Qualification: BA (Hons)
Course Length: 3 years
UCAS Code: AD29

Programme overview

Our BA Actor-Musician course is run by Guildford School of Acting (GSA), one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK. You’ll be taught by industry-leading professionals, and join a vibrant community of talented individuals.

We’ll develop your combined talents as an actor and a musician, including the versatility to work professionally as an actor or actor-musician in a wide range of theatrical contexts.

Surrey is ranked in the top three for drama and dance in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and top five by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will study

On our BA Actor-Musician course, you’ll develop performance skills in acting, musicianship, dance and singing, alongside essential critical and evaluative skills.

In your first year, you’ll strengthen core skills in acting, dance, singing and music. In your second year, you’ll work on texts as diverse as Shakespeare, Lloyd Webber, Sondheim, Chekhov and Ibsen, with musicianship skills integrated within your studies. In your third year, you’ll work on three main projects: a play, a musical and a devised piece, alongside a showcase for industry, performed in London.

By developing your skills as an actor-musician, you’ll be able to take advantage of the ever-growing demand for versatile professional performers who can combine superb acting ability with a high standard of musicianship.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

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.

2020 entry requirements


A-Level CCC
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 here

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

The course does not require a specific grade standard. However, your playing and sight-reading ability should be of a high level and your understanding of harmony and music should be advanced – roughly equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM and Grade 5 Theory.

Offers are made in terms of grades and a successful audition (which will include acting, movement and singing/instrument workshops).

Applicants who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the programme, may also be considered. The course does not require a specific grade standard on an instrument. However, your playing and sight-reading ability should be of a high level and your understanding of harmony and music should be advanced.

A non-refundable audition fee is usually charged. Further information can be found on the Application and Audition page.

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.



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