and challenging classic plays. 

There will be a Scratch Season in the final teaching block – looking at the notion of self-made work and the actor creator.

Recent productions include:

  • The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price, directed by Sophie Lifschutz
  • Fanny and Fagott by Jack Thorne, directed by Justin Audibert
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Colour of Justice by Richard Norton­-Taylor

You will work with external directors who will introduce you to the realities of industry practice. Recent visiting directors include:

  • Justin Audibert
  • Dan Coleman
  • Kate Budgen
  • Nikolai Foster
  • Lisa Spirling
  • Sophie Lifschutz
  • Marieke Audsley
  • Jules Tipton

During this year you will undertake a personal assignment that will offer scope for independent practice and a critical evaluation of your learning.

Compulsory modules:

MID-SCALE SEASON
COLLABORATION WITHIN INDUSTRY
LARGE SCALE SEASON
SELF-GENERATION / DEVISED SEASON.
SHOWCASE

 

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.

2020 entry requirements

 

A-Level CCC
BTEC MMM
European Baccalaureate 68 per cent
International Baccalaureate 30 overall
Scottish Highers BBBCC
Welsh Baccalaureate CC
Access to HE Diploma 21 at Distinction plus 3 at Merit plus 21 at Pass

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year. Find out more about the International Foundation Year.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent)

Entry is also subject to successful audition. Candidates who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to complete the programme may also be considered.  

A non-refundable audition fee will be charged.

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

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

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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

 

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

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

 

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it. Find out more about bursaries and scholarships.

 

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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
  • 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

Film

  • 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

Television

  • 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