Applying to a GSA programme

Foundation Applications

Applications to the Foundation Course in Acting or Musical Theatre should be made via the online application forms which can be accessed via the Foundation programme page.

Undergraduate Applications

Applications for our undergraduate programmes should be made via UCAS. Information on the relevant UCAS codes can be found on each programme page.

Postgraduate Applications

Applications for all MA programmes should be made via the University of Surrey’s online application form which can be accessed via the programme page.

Auditioning for a GSA programme

At GSA we try to make our auditions as enjoyable as possible. We do not expect you to be an accomplished performer but we are looking for potential and, if we see it, we would like you to feel convinced that GSA is the best place for your training.

The audition process enables us to make informed choices about candidates and their ability to undertake the rigorous training we offer. It gives you the opportunity to see whether this is the right school and training for you and to demonstrate whether you have the aptitude and physical ability to become a professional actor able to sustain a career in the performing arts industry.

Early application is advised to guarantee audition availability. Auditions for BA courses are held annually between November and March. Auditions for MA courses are held between December and May.


  • New York

Tuesday 23rd January 2018  (Times tba), Pearl Studios, (Studio 414) 500 8th Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY10018

  • Toronto

Saturday 27th January 2018 (10am – 3pm) This is for for Randolph Students only - Randolph Academy, Bathurst Street

  • Toronto – Saturday 27 January or Sunday 28 January [all other candidates] Venue details on application.

  • Chicago - Friday 2nd February 2018 (10am – 2pm), Studio 1, Hubbard Street Dance, 1147 W Jackson Blvd,   Chicago, IL 60607


URTA Dates are:

  • New York: Friday 19th January – Monday 22nd January 2018
  • Chicago: Monday 29th January 2018 – Thursday 1st February 2018
  • and
  • Hong Kong - Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts - Sunday 25th March at 12:00 hours. 


29th / 30th January 2018: Cardiff - Wales Millennium Centre / URDD Centre  
31st January / 1st February 2018: Birmingham - Birmingham Hippodrome, The Dance Xchange  
2nd February 2018: Edinburgh - Festival Theatre 

20th February 2018: Belfast - The MAC 
22nd / 23rd February 2018: Manchester - Z Arts  

We are looking for:

  • A vibrant and energised body and mind
  • A healthy body and a healthy voice
  • A knowledge of theatre, television and film
  • An ability to transform the written text in either song or speech into believable and theatrically truthful words and thought
  • An ability to freely use your imagination
  • An ability to listen and follow instructions

At the point of an offer being made or a place on the reserve list, the audition panel will have assessed the following:

  • An ability to work with others to achieve a presentable piece of work
  • Spontaneity
  • An ability and previous experience in singing, acting and dancing (for Musical Theatre the panel will expect potential in at least two out of the three)
  • An ability to attempt everything regardless of previous experience
  • A receptive and enquiring mind
  • A voice and body that is trainable and a personality responsive to our methods of training
  • An ability to listen and follow instructions

Unfortunately it is not possible to give any feedback from the audition process.

Audition Fees

Applicants for all performance courses must pay a non-refundable audition fee. This is currently set at £55 for BA/MA courses and £45 for Foundation.

The audition fee must be paid via your student portal. You will be e-mailed information on how to set up your portal once we have received your application.

Financial support for audition fees

GSA is pleased to offer an audition waiver for eligible UK students applying for undergraduate courses for September 2018 entry.

To assess your eligibility please use the online postcode search tool. This tool will provide details of your POLAR3 score, if your postcode is in quintiles 1 or 2 you may be entitled to an audition fee waiver. This link will also provide further details of the classifications. If your postcode shows you are eligible please contact admissions so we can confirm your eligibility.

Please note that we are unable to assess applicants living outside of the UK or those from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

Regional Auditions

Whilst the majority of auditions are held in the GSA studios on the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, we also hold regional first round auditions for undergraduate performance courses. All recall auditions are held in Guildford.

UK GSA Regional Auditions

  • 29th / 30th January 2018: Cardiff - Wales Millennium Centre / URDD Centre  
    31st January / 1st February 2018: Birmingham - Birmingham Hippodrome, The Dance Xchange  
    2nd February 2018: Edinburgh - Festival Theatre 

    20th February 2018: Belfast - The MAC 
    22nd / 23rd February 2018: Manchester - Z Arts  

Overseas Auditions

GSA welcomes applications from overseas.

International auditions for 2018 entry will be held in locations across North America and Asia.  

  • New York – [GSA Open Auditions} Pearl StudiosTuesday 23rd January 2018  [Times TBC]
  • New York, URTAFriday 19th January – Monday 22nd January 2018
  • TorontoRandolph Academy - Saturday 27th January 2018 (10.00 – 15.00) This is for Randolph students only 
  • Toronto - Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January - all other candidates - Venue details on application
  • Chicago – [GSA Open Auditions] – Studio 1 - Friday 2nd February 2018 (10.00 – 14.00)
  • Chicago – URTAMonday 29th January 2018 – Thursday 1st February 2018
  • Hong Kong - Academy for Performing Arts  –  Sunday 25th March at 12:00 hours


Where applicable, interviews provide us with an opportunity to get to know you better, and you with an opportunity to ask questions in a one-to-one setting. We want to know what excites you about performance and why you think performance and its creation are important subjects to explore both critically and practically.

Interviews also give us a chance to envisage how you might participate in academic conversation and critically-engaged practice.

In interviews for Production programmes we are looking for commitment and enthusiasm for a successful career in the entertainment industry. 

We also encourage you to question us, and to learn more about what makes your chosen programme tick.

Ultimately, these interviews are intended as a conversation premised on curiosity and an open mind.



If you have any questions about the application and audition process get in touch with our admissions team:

T: +44 (0)1483 682222