Qualification: MFA
Course Length: 24 Months

Programme overview

Actors are storytellers. They transport their audience to a different world, evoke their emotions, and connect with them on a level that is both intimate and infinite.

Our new and innovative MFA Acting course trains future generations of internationally renowned performers and teachers.

Delivered by Guildford School of Acting (GSA), one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK, this course will provide you with internationally-renowned actor training alongside a sterling reputation and excellent industry links.

What you will study

Our new and innovative MFA in Acting builds on the success of GSA’s current postgraduate course by extending the intensive training currently offered on our one-year MA Acting course.

Our MFA Acting course is highly selective and intensive. You will train for four semesters over two years, taking classes in acting, voice, movement and professional development, exploring a wide range of theatre traditions and performance styles in rehearsal projects and public productions.

This unique course is led by expert teachers with extensive first-hand experience in the professional theatre sector in both the UK and the US.

Our campus boasts great transport links to London, so you’ll benefit from GSA’s close proximity to the heart of UK theatre, London’s West End.

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Programme structure

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 (full-time)

Module title Status Semester
REHEARSAL PROJECT 2: TWENTIETH CENTURY PLAY Compulsory Year-long
THE INTEGRATED BODY Compulsory Year-long
THE WORKING ACTOR Compulsory Year-long
REHEARSAL PROJECT 1: SHAKESPEARE Compulsory 1
INDUSTRY PRACTICE AND PERFORMANCE Compulsory 2

Year 2 (full-time)

Module title Status Semester
NEW WORK FOR STAGE AND SCREEN Compulsory Year-long
PEDAGOGIES Compulsory 1
PERFORMANCE 2 Compulsory 1
ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Compulsory 2

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

 

Entry by audition. Students must hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (minimum 2.2 or equivalent), as well as significant engagement with drama, theatre and performance. Alternatively, entrants may have 5 years of relevant professional experience in the industry. Offers are made subject to a successful audition and interview.

In exceptional cases, where ability and experience clearly show that an applicant is able to complete the course, other qualification profiles may be accepted. Variations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in each 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.

Start date: Oct 2020

UK/EU fee: £15,900

Overseas fee: £15,900

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2020/21 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our Masters Programmes

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 about discounts for Surrey graduates

 

Our MFA in Acting will provide graduates with:

  • The ability to employ a broad range of acting knowledge and skills in the creation and presentation of roles
  • The ability to perform in plays of various types and from various periods
  • The acquisition of advanced understanding and capabilities in voice and speech, movement, and play analysis
  • A working knowledge of historical, critical, and theoretical content and the ways they inform playwriting and dramatic writing, the creation of roles, and other aspects of production
 

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • An experiential and theoretical knowledge of key practical acting methodologies
  • An advanced understanding, which will inform ongoing skill attainment, of the physical and vocal techniques required to maintain an expressive body and the optimum functionality of the voice
  • A critical understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of acting
  • An advanced understanding, which will inform ongoing skill attainment, of the application of technique to differing theatrical forms, styles, genres and historical contexts
  • A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Recognise, interpret and contextualise approaches to performance texts
  • Identify and develop an individual methodological approach to rehearsal
  • Select vocal and physical techniques appropriate to voice, person and situation
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different performance media
  • Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others’ practice

Professional practical skills

  • Successfully apply integrated vocal and psycho-physical techniques to the practice of acting in differing media
  • Sustain and develop an effective and creative individual rehearsal process
  • Demonstrate creative and imaginative work in performance
  • Contribute effective and appropriate practices and concepts to an ensemble process
  • Demonstrate evidence of practical research and effective preparation for entry into the current performance industry

Key / transferable skills

  • Be disciplined and consistent in a professional context
  • Conduct themselves constructively, positively, and sensitively towards others
  • Able to lead and collaborate as part of the team on practical and research projects
  • Communicate effectively and at an advanced level in both verbal and written form
  • Seek out, critique, and employ information appropriately
  • Recognise and develop commercial and artistic career opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Our Admissions Policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

Further information for applicants

Steps to Postgraduate Study is an official, independent guide for anyone considering a taught postgraduate course. The guide is produced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Scottish Funding Council and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland.