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

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 drama and dance by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

What you will study

On our BA Theatre Production course, you‘ll work on a variety of productions including plays, musicals, concerts, 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 scenic arts.

As you progress through the course, you’ll be able to select one dedicated area for specialist development, eventually taking senior creative or production-critical responsibility across a range of public performances within the University and at external venues. 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 event in London.

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

Module title Status Semester
DESIGN REALISATION Compulsory Year-long
STAGE MANAGEMENT Compulsory Year-long
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN AND SCENOGRAPHY Compulsory 1
LIGHTING FOR PERFORMANCE Compulsory 1
PRODUCTION TEAM ROLE Compulsory 1
SOUND FOR PERFORMANCE Compulsory 1
PATHWAY TRIAL PRODUCTION Compulsory 2
VIDEO FOR PRODUCTION Compulsory 2


Module title Status Semester
FOUNDATION SHOW ROLES 2 Compulsory Year-long
FOUNDATION SHOW ROLES 1 Compulsory 1
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1 Compulsory 1
SPECIALIST PATHWAY DEVELOPMENT 1 Compulsory 1
PRINCIPAL PATHWAY SHOW Compulsory 2


Module title Status Semester
FINAL SHOW ROLES 2 Compulsory Year-long
GRADUATE SHOWCASE Compulsory Year-long
FINAL SHOW ROLES 1 Compulsory 1
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2 Compulsory 1
SPECIALIST PATHWAY DEVELOPMENT 2 Compulsory 1


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 interview. Candidates who 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.

 

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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.

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